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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is sponsoring Free Hunting Day in Tennessee on Saturday, August 24th. On Free Hunting Day, hunters who are residents of Tennessee do not have to have a hunting license. However, hunter education requirements will still be in effect. Free Hunting day also marks the opening of squirrel season in Tennessee. Meanwhile, applicants for the 2013 big game quota hunts can look online to find out if they were selected. The results are on the TWRA website under the "hot topics" section. Leftover permits are available for two areas in the Wildlife Management Area hunts. Those go on sale August 28th at 8 a.m. Hunters who were selected for a permit in the regular drawing cannot purchase leftover permits for hunts in the same area or on the same dates.
Cumberland County was the location for the filming of the movie In Gramp's Shoes on Saturday. Around 200 Crossville residents played runners and spectators in the shooting of two different scenes of the movie that involved a track race and a cross country race. The movie is about the reconciliation of a family and the bonding of a grandfather and grandson through their shared love of running. In Gramp's Shoes will be released later this year.
Crossville City Councilman George Marlow began the discussion of the City Manager position by making a motion to hire his son-in-law, Aaron Elmore at a salary of $74,000 per year. Marlow stated that Elmore had the education necessary for the position. The motion died due to lack of a second. Councilman Pete Souza stated he owed Jeffery Skidmore and the citizens of Crossville an explanation as to why he voted to rescind his offer of employment, stating that he felt the process had been flawed. He stated that he wished to hear discussion from the rest of the Council members before casting ballots so that he wouldn't "waste a vote." A vote taken later found that Councilmen Jesse Kerley, Danny Wyatt and Souza had all voted for McMinnville City Administrator, David Rutherford, while Mayor JH Graham III stood by Skidmore and Marlow continued to show his support for Elmore.
Jeffrey Skidmore sat in silence as the Crossville City Council voted to offer someone else the position of City Manager that had been offered to him, yet rescinded earlier this week. Councilman Pete Souza addressed the Council, stating that he wanted to hear what the other members thought and wanted in a City Manager, before casting a vote. Souza listed several qualities that he felt were important, however, none of the others on the Council followed suit. Instead, the Council went ahead with a vote, choosing to extend an offer to McMinnville City Administrator, David Rutherford. The offer would include a starting salary of $85,000 with a minimum 5% increase after 6 months, use of the City's owned vehicle, benefits similar to those extended to all City employees, and a no-cause severance package not to exceed 6 months salary.
Volunteer Energy officials are warning of a new scam. According to VEC President/CEO Rody Blevins, someone claiming to be a representative of VEC has called at least two VEC customers recently attempting to get money for "delinquent" electric bills. In one instance the caller asked for a banking account number and a social security number before instructing the customer to purchase a pre-paid credit card and pay the bill with that card. The caller claimed that if payment was not received, the customer's power would be shut off within the hour. Blevins says VEC never initiates calls to customers to ask for a bank account number, a social security number, or to purchase a pre-paid credit card, and urges to never give out your personal information. Law enforcement authorities have been notified.