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Body Shop Fire Ruled Arson
Jared Cerullo/Crossville Chronicle Tuesday July 18, 2017

A Saturday fire at a local body shop has been ruled intentionally set. Crossville Firefighters were called to A&B Body Shop at 110 Sparta Drive Saturday morning. Investigators say they found two origination points for the flames, which proves it was a case of arson. There are no suspects identified, at this point. A total of eight cars were destroyed in the blaze, according to the Crossville Chronicle. The siding on a nearby apartment was also melted in the heat of the flames. If you know anything about the case, call 484-6144.

 
HASLAM, TDEC ANNOUNCE 40 PERCENT INCREASE IN TENNESSEE PROMISE VOLUNTEERS AT TENNESSEE STATE PARKS


HASLAM, TDEC ANNOUNCE 40 PERCENT INCREASE IN TENNESSEE PROMISE VOLUNTEERS AT TENNESSEE STATE PARKS
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation/ edited by Peg Broadcasting Tuesday July 18, 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) on Tuesday announced more than 800 high school students fulfilled their ?Tennessee Promise? community service requirements at Tennessee State Parks on June 24, a nearly 40 percent increase over 2016.

Outgoing high school seniors helped mulch flower beds, build trails, paint signs, install playground equipment and worked on various other projects to help beautify nearly all 56 Tennessee State Parks on ?Tennessee Promise Saturday? ? an annual volunteer event organized by the parks system. Tennessee State Parks saw its biggest turnout since the program began in 2015 with a total of 835 soon-to-be college students getting their hands dirty.

Students are encouraged to volunteer in their field of interest to gain relevant experience for college and beyond, but all time contributed to a nonprofit or public service organization is eligible. Students must submit eight hours prior to each academic term.

For more information about the Tennessee Promise program visit tn.gov.

(Photo courtesy TN Dept. of Environment and Conservation)

 


Michael Reagon New Sheriff of Fentress County
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday July 18, 2017

At Monday night's meeting, the Fentress County Commission chose Michael Reagon as the new sheriff. The appointment comes just days before former Fentress County Sheriff Charles "Chucky" Cravens is scheduled to appear in court on July 20 for sentencing after he pleaded guilty to using his position to have sex with female inmates at the Fentress County Jail. Reagon will be sworn in by General Sessions Judge Todd Burnett in the Large Courtroom of the Fentress County Justice Center at 9:00 a.m. on this morning (Tuesday, July 18.)

 


Girl Falls From The Wave Rider in Pigeon Forge
WVLT/Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday July 18, 2017

A girl fell from The Wave Rider at The Island in Pigeon Forge. Police say the accident happened around 5 p.m. on Saturday and the 8-year-old girl was alert and talking before she was rushed to UT Medical Center. The extent of her injuries has not been released. WVLT reports The Wave Rider has been taken out of service and is under review. The Wave Rider was inspected and approved on June 13.

 


CNBC Ranks Tennessee's Transportation & Infrastructure 2nd in US
TDOT Monday July 17, 2017

For the eighth year in a row, Tennessee's transportation system ranks as one of the best in the nation, according to CNBC's 2017 study "America's Top States for Business." According to the report, Tennessee is second in the category of Transportation and Infrastructure.

Tennessee is the only state topping the list that has no transportation debt. Zero debt allows TDOT to dedicate 100% of its funds to infrastructure maintenance and improvements rather than interest payments.

"This study recognizes TDOT's commitment to provide a superior transportation network that serves our citizens and fosters economic growth," TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. "With this year's passage of the IMPROVE Act, Tennessee can continue to have a high quality transportation system that addresses the needs of our communities."

The CNBC report scored all 50 states on 60 measures of competitiveness developed with input from a broad array of business and policy experts. States received points based on their rankings in each metric. Those metrics were then separated into ten broad categories, including the vitality of each state's transportation system.

Tennessee ranked ninth overall in the study, also scoring in the top ten in the categories of business friendliness, economy, and cost of doing business.

 

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