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Investigation Finds UT Athletics Staff Accepted Trips and Entertainment from Vendors
TN Comptroller's Office/Peg Broadcasting News Friday January 26, 2018

An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office has found that UT Athletics staff accepted trips and entertainment from vendors in violation of university policy. The investigation began after the University of Tennessee Department of Audit and Compliance notified the Comptroller's Office of possible discrepancies. Investigators determined that in 2016 the Director of Sports Surface Management violated university policy when he accepted at least two paid trips and related entertainment from a department vendor which had previously been awarded an equipment lease worth over $760,000. In 2014, two current UT athletics department employees also violated university policy when they attended the Masters Golf Tournament as guests of a potential vendor. Investigators also determined the athletics department had placed restrictive mandatory requirements on its request for quotation (RFQ) to purchase or lease 30 pieces of sports surface and golf facility maintenance equipment. These restrictive requirements may have inhibited bidding competition. "The University of Tennessee may wish to consider annual or periodic employee training related to its gift acceptance policy," said Comptroller Justin P. Wilson. "Officials should not engage in actions which might result in, or create the appearance of, private gain or preferential treatment."


Cookeville Police Department Issues Scam Alert
Cookeville Police Dept. /Peg Broadcasting News Friday January 26, 2018

The Cookeville Police Department has issued a scam alert that involves someone spoofing the department's phone number. Once victims answer the phone, the callers identify themselves as being with the State Police Department. The callers are claiming that citizens owe back taxes from government loans. The Cookeville Police Department will never call anyone and demand money over the phone. All financial transactions are conducted through the business office of the police department or city court. Do not give anyone your personal information over the phone and disconnect the call. If you should receive such a call, contact the Cookeville Police Department at 931-526-2126.

Attempt To Create False Report Leads To Shooting, Suspect Arrested

Attempt To Create False Report Leads To Shooting, Suspect Arrested
Cookeville Police Dept. /Peg Broadcasting News Friday January 26, 2018

Cookeville Police say a man trying to conceal a missing marijuana shipment from his supplier, accidentally shot his accomplice in the arm while filing a false burglary report. Authorities responded to a home on Lee Avenue around 10:30 am. on January 19 to a complaint of gunshots being fired. Detectives say that Drew William Rigby had falsely reported a residential burglary because he was trying keep his supplier from finding out that a marijuana shipment was missing. While he was attempting to make the false report, his gun went off, striking the accomplice in the arm. The victim suffered a non-life-threatening injury and was treated at the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Drew William Rigby was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and filing a false report. His bond was set at $60,000. This investigation is ongoing and the Cookeville Police Department asks anyone who may have information regarding this incident to contact Det. Heather Marshall at 931-520-5265. (Photo courtesy Cookeville P.D.)


Authorities Looking For Suspect Shooting Vehicle Windows
Crossville-Cumb. Co. Crime Stoppers Friday January 26, 2018

Crossville Police are asking for your help in locating the person or persons responsible for shooting out the windows of several vehicles in the area recently. Authorities say the shootings occurred sometime between January 21st and 23rd, 2018. Police think the vandal may have used a BB gun. One vehicle was damaged in the Woodmere parking lot and several more were damaged on Stanley Street. The vandalism continued out on Stanley Street, into the County, where more damaged vehicles were reported. On East Adams Street, two windows of a building were also broken. If you have any information on this crime, please call the CRIME STOPPERS 24HR TIP HOTLINE @ 931-200-1173, SUBMIT A TIP USING YOUR P3 MOBILE TIPS APP, or contact Det. Donnie Hammons or Det. Wood with the Crossville Police Department at 931-484-7231.


City Council approves a resolution to add 3% to local hotel/motel tax
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday January 25, 2018

In a move to increase revenue, the Crossville City Council approved a motion to send a resolution to the Tennessee General Assembly requesting their approval of an additional 3% tax on hotel/motel occupancies. The monies would be earmarked for local tourism and economic development. It is estimated the tax will generate about $275,000.


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