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Wildland Task Force activated for 30+ acre fire in Gatlinburg
WVLT Thursday May 4, 2017

The Wildland Task Force has been activated to fight a 30+ acre fire in the Gatlinburg area, according to the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department.
Tennessee Department of Forestry's Nathan Waters is traveling to the scene now. He said the fire was originally reported as a 38 acre fire in the Cobbly Nob area. TEMA advised people to monitor local updates and reported high wind warnings with 80 mph gusts.

U.S. Highway 441/Newfound Gap Road from Gatlinburg to Cherokee, North Carolina, is temporarily closed due to high winds.

The official Twitter feed of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park said all visitors center and most park roads are currently closed due to wind and multiple downed trees.

As of 12:49 p.m., 12,451 customers were affected by power outages in Sevier County.

Meteorologist Heather Haley reports that wind advisories are in place until 8 p.m. for most of East Tennessee and Southeastern Kentucky, where gusts are 45+ miles per hour. A high wind warning is in effect until 9 p.m. for the foothills and Smokies, where gusts can reach 75+ miles per hour.


Stolen Vehicle Recovered in Bledsoe County, Man Arrested
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday May 4, 2017

A vehicle reported stolen in Crossville has been recovered in Bledsoe County and the suspected has been apprehended. On Monday, May 1, 2017 the victim contacted Crossville Police to report that his 1997 Chevrolet S-10 had been taken from a location on Ridgemont Drive. Right after police entered the vehicle into NCIC, they were notified that law enforcement in Bledsoe County had come in contact with the truck and a drive. 27-year-old James Adams of Hyder Loop was arrested and the truck was recovered. When the victim got his vehicle back, he reportedly discovered $300 worth of damage to the windshield and said that $200 was missing from his wallet.


Metal Detector Bill Passes House
AP Thursday May 4, 2017

The Tennessee House has passed a bill to make cities and counties choose between buying metal detectors, hiring security guards and checking bags at many public facilities, or letting handgun permit holders bring in their guns.
The bill passed the House 70-24 on Wednesday. The Senate could vote on it soon.
Gun control advocates and some cities think the bill would burden local officials with bad choices. The legislation also expands protections for gun-rights groups to sue on behalf of individuals who feel slighted by local gun restrictions.
Lawmakers voted down several amendments. One would have reduced the eligibility for triple attorney's fees awards included in the bill. Another would have exempted transit facilities from the added security requirements.
Gov. Bill Haslam's office says he's deferred to the legislature's will on the bill.


Legislators Pass Sexting Law
AP Thursday May 4, 2017

The Tennessee Legislature has passed a bill that would allow minors who send sexually explicit photos of themselves to others to face far less serious consequences than they do now.
Under current law, juveniles who email or text explicit photos can be charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, even if the pictures are consensual.
Under the measure, minors could be charged with an unruly offense in juvenile court.
The House passed the measure last week. It passed in the Senate Wednesday by a vote of 26-2.
The bill was sponsored by Sen. Jack Johnson, a Republican from Franklin.


Submitted: Lt. Brian Eckelson,Crimestoppers Coordinator/Public Information Officer-Crossville Police Thursday May 4, 2017

Two City of Crossville Police Department officers have received recognition with the issuance of ?Officer of the Month? awards for March, 2017.

On March 26, 2017, Patrolman Jared South responded to a burglary in progress at Glenwood Place. Upon his arrival he made contact with a manager and an employee. After speaking with them he successfully located all 3 of the suspects. His subsequent investigation led to the arrest of all 3 suspects and the recovery of the stolen property.

On March 3, 2017, K-9 Patrolman Camden Davis responded to the area of Holiday Hills for reports of a vehicle, observed in the area, vandalizing mailboxes. Dozens of mailboxes had been vandalized over the previous several weeks. Patrolman Davis located and stopped the vehicle, identifying three male suspects and began to investigate the incident. Subsequently, his police action led to multiple incidents of vandalism being solved, including the identification of additional suspects.

The Crossville Police Department says these officer?s dedication and professionalism is to be commended. It is with exceptional officers and a determination to maintain the highest levels of service to the citizens of Crossville that the department will continue to exceed the expectations of our community.


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