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City Attorney Completes Rough Draft of Interlocal Agreement for Recreation Facility
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday July 12, 2016

Crossville City Attorney Will Ridley has written a rough draft of an Interlocal Agreement Between The City Of Crossville and Cumberland County For The Joint Recreation Facility.

Under the agreement, the City of Crossville will transfer up to 18 acres of land to Cumberland County for a construction site for the recreational facility. The County will be responsible for the construction cost of the proposed 66,000 sf facility which can cost no more than $20 million to build. The facility will include:

16,000 sf gym with two high-school size courts and one college size court
Walking track
Competition swimming pool with eight, 25-yard lanes
Warm water pool
Outdoor leisure pool with deck and water park-type amenities
Wellness Center
Martial arts/gymnastics room
Dance and aerobics exercise room
Locker rooms

The City will be responsible for operating the facility and the cost of such operation. The City of Crossville and Cumberland County shall share equally in the maintenance of the facility once constructed.
Both the City and County will apply for grants, however, construction of the recreational facility will still require a substantial tax increase.

Both the City and County are hoping to finalize the Interlocal Agreement in time for voters to decide the issue by county wide referendum in the November 2016 election.

The City Council has not voted on or discussed this issue in full detail so the actual terms of the Agreement are still to be determined.

The Crossville City Council will hold its Regular Monthly Meeting on Thursday, July 14th at 6 p.m. at City Hall. The meeting is open to the public.


Cumberland County General Election
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday July 12, 2016

Early voting begins this Friday, July 15, 2016. Voters may cast their ballot starting at 8 a.m. CT at the Election Commission located at 2 South Main Street in Crossville across from the Cumberland County Courthouse.

On the ballot in the Cumberland County General Election, Incumbent Assessor of Property David W. Simcox is being challenged by Crossville City Councilmember Pete Souza. Sue Ann York is unopposed in her bid for the District 1 County Commission seat. Sandra Baxter Dutcher, John L. Patterson, Jr. and Robert (Bobby) Smith are all running for 9th District County Commission. Robert Safdie, Josh Stone and Aretie G. Paterson are all lone candidates for seats on the Cumberland County Board of Education in Districts 2,4, and 9 respectively. Teresa G. Boston and Michael McAnnally are vying for District 8 School Board. And in the District 6 School Board race the candidates are Tom Netherton, Victor Randolph and Matt Speich.

Early voting is July 15th through July 30th , 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 12 Noon CT on Saturdays. A Federal or State of Tennessee government issued photo ID is required to vote, unless an exception applies. For questions about the voting process call 931-484-4919.


Chattanooga to mark first anniversary of shooting attack
AP Tuesday July 12, 2016

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee organizers are planning a day of memorial events Saturday for the first anniversary of a shooting attack that claimed the lives of four Marines and a Navy sailor in Chattanooga.

The Times Free Press reports that Saturday marks a year since a lone gunman opened fire on two Chattanooga military sites.

Saturday's events will include an interfaith service, a concert, art exhibits and a quiet moment of reflection.

Authorities say 24-year-old Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot at a Chattanooga military recruiting office last July 16 before driving to a reserve center and opening fire, killing the Marines and fatally wounding the sailor. He was killed in a confrontation with police. The U.S. Navy Secretary later said an investigation determined the attack was terrorist-inspired.

A Marine recruiter also was shot and wounded in the initial attack.


Haslam Declares Friday Day of Mourning in Honor of Private Evans Overbeys Ultimate Sacrifice Broadcasting News Tuesday July 12, 2016

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has declared a day of mourning and ordered flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Friday, July 15 in honor of Private Evans Overbeys ultimate sacrifice.

During World War II, United States Army Air Forces Private Evans Overbey was serving with the 93rd Bombardment Squadron, 19th Bombardment Group. Overbey was captured in the fall of Corregidor and imprisoned in the Japanese-operated camp at Cabanatuan on the island of Luzon, Philippines. The Elizabethton, TN native died on November 19, 1942 from malnutrition and medical neglect while in the camp hospital. He was buried in a common grave in the camp cemetery. He was 25 years old.

Advancements in DNA testing and forensic analysis allowed teams at the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory to positively identify Overbeys remains in December, 2015.

After almost 75 years since he died, Overbeys remains will be laid this Friday in his home state of Tennessee. The body will arrive at the Tri-Cities Regional Airport in Blountville on Tuesday, July 12 at 8:10 p.m. (EDT).

Visitation will be at Valley Funeral Home at 1085 North Main Street in Erwin on Thursday, July 14 from 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. (EDT).

Burial will be at the Mountain Home National Cemetery at 53 Memorial Avenue in Mountain Home, Tennessee on Friday, July 15 at 2:30 p.m. (EDT).

Overbey is survived by his niece and nephews Grace Erwin and Phillip Erwin of Erwin, Tennessee. Other surviving nieces and nephews include Vernon Rose, Vernon Rose, Jr., Kenneth Sanger, Jeannette Spiesman, Phyllis Ann Willoughby of Ohio as well as Delorse McCauley of North Carolina and Wanda Murray of Colorado.


August 1, Final Date to Complete Crop Base Contract
USDA Tuesday July 12, 2016

Farmers are reminded August 1, is the final date they can complete 2016 crop base contracts at the Cumberland/Bledsoe County Farm Service Agency. Anyone having questions about this deadline, or needs the contract mailed to them, is urged to call the office at 931-484-6520 or toll free at 855-216-2802.


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