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Crossville Crime Stoppers warns area residents that scammers are targeting telephones as a source of information and revenue. Reports are being made in reference to the receipt of bogus debt collection / settlement phone calls from (626) 532-1278. The callers, one calling himself Brandon Allen, from "Corporate Office", claim to be calling from Cumberland County, but the number returns to a landline in El Monte, CA. The calls are designed to sound official and even have the callers claiming to be working with reputable banking institutions or with un-named law firms. They claim that an overdue account, that is thousands of dollars, can be settled for just $400 within the next two hours. They are even calling claiming to be attempting to serve papers and looking for more contact information. A check with the bank or the courts will quickly prove the information given to be false. The callers are reported as being "very rude and aggressive" and they are "swearing and shouting". They are requesting your banking information and debit card numbers to pay the requested amount. Don't fall for it! The Crossville Police Department says these calls are fake and you should hang up and block the number immediately! (Photo Courtesy Crossville Crimestoppers)
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State Rep. Ryan Haynes has been elected chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party. Haynes was elected by the GOP's executive committee on Saturday to replace Chris Devaney, who stepped down just months into his fourth term to become executive director of the Chattanooga-based Children's Nutrition Program of Haiti.
Kyle Testerman, a former Knoxville mayor, died Saturday morning at age 80 current Testerman served from 1972 to 1975, and again from 1984 to 1987. He was best known for helping bring the World's Fair Park to Knoxville in 1982. Local 8 Now reports those close to the family say Testerman had been suffering from declining health for some time. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)
Police in Kingston have captured a man they say wrecked a stolen car after driving it through at least 6 backyards. Local 8 Now reports it happened Saturday afternoon. The Kentucky man allegedly stole a Jeep from Midtown and caused a wreck, sending two teenagers to the hospital with minor injuries. But the man's spree wasn't over, police say he then drove the Jeep through 6 backyards before crashing it. They say that's when he got out of the car and started running. Police brought in a K-9 unit and sniffed out the man. The suspect's name has not been released, officers are still in the process of charging him. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)
With Spring storms upon us, the Farm Service Agency encourages livestock producers to contact the local office to learn more about the Livestock Indemnity Program. This program provides benefits to livestock producers for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather. It also covers attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law, including wolves and avian predators. Since all livestock death, including normal mortality deaths, must be reported to the FSA office within 30 days of the date of death, all livestock producers are urged to drop by the office to pick up a Fact Sheet explaining program requirements. Those having questions may call 931-484-6520 or toll free at 855-216-2802. The office is located next door to the Crossville Post Office.