Teens fleeing state custody - and more Chattanooga region news

Teens fleeing state custody - and more Chattanooga region news

October 1st, 2013 by Staff Reports and Wire Service in Local Regional News

Teens fleeing state custody

CROSSVILLE, Tenn. - More than 30 teenagers have fled the custody of the Tennessee Department of Children's Services school for troubled boys in Crossville over the last three years.

WSMV-TV in Nashville reported officials are still searching for two of them.

Crossville Police Maj. Terry White said the multiple escapes tie up the time of officers, who have to drop other duties to look for the juveniles.

The facility is minimum security with no fence and no guards around the yard.

The Upper Cumberland Human Resources Agency runs the school and said it's not a locked-down facility and only can encourage the teens not to run away.

DCS spokesman Rob Johnson said the state is doing what it can to help find the missing teenagers.

Beehive in wall creates buzz

Crossville public works employees were all abuzz about a large honey beehive found inside a wall at the Cumberland County Courthouse.

The Crossville Chronicle reported the hive stood about 4 feet wide and 3 feet deep far into the wall.

City Public Works Street Department Superintendent Joe Miller said employees knew there were bees in the building but had no idea the hive was that large.

The hive was found upstairs in the old Snodgrass Building, recently purchased by the city from Cumberland County.

A professional beekeeper, H.L. Foust of Sunrise Apiaries in Cumberland County, helped remove the hive last week.

Foust guessed there were between 50,000 to 75,000 bees in the hive.

$1,500 missing from police safe

MACON, Ga. - Records show more than $1,500 has disappeared from an evidence safe in the Macon Police Department's crime lab.

The Telegraph reported the thefts after reviewing several hundred pages of documents obtained through Georgia's open records law.

The newspaper reported the money went missing between April 2010 and May 2011, and the apparent thefts were possible because of lapses in security and record keeping.

Police say those problems have been addressed, but investigators still don't know where the money went.

Macon police Maj. Charles Stone, head of the department's Criminal Investigations Division, said he doesn't think the thefts will affect any prosecutions. Stone said the case appears to be "strictly a money theft."

VEC customers to lose power

POLK COUNTY, Tenn. - The Volunteer Energy Cooperative has announced that about 220 of its customers in Polk County will be without power for several hours Wednesday morning.

VEC personnel said the planned outage will last from 9 a.m. until noon and is required to allow its crews to carry out system maintenance and upgrades.

Areas that will be affected include Busted Rock Road, Delta Drive, Railroad Circle, Ladd Springs Road, Ball Play Road, J. Wilson Road, Horns Creek Road, Sand Mountain Road and Kirby Lane.

In case of bad weather, the work and the outage may be delayed, a news release states.