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Panthers Advance to Playoffs
Vince /Steve/Gordon Thursday November 12, 2015

The Stone Memorial High School Panthers team is now 11 and 0 this season and will be at home in round two of the playoffs this Friday night, November 13th, as they play host to the Hurricanes of East Hamilton. The kick-off for the Region 3 Class 4A rematch is scheduled for 7:00p.m. Catch all the action on MIx 99. 3 beginning with the pregame at 6:45 p.m. and online at


Brushy Mountain Prison Being Transformed into Distillery/Tourist Attraction
AP Thursday November 12, 2015

Work continues to convert the notorious Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary into a distillery and tourist attraction. The correctional complex was opened in 1896 and closed in 2009. During that time, some of the nation’s most infamous criminals were housed at Brushy Mountain in Morgan County, including James Earl Ray, the assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that developer Brian May is not able to give a timetable for completion but when it is done the huge moonshine distillery will have a museum, prison tours, RV park and music festivals.


Crossville Fire Department to Participate in “100 For 100” Smoke Alarm Installation Event on Saturday, November 14, 2015.
Submitted: Deputy Chief Chris South, Crossville Fire Department Thursday November 12, 2015

On Saturday, November 14, the American Red Cross of East Tennessee, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office and Crossville Fire Department, along with community volunteers will install smoke alarms and teach people fire safety. “This is a valuable opportunity to work directly with residents and educate them on fire prevention.”, said Chris South, Deputy Chief, Crossville Fire Department.

Last month, the first “100 For 100” smoke alarm installation event challenged 10 Tennessee fire departments to install 100 smoke alarms in one day to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the SFMO. Participating fire departments responded by installing 1,116 smoke alarms in just a few hours’ time.

The Crossville Fire Department is one of eight departments in the November challenge. Fire Departments in Dresden, Martin, Willette, Dekalb County, Murfreesboro, Sneedville and Sweetwater will also participate in the “100 for 100” challenge on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

For more information about the November 14th event, contact Taylor Kendra at 865-584-2999 or in Crossville call Deputy Fire Chief Chris South at 931-484-6144.


Downton Abbey Season 6 Premier at Palace Theatre Dec. 12
Submitted: Billy Loggins, City of Crossville Marketing Director Thursday November 12, 2015

The City of Crossville will be hosting the Downton Abbey Season 6 Premier Screening on Saturday, December 12th, 2015 at the Palace Theatre beginning at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are free, but you have to have a ticket, limit of four tickets per person. Billy Loggins, Marketing Director for the City of Crossville said the city “hosted the preview event of Season 4 two years ago. It was great fun, and the public really enjoyed it.” The City is “ excited WCTE would like to come back to Crossville for the last season premiere of the most popular PBS production of all time“, Logins said. To get your tickets and for more information go online to


Tennessee Hopes to Retain Guards By Paying $1,000 Retention Bonus
AP Thursday November 12, 2015

According to a staff memo obtained by The Tennessean, Sate prison administrators plan to pay current prison guards and other employees a $1,000 bonus before the end of the year as part of an effort to keep them from quitting. The one-time bonuses affects 3,300 officers, at a cost that could go as high as $3.3 million. The Department hopes the bonuses will show correctional employees that they are appreciated and will help slow what has been a steady flow of employees leaving to find other jobs. Tennessee State Employees Association President Bryan Merritt showed support for the bonuses, but says it probably won’t be enough to stop officers from walking out the door. Merritt says the department still must fix staffing shortages that have affected the prison system for months.


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