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Submitted Friday August 14, 2015

The SMHS Boys Golf team picked up their second win this week Thursday afternoon defeating Kingston 179-185 in a nine hole match at Lake Tansi Golf Course. Wyatt Erkilla led the way for the panthers with a 39. Jay Burgin and Caleb Smith shot 46. Wes Flynn shot 48. Conor Lowe 49. and Garrett Magnessun 53. The Lady Panther Golf team was unable to get the win, but Anna Dailey led the way with a 53. Jillian Petrovit shot a 60.


Local community action group questions recent City tax increase
Peg Broadcasting News Friday August 14, 2015

A local group referring to themselves as PRIDE, (People for Restoring Integrity, Dignity and Excellence) questioned the Crossville City Manager and Council members regarding the recent 10 cent property tax hike during the regular monthly meeting Thursday. PRIDE is concerned about the tax hike and projections for continuing deficits in the City budget. The 10 cent tax increase for the 2015-16 fiscal was approved to cover a deficit, but what seemed to concern the group was that $8 million lay in a rainy day fund that in theory could have been used. Council member Jessie Kerley noted that that money was actually borrowed money and it didn't make sense to use borrowed money to cover the deficit. Projections for future budgets indicate either another tax increase or a reduction in spending, both of which are decisions to be addressed by the council and are very likely to change as the year progresses. And while the City Attorney pointed out that Council was not required to answer any questions from the audience at this point, Council members, with the exception of Pete Souza, did remain and allow questioning to continue.


City votes to keep County building inspections
Peg Broadcasting News Friday August 14, 2015

Cumberland County Mayor Kenny Carey told City Council members that the County Environmental Committee will be making a recommendation that the City continue to conduct state mandated building inspections for the county. Carey said that in addition to residential inspections, the City would also be handling commercial and commercial remodels in the County. Council approved a motion to accept the job and authorized the City Manager to negotiate an agreement. The motion was approved in a 3-2 vote with Pete Souza and Mayor Mayberry voting in the negative.


Police Chief recognizes officers
Peg Broadcasting News Friday August 14, 2015

Crossville Police Chief Rod Shoap honored several detectives and city employees for their recent efforts. Major Mark Rosser and Detectives Donnie Hammons, JC Hancock and Danny Harris were cited for their work in apprehending suspects in an armed robbery of a residence in July. The four were key in investigations that resulted in the arrest within 72 hours. Chief Shoap also recognized Crossville Marketing and Public Relations Director Billy Loggins and Parks and Recreation Director Tammie French, along with Lt. Brian Eckelson for their efforts during recent City sponsored events, such as the 4th of July celebration.


Sales tax revenue up from last year
Peg Broadcasting News Friday August 14, 2015

According to City Manager David Rutherford, sales tax collections for the year to date are up by $38,000 from the previous year and remains well ahead of previous years. Total sales tax collections for the year were at $639,340. The wholesale beer tax revenue, which had been on the decline, jumped for the year to date to $68,355 marking its highest point and up almost $8,000 over last year. Retail liquor inspection fees were also up with total collections at $431,477.


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