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Tullahoma Fireman Facing Rape Charge

James David Huskey

A Tullahoma Firefighter has been suspended following his arrest on sex charges in Moore County.
James David Huskey, 39, a firefighter with Tullahoma Fire Department was arrested Monday March 27 on charges of rape of a child. He was arrested by the Moore County Sheriff’s Department on the charges. Sheriff Mark Logan said Tuesday that Investigator Mike Rainey had been investigating the allegations but the sheriff did not release further information.
The age of the girl was not available.
Huskey is being held in the Moore County Jail under a bond of $100,000 pending an appearance in the Moore County General Sessions Court.
According to a statement issued by the City of Tullahoma spokesman Winston Brooks, Huskey has been suspended from his job as a full time firefighter due to the charges. He has been a firefighter since 2013. “He will remain suspended pending the predisposition hearing,” the press release stated.

High Speed Pursuit Suspect appears in Court

Garieon Simmons… Photo provided

The man who allegedly led authorities on a high speed pursuit from Coffee County to Rutherford County, which ended in a fatal crash, has a new court date. Twenty-nine year old Garieon Simmons of Decherd was arraigned earlier this week on charges of vehicular homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, evading arrest, driving on a revoked license, violation of probation and being a habitual motor vehicle offender.
He will return to Judge David Bragg’s courtroom as attorneys continue to discuss his case on April 7th.
Simmons is accused of leading a high speed pursuit that began in Manchester and ended in Murfreesboro on June 24th, 2016. The pursuit ended in a crash on South Church Street which took the life of 28-year old Jennifer Campos. As she was turning out of a parking lot just past Veterans Parkway, her vehicle was hit in the driver’s side door. Campos died at the scene while her seven month old child survived.

Welfare Check turns into Charges against a Manchester Woman

Dorthy M Meeks… Photo provided by the CCSD.

On Tuesday (March 28th 2017) Tennessee Highway Patrolman Timothy Johnson found a female at the Busy Corner Truck Stop on Hwy 41 in Manchester around 6pm asleep behind the wheel with the keys in the ignition. Johnson conducted a welfare check and found the woman who he says appeared to be disorientated, with slurred speech and dilated pupils. Upon speaking with the woman she stated she was sleepy and tired.
Upon exiting the vehicle the female identified as Dorthy M Meeks age 39 of Powers Rd Manchester was allegedly very unsteady on her feet and having difficulty following the officer’s instructions. She was given six field sobriety tests apparently doing poorly on five. She consented to be taken to Unity Medical Center for a blood draw with results pending.
The subject allegedly admitted to taking Xanax and methamphetamine.
Upon being booked into the Coffee County Jail corrections officers allegedly found approximately 2.75 grams of a substance believed to be methamphetamine in Meeks’ purse.
She was charged with; contraband in a penal institution, schedule II drug violation and DUI. Her bond was set at $15,000. Meeks will appear in court on June 6, 2017.

Coffee County is Growing

The Coffee County official 2010 Census population, as of April 1 that year, was 52,796, while the Census Bureau estimates that as of July 1, 2016, the county’s population was 54,681 a difference of 3.57 percent.
Over the most-recent one-year period for which estimates are available, from 2015 to 2016, the county grew by 0.74 percent.
The census estimates have Tennessee’s 2016 population at 6.65 million in 2016, which was nearly 1 percent more than 2015.

Tennessee’s Highest Court says Pentobarbital to Execute Condemned Prisoners is Constitutional

In a unanimous opinion, the state’s highest court said that using the drug pentobarbital to execute condemned prisoners is constitutional. The drug is often used by veterinarians to euthanize animals.
The Tennessean reported earlier this month that the state currently does not have access to the drug. Drugs used in lethal injections have become harder for states to secure because manufacturers have refused to sell them to prisons for executions.
Tennessee has passed a law that allows for death by electrocution in the event that drugs used for lethal injection are unavailable.
The Supreme Court decision stems from a lawsuit filed in 2013 by four condemned prisoners that several other inmates were later allowed to join.

