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Crossville City Judge Ivy Gardner will receive an addition $3000 for her duties. According to the City Attorney, the City Charter requires that the judge position be appointed at the same salary as the previous judge, which will be $15,000 per year. Council had advertised the position at $12,000.
The City Council moved to table a request for an additional $5000 to $6000 for the Crossville-Cumberland County Central Communications Committee. County Mayor Kenneth Carey has made to request of the County, City and the 911 Board in order to hire a Communications Director. Council member Pam Harris said she wanted more information, but felt the current salary should be enough. Council will address the matter again in next month’s work session.
Authorities in White County are releasing few details at this time regarding the death of a woman. According to the White County Sheriff’s Department, just before 4:30 Wednesday morning, White County 911 received a call about a woman who had been critically injured in the Old Union Road area. White County Officers and White County EMS responded. The woman was picked up at a residence on McMinnville Highway and transported to Highland's Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. The White County Sheriff's Department, T.B.I. and 13th Judicial DA are currently investigating.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is imposing a $70,000 fine against the Tennessee Valley Authority for violations found at the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in 2012. Federal regulators decided the civil penalty was warranted after finding that TVA contract workers did not maintain required fire watches at the plant near Soddy-Daisy and then tried to cover up the error by falsifying records. TVA fired the workers responsible and said it won't contest the penalty.
A bill before the Tennessee State Legislature would increase the fine if you're caught texting behind the wheel. The current fine for texting while driving is $50. Senate Bill 443, introduced by Sen. Jim Tracy, would bump that ticket up five times to $250. Local 8 Now reports that authorities say drivers are six times more likely to be in a distracted driving crash than a crash involving a drunk driver. Just glancing down at your phone to read a text message takes your eyes off the road for two to three seconds. That's enough time to travel hundreds of feet. The same bill would also increase the fine for not wearing a seat belt to $250.