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Gov. Bill Haslam has announced he has issued an executive order establishing the Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments. It's a panel of 11 members that will recommend candidates to fill vacancies for Tennessee trial and appellate courts. This action follows approval by Tennessee voters on Tuesday of a constitutional amendment establishing a method for selecting judges of the Supreme Court or any intermediate appellate court in Tennessee.
The NCAA is investigating the basketball program at Southern Mississippi under current University of Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall. According to Local 8 Now, the investigation is focusing on how tuition and other expenses were paid for some recruits who signed with the Golden Eagles but were not yet eligible for scholarships. A source told CBSSports.com that the situation is serious and that Tyndall will have a hard time avoiding fault. Tyndall would only say that if he's asked to cooperate, he will do so "100 percent." The UT athletics department issued a statement saying they are aware of the situation and will not comment further until there is a resolution
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has released the names of the two people who were killed in a crash on Hwy 70 East Thursday morning. The THP says 23 year old Lucas Johnson of Crossville was driving a 2003 Ford F-250 pickup westbound on Hwy 70 E in the area of AmeriGas when it ran off the right side of the road and the driver over corrected. The vehicle went into a yaw and traveled off the left side of the highway and ran head-on into a log trailer that was legally parked 20 feet off the road. Both Johnson and his passenger, 42 year old Robert Thomas Montoya of Pensacola, Florida were killed in the crash.
Volunteer Energy Cooperative has received reports from businesses that are receiving calls from scammers claiming to be from the VEC collections department. The businesses are told that their power will be disconnected if they do not pay immediately by purchasing a cash card. THIS IS A SCAM.VEC does NOT make these types of collections calls. Customers should be advised to call law enforcement immediately. Phone calls are made each month from a vendor in Florida (Oppenheim Research) to collect customer satisfaction survey information for Volunteer Energy. This is valuable information that we collect and analyze on a continuing basis. We have done this for several years. “This survey is a valuable tool for VEC,” said VEC Vice President of Marketing and Economic Development Patty Hurley. “However, if customers are uncomfortable answering questions of this type, they can certainly opt out of the survey. The key item to remember is that legitimate survey calls DO NOT ask for money, payment, or specific personal information.”
Crossville Police have some strong leads in the theft of items from Habitat For Humanity. That’s because the thieves were caught on video Wednesday night and they threw bags of trash into the dumpster behind the building. According to police reports, the video shows a white S-10 or S-14 pickup pull up to the building and two men walking to the back dock where they picked up mostly metal items and loaded them in the truck. Then they tossed a couple of bags of household trash into the dumpster. Items in the trash had the names of two women and police are investigating to see if they know the male suspects.