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Homicide Investigation In Cumberland County/Matthew Howard Detained
Sheriff Casey Cox, Cumberland County Sheriff's Office Tuesday February 17, 2015

The Cumberland County Sheriffs Department is investigating an early morning shooting. According to a press release from Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox, authorities were called to 243 Kings Down Drive in Fairfield Glade shortly after 3 a.m. Monday. The caller was identified as 39 year old Matthew B. Howard. Howard advised that he had shot his girlfriend. Fairfield Glade Public Safety Officers along with Cumberland County Sheriffs Deputies responded to the residence where they discovered 33 year old Tara L. Burnett deceased inside the residence from an apparent gunshot wound. Matthew Howard has been detained and transported to the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office. Both Howard and Burnett lived in the home where Burnett was found dead. Sheriffs Deputies and Fairfield Glade Public Safety Officers secured the crime scene as Investigators with the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office and an Agent with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation responded to the crime scene and assumed the investigation. The 13th Judicial District Attorney is also assisting in the investigation. Sheriff Cox notes in the press release that it is early in the investigation and little information can be released at this time. Authorities are currently investigating this case as a homicide. The victim will be transported to the State of Tennessee Medical Examiners Office for autopsy.


VEC Crews working to Restore Outages-February 16, 2015
VEC Monday February 16, 2015

As of 4:37 p.m. Monday, VEC crews are working to restore power to about 3,400 VEC members who are without power. Due to snow and ice accumulation trees and tree limbs have fallen into power lines causing the outages. The hardest hit areas are Roane County with 1296 outages; Rhea County with 1087 outages; Cumberland County with 607 outages and Meigs County with 226 outages. Crews will continue working until power has been restored to all affected customers. VEC apologizes for any inconveniences caused by the outages.


SMHS 8th grade football meeting rescheduled
Submitted Monday February 16, 2015

Due to the weather and cancellation of school the informational Meeting scheduled for Tuesday Feb 17th for all 8th graders zoned for Stone Memorial who are interested in playing football has been moved to Thursday feb 19th at 5:30 pm.


SMHS Track Team Meeting Postponed to Thurs. Feb. 19
Submitted Monday February 16, 2015

Due to weather conditions the SMHS Track Team will be rescheduling their parent/ guardian meeting from tonight to Thursday February 19 at 5:30 PM in the SMHS auditorium.


Arbor Day celebration set Friday, March 6, 2015-Free trees to be given away
Submitted Monday February 16, 2015

The Crossville Tree Board is celebrating Tennessee's 2015 Arbor Day on March 6th, marking the tree-planting season in the Volunteer State. The Tree Board members will be on hand to give tree-planting tips for the more than 3,100 trees they will distribute beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the parking lot of York & Bilbrey at 456 N. Main Street (beside the new New City Hall). Cumberland County Master Gardeners, and volunteers from the staff of Wyndham Resorts will also be present to assist the Tree Board. City Mayor James Mayberry will read a proclamation announcing Crossville's Tree City USA designation; the 12th year the city has earned that designation. Species differ each year, and this year the Tree Board has purchased 12 species to disperse:
Shortleaf Pine
Bald Cypress
Shagbark Hickory
Paw Paw
Oaks: Chinkapin, Pin, and Willow available
Wild Plum
Indigo Bush
Yellow Poplar
Later in the day, the Tree Board will plant larger trees at the Phoenix School as well as both Stone and Cumberland County High Schools with students helping plant the trees. This has become part of the Arbor Day tradition in Crossville. Site selection is important for tree planting depending on the species. Be sure not to plant tall growing trees under lines, or bushy trees too close to a house. Trees add value and beauty to a homes landscape and provide shade in the summer, which lowers air-conditioning bills. Several species offer food to wildlife and bloom in the spring and show great color in the fall. The trees are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, and are usually all gone before 11 a.m.


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