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Bank Scam Working In The Area

CITIZENS_LOGOAttention Citizens Tri-County Bank customers and non-customers! If you receive a text message on your phone regarding your debit card, please DO NOT follow the link in the text. This is a scam, and if you follow the link, you could be tricked into providing your debit card number and other sensitive information that could allow your card to be used fraudulently. Simply ignore or delete the text.
REMEMBER, Citizens Tri-County Bank will NEVER text you asking you to provide this sort of information.
The bank is represented in 8 counties including its three locations in Tullahoma.
The Coffee County Sheriff’s Department received information about this scam on Thursday morning from area residents. Sheriff Steve Graves said some of the questions about the text messages are coming non-customers of the bank.
Remember the bank had nothing to do with the text. This is a SCAM!

(A portion of this information came from a bank press release)

Social Security Scam Warning

scam5The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration (SSA) continues to warn the public and Social Security beneficiaries in particular, to be aware of fraud scams that target personal information. The SSA website reminds people that criminals use phone calls, emails, and other methods to obtain personal information, then use it to commit identity theft.
The latest scam is taking place in Coffee County. Citizens are receiving calls from scammers telling the intended victim that their card has been used in fraud cases. They go on to say they need the victims Social Security number and money so they can put a freeze on the number.
Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves warns area citizens to not fall prey to scammers, saying that you should never give out personal information unless you can verify the request.
The Inspector General for the Social Security Administration website warns that identity thieves obtain personal information in any number of ways. They may pose as Government officials in an attempt to convince you to provide personal and financial information.
To help prevent this type of fraud, the Inspector General website recommends that you:

Never provide your personal information when receiving unsolicited calls or contacts

Never agree to accept pre-paid debit cards or credit cards in another person’s name

Never agree to send or wire money to an unknown person

Always contact your local SSA office if you receive a call from a person claiming to be from SSA, and that person asks you to provide your Social Security number or other information.

To verify the legitimacy of a caller who claims to be an SSA employee, call your local Social Security office or Social Security’s toll-free customer service number at 1-800-772-1213.

Some Libraries To Receive Grant Money

grant_moneyThe Tennessee State Library and Archives is providing more than $305,000 in grants to help libraries upgrade their computer equipment and software.
State officials say the grants will go to 128 public libraries across Tennessee.
The grants will help finance technology upgrades for equipment used directly by patrons, as well as computers needed by library staff to perform tasks such as taking inventory and cataloging books.
Secretary of State Tre Hargett says libraries need to have up-to-date computer equipment and software in order to provide the best possible service to their patrons.
Each library had to commit to provide matching funds from local sources to qualify for a grant.

Judge Upholds Lethal Injection Process

lethal injectionA Tennessee judge on Wednesday upheld the state’s lethal injection process for executing inmates.
Davidson County Chancery Judge Claudia Bonnyman said from the bench that the plaintiffs, 33 death row inmates, didn’t prove that the one-drug method led to a painful and lingering death. She also said the plaintiffs didn’t show during a lengthy trial that there have been problems in states where the method has been used.
“Plaintiffs were not able to carry their burdens … on any of their clams,” Bonnyman said.
Plaintiffs’ attorney Kelley Henry said they plan to appeal.
Tennessee’s protocol calls for the use of pentobarbital mixed to order by a pharmacist, because the only commercial producer of the drug has placed restrictions on its distribution to prevent it from being used in executions.
Tennessee has not executed an inmate for more than five years because of legal challenges and problems in obtaining lethal injection drugs.
Lawmakers moved from a three-drug lethal injection method to a one-drug method and to reinstate the electric chair as a backup. Both changes brought challenges, and all previously scheduled executions have been put on hold.
Although Tennessee has yet to carry out an execution using compounded pentobarbital, state attorney Scott Sutherland has said that Texas, Ohio and Georgia have had more than 30 successful and painless executions with that drug. (WKRN-TV)

Sentencing Delayed In Coffee County Murder Case

Connie King intake photo

Connie King intake photo

Connie King and her husband Troy King were to be sentenced on Wednesday for the murder of Thomas Colucci in November 2012 just outside Manchester.
The sentencing was delayed Wednesday in Coffee County Circuit Court.
In late July of this year Troy King plead guilty to second-degree murder as well as theft over $1,000.
Troy King

Troy King


Colucci was found dead in the garage of his house from multiple gunshot wounds. Connie King was seen running from the house screaming and covered in blood.
Connie King had agreed to testify against Troy King in exchange for a lighter sentence.
Assistant District Attorney Jason Ponder told a judge on Wednesday that they are setting aside the plea agreement as she has not lived up to her agreement. The announcement came after Connie King’s attorney Chris Stanford announced that the sentencing needed to be continued until Sept. 16.
Troy King continues to be housed at the Coffee County Jail under a $1 million bond. Connie King is free on a bond of $75,000.

Tullahoma Businessman Charged With Arson

Christopher Wayne Holman intake photo provided by Coffee County Jail

Christopher Wayne Holman intake photo provided by Coffee County Jail

Christopher Wayne Holman of Tullahoma was arrested Tuesday night on a charge of arson. He allegedly set fire to his own business.
Holman, 33, of South Polk Street was charged after a fire at Wayne’s Radiator located 710 South Polk Street.
Warrants obtained by Tullahoma Police Detective Tyler Hatfield indicate that Holman may have poured gasoline on the floor of the building and ignited it.
According to Tullahoma Fire Chief Richard Shasteen, firefighters were able to contain the fire and extinguish it within about 15 minutes. The fire chief said that the fire was contained to the area where it was set.
An investigation determined that an accelerant was found in the area of the fire.
Holman is being held in the Coffee County Jail under a $50,000 bond. He is to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court Sept. 3.

