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The Tennessee Highway Patrol is considering equipping its troopers with body cameras. The THP says the body cameras are necessary for trooper protection and accurate, complete documentation. The THP could begin testing equipment as early as April, and if the purchase is approved, the agency would still need to solicit bids for a body cameras contract.
Jeff Dodson, Chairman of the Cumberland County Soil Conservation District (SCD), has announced that the annual Holder-Bush Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $300 will be awarded this spring to a deserving Cumberland County student majoring in some field of agriculture at Tennessee Technology University in Cookeville.
The scholarship was started as a memorial to Mr. Elmer Holder who served Cumberland County as the District Conservationist with the USDA Soil Conservation Service (now known as the Natural Resources Conservation Service) from 1958 until his untimely death in 1980. Mr. Holder was a true conservationist and made a tremendous impact in agriculture and soil conservation in Cumberland County during his 22 years of service.
Chester Bush replaced Mr. Holder as the District Conservationist for Cumberland County and served in that capacity for 29 years. The SCD Board decided to change the name of this scholarship to the Holder-Bush Scholarship to honor both former District Conservationists for their hard work and dedication to the conservation of our natural resources and to the people of Cumberland County.
Applications may be obtained at the guidance counselors’ or vocational agriculture teachers’ offices at Cumberland County High School, Stone Memorial High School or the Phoenix School. They are also available at the District Office located in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Center at 314 Old Jamestown Highway beside the U.S. Post Office, or by calling the District office at 484-5442, ext. 3.
The Cumberland County SCD Board of Supervisors must receive applications and completed resumes no later than March 21, 2017. Anyone planning to attend or currently attending Tennessee Tech with a major in agriculture is encouraged to apply.
All programs and services of the Cumberland County Soil Conservation District (SCD) are offered on a nondiscriminatory basis without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, or handicap.
The Crossville City Council in special session voted with 3 ayes and 1 abstention to extend an offer of employment to Greg Wood of Florida. Wood has accepted the offer and contingent on the outcome of a background check, will start on March 6th. Terms of the offer include an $80,000 salary with a 10 percent increase after 6 months, a 6 month severance package and a 2 year contract.
A longtime Crossville business woman has passed away. Ruth Mamie Phillips, age 92, worked in the jewelry business for more than 60 years according to her son Harry Phillips. In 1953, Mrs. Phillips and her husband R.T. Phillips opened Phillip’s Jewelry store on Main Street in Crossville with her sons becoming co-owners and operators. Ruth Phillips is survived by her sons Larry Phillips of Maryville, TN, Harry Phillips of Crossville, TN and Jerry Phillips and his wife Lisa also of Crossville.
Funeral services will be held Thursday February 9, 2017 at 7 pm from the Chapel of Hood Funeral home. The family will receive friends from 5-7pm prior to the service at the funeral home. Graveside Committal services will be held Friday at 9 am at Crossville City Cemetery.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation responded to an officer-involved shooting in Rockwood on Tuesday afternoon.
According to TBI agents, law enforcement officers issued a Be-On-The-Lookout (BOLO) for Quinton Swicegood. The Rockwood Police Department received information he was parked at the Walmart on North Gateway Avenue.
According to the TBI, officers arrived on scene and found Swicegood. Investigators said he produced a handgun, escalating the situation and prompting one Rockwood officer and Swicegood to fire their weapons.
At least one bullet hit Swicegood, who died at the scene. The TBI said it appeared Swicegood died of a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett told Local 8 News the officer who fired a shot which struck Swicegood's car is Officer Rick Thomas. Thomas is on administrative leave with pay per policy during the investigation. Stinnett also said Swicegood is in his 50's.
Scott Clark, a tow truck driver for Peggy Ann Wrecker Service, told Local 8 News he was dispatched to tow the car. He said the man's body was not removed from the car when he towed it to the Roane County Fire Department for a forensics investigation.
It was unclear if customers or employees were nearby during the time of the shooting, or what prompted deputies to show up on scene.