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Alert: Make Sure “Grinch” Doesn’t Steal Your Kids’ Identity

Experts recommend taking extra precautions with your child's personal information and being alert for signs of identity theft. Credit: MarcusScottReed/

Experts recommend taking extra precautions with your child’s personal information and being alert for signs of identity theft. Credit: MarcusScottReed/

Thieves are now looking beyond your wallet and personal information to your children’s. The Identity Theft Resource Center reports a 300 percent increase in calls about child identity theft in 2014. With the holidays around the corner and scammers working overtime, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Consumer Affairs Division is reminding folks about the potential risk to their children. The department’s spokesman Kevin Walters explains. “We want parents to understand that their kids are at risk just as well as the parents’ identity are at risk,” says Walters. “Scammers don’t discriminate based on age and we want parents to adopt some good habits in their everyday lives to help safeguard their children.” Walters says to avoid sharing your child’s Social Security number unless it is a trusted party, keep things like their birth certificate and school paperwork in a secure location, and don’t be afraid to ask people requesting personal information how it will be used. Warning signs of identity theft of a youngster can include your child receiving credit card applications or calls from credit agencies. Walters says it’s important to take quick action to avoid an impact on your child for years to come. “It can be a scary situation for everyone involved whenever identity theft occurs,” says Walters. “Your best course of action and parents’ best course of action is to notify law enforcement, notify credit agencies and notify your bank immediately.” Tennessee law also permits parents and legal guardians to enact a security freeze on children under 16 years of age. When the freeze is put into place, credit agencies cannot release a person’s credit report unless the freeze is specifically removed.

Hillsboro Man Arrested On Multiple Charges After Meth Lab Bust

Jeremy Namer Dalton intake photo provided by the Coffee County Sheriff's Department.

Jeremy Namer Dalton intake photo provided by the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department.

Jeremy Namer Dalton of Hillsboro was arrested by Coffee County authorities on Thursday Nov. 19 after he was found to be in possession of a methamphetamine lab and products used to produce the drug.
Dalton, 32, of 4435 Old Airport Road, Hillsboro was charged with reckless endangerment, tampering with or fabricating evidence, destruction of evidence and intent to manufacture methamphetamines.
According to a report by Coffee County Sheriff’s Investigator James Sherrill, a search warrant was served at Dalton’s residence after they had received information of possible methamphetamine production.
When officers arrived at the residence, Sherrill went to a shed behind the house and saw Dalton inside moving around. He then saw a fire inside the building. The officer was unable to gain entry to the building as it was locked. After the fire started, Dalton came running out of the building and Sherrill arrested him. Deputy Brandon Reed had called for the Hillsboro Fire Department to extinguish the fire and to help secure the building. A garden hose was used to put the fire out before they arrived.
According to Sherrill’s report, cleanup equipment was needed due to the extreme fumes from where Dalton attempted to burn the lab. Also there were several propane tanks inside the building which could have exploded.
Once the cleanup equipment arrived, officers entered the shed and found a number of ingredients used to produce meth as well as digital scales and a hand held torch. They also found $120 in cash in the building which was determined to be counterfeit. They also found a 12 gauge shotgun, which was a violation since Dalton is a convicted felon. The gun was found under the mattress in the bedroom inside the residence.
Officers seized a flat screen television, $816 in cash, tools, a 1994 Chevrolet Tahoe and various other items used in the surveillance of his operation.
According to Sherrill, the investigation is continuing and other charges are pending.
Dalton was booked into the Coffee County Jail under a bond of $175,000 and is to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court Dec. 17.

Another Person Charged In Shelbyville Woman’s Death

murder3A Shelbyville man has been arrested by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in connection to his cousin’s recent shooting death.
Authorities said Angela Kibble was found dead inside her Belmont Avenue home by a neighbor on Sept. 14.
During the course of the investigation, Kavaris Kelso was developed as a suspect in Kibble’s death.
Kelso, 28, was arrested early Thursday morning.
He is charged with one count of criminal homicide and was booked into the Bedford County jail where he’s being held without bond.
Earl Antonio Taylor and David Darrell Fletcher are also facing charges in Kibble’s death.

Over 50,000 First-Time Tennessee Freshmen Enrolled In Higher Education

Tn PromiseThe executive director of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam’s free-tuition program says it has contributed to the spike in students pursuing a higher education. Tennessee Promise offers eligible high school seniors free tuition to a two-year community or technical college. According to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, 50,699 first-time freshmen enrolled in a public higher education institution this year, compared with 46,030 last year. Tennessee Promise Executive Director Mike Krause said Thursday that of the 21,706 students enrolled in community colleges, 16,291 are in the governor’s program. Krause says the numbers are “reflective of a culture and attitude change in Tennessee about going to college.” Tennessee Promise is a key component of Haslam’s “Drive to 55” initiative to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary credential to 55 percent by the year 2025.

