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TDOT Paving Scam
Peg Broadcasting News Friday August 25, 2017

The Tennessee Department of Transportation is warning the public about a new scam that has claimed at least one victim in Cumberland County. According to TDOT's Crossville maintenance supervisor, a property owner on State Route 101 was approached by a man who claimed to be a TDOT employee and was driving what appeared to be a TDOT truck. The truck was a crew cab with lights and had a TDOT logo on it. The scammer told the property owner that the contractor would be the ones paving their driveway as the State, which is currently resurfacing the road in that area, made it past their property. The scammer presented the property owner with a bill that appeared to be from the Department of Transportation for $2,300. TDOT Community Relations Officer Jennifer Flynn says TDOT is not doing this. Flynn says if you are approached by anyone claiming to be a TDOT employee who wants to pave your driveway for a fee, it is bogus. Do not fall for it and notify the police immediately.


Police: Nurse walks in on wife smothering husband with pillow
WVLT/Peg Broadcasting News Friday August 25, 2017

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A registered nurse at Blount Memorial Hospital walked in on a Maryville woman smothering her husband with a pillow, according to a Maryville police report.

Local 8 News reports that on the night of August 20, a registered nurse reported witnessing Sheila Hardin holding a pillow over her 56-year-old husband's face, attempting to smother him. The nurse said the victim, Anthony Hardin, looked afraid. The nurse was advised to notify security and move the victim to a hospital floor for non-contact/visitor patients.

Detectives interviewed Sheila Hardin at the Maryville Police Department on August 22. During the interview, Hardin confessed to trying to suffocate her husband.
Investigators charged Mrs. Hardin with attempted criminal homicide and placed on a $70,000 bond.


Farm Field Day Set for Sept. 7
Submitted: Lynn Carey, Office Manager, Cumberland County Soil Conservation District Friday August 25, 2017

The Cumberland County Soil Conservation District (SCD) will be having a Conservation Field Day on Thursday, September 7, 2017. It will be held at the U.T. Plateau Research and Education Center and will start at 5:00 p.m. CST.

Speakers will include Greg Brann, State Grazing Lands Specialist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service who will discuss pasture management and rotational grazing. U.T. / T.S.U. Extension Agent Gregg Upchurch will discuss weed control and herbicide application. USDA NRCS District Conservationist Jake Watson will discuss guidelines of the current cost-share programs.

Additional sponsors for this event include the Cumberland County Livestock Producers Association, Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) Water Resources, TDA Agricultural Enhancement Program, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

A meal will be served at the conclusion of the presentations and reservations are requested so an adequate amount of food can be prepared. If you have any special needs or need a reasonable accommodation, please discuss them when you make your reservations. For more information, or to make your reservation, please call the CCSCD Office at 931/484-5442, Ext. 3. Please make your reservations by September 1, 2017.


High School Sports
Peg Broadcasting News Friday August 25, 2017

The Stone Memorial Panthers hit the road Friday, August 25 for Scott County to play the Highlanders. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:15 and kick-off is 6:30 on MIX 99.3.

The Cumberland Country Jets hold their home opener Friday, August 25 hosting the Panthers of Powell High School. Pre-game is 6:15 and kickoff is 6:30 on 102.5 WOW Country.


Officer-Involved Shooting in Jellico, TBI Responds
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday August 24, 2017

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation sent out a Tweet this morning (Thursday) that Agents responded to the scene of an officer-involved shooting in Jellico. According to initial reports, a man walked into the Jellico Police station around 5:30 a.m. and pointed a gun at a dispatcher. The man then fled to a nearby home and barricaded himself. Two people were able to escape from that house. When the man refused to come out, police deployed tear gas. The suspect reportedly fled the home and confronted officers with a gun. Police fired shots, striking the man. He was flown to UT Medical Center. His condition is not known at this time.


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