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Sophisticated Marijuana Grow Seized

Sophisticated Marijuana Grow Seized
CC Sheriff Casey Cox Monday June 20, 2016

Press Release from Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox:
On Thursday June 16, 2016, deputies with the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Task Force Agents with the TBI HIDTA Middle Tennessee Drug Task Force, the 13th Judicial District Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, Crossville Police Department and the Governor’s Counter Drug Task Force seized a large sophisticated marijuana grow with approximately 89 plants at a residence located at 1279 Bear Creek Road in Cumberland County.
The seizure stemmed from an ongoing investigation involving several counties within the 13th Judicial District where other similar marijuana grows operations were seized. Javiel Otano age 32 had been the target of a lengthy narcotics investigation where high-grade marijuana was being cultivated at the home.
During a search of the residence Sheriff’s Office Investigators discovered approximately 114 marijuana plants growing in a metal outbuilding behind the residence. The metal outbuilding had been converted into two sophisticated marijuana grow rooms with elaborate water filtration and climate control systems. Investigators discovered that Javiel had been stealing electricity for some time to power the grow operation. The street value of the high-grade marijuana seized is approximately $513,000. Otano was a member of a drug trafficking organization which produced and trafficked high-grade marijuana covertly not only locally, but also into other states. Javiel Otano is facing charges of Manufacture, Sell and Delivery of a Controlled Substance as well as theft.
“The dismantling of this drug trafficking organization is a result of the collaboration and efforts of local and state law enforcement. This drug trafficking organization was producing a high-grade marijuana that was able to be supplied to the children of our community, as well as making large amounts of money at the expense of taxpaying citizens.”
(Photo Courtesy Cumb. Co. Sheriff's Dept.)


Wyatt and Harris Recall Effort Terminated
Peg Broadcasting News Monday June 20, 2016

The effort to recall Crossville City Council members Pamala Harris and Danny Wyatt has been terminated. Howard Burnette of Crossville Citizens for Good Government told Peg Broadcasting on Monday that he was contacting his volunteers to notify them to cease obtaining signatures for the Recall Petition. Mr. Burnette said “given the threats and actions by Council member (Jesse) Kerley toward me and my family, I believe it is in the best interest of the safety of me and my family to withdraw the recall petition.”

Mr. Burnette was unable to provide Peg Broadcasting with the exact number of signatures that had been obtained on the Recall Petition, however, he did say that this would have been the last week to collect those signatures. Crossville Citizens for Good Government had until June 24 to get the support of 66 percent of the registered voters to have the Recall Question placed on the November 8th ballot. Mr. Burnette said he thought they would have met their goal in collecting the required signatures "but it just wasn't worth the risk, today the bad guys won."

Both Council members Harris and Wyatt have more than two years left in their terms.

In response Councilman Wyatt issued the following Press Release:

After learning that the recall petition has been withdrawn to have myself and Council Member Harris removed from the Council, I believe the people have spoken - again. I was elected to the City Council to serve the people to the best of my ability and that is what I have tried to do. I believe in our City and its people. We have much work to do and I think we can do it if we join together for the common cause of progress for our town. It has not been easy with the problems the Council has been subjected to over the years, but that does not mean we can simply throw in the towel. I will continue to serve the people through all adversity to make certain our city grows and provides the best services to the taxpayers. I will not address the ones who wish to cause turmoil and disarray for the council. They have their reasons and causes but they are outweighed by the greater objective of tending to the business at hand - making Crossville the best place possible to live, work and play. I want to thank the voters who put me in this position and will continue to diligently serve your best interest.

Sent from Danny Wyatt


Gas Prices Down for 11th Day in Tennessee
Alan Spector Monday June 20, 2016

Gas prices may have hit their annual peak. AAA reports that the statewide average price for a gallon of regular has declined for 11 consecutive days in Tennessee. The price of crude oil continues to have a major impact on prices at the pump, and crude prices are falling. As of today, regular in Tennessee averages $2.13 per gallon, down by five cents from a week ago. In Crossville, regular averages $2.14, down one cent.


Summer arrives with rare full moon
WVLT/Alan Spector Monday June 20, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) Summer arrives today at 5:34 pm Central Time and, along with it, a rare full moon. Local 8 News reports that, while it's not rare to see a full moon, it is rare to see one on the first day of summer. Today will be the longest day of the year with close to 15 hours of daylight. Sunrise in Crossville came at 5:24 am and the sun will set at 8 pm. The rare full moon, sometimes called a Strawberry Moon, is seen as a signal to gather ripening fruit. This hasn't happened since 1967 and scientists say it won't happen again until 2062.


Tickets on Sale Now for Johnny Majors Speaking Engagement
Monday June 20, 2016

Johnny Majors will be speaking at the Thunderbird Recreation Hall in Tansi on July 8, 2016 beginning at 5 p.m. Tickets will be available at the Cumberland County High School front office, Cumberland County Bank on West Avenue and Lake Tansi locations. Tickets are $40 which includes pictures, speaking engagement and dinner. Proceeds benefit the CCHS Football Boosters. For information call CCHS at 931-484-6194.


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