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Senior Police Academy Coordinator Terry Burgess will be working with Sheriff Butch Burgess and Investigator Casey Cox to educate seniors in law enforcement.

Are you hooked on today’s mystery TV shows of crime investigations? Does our criminal justice system fascinate you? The crime rate seems to be soaring. Not only do we need to better understand how to protect ourselves, but law officers could use our support. Now you can help, by attending the Cumberland County Senior Police Academy.

This free eight-week class for seniors will be presented in part by members of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, Sheriff Butch Burgess, Investigator Casey Cox and other officers, along with the District Attorney’s Office, Randall York.

Each two-hour class held each week will be covering such curriculum as: recruiting, hiring and training; history and structure of American law enforcement; search and seizures; criminal investigations; crime scene investigations; narcotics investigations; traffic enforcement; domestic violence; sexual assault; crime prevention; use of force; home invasion; ID theft; defensive tactics; 911 operations and more. What would you do, should you find yourself a victim of a crime? What are your rights? Learn the why, when and what answers to better understand how the system works. You will gain useful and interesting information, with hands on participation. Each student will be presented a certificate after completion of the Senior Police Academy.

The coordinator behind these special classes is a very interesting man who has worked extensively in law enforcement, as a detective investigator, police adviser, and in community training for over 37 years. Terry Burgess (not related to our Sheriff Burgess) was the former police chief of Camden, Maine for 12 years. He has led many types of training classes as far away as Thailand to the Royal Police and around the world. He has received numerous honors and awards, with a lot of special training and education in these fields during his career. Terry and his wife are currently retired, living in Fairfield Glade.

It has been proven that the crime rate in the community goes down while the relationship between law enforcement and citizens has improved in areas where these types of classes are held. If this sounds like something you would like to be a part of and are interested in joining up for this series of classes, you will need to sign up soon, because space is limited. They will be held every Wednesday afternoon, 2-4 p.m., beginning on Jan. 25.

It is almost Gong Show time! The second annual Gong Show will be held at the Palace on Friday night, Feb. 17. All unusual, fun, talented people with acts of all kinds and ages are encouraged to sign up in an effort to make Crossville laugh! If you don’t get gonged you could win a handful of cash! You have nothing to lose, and it is sure to be a blast! Tickets are now on sale for $10 at the Palace Theater and also at Fair Park. To learn more call Tina Taylor at 484-7416.

Come and see what Fair Park Senior Center has for you. It is open 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with extra activities at night, and is located across the street from the Cumberland County Fair Grounds, at 1433 Livingston Road in Crossville. You can also visit the center’s website at http://www.fairparkseniorcenter.org to keep up-to-date on the latest programs and activities that are being offered, as well as online versions of the center’s monthly newsletter “Newsline.”

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Billiards is all day.

9:30 a.m. — Blood Pressure with CMC.

9:30 a.m. — Guitar lessons with John Barr.

10 a.m. — Stamp Club with Ray Kusmierski.

10 a.m. —  Surprise bingo.

11:30 a.m. —  Keyboard lessons with John Barr.

11:30 a.m. — Lunch.

1 p.m. — Bass Guitar with John Barr.

1 p.m. — Cardio Blast Exercise with Donna Rule.

1 p.m. —  Guitar forum with Robert Simmons.

1 p.m. — Cribbage.

Thursday, Jan. 19

Billiards is all day.

10 a.m. — Table tennis.

10 a.m. — SilverSneakers Muscular Strength and Range of Movement with Tina Taylor.

11:30 a.m. — Lunch.

12:30 p.m. — Bridge Bunch.

12:30 p.m. — Creative Quilters with Betty Hankins

1 p.m. — Euchre.

2 p.m. — Senior Chess Club.

6:30-7 p.m. — Beginning Line Dancing with Frank and Sandy Doherty.

7-8:15 p.m. — Advanced/Intermediate Line Dance.

8:15-9 p.m. — Couple Dances (Cha-Cha, Waltz, Swing, Flo).

Friday, Jan. 20

9 a.m. — Beginning Bridge with Marcel Bilodeau.

9 a.m. — Corn hole with Wendell Lester.

10 a.m. — Vivan Wilhoite — TN Regulatory.

10:30 a.m. — Bingo with Life Care Center.

12 p.m — Advanced Bridge with Marcel Bilodeau.

1 p.m. — Latin Dance Aerobics with Clintina Simms.

Monday, Jan. 23

Billiards are all day.

9 a.m. — Walking Club.

9:30 a.m. — Advanced Line Dancing with Marilyn Schmitt.

10 a.m. — Beginning Line Dancing with Marilyn Schmitt.

10 a.m. — Veggie bingo.

10 a.m. — Table tennis.

11:30 a.m. — Lunch.

12 p.m — Pinochle with Tommy Cole.

12:30 p.m — Bridge Bunch.

1 p.m — Cribbage.

Tuesday, Jan. 24

Billiards are all day.

10 a.m. — Spanish lessons with Beverly Sharp (on hold until Jan. 31).

10 a.m. — Beginner and Advanced Tai Chi with Angie Bedard.

11:30 a.m. — Lunch.

12:30 p.m. — Board games.

1 p.m. — SilverSneakers Muscular Strength and Range of Movement with Donna Rule.

2 p.m. — Ballroom Dancing with George Salovatore and Frances Cunningham Brooks.