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Last Week of School in Cumberland County
Tuesday May 23, 2017

It is the last week of school in Cumberland County as both students and teachers wrap things up in preparation for the Summer Break. There will be no school Wednesday, May 24, 2017 and Thursday, May 25, 2017 for Staff Development Day and Administrative Day, respectively. Friday, May 26th is the Last Day of School in Cumberland County with a 10 a.m. dismissal. Students will report back to school for the 2017-2018 school year on Thursday, August 3.


Both inmates captured after escaping from Hamblen County Jail
WVLT Tuesday May 23, 2017

One of two inmates was captured early Sunday morning after both escaped from the Hamblen County Jail Saturday night. The second, Dakota Truslow, was taken into custody Monday afternoon, according to Hamblen County Sheriff Esco Jarnigan.

Hamblen County Sheriff Esco Jarnigan said Michael Teal and Dakota Truslow managed to escape while correctional officers were busy deescalating a fight in the female section of the jail.

While the officers were diffusing the altercation, Sheriff Jarnigan said Truslow and Teal assaulted one of them and were able to get their hands on a button that unlocked one of the back doors of the jail.
Investigators said Truslow's girlfriend, Whitney Turner was waiting for the men in a car outside and sped away from Hamblen County.

Police caught up with the three in Knox County but were only able to arrest Teal and Turner. Authorities said Truslow managed to escape again.

Sheriff Jarnigan said Turner was charged with felony escape of an inmate.

On Monday, Sheriff Jarnigan told Local 8 News Tara Eden was charged with accessory after the fact. The sheriff said Eden picked up Truslow after he called her to bring him back to Morristown when he escaped to Knox County.

Investigators believe the escape was previously planned.


WVLT Monday May 22, 2017

Authorities in Anderson County say the missing man has been found safe in Georgia.

The Paulding County Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help in seeking an elderly missing man who may be returning to Anderson County, Tennessee.

91-year-old Johnnie L. Braden of Powder Springs, Georgia, left his home in a 2006 maroon Chrysler Town and Country with a tag reading WJD106. He was last seen wearing blue overalls.

Braden was originally from the Braden Flats area of Anderson County off New River Highway (State Route 116). Officials believe he may be driving back to that area.

If you see this man or have any information pertaining to his whereabouts, please call the Paudling County Sheriff's Office at 770-443-3010.


Caleb Cannon found guilty in murder of Nikki Burgess
WTVF/WVLT Monday May 22, 2017

A jury in the murder case of Nikki Burgess found Caleb Cannon guilty of murder Monday afternoon, WTVF reports.

The trial against Cannon lasted a week. He was found guilty Monday of first degree premeditated murder.

Burgess disappeared from her Hermitage home nearly three years ago, and her body was never found.

Cannon was given an automatic life sentence; because of this, a sentencing hearing was not scheduled.


Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Increases Again
Monday May 22, 2017

The 25th annual NALC "Stamp Out Hunger" Post Office Food Drive has concluded. Volunteers at the Crossville Post Office and local food pantries collected a total of 27,630 pounds of food, which is an increase of 3,417 pounds over last year. Eight local food pantries have benefited from this food drive.


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