CROSSVILLE — Cumberland Medical Center and Tennessee Donor Services celebrated the beginning of National Donate Life Month, recognized in April, at a special flag raising April 4. On hand for the ceremony were Steve Ralphs, recipient of a donor liver one year ago; Brenda Anderson, representing the family Shane Blaylock, heart transplant recipient; and Alisha Jackson, representing Ashley Tollett, double lung transplant recipient. The event honors the donors and recipients whose lives have been affected by organ, eye and tissue donations. In 2012, the Donate Life America goal is to add 20 million new organ, eye and tissue donors to state donor registries this year. Currently more than 2,300 Tennesseans and nearly 113,000 people nationwide are waiting for a life-saving transplant. Unfortunately, 18 people die waiting for those transplants because of the critical shortage of organs. In Tennessee, people can register to be an organ donor simply by checking yes when applying for or renewing a driver's license. It is not necessary to wait until it is time to renew to sign up. Go to www.donatelifetn.org to document your decision to give life. Call (877) 552-5050 for more information.
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TSRA starts spring off with paddling trips
About 150 members of the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association (TSRA) recently gathered April 2-6 in Crossville at Camp Nakanawa for the Annual TWRA Rendezvous.
Panel recommends using third-party billing for old EMS bills
The budget committee approved hiring the same third party billing company to help go through older EMS ambulance service bills to resubmit them to help the EMS department get caught up with billing collections.
Sales tax collections down
Cumberland County Finance Director Nathan Brock reported to the Cumberland County Budget Committee that local option sales tax collections have fallen below budgeted projections for the 2013-'14 fiscal year.
Motion to toss evidence in burglary denied
A defense motion to have evidence seized by deputies searching for a man who fled warrant service thrown out failed when deputies testified they had oral permission from the defendant's son to search the residence the father and son share.
Organ donation gives man new lease on life
Travis Hodges has a new lease on life, thanks to a selfless gift a young father made the year before.
Fireworks, sign change get council OK
While the April Crossville City Council meeting was generally a calm one, there were some fireworks on the agenda.
- Spring jamboree
Suspect charged in Sportsman Club break-in
A Crossville man has been arrested and charged in connection with the burglary of a shooting club's building in the county that occurred last week, according to arrest reports.
Panel discusses auditing hotel/motel tax collections
Commissioners on the budget committee discussed the possibility of auditing hotels and motels in the county regarding the collection of hotel/motel tax collection figures being down.
Repent burglar must serve time
Some defendants cry, because they get caught, and others are tearful with remorse. No one in the courtroom doubted Robert Killeen's sincerity when he apologized to his victim, his loved ones and supporters for committing crimes against an elderly widow, stealing the money her late husband left her.
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