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Tennessee News Minute
AP Tuesday September 16, 2014

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Chattanooga leaders say they will chip in $300,000 and the federal government will add $400,000 more for a study of whether light rail transport would be worthwhile. One proposal calls for leaning heavily on existing tracks to which the city can acquire the rights if it opts for such a public transport system.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee has received almost half a million dollars in federal grant money to spur efforts to stop worker misclassification. According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Labor, the money will help Tennessee's unemployment insurance tax programs identify instances where employees are misclassified as independent contractors.


National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27th
Alan Spector/Tennessee State Parks Tuesday September 16, 2014

Cumberland Mountain State Park, along with the rest of the Tennessee State Parks, will be taking part in National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27th. This year’s theme is “Helping Hands for America’s Lands.” Each of the 55 parks will have scheduled hikes and volunteer opportunities. Cumberland Mountain State Park is planning an Ozone Falls clean-up and hike. Volunteers will be removing invasive vegetation and picking up trash along the trail to the falls and at the base of the falls.


Morgan County Couple Indicted In Toddler's Death
Alan Spector Tuesday September 16, 2014

A grand jury has indicted a Morgan County woman and her boyfriend for first degree murder in the death of a 17-month-old boy. Levi Beaty died June 1st. His mother, Amanda Beaty, and her boyfriend, Roger Dale Prince the Second, claimed that the child had choked on a cookie. However, an autopsy indicted that Levi had sustained multiple blunt force injuries, some healing and some new. Beaty later claimed that the child had a history of medical issues. Beaty and Prince were indicted Monday based on "Haley's Law," which raises most child abuse charges to felonies punishable by life in prison. They are being held on $200,000 bond each.


Tennessee News Minute
AP Tuesday September 16, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Securities and Exchange Commission officials say a Tennessee-based animal feed company has agreed to pay back $18 million in illegal profits from an accounting fraud. The SEC said yesterday that AgFeed Industries and top company executives were charged in March for repeatedly reporting fake revenues from the company's China operations in order to meet financial targets and inflate AgFeed's stock price.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Emergency officials in West Tennessee are working to resolve problems that began over the weekend with 911 calls and have established a temporary number to use for emergency calls. Memphis officials say the police department started having problems Saturday night with dropped calls and static communications between emergency operators and people calling 911.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Citizen Action has hired back its former executive director Mary Mancini to run a new get-out-the-vote effort. Mancini, who had left the advocacy group to make a bid for the state Senate, will serve as program director for the voting campaign.


TBI sends evidence to FBI in Nichole “Nikki” Burgess case
Tuesday September 16, 2014

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is hoping the FBI can help in the Nichole “Nikki” Burgess case. Burgess, formerly of Crossville, was last seen at her Hermitage home in May. Caleb Cannon, her ex-boyfriend and the father of Nikki’s 10 year old son, remains a person of interest. Investigators have not discovered new evidence, but they believe the FBI can conduct a more in-depth analysis of the hair, fabric and fiber samples that were collected at the scene. Anyone with information on the disappearance of Nichole Burgess should contact Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.


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