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The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department has issued a Missing Adult Alert for a man who has been missing from Crossville for more than two weeks. Authorities report that 58-year-old Kenneth Dewayne Thomas left Crossville on or about June 5, 2016 to take a homeless couple to Virginia. That couple, Virginia Angel Achuff and Frank Gaglio had been staying at the Bread of Life Mission. They were supposed to give Thomas gas money to get home, but did not.
Kenneth Thomas called home from a Food Lion store in Christianburg, Virginia where he had picked up some money at Western Union. He told his family that he was getting ready to come home but he never arrived and his family says they have not heard from Kenny since.
Thomas was carrying a cellphone and his family have called several times and no one answers. His family is very concerned and believes something has prevented Kenny from calling home.
Kenneth Dewayne Thomas is a 58-year-old white male with grey hair and blue eyes. His is 5’5” tall and weighs about 165 pounds. Kenny was driving a black Isuzu Rodeo, tag number 58DD031. He was traveling with is dog Booger, a brown Chihuahua mix.
If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Kenneth Dewayne Thomas please contact the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office at (931) 484-6176. (Photo Courtesy Cumb. Co. Sheriff's Dept.)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee has been named No. 4 in a recent analysis of the 10 Best States for Retirement 2016 by Kiplinger.com, a Washington, D.C.-based publisher of business forecasts and personal finance advice. The report rated all 50 states based on quantifiable factors that are important to retirees.
Affordability, especially in terms of lower taxes on retirees and lower health care costs, was a key factor in the research. The economic health of the state, as well as the overall health of the population, was also taken into account. States with prosperous populations of residents age 65 were also important in the comprehensive analysis.
Tennessee is one of only four states in the country with a formal retiree recruitment program and continues to gain momentum as a retirement destination for baby boomers. Part of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Retire Tennessee program inspired more than 8,000 inquiries from potential retirees in 2015. Retire Tennessee communities become part of the program based on quality of life factors for retirees, such as cost-of-living, lively downtowns, real estate values and availability, and culture.
The Kiplinger.com report provided the Top 10 list with destinations of wide diversity of climates and lifestyles, and narrowed their recommendations even further by highlighting cities within each ranking state.
Chattanooga-Hamilton County, one of the state’s 19 Retire Tennessee communities, was featured with mentions of the thriving art and music scene along with outdoor recreation opportunities including biking along the Tennessee River or whitewater rafting.
The cost-of-living is 2 percent below the U.S. average and the fiscal soundness of Tennessee shows the state should have no issues in maintaining its tax-friendly status.
Other states rounding out the top 10 were Idaho, Arizona, Florida, Washington, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Utah, and South Dakota.
For more information on the Retire Tennessee program, visit www.retiretennessee.org.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) – The University of Tennessee Police Department is investigating an armed robbery after sending an alert out to students Monday night.
Police say an armed robber happened at Melrose Avenue near Lake Ave. The suspect took off toward Cumberland Avenue. Police say he has a hand gun in his possession.
Kansas City Chiefs and former University of Tennessee safety Eric Berry is the recipient of the George Halas Award for overcoming adversity to succeed. The Pro Football Writers of America honored Berry for successfully battling Hodgkins lymphoma in late 2014 and rebounding with an All-Pro season in 2015. He is the 47th Halas Award winner and the first in Chiefs' history. Berry underwent six rounds of chemotherapy before he was declared cancer free last June.
Crossville, Tennessee: The Crossville-Cumberland County Visitor Center, along with the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, is hosting a Native American Music presentation at the Crossville/Cumberland County Visitor Center, 176 River Otter Drive, Crossville, TN 38571. This hour plus program is on Saturday, June 25th, at 11:00 a.m. (Central Time).
Learn how music played an integral role in shaping the Cumberland Plateau’s Native American’s culture from ceremonial purposes, recreational activities, natural expression, medicinal healing and almost all aspects of their lives.
Join local Native American Rocky Garfield (Starchild) and Cathy Wilson (Songcatcher) as they play authentic Native American music using traditional drums, flutes and percussion instruments all the while learning more about how this great culture once lived and played on the Cumberland Plateau.
This program is free of charge and wheel chair accessible. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Everyone is welcome. For directions or additional information, please call Crossville Visitor Center at (931) 787-1755.
(Photo Courtesy Crossville-Cumberland Co. Visitor Center)