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During a special call of the Crossville City Council, council members voted to reject a counter offer of $92,000 from J. Hicks Excavating. The council previously said they would accept $108,000 to resolve the suit that stems from construction of the Duer Soccer Complex. Council says they will proceed to court for the full amount if their offer is rejected.
Clean-up efforts are wrapping up in Cumberland County, nine months after February’s ice storm wreaked havoc on the Plateau. EMA deputy director Jill Ritzman says it tore up $7 million worth of debris. The Road Department completed cleaning up around county roads a couple of weeks ago. The state is still working on their portion. With Winter just around the corner, officials say the danger isn't completely over yet. There are still numerous loose limbs hanging on trees that could come down with the slightest breeze, snow, or another dreaded ice storm.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has announced that it will be participating in the third annual “Interstate 40 Challenge: The Drive to Zero Fatalities.” This Thanksgiving holiday traffic safety initiative will be seen in the increase of patrols along I40 during the Thanksgiving period of November 25-29. Troopers will be assigned to every 20 miles of I40 between the hours of 11 am to 11 pm on Wednesday November 25th and 9 am to 9 pm on Sunday November 29th. In addition, there will be increased presence on all interstates across Tennessee. In Cumberland County, there will be three checkpoints throughout the holiday period. On Friday November 27th there will be a Driver’s License Checkpoint on Hwy 68 at Alloway, and a Sobriety Checkpoint on Hwy 127 at milemarker 26. There will be another Sobriety Checkpoint on USHwy 70 at Browntown Road on Saturday November 28th.
Christmas is not far away; and any thought of Christmas brings the City of Crossville Annual Christmas Parade into the conversation. The Christmas Parade will be held this year on Saturday, Dec. 12th, getting underway at 4:30 p.m. The parade route will follow the same route as last year, beginning on Stanley Street, connecting with Main Street and heading north. The Grand Marshal for the 2015 parade will be Jim Crabtree, producing director of the Cumberland County Playhouse. The winning theme chosen from entries in the annual “Parade Theme” contest is “12 Days of Christmas,” submitted by Faith Abston. “We would like to thank everyone who participated and provided entries for the parade theme,” said Billy Loggins, City Marketing Director. The 2015 Christmas Parade Grand Prize for the winning entry is $500. There will also be $100 winners in each category. Entries for the parade will be accepted until Dec. 7. Categories are: Small Business, Large Business, School, Horses/Animals, Religious, Non-Profit and Vintage Auto (25 years old and older). All entries must adhere to the theme and must be 75% decorated. Any entry (with the exception of vintage autos) not 75% decorated at the time of the parade lineup will be unable to participate. Parade rules, regulations, entry forms and guidelines are available at the Palace Theatre, 72 South Main Street; or you may contact the Palace Theater at (931) 484-6133.
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This year, there are several other events of interest that will take place before the start of the parade. The always-popular Breakfast Rotary Club Annual Chili Cook-Off will be held at the Crossville Depot. This year the Chili Cook-Off marks its 30th event. Contact Scott Maddox at 484-5767 for additional info.
The 3rd Annual TAD (Teens Against Drugs) Center Reindeer Run will start things off for Parade Day. For more information, contact the TAD Center at 456-2859.
Another exciting event taking place before the Parade is The “Downton Abbey” Last-Season Premiere; this will take place at the Palace Theatre. You are invited to join WCTE-TV and the City of Crossville for an afternoon of tea and cookies, followed by a Premiere Screening Party, then a “sneak peek” of the intrigue and drama of the Downton Abbey screening of the first hour of the new 2016 season! Dressing in period costume is optional but encouraged (WWI, 1920s era). Tickets are free but you must have one to attend. For ticket info, contact the Palace Theatre at 484-6133.
Cumberland Medical Center / Covenant Health will partner with Flowers Bakery once again to hand out free hot chocolate and snack cakes from the courthouse lawn before and during the Christmas Parade.
Cumberland Fellowship Church will be handing out complementary coffee, and hot chocolate to parade participants at Martin Elem., and at Cumberland County High School. The Christmas Parade uses these campus areas to stage the different parade categories.
The Christmas Parade will once again be videoed courtesy of Vol First / Ben Lomand. Parade announcer for this year is Thom Hassler, with Cumberland Medical Center / Covenant Health. Parade DVD’s will be made available to the public.
This holiday season, Tony Vandever, of Crossville, is awaiting a gift more special than all the rest. Doctors say he needs a kidney transplant. In 2012, Vandever, 44, was diagnosed with kidney failure after years of battling diabetes. While awaiting his transplant, he endures regular dialysis treatments, which can often leave him exhausted. Vandever dreams of the day when he can be a more helpful usband to his wife Carrie and more active father to their young son.. The average kidney transplant costs approximately $250,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with health insurance, which will cover the transplant costs, he faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of his life, he will need follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are expected to cost $2,000 to $3,000 each month, and they’re as critical to his survival as the transplant itself. When Vandever receives his transplant, he must temporarily relocate more than 100 miles from his home to be near the hospital for at least a month during recovery, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food, childcare and lodging. For fundraising expertise and guidance, Vandever turned to the National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) for assistance. NFT is a nonprofit organization based in Memphis, Tenn. that helps patients raise funds to pay for transplant-related expenses. “This is such a special family,” said Claire Prince, NFT fundraising consultant. “I know Tony just wants to have the energy to run and play with his son, and I’m hopeful he’ll receive his transplant soon.” You can help Tony Vandever of Crossville by making a tax-deductible donation in honor of Vandever. Please send a contribution to the NFT Tennessee Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Ave., Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write “in honor of Tony Vandever” on the memo line. Secure donations also can be made online at www.transplants.org--select “Find an NFT Patient” to locate Tony Vandever. (Photo Courtesy NTF).