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Pantsless man charged with vandalizing building

(WBIR - Crossville) A 37-year-old Crossville man is facing vandalism charges after police say he broke into a building and vandalized it with no pants on.

Police say they responded to a break-in call at Cumberland County Good Samaritans in Crossville.

Police started looking around the building and found the glass on the front doors were broken. They say the suspect used landscaping rocks to bash in the windows and several display cases.

Eventually they found 37-year-old Jimmy Bowman wearing only a t-shirt and boxer shorts.

eBay auction begins for Tennessee elk hunt permit

(AP, Nashville, TN) One of the five permits for this year's elk hunt in Tennessee has been donated to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation.

Each year, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency awards four permits by random computer drawing. The fifth one is given to a non-governmental organization.  The foundation will auction its permit on eBay and put the proceeds into the state elk restoration program.

Cumberland sheriff starts Internet Crimes Against Children unit

(WBIR - Cumberland Co.) The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department's newly formed Internet Crimes Against Children unit has already showed progress, with three arrests in its few weeks in service.

"We have a bad guy who meets with me or a member of the 'take down team' from the task force. Gives us the chance to take that person away and put a buffer between a real child they may have met with," said Deputy Brian Davis, the first member of that department.

Bridge named for East TN marine who made the ultimate sacrifice

A new bridge in Cumberland County is now named in honor of an East Tennessee Marine who died while serving in Iraq.

Sergeant Morgan William Strader died in November of 2004, in the battle for Fallujah.

Sgt. Strader would have been 32-years-old on Thursday. He was a graduate of Cumberland County High School.

Tuesday, Sgt. Strader's family, local leaders, fellow marines and the community helped dedicate the Daddy's Creek Bridge, located off Highway 70 in Crab Orchard in Sgt. Strader's honor.

Complete guide to East TN fireworks shows, laws

Fireworks shows:

City of Knoxville: Festival on the Fourth runs from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. at World's Fair Park. The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra will begin performing at 8 p.m., and fireworks start at 9:35 p.m., rain or shine.

Athens: Celebration postponed until Saturday night at 9:30.

Clinton: Fireworks have been postponed until Saturday, but Museum of Appalachia festivities will go on as planned.

Olympians inspire young gymnasts in Crossville

School is out and summer is here. For many kids that means lounging by the pool and catching up on video games. However, in Crossville, some kids have the Olympics on their mind.

FlipFest is a 12 week summer gymnastics camp that started out in Crossville in 2006. They bring kids in from all over the country, really all over the world, of all ages and skills. They have athletes who are just beginning in gymnastics and some that might be Olympic hopefuls.

Victim's friend: "Good riddance" to convicted killer, Byron Looper

A notorious killer from East Tennessee was found dead Wednesday in his prison cell at the Morgan County Correctional Complex.

Byron "Low Tax" Looper was a household name in the late 1990s. The one-time property assessor was convicted of assasinating State Senator Tommy Burks.  Looper was running against Burks for his long time state senate seat.

The TBI is investigating the circumstances surrounding Looper's death in prison.