|10/25||9-12||East Tennessee Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram||TBA|
|10/25||1-3||Dave Kirk Automotive||TBA|
|10/29||5:30-7:30||Cumberland Fellowship's Fall Festival||TBA|
|10/31||4:30-6:30||Crossville First United Methodist Church - Spiritfest||TBA|
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It’s been 5 months since Nikki Burgess, formerly of Crossville, disappeared from her home in Hermitage,Tennessee. Nikki’s friends continue their Facebook campaign to find the mother of two, who was taken from her suburban Nashville home. Nikki’s house showed signs of an altercation. Her purse, her car, and her puppies were left behind. Thirty minutes before she went missing on May 23rd, she indicated via text that she was arguing with Caleb Cannon, the father of her 10-year old son. Investigators have looked at Caleb Cannon as a person of interest in the case. Nikki is described as petite, 5’1’’, 126 pounds, strawberry blond medium length hair, and blue/grey eyes. She is also heavily tattooed. The FBI is investigating, but Nikki’s friends are asking anyone with information about her disappearance to call their local Tennessee State Senator and the FBI to help speed up the process in solving the case and bring their beloved friend home. (Photo Courtesy Facebook/Find-Nikki-Burgess)
More than 200,000 Tennesseans have taken advantage of the opportunity to vote early for the Nov. 4 elections. Others are encouraged to do so before the early voting period closes Oct. 30. Cumberland County residents can cast their ballots early at the Election Commission Office, 2 South Main Street, in downtown Crossville from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; and 8 a.m. to 12 noon Saturday, October 25th. If you have any questions regarding early voting, you can call the Cumberland County Election Commission Office at 931-484-4919.
A Cumberland County student has been penalized for, in his mother’s words, “being honest”. At Thursday night’s Special Called Board of Education Meeting, Susan Mathis explained to the Board that on the morning of October 6th, her child was absent from school because he was teaching a class at Crossville Christian School called “How to Make A Difference”. Later that day, the student was absent from school for an eye doctor appointment. The student received an unexcused absence for his morning class. Ms. Mathis said when she asked why her child was not excused for the entire day when other students with doctors appointments are approved absent for the whole school day, she says she was told it was how parents word their requests for excuse. Apparently, if a parent is not specific about the length of time the student will be at the doctor, the absence will be excused for the entire day. In order for her child to be excused to teach a class at another school she should have submitted a request for preapproval. But because Ms. Mathis told the school her child taught a class at Crossville Christian School that morning and then went to the eye doctor, he was only excused for his afternoon classes. Ms. Mathis’s appeal to the board not to penalize her child for making an honest mistake did not make a difference. The Board voted to uphold the school’s policy, and her son’s absences will remain unexcused for half of the day. Ms. Mathis’ son is scheduled to teach his “How To Make A Difference” class at Crossville Christian School through mid November, but it should not conflict with his school attendance.
Cumberland Mountain State Park will host Ramble the Raccoon’s Puppet Craft Workshop Oct. 24-25. The Tennessee State Parks mascot will host the special workshop for ages eight-12. The workshop will feature live performances, sessions on crafting the perfect nocturnal puppet and opportunities to showcase a performance. The workshop will be held Friday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is $25 per child.
A Cumberland LaneApartments resident was nearly stabbed Monday when a woman burst into his room and pulled a knife on him. The victim told Crossville Police he heard a knock on the door and when he answered a female who was built like a man barged into his apartment and brandished a knife. The woman allegedly robbed him of $740 cash and fled in a grey two-tone truck. The victim ran after her and managed to grab a tool box from the bed of the truck. The victim said the woman had long dark hair and police have the name of a possible suspect in the case.