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Almost two dozen dogs died Tuesday afternoon in a tractor trailer fire on I-40 Westbound in the area of the 333 – 334 mile markers. No humans were injured but reportedly at least 20 Pomeranian dogs that were being transported in the cab of the truck succumbed to the blaze, which spread to about 10 acres nearby. Cumberland County firefighters fought the blaze for about four hours. A few dogs reportedly survived, but the big rig was a total loss.
Charges are pending against three Crossville residents following an in-depth investigation and undercover narcotics operation. A Press Release from the Crossville Police Department states that on Monday, February 13, 2017, Crossville Police Department Narcotics Detective’s efforts led to a raid and search warrant service on a residence located at 1039 Browns Creek Drive, in Crossville, TN. Authorities say that upon completion of the narcotics investigation, Grand Jury Indictments will be sought for 50-year-old Timothy Barnes Sr., 45-year-old Shirley Barnes and 23-year-old Angela Barnes who all reportedly lived at the home. The Press Release did not reveal just what authorities found during the raid. All charges are pending the outcome of the completed investigation. Assisting with the operation were Crossville Police Department, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, 13th Judicial Drug Task Force, and the HIDTA / TBI Drug Task Force.
(Photo Courtesy Crossville Police Dept.)
The final hurdle in hiring a new city manager is complete with the submission of a clean background check on Greg Wood. The Crossville City Council in regular session approved a motion instructing Mayor James Mayberry to exercise the agreed upon contract with Mr. Wood. Wood will be starting on March 6th with an $80,000 annual salary.
Sales tax revenue for the latest reporting period remains on the rise. For the year to date the City has collected $4.6 million. Interim City Manager Lee Lawson told council that income from beer and liquor sales were flat for the period. Building permits also slowed for the January report with the City taking in $7400. For the year to date the City has collected $155,000 in permit fees.
A Cookeville man is behind bars on a $1 million bond after DNA evidence matched him as the suspect who allegedly raped a child less than 13-years-old. 31-year-old Landon Powers’ DNA had been entered into a national data base in 1996 on a prior criminal conviction. He’s being held in the Putnam County jail.