Proposal Would Qualify More Tennesseans for Overtime Pay

The U.S. Department of Labor wants to raise the threshold for salaried workers to receive mandatory overtime from their employer. Photo credit: phaewilk/morguefile.com

The U.S. Department of Labor wants to raise the threshold for salaried workers to receive mandatory overtime from their employer. Photo credit: phaewilk/morguefile.com

As many Tennessee companies ask employees to do more with less in the post-recession era, many of those workers are not being compensated for working overtime. As it stands, salaried workers can be denied overtime if they make a little more than $23,000 a year. The threshold hasn’t been raised since the 1970s and the U.S. Secretary of Labor wants to raise the cap. Michelle McIntyre, outreach manager with the Center for Effective Government, explains why it’s important. “By raising it, you would be able to give a bump to working Americans and the middle class by moving it from such a low number to a more moderate number which is $50,440,” says McIntyre. According to the Economic Policy Institute, 30 percent of Tennessee workers would directly benefit from raising the threshold. Overtime pay equals time and a half of an employee’s hourly rate. The Department of Labor is accepting public comment on the issue until Sept. 4, before it makes a final decision. Some employers argue they will be unable to afford the additional pay and it will make it difficult for small businesses to succeed. McIntyre points out many companies, particularly those in unionized regions or professions, already pay overtime for salaried employees. If your company doesn’t, McIntyre says, it’s important to know your rights. “If you work 40 hours and your boss doesn’t want to pay you overtime, you can leave,” he says. “You don’t have to work that overtime, because essentially you’re working for free.” McIntyre says if you are supposed to receive overtime, keep track of your hours on your own, utilizing a time sheet or app on your smartphone. “You need to make sure you’re tracking your hours of overtime, so your pay in the end actually reflects the correct time,” says McIntyre. “We’ve seen in case after case and time after time employers have simply paid their workers straight time, not actually the higher wage.” The proposal would qualify at least five million more Americans for overtime. McIntyre says a majority of Americans who would benefit from raising the overtime threshold are women, two-thirds of them with children. Many of those are black and Latino.

Motlow Nursing Program Is Tops

nurseMotlow College’s nursing program recently learned that all 51 of its 2015 graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX), giving the College a best-in-the-state 100 percent pass rate.
In 2014, Motlow exceeded state and national pass rates. Motlow’s 2014 nursing graduate pass rate was 97 percent, while the state average was 87.44 percent and the national average was 81.79 percent. Sixty-three of Motlow’s 65 graduates in 2014 passed the test.
While the state average was one of the highest in the nation, Motlow’s 2014 NCLEX pass rate was the highest of all the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs as well as the TBR Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) programs.
With a perfect pass rate in 2015, Motlow again leads state and national averages and remains a leader for nursing programs in Tennessee and the United States.
Interested individuals who want to know more about Motlow’s nursing program are encouraged to review the program information materials on the website at www.mscc.edu/nursing. For additional information or assistance, please call 931-393-1628 to schedule an appointment.

Police Pursuit Starts In Tullahoma and Ends In Manchester

Police surround Calloway vehicle... Photo provided by Barry West

Police surround Calloway vehicle… Photo provided by Barry West

Tyler Scott Calloway of Tullahoma was arrested on Monday for his 10th driving on revoked/suspended driver license.
Calloway, 22 of Silver Street Tullahoma was arrested by deputies of the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department.
According to a report by Investigator James Sherrill, Calloway was seen driving on Highway 55 and the officer knew that he was driving on revoked license and that there was an arrest warrant for failure to pay child support. Sherrill along with Deputy Brandon Reed then saw Calloway turn onto Freeman Street and then to Silver Street in Tullahoma.
When he approached a stop sign, the deputies turned the blue lights on but he went around a car at the stop sign and started to drive on the Old Manchester Highway toward Manchester. At Sears Roebuck Road he passed a Honda Civic with two people inside it. Once he was around the Honda, Investigators Jason Dendy and Kelly Smith attempted to stop Calloway by placing a spike strip on the road but he was able to get around the strips.
He then traveled toward Highway 55 and turned toward Manchester. The deputy’s report states that Calloway was driving in and out of traffic at speeds up to 85 m.p.h. Two more attempts were made with the speed spikes. On the second attempt, Manchester Police got him stopped by puncturing the tires on the passenger’s side of the vehicle. Calloway was taken into custody and transported to the Coffee County Jail where he is charged with 10th driving on revoked/suspended license, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and evading arrest. At last report, he was being held under a bond of $30,000 and is to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court Sept. 1.

Gas Prices Will Continue To Fall

gas prices 4Plunging oil prices continue to place downward pressure on prices at the pump. Nationally, gas prices have fallen 7 cents from a week ago, and 14 cents from a month ago. Should oil prices remain at or below their current rate, the national average could dip below $2 per gallon by the end of the year. In the southeastern U.S. the price at the pump has fallen 4 cents in the past week, and more than 20 cents in the past month.
In Tennessee, the current average price of $2.26 is the lowest since April 21; 4 cents lower than a week ago, 19 cents less than a month ago, and 95 cents cheaper than a year ago. Gas prices have fallen 64 of the last 67 days. The low price in Manchester as of Tuesday afternoon was $2.10 per gallon and in Tullahoma it was $2.16.

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