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UPDATE: Colonial pipeline expected to carry fuel by Sunday
AP/Peg Broadcasting News Thursday August 31, 2017

The good news, there should not be a shortage of gas in Tennessee for the Labor Day Weekend. The bad news, it is going to cost you more at the pumps.

The operator of the Colonial Pipeline, which provides nearly 40 percent of the South?s gasoline, estimates it can resume carrying fuel in the Houston area by Sunday, potentially avoiding a lengthy shutdown that would intensify gasoline shortages.

The Georgia-based company remains able to operate its pipeline from Louisiana to states east and northeast of there, though deliveries will be intermittent, the company said.

Huge challenges remain for the nation's system of getting gasoline to the pumps of service stations, since Hurricane Harvey forced the shutdown of at least eight Texas refineries, according to AAA.

Pump prices have surged - the average for a gallon of regular gasoline rose from about $2.35 a week ago to $2.45 now, AAA reported. The price spike is more dramatic in some states such as Georgia, where the average cost per gallon of regular gas has climbed from $2.22 a week ago to $2.39 now.

In Tennessee, average gas prices have risen 12 cents statewide from last week, from $2.13 for a gallon of regular to $2.25.


Mike Blackwood Fired as E-911 Dispatch Director
Crossville Chronicle/Peg Broadcasting News Thursday August 31, 2017

Mike Blackwood is no longer the Director of E-911 Dispatch. The Crossville Chronicle reports that the Central Communications Committee voted unanimously to terminate Blackwood. It is alleged that Blackwood falsified time sheets and there were issues regarding his conduct with subordinates. Angela Petree will serve as Interim Dispatch Director.


BOE Stops Online Streaming Service
Crossville Chronicle/Peg Broadcasting News Thursday August 31, 2017

The Cumberland County Board of Education has voted to end its live streaming service contract, the Crossville Chronicle reports. The move will save about $5,000 a year. While many people were initially very excited that BOE meetings could be seen and heard online, there were problems with the service from the beginning. The audio has been so poor that most have since given up and now there are only about 34 viewers per board meeting. The BOE will investigate other possible providers.


Tennessee Highway Safety Office Announces Award Recipients from 2017 Tennessee Lifesavers Conference and Law Enforcement Challenge
THSO Thursday August 31, 2017

Law Enforcement Administrator Brenda Jones distributed three grant funding awards to law enforcement agencies who participated in the THSO's SAFE Campaign. The scope of the SAFE Campaign is to increase seatbelt usage with combined efforts of enforcement and education. All qualifying agencies participating in the SAFE Campaign with identifiable highway traffic safety issues were eligible to receive grant funding. Winners are listed as follows. Crossville Police Department 1st Place ($10,000 in grant award funding), Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, 2nd Place ($7,500 in grant award finding) and Lebanon Police Department 3rd Place ($5,000 in grant award funding).


Truck Pull and Horse & Mule Show Cancelled
CC Fair Thursday August 31, 2017

Due to inclement weather, The Cumberland County Fair has announced that the Truck and Tractor Pull has been cancelled for tonight. Also, the Horse and Mule Show has been cancelled for Friday night. Carrie Hassler is now scheduled to perform in the grandstands on Friday evening at the Cumberland County Fair.


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