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The deadly January 14, 2017 shooting of a young Crossville woman may have been sparked by a dispute over a video game. In the Tuesday, January 31, 2017 edition of the Crossville Chronicle, editor Mike Moser reports that 26-year-old Michael Quinn Dale, 21-year-old Kelsey Nicole Brady, Justin M. Taylor, and Mary Kirkland had gathered at Dale’s home to play the PlayStation 4 video game “Zombies”. Dale’s character died in the game and Dale reportedly stopped playing and went into his bedroom while Brady, Taylor and Kirkland remained in the living room. According to the Crossville Chronicle, Kirkland received a text message from Dale which resulted in an argument. Brady intervened and Taylor reportedly told Dale that, “You can’t talk to my girlfriend that way.” Taylor says when he approached Dale’s bedroom, Dale raised a shotgun. Taylor grabbed the end of the weapon and said he heard a click. When he turned, he saw Brady fall forward. The young woman had been fatally shot. Dale was charged with one count of reckless homicide and one count of Aggravated Assault Resulting in Death in the fatal shooting of Brady; and felony aggravated assault against Taylor. The Crossville Chronicle reports the General Sessions Court Judge Larry Warner reduced bond from $200,000 to $100,000 and ruled that there was enough evidence to send the case to the Grand Jury, which is expected to meet in March. (Photo Courtesy TBI)
Spring vegetable producers are reminded March 15, 2017, is the deadline to make application for insurance through the local Farm Service Agency. Buy-up levels of insurance, along with the catastrophic level policy, are available on such crops as sweet corn, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, beans, squash, and sorghum. The insurance is only available on crops that cannot be insured through private agents.
Anyone with questions about NAP insurance is urged to contact the Cumberland/Bledsoe County Farm Service Agency at 931-484-6520 or toll free at 855-216-2802.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations that March 6 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans in Tennessee as a result of drought that began on June 28, 2016.
This disaster declaration includes the following counties: Bledsoe, Bradley, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, Meigs, Rhea, Sequatchie in Tennessee.
Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers. Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.
The loans are for working capital and can be up to $2 million with interest rates of 4 percent for eligible small businesses and 2.625 percent for nonprofit organizations, and terms up to 30 years.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than March 6, 2017.
The City of Crossville Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) for its annual Seatbelts Are For Everyone (SAFE) campaign. This statewide initiative is designed to increase seatbelt usage and child passenger safety restraint usage through the implementation of occupant-protection programs, public events, and checkpoints throughout local communities across Tennessee. The SAFE campaign begins February 1, 2017, and concludes on August 1, 2017.
“Safety starts with your commitment to protect yourself and your family. Buckle up, your kids are watching. They may just want to be like you!”- Lieutenant Brian Eckelson
2017 will be the fourth year that the THSO has sponsored the SAFE campaign. Last year yielded the following results:
1,717 child restraint violations
21,562 seat belt citations
723 other seat belt enforcement activities
“In 2015, Tennessee’s average seatbelt usage rate was 86.23%,” said THSO Director Vic Donoho. “Last year, we soared to 88.95%. Through increased education, enforcement, and community involvement, we’re striving for ninety percent or higher.”
This year, participating agencies will pay special attention to nighttime seatbelt enforcement. Tennessee has seen a disproportionate percentage of unrestrained fatalities between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 5:59 a.m.
Historically, approximately fifty percent of Tennessee’s traffic fatalities are unbelted. That percentage increases to nearly sixty when nighttime crashes are examined.
Gov. Bill Haslam is raising concerns about a bill seeking to label IDs issued to people without permanent residency status with the words "alien" or "non-U.S. citizen."
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Haslam worries about the impact such a change could have on foreign investment in Tennessee. The governor noted the state has the highest level of foreign direct investment of Japan other than California, and that automakers Volkswagen and Nissan have large plants and supplier chains located in Tennessee.
Nearly 1,000 foreign-owned companies have facilities in Tennessee. In Haslam's words: "We have a lot of people who are here that we're glad they're here."
The bill is sponsored by Rep. John Ragan of Oak Ridge and Sen. Ed Jackson of Jackson.