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Crossville businessman indicted on tax evasion
State of TN Tuesday September 10, 2013

The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to the indictment and arrest 33 year old Vipul Manubhai Patel of Crossville. On September Special Agents of the Tennessee Department of Revenue arrested Patel at the business, Tobacco and Beverage Mart on Lantana Road on Monday. According to a Cumberland County Grand Jury indictment, Patel willfully attempted to evade $99,774.03 in sales tax due the State of Tennessee during the period January 2008 through December 2009. If convicted, Patel could be sentenced up to a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary and fined $3,000.00 for each of the 23 Class W E felony tax evasion counts.


Burks announces retirement
Stace Whitmire Tuesday September 10, 2013

State Senator Charlotte Burks has announced that she will be retiring at the end of her current term, choosing not to seek re-election to the 15th District, which includes Cumberland, Jackson, Overton, Bledsoe, Putnam and White Counties. She has served in the State Legislature since 1998. The people of the 15th District made her a part of Tennessee history by electing her as the first ever "write-in" candidate to the State Senate after the tragic death of her late husband State Senator Tommy Burks. During her tenure in office, Burks has served on numerous committees and won several awards during her tenure. Burkes has been an 8 time recipient of the "Legislator of the Year" award from the Tennessee Coalition against Domestic and Sexual Violence for her work in those areas. She also received national recognition from the U. S. Attorney General's Foundation for the Improvement of Justice. Senator Burks will host a reception on October 10th at the Leslie Towne Center in Cookeville from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.


VEC responds to major power outage in Cumberland Co
Stace Whitmire Monday September 9, 2013

About 10,000 VEC customers awoke Monday morning to find that they had no power. According to Volunteer Energy Cooperative Area Director Bobby Randolph, crews began working on the outage which originated with the line between the Highway 68 and Highway 70 substations around 2:30 Monday morning. The widespread outage affected many families, with parents literally left in the dark, wondering whether or not schools would be in session. With no word on cancellations, children boarded school buses, and crews worked to restore power as the darkness gave way to morning.


Early hunting season for wood ducks and teal begins this week.
TWRA Monday September 9, 2013

Early hunting season for wood ducks and teal begins this week. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency says the season runs from Saturday to Sept ember 18th with a daily bag limit of 4, not to exceed two wood ducks.


Titans Win
AP Monday September 9, 2013

Tennessee's revamped defense sacked Ben Roethlisberger five times and the Titans shut down the Pittsburgh Steelers 16-9 Sunday. Chris Johnson ran for 70 yards, Jackie Battle bulled his way to a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and Rob Bironas kicked three field goals for the Titans.


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