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Off-duty police officer charged with aggravated assault

Off-duty police officer charged with aggravated assault

An off-duty Decherd police officer was charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly pointed his department-issued handgun at a driver Sunday in Murfreesboro, a Rutherford County supervisor said. Mathew Ward, 31, of Cason Lane in Murfreesboro, was charged after an investigation of the road-rage case starting on Interstate 24, said Patrol Cpl. William Travis, who was the arresting officer. Decherd City Administrator Rex Clark confirmed Ward was immediately suspended from his duties without pay, and Ward subsequently resigned. The investigation showed Ward observed driver Ilya Kovalchuk of Franklin speeding on I-24 Sunday evening. The officer displayed his Decherd Police...

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TWRA announces application period for 2021 WMA Big Game Quota Hunts

TWRA announces application period for 2021 WMA Big Game Quota Hunts

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the application period for the 2021 Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Big Game Quota Hunts, the regular elk, youth elk, and WMA youth is now underway through July 23.Entries must be submitted before midnight (CDT) July 23. The WMA hunting instruction sheet lists locations and dates for each of the quota hunts along with drawing rules and regulations. Instruction sheets can be obtained and applications made for the hunts at any TWRA license agent, TWRA regional office or online. Mailed applications will not be processed into the drawing system.There is no fee for current...

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American Red Cross experiencing a severe blood shortage

American Red Cross experiencing a severe blood shortage

The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise – and deplete the nation’s blood inventory. Donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an appointment to give as soon as possible to prevent further impact to patients.Right now, hospitals are responding to an atypically high number of traumas and emergency room visits, as well as overdoses and resulting transplants. In comparison to 2019, the Red Cross has seen demand from trauma centers climb by 10% in...

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TBI Warns of Phone Scheme Involving Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline Number

TBI Warns of Phone Scheme Involving Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline Number

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation would like to warn the public about a reported phone scheme involving a man presenting himself as a representative of a human trafficking task force. The scheme reportedly uses the phone number of the Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline, as well as a number associated with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. The caller, who reportedly identifies himself as “Ryan McClain,” states he represents the “Nashville Human Trafficking Task Force” and informs the individual their phone number has been identified as being on the phone of a human trafficking victim, and if they want to have...

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Researchers find out how to use stats to prepare for next pandemic

Researchers find out how to use stats to prepare for next pandemic

Researchers have found that cultural and demographic factors can help predict how COVID-19 and future outbreaks could progress. The authors say their techniques potentially could be used to figure out how an infectious disease will move beyond hot spots to regions that are not yet affected. Librarian for STEM research at Vanderbilt University Joshua Borycz says using predictive modeling, a handful of risk factors predicted coronavirus spread in U-S counties, including population size and density, public transportation, and percentage of Black Americans. As governments struggle to predict and plan for the next disease outbreak, Borycz says the data-driven approach...

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Multiple Vaccination sites are available this week

Multiple Vaccination sites are available this week

If you would like the opportunity to receive your COVID-19 vaccine, you have several opportunities this week. Wednesday: Manchester Health Department 8:00-4:15 Tullahoma Health Department from 8:00-4:15 Southern Family Market 3:00-6:00 Thursday: Manchester Health Department 8:00-4:15 Tullahoma Health Department from 8:00-4:15 Friday: Manchester Health Department 8:00-4:15 Tullahoma Health Department from 8:00-4:15 Marcoms Pharmacy also has vaccines available every Monday and...

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Coffee County Schools want the public’s input on a new federal government funding

Coffee County Schools want the public’s input on a new federal government funding

School districts across the nation are receiving additional funds from the federal government. This funding is known as “ESSER” and provides financial support to state and local educational agencies.  Coffee County Schools is wanting the public’s input on the additional ESSER 3.0 federal funding. Follow the link below to complete the survey. The survey will remain open until June 25, 2021....

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Gas prices remain steady from last week, Coffee County below national and state average

Gas prices remain steady from last week, Coffee County below national and state average

Tennessee gas prices held steady over last week with today’s state average coming in at the same price as one week ago. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $2.88 which is only a penny more expensive than one month ago and $1.00 more than one year ago. The national gas price average is $3.80 and Coffee County’s average is $2.87. This makes Coffee County 21 cents under the national average and one cent under the state average. “Motorists are paying, on average, 37% more to fill up than the start of the year,” said Megan Cooper, spokeswoman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Prices...

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