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It doesn’t officially kick off until tomorrow, but that hasn’t stopped early birds from hitting up vendors along the World’s Longest Yard sale Route. The 600 plus long stretch of bargains runs straight through the heart of Crossville. While some locals are less enthusiastic about the traffic congestion that the sale can bring, others realize the significant boost it brings to the local economy. Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce President Brad Allamong notes that many of the out of town shoppers shop, eat and sleep in Crossville. Cumberland County Schools are taking notice of the sale’s impact as well. For the first time in 20 years, schools will be in session at the same time the sale is in effect. School officials caution that busses may experience delays due to heavy traffic along Highway 127, and ask drivers to use caution, as children may be present.
Tennessee Department of Revenue officials are urging people to give them a call if you think you were wrongly charged sales tax during the tax-free weekend, which was last Friday through Sunday. A woman in Wilson County told officials she was charged sales tax on items that were supposed to be exempt. She bought the items at Target in Mt. Juliet. The Revenue Department has had two reports of retailers incorrectly charging sales tax. Officials say both issues were resolved by talking to the taxpayer. Revenue officials say you should check your receipts and if you think you were incorrectly charged, call the Department of Revenue at 1-800-342-1003. The customer will need to return to the retailer where the items were purchased to get a refund on the sales tax.
Tennesseans took the advice of state officials, and voted early for Thursday’s elections. State election officials reported record numbers for early voting for the county and general primary election. If you didn’t get a chance to cast your ballot and you are a qualified, registered voter, you can do so on Thursday from 8am-7pm Central Time. Join Peg Broadcasting for complete election coverage, featuring anchors Panama Jack and Ronni Chase and Randel Travena from results central at the Cumberland County Courthouse beginning Thursday at 7pm. Race by race numbers will be featured on our website under the “Election 2014” link as they become available.
Crossville police department will be conducting sobriety enforcement checks and saturations through the city of Crossville beginning August 8th at 6pm through August 11th at 6am. These checkpoints may be located on US Highway 127, US Highway 70, State Route 392, State Route 101, I-40 and will also include Lantana and Genesis Roads.
Time is running out to submit your entry for this year’s City of Crossville Christmas Parade Theme Contest. The winner of the theme contest will be awarded gift certificates from area merchants and will see their theme come to life during the parade on Saturday, December 13th. Submit your theme idea to Billy Loggins at 392 North Main Street, Crossville TN, 38558 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for entries is August 13th.