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Authorities Investigating Dozens of Suspected Arson Fires in Cumberland County
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday February 11, 2015

Authorities are investigating dozens of suspected arson fires in Cumberland County. One of those fires occurred last Friday in Crab Orchard near the Old Franklin Rock Quarry, burning more than 500 acres. Crews with the Tennessee Division of Forestry suspect that several people are involved in setting the blazes and multiple ATV tracks have been found near the burn sites on Crab Orchard Mountain. Officials are asking the public for help in catching these suspected arsonists. If you have any information, you should call the Forestry Office at 931-526-9502.

 


Tenn. Supreme Court evacuated for white powder in letter
WVLT/AP Wednesday February 11, 2015

The Tennessee Supreme Court building was evacuated after an employee there opened a letter containing an unidentified white powder. Local 8 Now reports that two other people came in contact with the substance when the letter was opened on Tuesday. The building was cleared around 4 p.m. yesterday. The employees were decontaminated and don't have any symptoms, and initial tests of the substance indicate "no credible threat." The powder has been sent to a state lab for further tests.

 


City Council appoints new City Attorney
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday February 11, 2015

The Crossville City Council in regular session Tuesday evening appointed local attorney William Ridley to the post of City Attorney. Ridley and Kevin Bryant were to top two contenders with Ridley receiving 4 votes and Bryant picking up 1 in the final tally. Ridley, a graduate of the Nashville School of Law, will be replacing Kenneth Chadwell effective March 1st. Chadwell announced his resignation earlier this month and told council his decision to resign was voluntary and amicable. Chadwell's last official day will be February 27th.

 


Roane County Deputy John Mayes Involved in Shooting Near Cumberland County line
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday February 10, 2015 Tuesday February 10, 2015

The TBI is investigating a shooting involving Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes that happened late Monday night near the Roane/Cumberland County line. According to reports, Deputy Mayes started chasing a 2003 Hyundai Accent on Highway 27 in Harriman after he clocked the vehicle traveling in excess of 100 mph. The vehicle raced onto I-40 westbound and continued to the 340 exit getting off at Airport Road. The driver, Christopher Lee Powers, of Rockwood, lost control and the vehicle spun into a guardrail where it came to a stop. Officials report that Deputy Mayes exited his cruiser and that’s when Powers rammed the patrol car with the Hyundai. The deputy fired through the windshield of the Hyundai, and the Powers was hit. He was taken to UT Medical Center. A female passenger identified as Stephanie Foland was reportedly taken to the hospital for treatment of injuries that were not related to the shooting.

 


Overton County Couple Charged With Theft From Elementary PTO Fund
TBI: Susan Niland Tuesday February 10, 2015

Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for a husband and wife from Hilham, Tennessee, charged with stealing from an Overton County Parent Teacher Organization fund. At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, TBI Special Agents, along with investigators from the Office of the Comptroller of the Treasury, began investigating Tara and Lonnie Scott on September 29, 2014. Tara Scott was the former PTO President at Hilham Elementary School. During the course of the investigation, agents developed information that from August 2012 through February 2014, money went missing from the school’s PTO checking account. On February 2nd, the Overton County Grand Jury returned indictments against Tara Scott, 37, and Lonnie Scott, 36, charging each with one count of Theft over $10,000. Monday, Tara Scott was arrested at her home and booked into the Overton County Jail. Lonnie Scott was served in the Clay County Jail, where he is currently being incarcerated on an unrelated theft charge. At the time of this release, each is being held on a $30,000 bond.

 

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