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– A granite statue sat outside on the Peabody College campus at Vanderbilt in Nashville for 45 years without anyone realizing it was an ancient and priceless Asian relic. Korean native and Vanderbilt student Je Huk Lee recognized the statue as a 17th century figure buried in a Korean royal tomb. The statue was a gift in the 1950s from the Korean government to Vanderbilt professor Willard Gossling for his work in building Korea's educational system after the war. The statue was recently removed from its location outside near Payne Hall and relocated to the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery in Cohen Memorial Hall, where it has begun to receive restorative care. A reception to honor the artifact and Vanderbilt’s longstanding partnerships with Asia will be held on Thursday, October 9, from 3:15 to 4 pm in the Cohen atrium.
Crossville City Fire Fighters have been extremely busy ever since the storms rolled onto the Plateau Monday. Firefighters were called to a house fire on Old Watkins Road off Lantana Road around 2:30 this morning after lightning hit the structure. The home was heavily involved by the time crews arrived and they were able to quickly put it out. It was determined to be unoccupied and no one was injured. The house is considered a complete loss.
A Sparta man who allegedly stabbed his wife in the parking lot of Love’s Truck Stop in Baxter, TN on Friday was apprehended shortly after the incident. The Putnam County Sheriff’s Department reports that 34 year old Clifton Terrell Brown was parked at the truck stop and arguing with his wife. During the argument, Brown took out a knife and stabbed his 28 year old wife in front of the couple’s children who were also in the car. A customer witnessed the stabbing and called 911 and then rendered first aid to the victim. Brown fled but was soon apprehended by officers from both the Putnam County and Baxter County Sheriff’s Departments. Brown’s wife was taken to the hospital in serious but stable condition. The children were not injured. Brown was charged with aggravated assault. Brown is currently being held in the Putnam County Jail on a $50,000 bond. He is also on parole for a drug violation.
A couple of quick change artists who scammed a Woodmere Exxon cashier out of $300 in Crossville Sunday were apprehended a few hours later in Loudon County. 52 year old Jeffrey Todd Starnes of Nashville and his accomplice, 57 year old Anthony Sylvester Scott, also of Nashville, were apprehended at a Lenoir City truck stop after deputies there spotted their vehicle. They were brought back to Cumberland County on money scam charges. Starnes faces a felony robbery charge and is due in General Sessions Court on October 27.
A Rockwood man faces a felony charge after fleeing authorities over the weekend. On Sunday, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Howard observed a van on Highway 70 East in the Westel Community illegally pass another vehicle. Deputy Howard noticed the driver and passenger exchanging seats. Deputy Howard pursued and the van pulled over, and then started moving again at which time the driver exited the van. The passenger then got behind the wheel and took off towards Roane County. Authorities in Roane County were notified and the chase ensued to Waldo Road where the van sideswiped a Roane County Patrol car and wrecked in a ditch. Authorities arrested 31 year old Jessie Jackson Henry of Rockwood and charged him with Reckless Endangerment, Violation of a No Passing Zone, Driving on a Revoked License, and Felony Evading Arrest. Bond was set at $46,000 and Henry faces an October 27th General Sessions Court date. The other vehicle occupant told authorities that his cousin “J.J.” told him to drive or he would crash the van. The male subject said when he slid behind the wheel, J.J. punched the gas and that’s when the man jumped out of the van.