Billy Joe Nelson GUILTY

A Coffee County Circuit Court jury needed a little over an hour to determine that a Tullahoma man was guilty of abducting and raping a Tullahoma woman Jan. 1, 2013. The jury of eight women and four men found Billy Joe Nelson, 33, guilty of rape, carjacking, robbery, aggravated kidnapping with bodily injury and aggravated …

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Local Fire Department Not Receiving Local Funding

The North Coffee Volunteer Fire Department will not be receiving $22,000 for the Coffee County government. The Coffee County Health, Welfare and Recreation Committee recently voted to not give the fire department the money until its Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating can be lowered. North Coffee’s current ISO rating is at level 9, while a …

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Several Arrested On Drug and or Weapons Charges

An investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) along with several other law enforcement agencies has resulted in 22 people arrested on several drug and firearm charges. The arrests, made Wednesday, canvassed nine counties across southeast Tennessee, northern Georgia and northern Alabama with the operation being centered in Marion County. The …

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Some State Leaders Want More Physical Activity For Tennessee Students

A bill being considered in the state House would require students in kindergarten to fifth grade to participate in a physical education class at least twice a week. The proposal was approved on a voice vote in a House Education subcommittee on Wednesday. Currently, school districts must integrate a minimum of 90 minutes of physical …

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Inmate Death In Franklin County

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into the recent death of an inmate in Winchester. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the investigation Tuesday after the female inmate died in their jail. The Lincoln County woman from the Kelso community was arrested March 1 and died March 18. The TBI was asked to investigate …

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McMinnville Woman Charged With TennCare Fraud

A Warren County woman is charged with TennCare fraud involving doctor shopping, which is going from doctor to doctor in a short period of time in order to obtain prescriptions drugs, while using TennCare as payment. The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, announced the arrest of …

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National Youth Violence Prevention Week Aims to End Youth Violence in Tennessee

As National Youth Violence Prevention Week continues, health and education leaders in Tennessee say families, schools and communities each play a role in preventing violence before it occurs. According to the CDC, youth violence is the second-leading cause of death for people ages 10 to 24. Carleen Wray, executive director of Students Against Violence Everywhere, …

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Some Leaders Want To Strip Local Authority Power To Ban Guns In Public Parks

Legislation that would strip local governments of the power to ban guns in public parks is advancing in the Legislature despite concerns from the governor. The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Mike Harrison of Rogersville was approved 15-5 Tuesday in the House Finance Committee and is now being scheduled for a vote on the House …

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AAA Wants To Stop New Motorcycle Helmet Legislation In Tennessee

AAA motor club wants to put the brakes on proposed legislation that would allow many motorcyclists to ride without a helmet. Currently, Tennessee law requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet. But a bill under discussion would allow anyone who is 21 or over who has health coverage, as long as it is not through …

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Motlow Closing For Good Friday April 3

All Motlow College facilities, including the Moore County campus and centers in Fayetteville, McMinnville and Smyrna, will be closed Friday, April 3 for a spring holiday administrative closing. The College, including libraries and computer labs, will operate under normal schedules Thursday, and then remain closed Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Regular business hours and class schedules …

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