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Crossville Councilman Jesse Kerley Booked on Assault Summons
Peg Broadcasting News Monday August 8, 2016

Crossville City Councilman Jesse Kerley is facing misdemeanor assault charges for an alleged altercation with Councilman Pete Souza that occurred in early June 2016. The incident happened after a city council work session and part of the encounter was captured on security camera in the lobby, although no audio was available. Because of the camera angle, it was difficult for then Interim Police Chief Rodney Shoap to determine exactly what occurred on the sidewalk in front of City Hall. Kerley is reportedly due in General Sessions court on August 29, 2016 at 8 a.m.


AAA Monday August 8, 2016

As summer comes to an end and the classroom roll call begins, 50 million children across the United States will head back to school. With 13 percent of those school children typically walking or biking to school, AAA warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours. The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for walking children over the last decade, nearly one-third of child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3 and 7 p.m.

For drivers, it may come as a surprise to see school buses and children walking near schools after the summer break, but thats why its so important to be extra cautious, said Stephanie Milani, Tennessee Public Affairs Director, AAA The Auto Club Group. Motorists can do two simple things to help protect children. First, slow down. The difference between 25 mph and 35 mph can save a life. Second, stay alert. Taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chance of crashing.

AAA offers six ways to keep kids safe this school year:

- Slow down. Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason. A pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.
- Eliminate distractions. Children often cross the road unexpectedly and may emerge suddenly between two parked cars. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing.
- Reverse responsibly. Every vehicle has blind spots. Check for children on the sidewalk, driveway and around your vehicle before slowly backing up. Teach your children to never play in, under or around vehicleseven those that are parked.
- Talk to your teen. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and more than one-quarter of fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3 to 7 p.m. Get evidence-based guidance and tips at
- Come to a complete stop. Research shows that more than one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods. Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding.
- Watch for bicycles. Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady and unpredictable. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and the bicycle. If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that they wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet on every ride. Find videos, expert advice and safety tips at


TBI: Knoxville man arrested after making threats against former Rockwood mayor
WVLT Sunday August 7, 2016

ROCKWOOD, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested a Knoxville man, after he allegedly made threats against a former mayor of Rockwood and was found with several guns in his vehicle.

Pierce, 59, is a former long-time Rockwood city employee, and is set to go on trial in Roane County for theft of money from the City of Rockwood. On Friday, a vehicle matching the description of Pierces was located in Rockwood, and officers conducted a traffic stop. The TBI says Pierce was armed with several firearms in his vehicle.

Friday night, TBI Agents charged Thomas Pierce, of Knoxville, with one count of Retaliation for Past Actions, and four counts of Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. He was booked into the Roane County Jail on a $150,000 bond.

Tom Pierce used to work as the public works chief in Rockwood, according to police. Police say Friday a tip came in to the Roane County Sheriff's Office that Pierce was heavily armed and threatening to kill people in Rockwood, including a city council person.

When Pierce's phone was pinged it was determined that he was in the city of Rockwood. Out of caution Rockwood High School was temporarily put on lockdown. Investigators say Pierce's car was spotted and pulled over by Roane County Deputies and Rockwood police roughly two miles from the high school at North Gateway Ave.

Police say Pierce was cooperative and was taken into protective custody without incident. Officers found a loaded gun in Pierce's pocket and several other loaded guns in the car along with extra ammunition.

A separate investigation is still on-going and charges are still pending that allege Pierce used a city credit card to buy $12,000 worth of guns back in 2013.

(Photo courtesy WVLT)


Over 40 People Arrested in Human Trafficking Operation
WATE News Saturday August 6, 2016

Forty one people have been arrested in Middle Tennessee after a three-day human trafficking operation. Thirty four were men, six women, and one a minor. Investigators say most of those arrested responded to advertisements online for sex with a minor. Those arrested included a high school teacher, a college football player, a truck driver, a student and a state IT specialist, according to WKRN. Were not going to arrest our way out of this problem, says TBI Director Mark Gwyn. This is all demand-driven. These men paying for sex with children in our state are only continuing to victimize girls and women. Its wrong, its illegal, and we will pursue these operations in small towns and big cities for as long as it takes. Metro Nashville Police, Homeland Security Investigations, the FBI and TBI tried to identify potential human-trafficking victims and arrest potential customers. TBI says 485 men responded to the ads and 5,300 contacts were made from texts and phone calls. End Slavery Tennessee helped investigators identify potential victims.


Chasey Chase 'em #20
Crossville-Cumberland County Crimestoppers Saturday August 6, 2016

Chasey Chase em wanted person #20: Brandon Darryl Thomas.
The Crossville-Cumberland County Crimestoppers is asking for help in locating 29 year old Brandon Darryl Thomas, on charges of Failure to Appear for DUI, Reckless Driving, Aggravated Assault and Resale. Thomas is a white male, known to frequent the Will Wyatt Lane area of Cumberland County. If you know where Brandon Darryl Thomas is hiding out, please call the Crimestoppers Tip Hotline at 931-200-1173. There will be a minimum $200 payout for information leading to the arrest of this profiled person. Listen for the Chasey Chase 'em Trackdown on: 102.5 WOW COUNTRY (WOWF-FM), Mix 99.3 (WPBX-FM), Talk Radio 96.9FM & 1330AM WAEW,


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