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5 Police Officers Recognized following Drug Arrest

5 Police Officers Recognized following Drug Arrest
Press Release: Crossville Police Dept. Friday May 20, 2016

Five City of Crossville Police Department officers have received recognition with the issuance of Officer of the Month awards for April, 2016.

In November 2014, Crossville Police Narcotics Detectives began an undercover investigation of a group of subjects that were traveling to Michigan from Crossville who were selling large quantities of prescription pills. The investigation has been ongoing since that time and recently resulted in undercover purchases that led to a search warrant being served on their car following a traffic stop.

This criminal enterprise has been taken down and they will be answering for their illegal actions due to the hard work and diligent investigation conducted by these fine officers. It is for this reason we nominate them for Officer of the Month for April 2016.

Listed below are the recognized police officers for April, 2016:
K-9 Sgt. Dustin Lester
Patrol Officer Nick Sherrill
Patrol Officer Jared South
Sgt. Jonathan ONeal (not pictured)
Det. Sgt. Kenneth Cherry (not pictured)

(Photo Courtesy CPD; Chief Rodney Shoap, K-9 Sgt. Dustin Lester, Patrol Officer Nick Sherrill, Patrol Officer Jared South and Crossville Mayor James Mayberry.)


Memphis close to surrendering title as state's largest city
AP Friday May 20, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A census estimates that Memphis is on the verge of losing its title as Tennessee's largest city to fast-growing Nashville.

The Commercial Appeal reports the figures, which were released Thursday, show that as of July 1, 2015, Memphis' population was 655,770 and Nashville's was 654,610.

However, that 1,160-person gap closed as Memphis lost 712 residents and Nashville gained 9,881.

John Gnuschke, director of the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Memphis, says that if the latest figures, which cover municipalities and other "sub-county" areas, show Memphis is not growing, they also confirm that the city's population is not in rapid decline.

Memphis became the state's largest city with the 1900 Census, when its population rose to 102,320 compared to 80,865 for Nashville.


Family identifies Sevier Co. plane crash victim
WVLT Friday May 20, 2016

KODAK, Tenn. (WVLT) - A Sevier County mom told Local 8 News that her son, Ray Irwin, 62, of Kodak, died in the small plane crash in Sevier County Thursday. Irwin was a nurse and served the Navy, but flying was always a dream of his, according to his mom, Christine Irwin, age 89. The plane started a small fire when it crashed near the runway at the Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport. Emergency crews were able to quickly extinguish it, according to Sevierville Police. No one else was hurt.


CCHS Graduation will be Streamed "Live"
Leslie Eldridge Friday May 20, 2016

Cumberland County High School will be streaming their 2016 Graduation ceremonies Live at the schools There will be a link to the streaming company ( where you will have to register to see the stream (you will have to answer a few questions on this site). Once completed, you can choose the stream for CCHS graduation.

Since the 2016 CCHS graduation will be held in the gym, every person (regardless of age/size) will be required to have a ticket to enter the gym (Seniors received tickets at practice). The doors to the gymnasium will open at 5:30 for all ticket holders. At 6:15, those without a ticket will be allowed to enter until seating is full. Overflow seating will be available in the cafeteria, where graduation will be streamed live. The exterior doors will be opened for those viewing in the cafeteria. No interior doors will be accessible.


Third Case of Zika Virus Confirmed in Tennessee
Peg Broadcasting News Friday May 20, 2016

Health Officials have confirmed a third case of Zika virus in Tennessee. Officials say a person in Rutherford County was infected while traveling out of the country. Zika can cause babies to be born with abnormally small heads, which leads to numerous health complications. The first confirmed case of Zika was discovered in East Tennessee and the second in Shelby County. Zika is primarily spread by mosquitoes but it is also sexually transmitted. On Thursday, the U.S. Senate passed a $1.1 billion measure to combat Zika virus. The House is scheduled to debate its $622 million Zika measure next Wednesday.


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