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UT announces ticket distribution for Astronaut Scott Kelly event


UT announces ticket distribution for Astronaut Scott Kelly event
WVLT/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday July 20, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Astronaut and former UT graduate, Scott Kelly will be speaking at the University of Tennessee, August 15.

Kelly, a U.S. astronaut, recently returned from a record-breaking year in space on the International Space Station.

Tickets will be available starting Aug. 1. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. ET on August 15 at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Tickets are free, however there are a limited number available for the campus community and general public. Individuals are limited to four tickets.
Doors to Thompson-Boling Arena will open at 4 p.m. and standard security protocol will be in place. For faster admission, those attending should not carry bags or purses.

Public parking will be available in the G-10 parking garage on Phillip Fulmer Way near the arena.

Afterward, a community fair will be held in Thompson-Boling Arena.

(PHOTO: NASA astronaut Scott Kelly aboard the International Space Station, Photo Date: March 28, 2015 - Photo: NASA/WVLT)

 
Former Harriman police officer turns himself in after child sex charges


Former Harriman police officer turns himself in after child sex charges
WVLT Wednesday July 20, 2016

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Former Harriman police officer, Michael Paul McPeters, turned himself in after facing four counts involving sexual activity with a minor who is less than 13-years-old.

Those with the Harriman Police Department said the officer hasn't been with the department for nearly 15 years. His resignation date is listed as 2001.

According the Harriman Police Department, McPeters went on to work for Wackenhunt Security Company. The company oversees security at Y-12 Nuclear Complex in Oak Ridge. Those with the Harriman Police Department say McPeters worked for the Morgan County Sheriff's Office at some point in his career as well.

McPeters immediately bonded out.

Court documents show the alleged sexual contact happened between August 1, 2013 and September 29, 2013.

The first count alleges McPeters engaged in sexual activity for the victim to view via electronic communication.

The second count alleges McPeters intentionally engaged in sexual contact with the child by touching the child's intimate parts for sexual arousal.

The third count alleges McPeters showed the victim pictures or drawings of nudity or sexual conduct.

The fourth count alleges McPeters persuaded the minor to engage in sexual activity or simulated sexually activity for him to view.

(Photo courtesy WVLT)

 


Cumberland County Fire Chief Announces Retirement
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday July 19, 2016

It was announced at Monday night’s Cumberland County Commission Meeting that Mayor Carey had received a letter from Jeff Dodson regarding his retirement, effective December 31, 2016. Dodson has been the county’s fire chief, as well as overseeing the Emergency Services for the last several years. In all, Dodson has been with the county for over 40 years. In his letter, he advises the Commission to begin considering replacements.

 


County Votes to Not Enter Interlocal Agreement with City Council
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday July 19, 2016

Last week, Crossville City Council approved a proposed Interlocal Agreement with the Cumberland County Commission for the two government bodies to work together to build an indoor recreational facility. At Monday’s Cumberland County Commission meeting, the governing body voted against entering into this agreement. Opposition from some Commissioners came from confusion with some of the wording in the document, and from others, irritation with having this project brought up at such last minute. In order for this agreement to have made it on the referendum for citizens to vote on in November, this agreement would have had to have been sent to and approved by the state by August 25th. Commissioner Dutcher said she would, however, like to see the appropriate committees and steps taken between the two government bodies so that such a project may take place within the next few years.

 


County Votes to Stay Removed from Taking Action in Regards to Proposed Crab Orchard Wind Farm
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday July 19, 2016

At Monday night’s Cumberland County Commission meeting, the room was packed and tensions were high. Many Cumberland County Citizens from Fairfield Glade were in attendance, clad in red shirts proclaiming their dissent with the wind farm project, to learn how the commission would vote regarding the project that is being planned for Crab Orchard. Several people asked to speak before the commission, some in favor and some against this project, including a spokesperson from Apex, the company that would be responsible for the wind farm. County Mayor Kenneth Carey, Jr. had to call for order several times as disorderly and distracting comments were shouted from the group of those opposing the project. Some of those who spoke against the wind farm spoke of health concerns, concerns to the wildlife, and the impeding “eyesore” the turbines would cause, as well of the cost. Harry Snyder, Apex’s spokesperson, tried to sooth concerns of health effects in terms of infrasound, stating that infrasound has been around since the early 1900s and no lasting health impacts have been observed as of yet. Snyder also mentioned that wind energy constituted 41% of the United States’ electricity grid in 2015, and the wind resource on Millstone Mountain in Crab Orchard is one of the best resources in the southeast. Two resolutions on the agenda regarding the wind farm project were voted down by the commission. The first of those was a resolution aiming for Cumberland County to adopt a Tennessee Code {TCA 5-1-118 subsection [C][1] in regards to 6-2-201 (22) and (23)} that would allow the commission to deny private landowners the option to enter into contract with Apex to use their land for the windfarm. Commissioner Sabine made a comment that he feared adopting this policy was, in effect, zoning. In correlation, they also voted not to recognize the wind farm has harmful or detrimental to citizens. After Commission voted down both resolutions, most of the red-clad Gladers left the meeting, slinging insults and disgusted comments the entire time.

 

 
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