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At Monday’s regular monthly meeting, the Cumberland County Commission addressed a new insurance retirement benefit proposal for county employees who have worked for the county for at least 30 years. The new benefit, which was narrowly passed by the Budget Committee, is only for current employees and would pay 100% of the retiree’s individual health insurance until the former employee reaches Medicare age. According to 4th District County Commissioner Allen Foster, the year one projected cost to the county is just under $61,000. Commissioner Foster, who is against the proposal, “believes it is a huge financial liability for the County.” Foster adds “there is the potential that this new liability could even affect the County’s bond rating.” The final vote on this issue is scheduled for Monday, August 24, 2015 at 6:00 PM after a Public Hearing at 5:30 PM.
UPDATE! Overton/Pickett E-911 reports Lucas Brown has been found, alive and well.
Overton/Picket E-911 Monday, Aug. 17, 8:30 p.m.
Lucas Brown has been located alive in the area at which he was last known to be. He has been transported from the scene by EMS for medical evaluation yet appears to be stable and doing well. Overton County Rescue, 911, EMA, Emergency Services, Sheriff's Dept, County Executive, Livingston City Police, TEMA, wish to thank all that have donated food and their time or services to the search efforts. We are grateful for a positive outcome.
Authorities in Overton County are searching for a missing teenage boy. 17-year-old Lucas Brown was last seen Thursday. His car was found but there was no sign of the boy. He is described as 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, with blue eyes and brown hair. If you have have information as to the whereabouts of Lucas Brown, you're asked to contact the Overton County Sheriff's Department.
The TBI says that Lucas Brown was last seen on August 12, 2015. Lucas had advised a friend he was going ginseng hunting and borrowed a shotgun from his friend to take with him. His vehicle a 1995 tan Ford Ranger pickup was found in the area of Nelson Lane in Rickman, Tennessee. He was last seen wearing khaki shorts and a t-shirt. If you have seen Lucas or know anything about his disappearance, please call the Overton County Sheriff's Department at 931-823-5635.
A Nashville man has been charged in the case of a missing 14 year old Cookeville girl. Authorities in Baxter caught up with 28-year-old Elijah Smith on Sunday after they got a tip about a speeding car that matched the suspect’s vehicle from the Endangered Child Alert. The vehicle had struck a ditch and the teenage girl, who had been missing since last Thursday, was found unharmed near the crash site. She was turned over to her parents. Smith was taken to the Putnam County jail on multiple charges, including statutory rape, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and DUI. His bond was set at $37,000 and the investigation continues.
Former Oak Ridge Police Officer Cassen Jackson Garrison is being investigated by the TBI for statutory rape of a 16 year old girl, among other allegations. Local 8 News reports that Garrison has been fired by the department. Garrison graduated from Central in 2004. He was a three-year starter at running back, team captain and recipient of the Tennessee Mr. Football award. He then went on to play for Vanderbilt.
Chattanooga leaders have announced more details on a concert for the victim's of last month shooting. Local 8 Now reports that Chattanooga native Samuel L. Jackson will emcee the September 16 event and country star Brantley Gilbert will perform. The event will be held at Ross's Landing. The concert will be free, but donations will be taken to be given to victims' families. A parade beginning at 2 p.m. from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Ross's Landing is also planned. Officials say they expect 85,000 to 100,000 people to attend. Other artists have been invited to the event. Officials are waiting for responses. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)