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Tennessee bill would limit licensing denials of ex-offenders
AP/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday February 14, 2018

A bill in Tennessee would limit the ability of state licensing boards to deny occupational licenses based on the criminal history of applicants. It has been dubbed the "fresh start" bill and would only let boards deny licenses based on past crimes that are directly related to the job someone is seeking, or for certain felonies. The legislation also would let applicants petition a state licensing board upfront to see if a past crime will disqualify them. A news release from the lawmakers says Tennessee requires a license for 110 jobs, and almost every licensing board can deny a license due to past criminal records, including misdemeanors.


Ex-Tennessee staffer Spognardi receives judicial diversion
AP/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday February 14, 2018

Former Tennessee director of football operations Chris Spognardi has received one year judicial diversion that eventually could enable the criminal misconduct charge against him to be expunged. Spognardi worked at Tennessee the first three seasons of former coach Butch Jones' tenure. His responsibilities included managing cash expenditures for team trips. The charge against Spognardi involved fabricating receipts from those trips. Spognardi has paid over $14,000 restitution to make up for money that was unaccounted for. If he maintains good citizenship throughout the next year, the case can be expunged. Spognardi was placed on paid administrative leave in August 2016. He was fired later that year for what former athletic director Dave Hart termed as "gross misconduct."


7 children, 1 pregnant woman have died of flu in Tennessee
WVLT/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday February 14, 2018

The Tennessee Department of Health said Monday they had received reports of 7 pediatric deaths and the death of 1 pregnant woman associated with seasonal flu in Tennessee this season, WVLT reports. According to the TDOH, the pregnant woman died in Middle Tennessee, four children have died in Middle Tennessee, and three children have died in East Tennessee. TDOH only keeps records of flu-related deaths of children and pregnant women. Nationwide, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 4,000 people died from the flu during the third week of 2018.

Two Awarded Officer Of The Month For December

Two Awarded Officer Of The Month For December
Crossville Police Dept./Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday February 13, 2018

Press Release:

Two City of Crossville Police Department officers have received recognition with the issuance of "Officer of the Month" awards for December 2017.

In the month of December 2017, Sergeant Dustin Lester observed a suspicious vehicle in the area of Myrtle Avenue, which had pulled into a driveway in an attempt to evade detection. Sgt. Lester made contact with the vehicle and the individuals located within and his subsequent investigation led to the discovery and seizure of over 4 ounces of methamphetamine, which had been hidden in the engine compartment of the vehicle, and multiple items of drug paraphernalia, which had been hidden about the passenger compartment. Sgt. Dustin Lester's diligence and thorough investigating efforts resulted in a large amount of dangerous narcotics being taken out of the hands of a suspected drug dealer and off of our streets. Sgt. Lester's efforts add to the effectiveness and professionalism of our agency.

Additionally, on December 17, 2017 Officer Chrystal Massey responded to Walmart, to assist another officer with a suspected shoplifter. Officer Massey conducted a thorough search of the female suspect and recovered methamphetamine and marijuana. Later, on December 26, 2017, Officer Massey stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation. Through her attention to detail and investigative efforts, Officer Massey recovered a stolen IPhone that was in possession of a female passenger, who is suspected of the theft. Officer Massey's dedication to duty and diligence is a fine example for our agency.

These officer's dedication and professionalism is to be commended. It is with exceptional officers and a determination to maintain the highest levels of service to the citizens of Crossville that our agency will continue to exceed the expectations of our community.

A special Thank You and Congratulations goes out to both of the award recipients. Job well done!

(Photo courtesy Crossville P.D. Pictured L-R Sgt. Dustin Lester, Officer Chrystal Massey and Chief David Beaty)


Submitted: Lt. Brian Eckelson, Crimestoppers Coordinator/Public Information Officer, Crossville Poli Tuesday February 13, 2018

Press Release:

The Crossville Cumberland County Crimestoppers program has been awarded a grant from the VECustomers Share Foundation, a community grant program operated and made possible by the member-owners of Volunteer Energy Cooperative, which is intended to support projects that benefit communities in the Volunteer Energy Cooperative service area. This year, the Crossville Cumberland County Crimestoppers program received a grant from the VECustomers Share Foundation for $2500, to support the communities in Crossville and Cumberland County.

"The Crimestoppers Board would like to thank the VECustomers Share Foundation for this grant."said Crossville Cumberland County Crimestoppers board member Betty Bowman. "Their generosity will benefit our entire community and will help Crimestoppers pay for more information that will help solve even more crimes."

On February 12, 2018, Crimestoppers Board members traveled the VEC Corporate Office, in Decatur, TN, where VECustomers Share Board Member Pauline Sherrer was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for their contribution to Crossville Cumberland County Crimestoppers. The certificate was presented by Board members Betty Bowman and Tom Houston.

For more information on the VECustomers Share Foundation's grant program, please visit
(Photo courtesy Crime Stoppers)


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