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Water Will Be Turned Off on Mockingbird Drive Monday for Utility Construction
Submitted Thursday February 23, 2017

The City of Crossville will be turning off water Monday, February 27, 2017 beginning at 9 a.m. for utility construction on Mockingbird Drive between Holiday Drive to Bobwhite Drive. This outage will include Larch Drive. Service will be restored as soon as possible. The City of Crossville Public Works Department apologizes for any inconvenience this may create.


FSA Encourages Farmers to Subscribe to GovDelivery
Submitted: Denesa G. Jolley - Cumberland/Bledsoe County Farm Service Agency (FSA) Thursday February 23, 2017

Another avenue by which Cumberland and Bledsoe county crop and livestock producers may receive the latest news about programs available through USDAs Farm Service Agency (FSA) is to log onto website and sign up for news deliveries to their e-mail account, reports Denesa Jolley, County Executive Director of the local Farm Service Agency office. With budget constraints as they are, monthly Farm Service Agency news is only delivered to producers who have subscribed to GovDelivery. The FSA staff will continue to submit articles to the local newspapers and news releases to the local radio station; however, more articles may be of interested to producer than can be published and reported by newspaper and radio weekly.

Anyone having questions about GovDelivery or any article seen in the local newspaper or heard from the local radio station broadcast is encouraged to call the Crossville office at 931-484-6520, Ext. 2, or toll free at 1-855-216-2802, Jolley said.


State Fire Marshal Warns Tennesseans of Fire Hazards Posed by Medical Oxygen Thursday February 23, 2017

The Tennessee State Fire Marshals Office (SFMO) reminds consumers that homes where medical oxygen is used need specific fire safety rules to protect people from fire and burns.

From 2011-2016 there were 34 fire fatalities in which medical oxygen was reported as present in the residence. Eight fire fatalities involving medical oxygen occurred in Tennessee during 2016, the second-highest number recorded in the states history (2014 was first with 9 fatalities).

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), smoking is the leading heat source resulting in medical oxygen-related fires, injuries and deaths.
The SFMO encourages Tennesseans to remember the following important precautions regarding home medical oxygen use:

There is no safe way to smoke in the home when oxygen is in use. A patient on oxygen should not smoke.
Candles, matches, wood stoves and even sparking toys can be ignition sources and should not be used in the home.
Keep oxygen cylinders at least five feet from heat sources, open flames or electrical devices.
Body oil, hand lotion and items containing oil and grease can easily ignite. Keep oil and grease away from where oxygen is in use.
Never use aerosol sprays especially those whose cans indicate flammable contents near the oxygen.
Post No Smoking and No Open Flames signs in and outside the home to remind people not to smoke.
Ensure smoke alarms are working by testing them monthly and replacing any smoke that is 10 years old or older.
Plan a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room and a designated outside meeting place. Practice the plan with every member of your household.

For more information on making your home fire-safe, download and print the State Fire Marshals home fire safety checklist. Tennessee residents can request a free smoke alarm for their home by visiting


Bledsoe Co. Woman Charged with TennCare Drug Fraud Thursday February 23, 2017

A Bledsoe County woman is charged in nearby Rhea County with doctor shopping for prescription drugs, using TennCare as payment for the pills. Doctor shopping is the crime of visiting multiple doctors in a short period of time to obtain prescription drugs, using TennCare as payment.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Rhea County Sheriffs Office, today announced the arrest of Gracie Archbell, also known as Gracie Frazier, 35, of Pikeville. She is charged with three counts of doctor shopping for the painkiller Hydrocodone, using TennCare as payment.

State leaders have given us the appropriate laws and authority to pursue people who are doctor shopping for drugs, whether its for personal abuse or with the intent of distribution, Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. Were intent on winning this war against TennCare drug fraud.

District Attorney General J. Michael Taylor is prosecuting. TennCare fraud is now a Class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison.

The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to more than $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of more than $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,801 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.

Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or visit the website and follow the prompts that read Report TennCare Fraud.


Tennessee Gov. Haslam won't rule out US Senate run
AP Thursday February 23, 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam isn't ruling out a future run for U.S. Senate.

The Republican's comments came in response to a question at a Tennessee Press Association luncheon Wednesday. He also told reporters that a possible Senate bid isn't something he's been spending a lot of time thinking about.

Haslam, who cannot seek re-election in 2018 due to term limits, said he really doesn't know what he's going to do next. He said governor and U.S. senator are two really different jobs.

Haslam said at this point, he's "kind of in love" with what he's doing as governor.
The comments could further fuel speculation that Sen. Bob Corker could run for governor next year, or Sen. Lamar Alexander could retire after his term ends in 2020.


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