Man arrested following Circle K hostage situation in Lancaster

LANCASTER – Authorities tased and arrested a man at the North Memorial Drive Circle K Sunday following a hostage situation. According to an arrest report from Lancaster Police, officers received a call around 12:31 p.m. The suspect, identified as 40-year-old John Orsborn, of Lancaster, allegedly threatened to take individuals hostage and announced he had a gun.  …

Sheriff’s office investigating “hoax” threats made by 14-year-old at Fairfield Union

RUSHVILLE – Fairfield County authorities have identified a juvenile who allegedly made threats against the Fairfield Union School District.  According to a Tuesday news release, the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office had received word that a 14-year-old had posted threats on social media. The teen’s name is not being publicly released. Fairfield Union Superintendent Chad Belville …

Arrest made after robbery reported at Peoples Bank

LANCASTER – Lancaster Police arrested a man Tuesday evening in connection with a robbery at Peoples Bank on Main Street.  In a Wednesday news release, Lancaster Police announced James Bertoch III, 35, of Lancaster, was arrested at an area business.  According to the incident report, witnesses saw a white man with a black hooded coat and gray jacket …

Officials Weigh Options Over Jackson County Library

State lawmakers recently met with the Jackson County Library Board to discuss the Charles Ralph Holland Memorial Library’s future. House Representative John Mark Windle said the library could pursue grant funding to either rehab the building or construct a new one. “There’s a chance we could apply for a community development block grant (CDBG) to …

Rennova Denies $1 Million Bid For Jamestown Hospital

Rennova Health Systems has denied a $1 million bid to purchase Jamestown Regional Medical Center. Crossville clinician and physician assistant Johnny Presley made the offer to Rennova and hospital CEO Michael Alexander earlier this summer. Fentress County Executive Jimmy Johnson said Rennova’s decision comes at no surprise. “Rennova and Mr. Seamus Lagan, they’re kind of …

Celina Ambulance Service Struggling To Fill Positions

Celina’s ambulance services are struggling to fill full-time EMT and paramedic positions. Director Natalie Boone said Monday the issue boils down to low pay and few benefits available to employees. “Every service is short-staffed now. There’s a shortage of EMTs and paramedics anymore,” Boone said. “We’ve been referred to as a dying breed. Folks don’t …

Clay County Approves Budget; Employees Receive Raises

Clay County Commissioners voted Monday to pass its new budget which includes a 1.5 percent salary increase for employees. County Mayor Dale Reagan said raises will go into effect once the budget is approved by the state Comptroller’s Office. “Once they do that, my office and the finance clerk will go back to July 1 …

TN E-911 Districts Supports Increasing State Surcharge

Increasing Tennessee’s E-911 surcharge would help benefit emergency districts across the state. That according to Putnam County E-911 Director Penny Foister. Foister said increasing the surcharge to $1.50 would provide additional funding for various projects. “I know that it would help us greatly as far as keeping up with technology,” Foister said. “There’s things that …

Upper Cumberland Counties See Rising Senior Populations

A report from the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disabilities (TCAD) shows senior populations are rising in the Upper Cumberland. TCAD’s 2019 State of Aging report indicates Upper Cumberland counties have experienced senior growths between 1.67 and 3.5 percent. UCHRA Executive Director Mark Farley said the agency works to address the needs of seniors across …

Red Boiling Springs School Break-In Suspect Turns Himself In

A subject wanted for breaking into Red Boiling Springs Elementary in Macon County has turned himself in. Clay County Sheriff’s Office reports Adam Cisneros turned himself in to the Macon County Sheriff’s Office and is now in custody. Authorities began looking for Cisneros Thursday afternoon following a reported break-in overnight at Red Boiling Springs Elementary. …