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A judge has sentenced a Clarksville woman convicted of assault for pouring hot oatmeal on her husband to diversion. According to WVLT, Judge John H. Gasaway reportedly handed down the sentence for 52-year-old Karen Jeffries after a hearing during which friends and neighbors testified that she had a moral character, a strong faith and a passion for helping others. Gasaway ordered a four-year post trial diversion program, but gave her the option of opting out after three years if she meets all the terms and conditions. During the trial in March, Jeffries said she threw hot oatmeal at her husband when he lunged to attack her. But her husband Douglas Jeffries said that's not the case. He told the jury he was asleep in a recliner when his wife dumped the pot of oatmeal onto him.
Girls county wide soccer tryouts for the 2013-2014 season for grades 5th – 8th will be held Thursday, May 23rd from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at Duer Soccer Complex. Each girl needs to bring cleats, shin guards and water. For more information, please contact Kathy Hamby at 265-4663.
Councilman Pete Souza brought it before the City Council that the Roberts Rules of Order is what the council should be abiding by. Souza went on to state that Mayor J.H. Graham III has an anger problem and asked him to work on that. He also asked the Mayor to be neutral in the City Council meetings and to conduct them without partiality. Mayor Graham stated that he would have an opinion because he has a vote on each item the council makes a decision on. Souza stated that since the Mayor is the one running the meetings, that he not let anyone bully someone else or take over the meetings. The Mayor felt that this was a fair request. City Attorney Kenneth Chadwell stated that the City Charter would supersede the Roberts Rules of Order, but Souza stated he didn't want to move on his suggestions. He just wanted these opinions to be heard.
After the employment freeze was approved at Tuesday evening's Crossville City Council meeting, it was brought up again at Friday's special called meeting. Councilman Jesse Kerley asked City Attorney Kenneth Chadwell about the legality of the suggestions, to which Chadwell said it was lawful. Councilman Pete Souza stated that since Tuesday, he contacted 2 other forms of legal counsel about the restrictions placed on Interim City Manager Dr. Jack Miler, and was told that the restrictions were unlawful. Chadwell came before the city council on Friday and stated that he stands by his decision. Dr. Jack Miller stated on Tuesday evening that he was fine with the suggestion from Mayor Pro-Tem Danny Wyatt, but on Friday stated that in retrospect he was offended by the suggestion and it "reflects on his professional integrity." He stated that he wished that Mayor Pro-Tem Danny Wyatt would look at his record and reputation as a professional. Councilman Souza suggested that the freeze be rescinded, and it passed on a 3-2 vote.
A coalition of environmental groups is suing the federal government, claiming officials violated the Endangered Species Act when they granted mining permits at two East Tennessee mines. WVLT says the suit filed in federal court in Nashville on Thursday claims wastewater from surface mines at Zeb Mountain and David Creek threatens the endangered blackside dace and Cumberland darter. The Sierra Club and other environmental groups claim the Office of Surface Mining and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not use the most up-to-date science in considering the effect of the mines on the fish. They claim that dissolved minerals are increasing the saltiness to intolerable levels in streams where the fish live.