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When you go to the polls for the August 7th election, you will notice that it’s a very long ballot…and that’s why Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett is recommending that you take advantage of early voting. Hargett says early voting accounted for 47 percent of ballots in August 2010, but says election officials are hoping to increase that to 60 percent this year. Hargett says that is the only way to avoid long lines and late returns on Election Day. Even with heavy early voting, Hargett says some results won't be returned until after midnight. The ballot includes primaries for governor, U.S. senate, and congressional and state legislative seats; county races, judgeships and school board positions; and retention elections for state appellate judges. Early voting is available at the Cumberland County Election Commission office at 2 South Main Street Suite 105 weekdays from 8 to 5 and Saturdays from 8-12 through August 2nd.
FedEx officials say they will fight charges that they knowingly shipped drugs to people who lack valid prescriptions. Company officials say they would have to invade the privacy of customers to stop such deliveries. By contrast, UPS paid $40 million last year to resolve similar allegations and vowed to overhaul its procedures and work with investigators to detect suspicious activity. The differing responses to the federal probe of the prescription drug black market underscore the difficulty shippers have in determining how far to go to uncover illicit online pharmacies among their customers and to alert the government.
A Davidson County man has been arrested for threatening to blow up a runway at the Nashville International Airport. Officials say 25 year old Zachary L. Smith placed a 911 call Saturday morning, making threat, which prompted airport security to conduct a widespread search for any suspicious objects or activity. Authorities tracked Smith down by his phone number. Officials say this isn’t the first time he has made threatening calls. Smith has also made multiple calls to the Russian Embassy in Washington, DC. Smith has been charged with filing a false report and tampering with evidence.
While Cumberland County was spared the brunt of Sunday’s severe weather, some of the surrounding counties weren’t as fortunate. There were numerous reports of downed trees and power lines in Morgan, White and Fentress Counties where a strong cell passed over the Jamestown area. Residents in Scott County residents reported baseball sized hail. The majority of storm damage appears to be to the Northeast of Cumberland County, on the Campbell/Claiborne County line, where officials with the National Weather Service will determine if it was indeed a tornado that caused damage to 20-30 homes. Campbell County Sheriff David Ray says his home was one of the homes destroyed. He and his wife escaped injury by seeking shelter in the home’s basement. Officials say despite the destruction, there were no serious injuries reported as a result of yesterday’s (Sunday) storms.
The Blind Zebra was packed Saturday for a fundraiser for a Crossville native who has been missing for more than 2 months. Friends and loved ones enjoyed music and purchased custom auction items hand made by the woman who is at the center of this missing persons case, Nikki Burgess. Benefit organizers say money raised will go towards her children's expenses. Burgess has been missing since May 23rd. Police say the father of one of her sons is a person of interest, but no arrests have been made.