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It will soon be increasingly common for motorists to find gasoline cheaper than three dollars a gallon. That word from Triple-A, which says that gas prices declined dramatically over the past week, thanks to low demand and high domestic oil supplies. The current nationwide average for a gallon of regular is three-18, down nine cents from a week ago. The statewide average in Tennessee is under three dollars a gallon at two-97, down 10 cents from a week ago. The average price in Crossville is two-96 a gallon, down by six cents.
An abutment project will be abandoned after Council finds residents are not supportive of the project that would provide street improvements and basic City utility services to areas of Narcissus Street, Westheria Drive and Iris Circle. The City recently conducted a survey of the area by certified mail. Of the 56 property owners notified, 30 percent responded against, 7 percent in favor and 54 percent did not respond. In the project, property owners in those areas would be apportioned 75 percent of the costs to be spread out over a 10 year period. Council was seeking at least a 51 percent approval before moving forward. During a public hearing last evening on the project, two residents of the area stated that since they have been in the City limits for 30 plus years and have paid their taxes, they feel they have already paid. Councilman Pete Souza felt the survey was inconclusive due to the high percentage residents whom did not respond either way. However, Souza also questioned why the area had been without basic City services for so long and it was time to bring all of the City up to the basic level of service.
No decision has been made by the Ficosa company regarding a possible relocation. It has been reported that the company is considering moving operations to a neighboring city. The City Manager says the company has a very good offer from the City on the table, but he is not ready to reveal that offer until it is accepted or rejected.
The annual City of Crossville Christmas Parade is set for December 13th. This year, TV and film star, Julie Ann Emery has been selected as Grand Marshal. Emery, born and raised in Crossville, has appeared in the motion picture “Hitch” with Will Smith and in the FX Networks, “Fargo”.
Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson has sent a letter to the House Committee on Oversight accusing the Secret Service of misconduct. Anderson says that in January 2013, Secret Service agents investigating a Nashville man for making threatening comments on Facebook about the President, requested back up from Nashville police. The suspect refused to come out of the home demanding to see a warrant. Chief Anderson says that one of the Secret Service agents asked a Metro officer to “waive a piece of paper” in an attempt to dupe the suspect into surrendering. When Nashville police realized the agents had no legal right to search the suspect’s home, they pulled out. Chief Anderson calls the agent’s actions an abuse of power. He also claims he sent a previous letter to the former Director of the Secret Service and got a call instead from the Assistant Director whose “tone, at best, was condescending and dismissive”. Chief Anderson goes on to say that the Metro Nashville Police Department has a good working relationship with other agencies, but that in future, any interaction or request for assistance from the Secret Service must be cleared by a captain or above from the agency. Late Monday afternoon, the Secret Service issued a response saying it values their relationship with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. The agency also claims the incident was addressed and that an apology was issued to Chief Anderson regarding his initial complaint.