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The Crossville – Cumberland County Crimestoppers program is preparing for a record year. Now into its 10th year, crime solving tips have increased 5 fold! With participation from the citizens of Crossville and Cumberland County, as well as surrounding areas, Crimestoppers has helped to solve crimes, identify criminals and recover stolen property. Today, Crimestoppers is helping more families and individual victims of crime than ever before. Crimestoppers is working toward a better future for our community, by preventing future crimes.
Crimestoppers success is due in-part to partnerships with news outlets, printed media and local broadcast radio. Additionally, social networking on Facebook, where the post reach is nearing the 110,000 mark, helps Crimestoppers stay in contact with the community. With 5,087 page likes today, a goal of 10,000 likes by year’s end is very possible. Crossville-Cumberland County Crimestoppers reach has even caught the attention of a police agency in another state, who has called looking for information on how they might duplicate a Community Partnerships program.
The longest serving Crimestoppers board members, Betty Bowman and Terry Stephens, have been involved with the program since its inception in 2006. “Our Crimestoppers program has grown very quickly in the last couple of years. Helping our community is why we got started.” “Crimestoppers is doing more good than ever before, and that’s a great thing!”
The Crimestoppers board would like to thank all of those who have participated in making the program a success. A special thank you for the generous support from the City of Crossville Police Department, Cumberland County Sheriff’s office and the local Wal-Mart Supercenter for the donations that continue to help the program pay cash rewards for the tips that we receive. Crimestoppers would like to invite everyone to visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CrossvilleCrimestoppers
(Photo Courtesy Crimestoppers. Shown: Crimestoppers Board meeting: Tom Houston, Donald Moody, Jr., Gerald Walker, Jerry Harris, Chip Reed, Terry Stephens, Steve Randel, Kim Tabor, Betty Bowman).
The TBI has made a major heroin bust in Murfreesboro and two women were charged with heroin possession. Detectives and Special Agents developed information about a shipment of heroin that was scheduled to be delivered from Denver, Colorado, for distribution in Murfreesboro. That led authorities to a vehicle in a Murfreesboro hotel parking lot. A search of the vehicle revealed approximately five kilograms of heroin. Elizabeth Castillo, 30, and Rosalinda Vallejo, 43, both of Colorado, were apprehended. The two women were each charged with one count of Possession of Heroin for Resale. They were booked into the Rutherford County Jail, where they are each being held on a $1,000,000 bond.
Four Morgan County corrections officers have been indicted on assault charges. Luke Cooper, Michael Lloyd, Denny Hughett and Joe Shoffner were arrested following a TBI investigation. According to reports, on November 24, 2015, two correction officers stood by as one inmate allegedly assaulted another. On December 15, 2015 four officers are accused of assaulting an inmate. The four officers were booked into the Roane County Jail but have since bonded out.
Tuesday Cumberland County played host to Cookeville. The Lady Jets, the 9th ranked team in the State according to the AP, rallied from seven points down in the final quarter to beat the Lady Cavs 62-56. In the final game of the night the Cavaliers rolled to a 61-37 win over the Jets.
Stone Memorial traveled to Rhea County and split their District games with the Eagles. The Lady Panthers cruised to a 65-48 win over the Lady Eagles and the Panthers fell to the Golden Eagles 71-50.
Friday, January 29, both CCHS and SMHS will be on the road for District action. The Jets and Lady Jets travel to Rhea; the girls game begins at 5:00. The Panthers and Lady Panthers will visit Sparta for games at White County High School. The Lady Panthers game with the Warriorettes is scheduled to tip at 6:00. 102.5 WOW Country is your home for the Jets and catch the Panthers on Mix 99.3.
Representatives from the Tennessee State Library and Archives will be in Dayton, Tennessee on Jan. 27 and Jan. 28, 2016 to record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents for the online exhibit “Looking Back: The Civil War in Tennessee,” which commemorates the Civil War’s 150th anniversary.
Archivists will be at the Clyde W. Roddy Public Library, 371 First Avenue in Dayton, on Jan. 27 from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. and Jan. 28 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. During that time, they invite area residents to bring in original photographs, documents and other artifacts related to the Civil War.
The archivists will scan or take digital photographs of the materials, which will be featured in the exhibit at www.tncivilwar150.org. The archivists will not actually take possession of the items from their owners.
Individuals may call (615) 741-1883 or e-mail email@example.com to schedule a reservation with the archivists. Attendees at the event will receive copies of the digital photographs and tips on how to preserve their Civil War memorabilia. (Photo Courtesy TN State Library and Archives)