Local KOA Wins Awards

KOAThe Manchester KOA has earned the prestigious 2016 KOA President’s and Founder’s Awards from Kampgrounds of America Inc., the world’s largest system of family-friendly, open-to-the-public campgrounds. The awards were presented last week at KOA’s Annual International Convention in Daytona Beach, Florida. KOA is celebrating its 53rd Anniversary in 2015. The KOA President’s Awards are presented annually to campgrounds that receive high scores in customer service from their campers, and also receive high scores in KOA’s annual Campground Quality Review. The KOA Founder’s Award is named in honor of Dave Drum, who founded KOA on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Montana in 1962. It is given to those KOA campgrounds that attained the very top scores in both customer service and the KOA Quality Review. KOA surveys hundreds of thousands of campers each year regarding their KOA camping experience, and those surveys are used as a basis for the awards.

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Burch & Stanley Attorneys at Law Student of the Week 21 November 2015

The Burch & Stanley attorneys at law Student of the week for 21 November 2015 is Abigail Brandon. Abigail is in fifth grade at Hillsboro Elementary School in Hillsboro. She is the daughter of proud parents Jennifer and Reynaldo. She is positive and energetic, always ready to put her best effort forth regardless of the assignment. She sets a positive example for all her classmates. Abigail is also a great citizen and is helpful to both fellow students and teachers. Abigail’s favorite subject is Social Studies because she thinks it’s fun and easy. She also enjoys learning about history. Abigail is an avid reader and is hoping to get the Hunger Games book series for Christmas. She hopes to either become an Artist, because she loves to paint and draw, or Teacher, because she likes helping people, when she gets older. Abigail was presented with a plaque (courtesy of K&S Trophies of Tullahoma) and a set of tickets to an up-coming Nashville Predators game. Congratulations to Abigail Brandon, the Burch & Stanley attorneys at law Student of the Week.

The Burch & Stanley Student of the Week Abigail Brandon with Eric Burch

The Burch & Stanley Student of the Week Abigail Brandon with Eric Burch

AT&T Phone Problems Have Been Repaired

telephoneThose trying to call 911 Thursday afternoon were not getting through to the Coffee County Communication Center due to problems with AT&T.
“All of our 911 calls were then routed through Franklin County Communication Center,” Steve Deford head of the Coffee County Communication Center said Thursday. He said that the center lost service around 1 p.m. and had no idea how long it would be down. Late Thursday afternoon AT&T service was back to normal operation.
According to the director, the outage was in the Manchester area and had land lines down in Manchester only.
Coffee County thanks Franklin County for their assistance through the afternoon.

Convicted Felon Denied New Trial

John O’Keefe Varner

John O’Keefe Varner

A circuit court judge denied a request for a new trial by a man sentenced to life without parole in the state prison Wednesday in Coffee County Circuit Court. John O’Keefe Varner was convicted of the charges in July by a Coffee County Circuit Court jury on charges of criminal attempt to commit first degree murder, aggravated assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Varner was on the TBI’s Most Wanted list when he was arrested in October 2014 in Las Vegas. He was accused of shooting a Manchester resident following a verbal altercation and Varner continued shooting at the victim as he ran away.
He had previously been convicted of two separate murders from the early 1990s.

Three People Arrested On Multiple Charges

Amy Renee Glasgow... Photos provided by the Coffee County Sheriff's Department.

Amy Renee Glasgow… Photos provided by the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department.

Tullahoma Police officers arrested three people Wednesday on charges of possession of drugs and paraphernalia.
Arrested were Amy Renee Glasgow, 37, of 707 South Franklin Street on charges of theft of property, unlawful drug paraphernalia and two counts of manufacturing/delivering/selling a controlled substance.
Ronald Demerius King

Ronald Demerius King

Ronald Demerius King, 31, of 707 South Franklin Street was charged with theft of property, unlawful drug paraphernalia, two counts of manufacturing/delivering/selling of a controlled substance and unlawful carrying of a weapon and unlawful possession.
Andrew Levi Jefferson, 34, of 302 Linden Street, Tullahoma faces the same charges as King.
The arrest occurred after Tullahoma Police Officer Tommy Elliott received a call of a fight in the middle of South Franklin Street. When he arrived, witnesses told him that those fighting were inside of the residence at the 707 South Franklin Street. Elliott went to the house and spoke with Glasgow and while talking with her, he allegedly detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the residence.
Andrew Levi Jefferson

Andrew Levi Jefferson

Elliott asked for permission to search the residence but was denied access so he obtained a search warrant. According to the arrest warrants obtained by the officer, while searching he alleges that he found a white plastic bag between two mattresses in the children’s bedroom. Warrants obtained by Elliott states that he found 109 grams of marijuana in the bag as well as 38 grams of white powder cocaine. He also found a .380 Ruger pistol, which was reported stolen in Spalding County, Georgia. None of the three admitted to knowing anything about the drugs or the stolen weapon. Elliott also allegedly found $732 in cash from Glasgow’s wallet. He also found two sets of digital scales.
Glasgow was booked into the Coffee County Jail on the charges and her bond was set at $78,500. King and Jefferson were also booked into the Coffee County Jail under a bond of $81,000 each. They are to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court Dec. 10.

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