Tullahoma man in Jail after he’s arrested for Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Kidnapping

Randy Lee Hatfield… Photo provided by the CCSD.

A man from Cedar Lane in Tullahoma was arrested March 27 on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated kidnapping. Arrested was Randy Lee Hatfield, 51 of Cedar Lane.
According to warrants obtained by Tullahoma Police Officer Phillip Smith, Hatfield assaulted a female and each time she tried to get away from him he would grab her and prevent her from leaving. The warrant alleges that he assaulted her with a ball bat and a chair. He is also accused of striking the woman with a chair and banging her on the floor and beat her with his fist.
The victim was transported to Tennova—Harton Hospital in Tullahoma for treatment of her injuries.
Hatfield is being held under a bond of $125,000. He appeared in Coffee County General Sessions Court March 28.

Woman Claims her Debit Card was “Hacked”

A Riley Creek Road woman reported that her debit card had been used without her approval late last week.
The woman told Tullahoma Police Officer Derrick Derlien on March 25 that she had made a purchase at Wal-Mart on March 21. She then noticed on March 23 that a charge of $199.99 had been taken from her account at the store, but that she didn’t make it. When she contacted an employee of the store on North Jackson Street she was told that an unknown person had “hacked” into the self-checkout register and used it the night before and transferred money from her account.
Detective Tyler Hatfield is investigating the incident.

Gas Prices Stay Steady

Motorists in the southeast saw modest movement at the gas pump last week. While prices inched up in Florida and slipped slightly lower in Georgia, prices remained the same in Tennessee.
AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said falling oil prices have helped offset inventory declines in most states, keeping gas prices low. Also, demand has been off to a slow start this year throughout most of the U.S.
Jenkins said during the month of April, drivers will see gas prices begin to climb as the industry completes spring maintenance and the switch-over to summer blend gasoline.
The national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.28, a drop of a fraction of a cent from last week and the same as a month ago.
Tennessee’s average price is $2.03, about the same as last week, three cents lower than a month ago and 14 cents higher than a year ago.
The low price this week in Manchester is $1.93 and the low price per gallon in Tullahoma is $1.92.

Former Rutherford County Sheriff to be Sentenced in September

Robert Arnold intake photo.

A new judge handling the official corruption case of former Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold is postponing his sentencing until early September. Arnold is awaiting sentencing in a West Tennessee prison.
Senior U.S. District Judge Marvin E. Aspen, who took the case this week from Judge Kevin Sharp, denied a request by Arnold to move his sentencing to mid-April from early May and opted to set it back even later in the year. Sharp is to step down April 15 and go into private practice.
Aspen set sentencing hearings for Arnold and co-defendant John Vanderveer for Sept. 6 and said in his order, “If practicable, the Court will move the sentencing hearing to an earlier date.” Aspen set sentencing for former Sheriff’s Chief Administrative Deputy Joe Russell for Sept. 8.
In January, Arnold, 40, pleaded guilty to three counts of a 14-count federal indictment lodged against him in connection with an unauthorized scheme to sell e-cigarettes to county jail inmates and pocket the money instead of sending the proceeds to the county general fund and trying to conceal his involvement.
Arnold entered a guilty plea to single counts of wire fraud, honest services fraud and extortion as an official. He resigned as sheriff a day before the plea.
Vanderveer and Russell are free on bond. Russell and Vanderveer also pleaded guilty in connection with the scheme. (WGNS Radio)

Transportation Funding Proposal Driving Forward

Gov. Bill Haslam

Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to boost transportation funding is now on equal footing in the Tennessee House and Senate.
The measure that would include the state’s first gas tax hike since 1989 was advanced by the House Local Government Committee on Tuesday. That means the measure is now before the finance panels of both chambers – the final standing committees before full floor votes.
Under the latest version of the bill, the state would increase the tax on each gallon of gas by 6 cents over three years, and diesel by 10 cents. The measure would also cut the sales tax on groceries, corporate taxes paid by large manufacturers and the tax on earnings from stocks and bonds.
Haslam argues that the proposal represents a net tax cut for Tennesseans.

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