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Local Teen Arrested For Stealing CHA Truck
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday November 16, 2016

A local teen was arrested after he was reportedly found driving a 2002 Dodge Ram truck that was stolen from the Crossville Housing Authority. 19-year-old Austin Bruce Lamasters Swallows, of Crossville, allegedly admitted to stealing various items from the C.H.A. maintenance building. Police say Mr. Swallows also had a substance that field tested positive for meth in his possession at the time of his arrest. The other stolen items, mostly tools, had not been recovered at the time of the police report.


Tennessee posts $184M surplus in 1st quarter tax collections
AP Wednesday November 16, 2016

Tax collections for Tennessees general fund have beaten expectations by $184 million through the first quarter of the budget year.

Through the first three months of fiscal year, corporate franchise and excise taxes have exceeded projections by $93 million and sales tax collections were $86 million more than the budgeted amount.

Sales taxes collections in October grew by 4.5 percent compared with the same year-ago period. But corporate tax collections dropped 14. 5 percent, which Finance Commissioner Larry Martin attributed to businesses requesting refunds for previous overpayments.

Tennessee ended the last budget year on June 30 with a general fund surplus of $852 million.


High School Basketball
Submitted / Steve Wednesday November 16, 2016

The CCHS Lady Jets Basketball team traveled to Baylor on Tuesday night for their first game of the 2016-2017 season. Cumberland County posted a win over the Lady Red Raiders 59-49. Gracee Dishman led the Lady Jets with 26 points, Klaire Varney and Brylie Christopher each scored 12 points for the winners. The Lady Jets and Jets next games are set for Saturday as they play in Hall of Fame action at Clarkrange.


Tennessee Ranked No. 19 in CFP
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday November 16, 2016

Tennessee has been ranked No. 19 in the College Football Playoff rankings. The Vols fell out of the AP Top 25 Poll after losing to the South Carolina Gamecocks on October 30th. Six SEC teams made the CFP ranking: No. 1 Alabama, No. 15 Auburn, No. 16 LSU, No. 19 Tennessee, No. 23 Florida and No. 25 Texas A&M. Up next for the Vols, Tennessee hosts unranked Missouri on Saturday, November 19 with a 2:30 p.m. CT kick-off. Catch all the action beginning with Bob Kesling's KIckoff Call-in Show at 1 p.m. on 102.5 WOW Country.


TN Dept. of Agriculture Wednesday November 16, 2016

Investigators with the Tennessee Department of Agricultures (TDA) Agriculture Crime Unit, along with authorities in Sequatchie and Monroe Counties and the State Fire Marshals office have arrested two people suspected in separate arson cases.

Matthew Ryan Wallace, age 27 of Tuscaloosa, Ala. is accused of igniting a wildfire along Standifer Grant Road in Sequatchie County yesterday. He is charged with setting fire to personal property or land, a Class E felony, punishable with up to 6 years incarceration and a fine of up to $3000.

Monroe County Deputies arrested Charles Edward Martin, age 50 of Madisonville, Tenn. yesterday for deliberately setting a fire along Gamble Road. He is charged with setting fire to personal property or land, reckless burning and resisting arrest.

These arrests come just as the states arson reward fund grows. The Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation and the Tennessee Forestry Association have committed donations to the fund. Now, citizens may receive as much as $2500 for a tip that leads to an arson arrest and conviction.

The arson hotline is 1-800-762-3017 and is answered 24 hours a day. You can also report arson activity to the TDA Ag Crime Unit at 1-844-AGCRIME (1-844-242-7463). Callers may remain anonymous.

This year to date, about 1,238 wildfires have burned across the state. Almost 50% of those are suspected arson.

Due to the ongoing drought and destructive wildfires, Governor Bill Haslam has ordered a regional burn ban for East Tennessee. An Agriculture Commissioners burn ban is in effect for two counties outside of that region, Sumner and Robertson. A violation of a burn ban is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 and/or up to 11 months 29 days in jail.

(Photo courtesy TN Dept. of Ag)


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