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Pearman was taken into custody in Manchester after fleeing Rutherford County in the female victims’ Jeep. Pearman was arrested at a gas station at Exit 111.
Jacob Pearman will also face charges that he assaulted the woman’s son.
Apparently the suspect called his parents and left what has been described as a troubling message. The family then called the police and authorities paid a visit to the home to do a welfare check. The victim was found deceased in her bed.
The female victim was allegedly bludgeoned to death. Police say he has confessed to the murder of his wife.
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A woman who claimed she was kidnapped at gunpoint late last year pleaded guilty Thursday to fabricating the entire episode.
Melissa Seibers Martin, 42, will pay $5,000 to the Shelbyville police equipment fund and was placed on pre-trial diversion until her probation is concluded.
As part of her plea, she received a sentence of three years at 30 percent from Circuit Court Judge Lee Russell, but if she stays out of trouble during the next year, it’s possible her record could be cleared, with no jail time served.
She had been charged with two counts of making a false report — one to an officer and another count involving emergency services.
False reports to an officer is a “D” felony, carrying a sentence of two to 12 years, while the “C” felony could have resulted in a term of three to 15 years, if Martin had a prior felony record.
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Tennessee remains among the top ten most obese states in America, according to a Gallup poll. The group compiles the list every year.
This time, Mississippi is number one, unseating West Virginia, which held the top spot for the last three years.
Delaware rounds out the top three.
Tennessee ranks seventh with more than 31 percent of its population considered obese. Kentucky is at number 9 with 30.6 percent.
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Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips has announced Tennessee’s preliminary unemployment rate for January is 7.2 percent, which is five tenths of one percentage point lower than the December revised rate. The national unemployment rate for January 2014 was 6.6 percent, down one tenth of one percentage point from December. Economic Summary:
• Over the past year, Tennessee’s unemployment rate declined from 8.1 to 7.2 percent, while the national rate declined from 7.9 to 6.6 percent.
• Unemployment (218,900) is the lowest since September 2008 and is 15,900 lower than last month.
• Total nonfarm employment decreased 2,100 jobs from December to January. The largest decreases occurred in manufacturing, administrative/support/waste services, retail trade, and government.
• Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 37,800 jobs. The largest increases occurred in professional/business services, leisure/hospitality, and trade/transportation/utilities.
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Parents and teachers across Tennessee are watching closely as major changes could be on the way for the state Board of Education.
Legislation being debated at the General Assembly would have voters decide on some or all board members in regular elections.
Gera Summerford, president of the Tennessee Education Association, says currently all are appointed by the governor to five-year terms and can be
“Many of them serve for many, many years,” she explains. “And in addition to that, their accountability then is only to the governor. In fact, a governor
no longer in office appoints many of them.
“So we feel like that a different method of appointment where there’s more accountability or certainly the voters electing those board members would be
In addition to the bills seeking elections for the State Board of Education, others have proposed taking the power to appoint members away from the governor
and giving it to the speakers of the State House and Senate.
Another concern that lawmakers are looking to address this session is the background of those serving and their experience with what’s happening in the
classrooms and cafeterias on a daily basis.
As it stands now, Summerford says there’s only one member who’s an active teacher.
“In fact, the reason there’s even one teacher on the board is due to TEA’s lobbying efforts in years past,” she says. “So there’s a bill out, I believe,
that would require one-half of that state board to be licensed educators.
Again, this is more in line with what happens with other professional bodies.”
The Board of Education is composed of nine members, one from each of the state’s congressional districts, along with a student member.
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The Manchester Police department destroyed several confiscated drugs on Thursday.
Officers gathered around a burn container and destroyed the drugs, this is the second time in the last month the police department has destroyed the confiscated substances.
Manchester Police Chief Investigator Billy Butler stated that the department has destroyed more drugs this year than they have in any year in the past.
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Two people have been charged in connection with a shooting in Altamont that wounded a man.
Grundy County authorities responded to a report of a shooting at around 2am Wednesday morning and found Jimmy Hobbs with a shotgun wound. Hobbs was airlifted by Lifeforce to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga for treatment. No word on his condition at this time.
Grundy County authorities have charged Donny Fults and Stacy Eckland in the shooting.
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