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A former Grundy County Sheriff's Department captain is accused of stealing handguns from the department's evidence room. TBI Special Agents say they began investigating 33 year old Deke Matthew Stone of Altamont last August. During the investigation, agents found that Stone took three handguns from the Grundy County Sheriff's evidence room in June of last year. Stone left his job with the department before the TBI case began. He has been charged with one count of official misconduct and one count of theft over $1,000. Stone turned himself in to TBI Agents at the Grundy County Jail Wednesday, where he was released after posting bond.
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Officials with the Tennessee Department of Transportation say funds from the Highway Trust Fund, which makes up half of their budget, are dwindling fast. Earlier this week, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to extend funding through May, but TDOT officials say they are still preparing for the possibility of a depleted fund—and that could impact us here in Cumberland County. Officials say the widening of Peavine Road could be stalled along with the I-40 truck ramp expansion, pending funding. Officials say current construction projects will continue, as they are already funded.
Roane County Commissioners have voted to place the words “In God We Trust” on the county courthouse. Commissioner Randy Ellis says he proposed the idea after numerous church leaders and pastors asked for assistance in adding the motto to the building. The resolution passed with just one commissioner- Steve Kelley- voting against. Commissioners are seeking assistance from the community to help pay for the project.
The Roane County Sheriff's Office is sending a warning out to all residents after open mail was found in a ditch in Kingston. Officials say they believe the thieves are looking for mailboxes that may contain checks or credit cards containing identity information that can be easily compromised. The opened pieces all contained Roane County mailing addresses, but police say the thefts are occurring in adjacent jurisdictions as well.
The Tennessee Education Lottery Corp has had a record year with $1.4 billion in sales. Officials say this year's sales provided more than $337 million for targeted educational programs including college scholarships and grants, after-school programs for children and an initiative to make schools more energy efficient. In all, the lottery has provided more than $3 billion for education since ticket sales began a decade ago.