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In the latest scheme to obtain drugs illegally, authorities helped to thwart a Red Cross Nurse scam recently in Lake Tansi. Officers got a call that a woman dressed in nursing scrubs had come to a home in Tansi and claimed to be from the Red Cross. The phony nurse said she was there to collect any drugs that were no longer used or needed and that she would dispose of them for the resident. Police stopped a vehicle matching the suspects' description and arrested the driver, 26 year-old Zachary Daniel Pittman, of Hatler Road, Crossville, and passenger, 29 year-old Crystal Elizabeth Simmons, of Hatler Road, Crossville. A search of the vehicle revealed drug paraphernalia in Simmon’s possession. The officer also reported finding a bag containing the Schedule 3 and Schedule 4 drugs, identified as Hydrocodone and Alprazolam. Both Pittman and Simmons face an October 13th court date on charges of Criminal Impersonation and Manufacturing, Delivery and Sell of a controlled substance.
In news from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, a Whittenburg Road resident reported the theft of numerous items from several vehicles over the weekend. Cash and miscellaneous items valued over $500 were taken. Authorities have named no suspects at this time.
The arraignment for former Cumberland County teacher Stephanie Cole, charged with first degree premeditated murder, has been postponed until to January 28th. The Grand Jury formally indicted Cole this month in the June shooting death of her estranged boyfriend Louis Michael Tammaro at her home on Ackla Drive. Investigators say Tammaro had recently moved out after living with Cole for several years.
BYRDSTOWN, Tenn. (AP) - The state Comptroller's Office has found serious problems with the way the Pickett County government handles public money. The comptroller says a recent audit found 14 problems with bookkeeping, accounting and management practices.
GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) - Wildlife experts expect fewer nuisance bears in East Tennessee this fall because a good crop of nuts and berries in the Smokies should prevent them from ranging in search of food. Great Smoky Mountains National Park Biologist Bill Stiver says acorns from red oaks and chestnut oaks appear to be plentiful.
FRANKLIN, Ky. (AP) - Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte, who rode Secretariat to his Triple Crown wins 41 years ago, is returning to Kentucky. Turcotte will be signing autographs at Kentucky Downs in Franklin as it closes out its live racing season Wednesday. Franklin is in south-central Kentucky near the Tennessee state line off Interstate 65.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The U.S. Geological Survey says a 2.5-magnitude earthquake happened about three miles northeast of Sweetwater around 8 p.m. Saturday. The USGS says earthquakes that are felt but too small to cause damage happen about once a year. The New Madrid zone stretches 150 miles, crossing parts of Tennessee and six other states: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri and Mississippi. In 1811 and 1812, it unleashed a trio of powerful jolts that rattled the central Mississippi River valley.