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Warren County Commissioner Facing Assault Charge

Michael Martin

A long-time Warren County Commissioner is facing an assault charge in connection with a confrontation that took place at Thursday night’s meeting of the Health and Welfare Committee.
Michael Martin has been summoned to General Sessions Court on June 26th to answer the charge.
Witnesses said Martin got into an argument with Animal Control Director Kim Pettrey and ordered her to leave the building. In the warrant, Pettrey said she was in fear of bodily injury.

Motlow holds Groundbreaking at New Robotics Training Center

Motlow State Community College recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for the state-of-the-art Automation and Robotics Training Center (ARTC) that will be located on 4.5 acres adjacent to the Tennessee College of Applied Technology and the Motlow McMinnville campus. The Warren County Commission donated the land to the College. Funding for the ARTC comes from a $5.5 million grant awarded to Motlow as part of the “Drive to 55 Capacity Fund”. The primary purpose of the center is to train skilled workers to support existing and new industries throughout the area as they utilize more industrial robots.

Three Years Later Man Convicted of Aggravated Sexual Battery

A Manchester man is facing up to 24 years in prison after he was found guilty of 2 counts of aggravated sexual battery.
Lynn Frank Bristol, 61, of Manchester, was indicted June 2015 for aggravated sexual battery and the rape of a child.
The victim in this case testified against Bristol.
The man is set to be sentenced on August 15.
Coffee County District Attorney Craig Northcott prosecuted the case and Attorney Thomas Parkerson from Murfreesboro represented Bristol.

Altercation Sends Hillsboro Man to Jail

Kale Wayne Campbell.. Photo provided by the CCSD.

Last Monday (June 11, 2018) Kale Wayne Campbell age 32 of Hillsboro
is accused of being involved in an altercation with his ex-girlfriend and her children in Hillsboro. Campbell allegedly went into the residence while 2 of the children were inside and began throwing and breaking items.
Later in the day, Campbell is accused of trying to use his vehicle to run his girlfriend and her 3 children along with their child whom they have together as they were in separate vehicles off the roadway in Hillsboro. The arrest warrant states that Campbell allegedly accelerated his vehicle and tried to maneuver his vehicle in a position to cause a head on collision which placed fear in the girlfriend and the 4 children.
Campbell was located on Thursday and he was arrested. Coffee County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Eric Clem charged Campbell with 5 counts of reckless endangerment and 4 counts of aggravated assault. Bond was set at $75,000 and he will appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court June 18, 2018.

Body Found in Tims Ford Lake

Above Tims Ford Lake

According the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department officials, a body was found in Tims Ford Lake on Thursday afternoon around 2:30pm.
Two kayakers were in Tims Ford Lake when they discovered the body of 30-year-old Jessie Farris in the water. Farris had been reported missing.
Farris leaves behind three kids, the oldest eight years old, the youngest nine months.
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case.

Shelbyville Man Arrested for TennCare Fraud

Samuel L Harris, Jr

A resident of Bedford County was arrested last week for using TennCare benefits to doctor shop for drugs. The man has faced the charge multiple times in the past. Doctor shopping involves going to multiple doctors in a short period of time to obtain prescription drugs, using TennCare healthcare insurance benefits as payment.
Samuel L. Harris, Jr., 43, of Shelbyville, was charged for the fourth time in Lincoln County with obtaining a controlled substance by doctor shopping and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. Harris’ first three arrests were all between February and August 2015, in Bedford, Rutherford and Coffee Counties. In those cases, which were investigated at the same time, he was charged with doctor shopping for the painkillers Hydrocodone and Oxycodone using TennCare as payment. In plea agreements, he served a total of 22 months in state prison and two years’ probation. District Attorney General Robert Carter will prosecute the Lincoln County case.
TennCare fraud is a Class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison per charge.
The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to more than $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of more than $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,993 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.
Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions. Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982, toll-free, from anywhere in Tennessee; or log on to and follow the prompts that read “Report TennCare Fraud.”

Honor Flight Currently Recruiting Veterans

The next “Honor Flight” of Middle Tennessee will take off on Sept. 26, 2018. The Honor Flight team is currently recruiting WWII, Korean & Vietnam Veterans*
*Accepting Applications from Vietnam Veterans with at least 70% VA Disability due to exposure to Agent Orange. Seats will be filled based on availability as priority remains for WWII & Korean War Veterans.
Mobility Issues, Oxygen Use and/or Qualified Service Dog are not a problem.
Remember veterans always fly free on honor flights. For more information contact Rob Moreland at 931 224-0610 or
Veterans can contact Larry Williams at 1 833 HONORUSA (toll free) or
For guardians there is a $400 fee and you can contact Lana Woodard at 931 455-3488 or
This is the 10th year of free flights to Washington DC, War Memorials & Arlington for the changing of the guard.
Donations always welcomed to help offset the $18,000 to $20,000 cost. Send donations to PO Box 1926, Tullahoma, TN 37388.

Manchester Police File Charges after Stolen Truck is Recovered

Christopher Dwayne Cassady.. Photo provided by the CCSD.

On Tuesday morning (June 12th 2018) around 6am Manchester officers responded to a location on Oakdale Street in reference to a vehicle theft. The victim told officers that his truck had been taken. Officers were given a tip that the vehicle had been spotted on the Woodbury Highway and they responded to the area and located the truck at a residence. After knocking on the door, a person answered and told police he and another person had been involved in the theft. The truck was returned to the owner with no damage.
Christopher Dwayne Cassady, age 18, of Manchester was located at the Greenleaf Inn. The other subject allegedly involved was a minor.
Cassady was charged by Manchester Police Investigator Trey Adcock with theft of property and contributing to the dependency of a minor. His bond was set at $13,000 and he set to appear in court on July 3, 2018.

Man Wanted by Bedford and Coffee County Authorities Strangely Released from Texas Jail

Andrew Phillip Marshall

Andrew Marshall who has escaped the Bedford County Jail five times and is not only wanted in Bedford County but is also wanted in Coffee County is out of jail again.
After Marshall escaped the last time in Bedford County he was named a suspect in a car theft in Tullahoma. Texas authorities discovered the car abandoned before finding Marshall.
Even though he is wanted in Tennessee a Texas judge released him from jail.
Bedford County Sheriff Austin Swing said he had never seen anything like this happen before.
Swing said he tried calling the sheriff in Texas and the district attorney begging them to hold Marshall until they could come to pick him up, but the judge refused.
It is unknown where Marshall is at this time.

Man Falsely Accused of Attempting to Touch Young Girl Released from Jail

Ashley Marie Vaughn

Shelbyville Police have dropped all charges against a man falsely accused of attempting to touch a young girl. A family member, Ashley Marie Vaughn, 24, of Barksdale Lane in Shelbyville has been charged with filing a false report. She posted $5,000 bond at Bedford County Jail.
Robert James Bransford, 26, of Woodland Avenue was released from custody Tuesday afternoon. Police emphasized Bransford is innocent of any charge.

Jamie Lee Crook

Officers were shown a video from the area of Regent Drive which proves Bransford’s innocence. Bransford had been accused Saturday of reaching toward the girl while driving by a residence. Investigators expressed regret that an innocent person was accused.

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