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Woman Dies in Weekend Residential Fire
Crossville Chronicle/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday May 17, 2017

A weekend residential fire has claimed the life of a Cumberland County woman. The Crossville Chronicle reports that 55-year-old Patricia Perry, formerly of Florida, died after a blaze broke out Saturday night in her mobile home in the 2000 block of Lowe Road. Another occupant, Kenneth Bell, said he fell asleep on the couch and awoke to flames in the front rooms. Bell fled the single-wide. Perry reportedly had already gone to the bedroom and was unable to escape. The Cumberland County Fire Department was dispatched around 8 p.m. and arrived to flames shooting out of the front door and windows. Perry's body has been sent to the Medical Examiner's Office in Nashville to determine cause of death. Cumberland County Fire Chief Trevor Kerley told the Crossville Chronicle that the cause of the blaze was undetermined at the time of his report, however, he saw no indication that the fire was not an accident.


Sidewalks, Garrison Park on City Council Special Meeting Agenda
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday May 17, 2017

The Crossville City Council will hold a Special-Called Meeting on Thursday, May 18, 2017. Agenda items include the Downtown Sidewalk Project which was deferred at last week?s meeting. Council will also discuss the contracts for redevelopment of Garrison Park, which includes tearing down the old bleachers, installing a splash pad and constructing a new multi-purpose field, playground and garden plaza. Council will also consider construction a splash pad at Centennial Park. The Special-Called Meeting will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017 at City Hall and is open to the public. A Work Session will follow at 5:30 p.m.


Tenn. Human Rights Commission official charged with sexual exploitation of minors
AP Wednesday May 17, 2017

An official with the Tennessee Human Rights Commission has been arrested on charges of sexual exploitation of minors.

Nashville police said in a news release that 42-year-old compliance director Christopher Matthew Stephenson surrendered Tuesday on a sealed indictment charging him with two counts of sexual exploitation of minors and one count of aggravated sexual exploitation of minors. Police said Stephenson is accused of possessing and distributing sexual images of children. He is not accused of producing it.

The release said an internet protocol address used to access child pornography was registered to Stephenson's address. The release said sexual images of minors were found in a search of Stephenson's electronic devices.

Stephenson's bond was set at $500,000. Online jail records did not list an attorney who could comment on his behalf.


Missing White County Teen Found In Wilson County
WVLT/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday May 17, 2017

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation cancelled an Endangered Child Alert for Sarah Key, a 17-year-old girl from White County, Tennessee, after she was reported found by the Wilson County Sheriff?s Office in Watertown on Tuesday. Investigators said Key was last seen in her home on May 12. Authorities believed the 17-year-old may have been with a 30-year-old, white male. There is an order of protection in place against the unnamed white male to stay away from Key. Authorities have not revealed if that man was with Key when she was found.


More than 2K bills and resolutions considered in Tennessee
AP Wednesday May 17, 2017

While much of the energy and attention of this year's legislative session was focused on Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's gas tax proposal, there were more than 2,000 other bills and resolutions considered by lawmakers before they concluded their business last week.

Some made a big splash before being quietly abandoned. For example, a bill seeking to do away with ending a 40-year-old state law granting legitimacy to children conceived through artificial insemination never came up for a hearing after making international headlines when it was introduced by a Republican lawmaker.

Haslam's transportation funding plan was ultimately passed and signed into law after a solid majority of lawmakers were convinced that the proposal made enough tax cuts in other areas to offset the state's first gas tax hike since 1989.


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