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City Police were called investigate the theft of items from a room at the Economy Inn. Cleaning staff reported that a 32 inch TV along with a cable box, TV stand and power cord were missing after a guest had checked out. The items were valued at over $800. Authorities are still investigating and have a possible suspect in the incident.
Thursday (Today), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to increase funding for the federal E-rate program by $1.5 billion annually in order to help U.S. schools and libraries improve internet access. The decision will provide Tennessee with access to $123.4 million in E-rate funding for Wi-Fi over the next five years—money that would allow the state to expand high-speed internet access to 899,500 additional students, 1,849 additional schools, and 287 additional libraries, according to data from the FCC. To pay for the increase in funding, the FCC expects that a consumer or business will see their telephone bills increase by about 16 cents a month or $1.90 a year.
Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to a report of a home burglary on Crab Orchard Lane Thursday. The victim said he returned home to discover his front door had been forced open. A 55-inch Hannspree television and a Playstation were taken. Loss was estimated at $950 and there are no suspects at this time.
A Claysville Road resident told Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputies that he had parked his vehicle on Hwy 68 just past Cox Valley Road to go hiking. When he returned, he discovered that the rear window of the vehicle had been busted out. Taken were a pair of Oakley Flak Jacket sunglasses, a DeWalt 21 volt drill set, a JVC car stereo, and $40 in change. Loss and damage was estimated at just under $740 and there are no suspects at this time.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Solid and Waste Management has announced just under $532,000 in grant funds will go toward the purchase of recycling equipment to help reduce landfill waste in Tennessee. According to TDEC, the Cumberland County Solid Waste Department was awarded a $25,000 grant for the purchase of truck scales after putting up $25,000 in matching funds. Morgan County spent $2,430 and received at grant of $21,870 for a vertical baler and recycling trailer. Overton County shelled out just over $2,800 and was awarded an $11,253 grant for containers and scales. Van Buren County received $18,000 for recycling bins with an almost $2,000 match. And Roane County put up just under $79,000 to receive a $25,000 grant for a sorting line. The TDEC grant fund receives its revenues from a state surcharge on each ton of solid waste disposed in landfills and from a fee on new tires sold in the state.