Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

Area News

July 9, 2013

City approves budget

The Crossville City Council approved the budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year with a roughly $283,000 deficit, avoiding a property tax increase and providing raises to city employees.

The council met in special session Tuesday, June 25, to complete the work on the budget before the new fiscal year started July 1.

The council did not accept the recommendations of interim city manager Jack Miller and Mayor J.H. Graham. The budget they recommended included a 6 cent tax increase and would have left the budget with a much smaller deficit of $43,165. Miller described that number as “the smallest deficit for a city budget in 13 years." A 4 percent pay increase for employees was included in the budget presented.

Councilman Pete Souza was pleased with the work on the budget. “The manager and the managers under him worked hard put a good budget together this year.”

Councilmen Danny Wyatt, George Marlow and Jesse Kerley all said they would rather see a three percent raise for employees and no tax increase leaving a $240,000 deficit for the upcoming budget, but Souza said he felt that after the previous years of either no raise of small amounts that employees should get a 4 percent raise.

Kerley went along with a 4 percent raise, but said he wanted the total increase divided equally among the employees so each employee would get the same amount of money. Kerley pointed out that such a distribution would mean a higher percentage to the lower paid employees and a lower percent to higher paid employees. Under this scenario, each city employee would get an annual raise of $1,359.

The motion to approve the 2013-14 budget and a property tax rate of 53 cents was approved unanimously by the council.

The council also approved the new asset management plan. Mayor Graham said he had reviewed the plan and he described it as a very good plan. ECE Engineers prepared the plan and will assist with the administration of the plan. The motion to approve the plan was approved unanimously by the council.

Mayor Graham also presented a possible purchase of land for future industrial growth but council members were mostly lukewarm on the purchase. The mayor said he wanted to make the council aware of the offer but was not sure the time was right for such a purchase.

The acreage connects to land the city already owns behind the wastewater treatment plant at the end of Maryetta Drive off of Highway 70-N. The property is 145.3 acres and is owned by the Swallows family. The acreage was offered to the city at $11,111 an acre for a total price of just over $1.6 million.

Text Only
Area News
  • Cruikshank cattle called Cumberland County home

    Sept. 23, 1903, Chronicle reports, “The members of the Christian Church here are preparing to erect a church building on the corner lot facing Webb Avenue and the Rockwood Road. Dr. Thomas Snodgrass owned a block of lots near the Academy (Webster Academy) and before he died made the offer of a corner lot for the building of a Christian Church.

    August 1, 2014

  • Steak and Potatoes Field Day set Aug. 5

    The annual Steak and Potatoes Field Day, sponsored by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, will once again showcase the research and outreach activities at UT’s Plateau AgResearch and Education Center.

    August 1, 2014

  • Man dies while in custody

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death of a man who died while in custody of local law enforcement.

    August 1, 2014

  • Hole in one highlights day one of Women's Open

    Haverly Harrold of Johnson City, TN, recorded a hole-in-one on the par 3, 11th hole in the first day of play at the 16th annual Golf Capital of Tennessee Women's Open at Stonehenge Golf Club Thursday.

    August 1, 2014

  • BOE recognizes city.jpg City praised by school officials

    The Cumberland County Board of Education, represented by Director of Schools Donald Andrews, right, recognized the city of Crossville, represented by City Manager David Rutherford, left, and Crossville Mayor J.H. Graham III, center, at its July 24 meeting with a certificate of appreciation for the city’s continued support of education in Cumberland County.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Report of missing child turns out false; one charged

    A man living in Crossville set off a major search by law enforcement officers and about 40 employees of a retail store after he reported a small child missing. He later recanted and has now been charged with a misdemeanor charge.

    July 31, 2014

  • tourism-granville.jpg Tourism talk dominates roundtable meeting

    Tourism is big business in Cumberland County and the state of Tennessee.
    Tennessee state officials visited the Crossville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce and provided a wealth of information for a roundtable discussion County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. organized.

    July 31, 2014 2 Photos

  • School system closes budget with more in reserves than planned

    The school system is going to end the year with a little more in its reserves than originally thought, Bob Scarbrough, transportation/maintenance supervisor and acting CFO, at the July 24 meeting of the Cumberland County Board of Education.
    "We believe there will be $4.7 million in the fund balance, which is quite a bit better than anticipated," Scarbrough said.

    July 31, 2014

  • Investigation into assault continues

    A Sparta Hwy. man found with lacerations to the back of the head told Cumberland County sheriff's deputies he was assaulted at a residence on Hwy. 70 N, but doesn't know why.

    July 31, 2014

  • Theft, arson of storage shed reported

    Someone broke into a storage shed and stole several items and, to add insult to injury, set the storage building on fire, according to a Cumberland County Sheriff's Department report.

    July 31, 2014

Marketplace Marquee
Must Read
Section Teases
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Weather Radar
2014 Readers' Choice
Graduation 2014