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Search continues for missing Tennessee girl abducted by high school teacher

Efforts to locate missing high school freshman Elizabeth Thomas remain active and ongoing as the concern about her relationship with former teacher Tad Cummins – and his intentions for her – only heighten the urgency surrounding this ongoing AMBER Alert in Tennessee and Alabama. Thomas, 15, disappeared on Monday, March 13th and is believed to …

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UPDATE: Suspect Found — Chattanooga homicide suspect added to TBI’s ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list

UPDATED 3/15/17… NASHVILLE — One day after being added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list, a man accused in connection to a Chattanooga homicide has been captured by law enforcement. Jacob Evan Coyne (DOB 10-5-95) was wanted by the Chattanooga Police Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to face …

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State lawmakers advance two bills for wildfire recovery aid

State lawmakers in Tennessee have advanced two bills aimed at helping people recover from deadly wildfires in eastern Tennessee that occurred in late 2016. On Monday, the Senate favored a proposal to let local governments go on private property to clean up debris at the owner’s request. That proposal still needs House approval. The Senate …

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Rep. Scott DesJarlais votes to improve military readiness, technology, pay and training with new bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a new member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), voted to boost troops’ numbers, pay, training, and equipment in the 2017 Defense Appropriations bill that passed the House of Representatives by a wide margin yesterday. The military funding bill reverses the Obama Administration’s proposed troop reductions and …

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Free legal clinics to be held for Tennessee residents

Tennessee residents who find themselves in need of a lawyer’s advice on matters outside of criminal law will soon have a chance to get that advice as the Tennessee Supreme Court has announced free legal clinics to be held around the state soon. The clinics are part of the court’s Access to Justice initiative, a …

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Rep. Scott DesJarlais votes to prevent drug abuse; improve state unemployment programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., voted to repeal a lame-duck Obama Administration rule limiting states’ ability to drug-test unemployment insurance recipients on Wednesday. He said the Department of Labor rule undermines Congress’ intent for federal unemployment assistance, to ensure those re-entering the workforce are “truly able and available for work.” “Tennessee should have …

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SVEC plans study for possible broadband fiber expansion

Recent legislation by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam aimed at allowing electrical cooperatives in the state to provide broadband Internet access to customers in their service areas has gained much attention across the state, including locally with the Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC). The Governor’s Broadband Accessibility Act will deregulate a provision that’s kept cooperatives like …

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Grundy County drug investigation ends in four arrests

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, resulting in four arrests after a six-month long investigation. Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum says investigators began the case after receiving info that a woman was selling, trading, and distributing prescription pills from a residence located at 3150 DR-56 In Tracy …

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Two women indicted for theft from Fair Association in Sequatchie County

Two Sequatchie County women have been indicted for theft after an investigation by Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson found that they stole money from the Sequatchie County Fair Association. Karen Marshall, who currently serves as the fair association board’s president, and former fair association board treasurer Pamela Smith, stole money from the nonprofit organization. Investigators …

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Rep. Scott DesJarlais to oversee military readiness; force projection in new Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a new member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), received his subcommittee assignments for the 115th Congress. Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04) will serve on the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, as well as the Readiness Subcommittee. The Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee oversees Navy, Marine and Air …

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TN Governor Haslam announces Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced legislation to increase broadband access to Tennessee’s unserved citizens on Thursday. Tennessee currently ranks 29th in the U.S. for broadband access, with 34 percent of rural Tennessee residents lacking access at recognized minimum standards. “From the farmer and the accountant in West Tennessee whose businesses are stifled, to …

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“Do You Hear Me Now?” phone scam is back…what you need to know!

According to reports from  the BBB Scam Tracker app, the “Can You Hear Me Now?” scam is resurfacing across the nation. Here’s how it works. You receive a call. The person on the other side of the lines asks simply “Can you hear me know?” You’re inclined to say, “Yes.”, but don’t. Just hang up! …

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