published Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Region Digest: Thieves steal perfume stash


Students honored at history event

Two Polk County High School students netted national recognition for their documentary entry at the National History Day competition at the University of Maryland’s College Park campus, according to a release from the Tennessee Historical Society.

Derek Roberts and William Burdette ranked 11th in the nation for their group documentary called “The Good Government League: Debate and Diplomacy after World War II.”

In all, 54 Tennessee students participated in the contest.

The project also won an Outstanding State Entry award for the senior division, the release states. Dewey Esqinance is the Polk High students’ teacher.

District competitions in Tennessee take place at the East Tennessee Historical Society in Knoxville, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro and the University of Memphis in Memphis. The state competition in Nashville is held at the Legislative Plaza, coordinated by the Tennessee Historical Society.


Thieves steal perfume stash

Authorities said thieves made off with a Georgia woman’s perfume collection, which included 70 bottles of name-brand perfumes.

Athens-Clarke police said someone cut the lock off the woman’s rental storage unit on Old Jefferson Road and stole clothing and bins filled with the perfume collection. Authorities said the total value of the items stolen was $4,170.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports that the woman amassed the perfume collection during several years of working at a local Macy’s department store.


Deputy bumps bear with cruiser

An East Tennessee deputy had a different type of run-in with a local when he bumped a black bear cub that ran in front of his police car.

The video camera on Sequatchie County Deputy Jason Harvey’s police cruiser caught the late-night encounter Friday night. The video posted by WBIR-TV shows the cub jumping out in front of the cruiser. The bear tumbles across the road, but quickly gets up and runs off into the woods.

Sheriff Ronnie Hitchcock said he thinks the cub was out looking for food and said this was the third time county residents have reported encounters with black bears this year.

The police cruiser sustained minimal damage.


Quarry blasting called issue

The Cookeville city attorney says there’s little the city can do to halt or restrain blasting from a rock quarry.

Dan Rader, however, said he believes residents complaining about the work could win relief from a judge.

In April, a couple said an 80-pound rock from the quarry plunged through their roof. According to the Cookeville Herald-Citizen, a dresser was destroyed and insulation and electrical wires disturbed.

Rader told the City Council he hopes the state will intervene so a private lawsuit is not needed.

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