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High School Basketball - District Tournament
Vince / Steve Saturday February 18, 2017

The CCHS Lady Jets and SMHS Lady Panthers will meet in the District 6AAA Tournament Championship game Monday night at 7:30 at Warren County High School. Both teams posted hard fought 10 point wins in their semi-final games on Saturday. The Lady Panthers, the tourney’s two seed, built a 15 point first half lead, saw that lead sliced to two, but pulled away to beat the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers for the second time this season, 56-46 the final. The Lady Jets, the regular season champs and the top seed in the tournament, posted their third win this season over White County as they overcame serious foul trouble and outlasted the Warriorettes 57-47. Cookeville and White County will play in the consolation game Monday at 6:00.

The SMHS Panthers fell to the White County Warriors in their semi-final game on Saturday 65-53. The Panthers will play the host team from Warren County in the consolation game Tuesday at 6:00. The Pioneers lost to Cookeville on Saturday on a last second shot 49-47. White County and Cookeville will play in the boy’s title tilt.

CCHS Lady Jets coverage airs live on 102.5 WOW Country and the SMHS Lady Panthers and Panthers are on Mix 99.3.


Tennessee Sheriffs' Association warns of scam
WVLT Saturday February 18, 2017

The Tennessee Sheriffs' Association is warning people of a phone scam, reports WVLT.

On their Facebook page, the TSA says they do not engage in telemarketing. if someone calls claiming to represent the Tennessee Sheriff's Association and is asking for money, it is a scam.

The association says they will never solicit money over the phone.

They say they are receiving reports that numerous phone solicitors are contacting Tennessee citizens representing their association.

All 95 sheriffs in Tennessee have been made aware of the issue, WVLT reports.


TWRA Confirms Nine Cougar Sightings in Tennessee
Peg Broadcasting News/WVLT Saturday February 18, 2017

The Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency has confirmed at least nine cougar sightings in Middle and West Tennessee. There have been several reports of cougars in East Tennessee but none of those sightings have been officially verified. However, wildlife experts expect cougars, which are native to Tennessee and were hunted out, to return to the Plateau and East Tennessee eventually. The big cats would be helpful in controlling the deer population and reducing deer/vehicle collisions.


Tennessee Highway Patrol Stops Vehicle for Traffic Violation and Arrest a Human Trafficker Smuggling 12 People Saturday February 18, 2017

On February 8, 2017, Trooper Jeremy Miller of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Interdiction Plus Team (IPT) stopped a white Toyota Sienna on I-40 eastbound in Hickman County for a traffic violation. Upon speaking to the driver, Trooper Miller asked for a driver license which the driver stated he did not have. The driver identified himself as Bernado Mateo-Lucas. Trooper Miller continued to question the driver asking how many people were in the van. The driver stated there were four additional people in the vehicle.

Trooper Miller observed six people counting the driver with an additional person lying under a blanket in the floor behind the driver’s seat. As the interview continued, Trooper Miller noticed more movement in the back cargo area. He counted six additional people lying on the floor for a total of 13 people in the vehicle. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Blue Lighting Operations Center (BLOC) was contacted and given the driver’s name and information.

Trooper Miller was later informed by BLOC that Mateo-Lucas had a history of several human smuggling incidents and that his passport was fraudulent. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) responded to the scene and took 13 people into custody (nine adults and four juveniles). All 13 people where undocumented aliens traveling from Texarkana, TX to Nashville, TN. They were from Mexico and various Central American countries.

The driver is an admitted illegal alien smuggler with several records in BLOC’s systems.

Agents with the Nashville HSI Office responded to the scene. HSI arrested Mateo-Lucas who was referred for federal prosecution in Nashville. Mateo-Lucas is an undocumented alien from Guatemala and was federally charged with alien smuggling. The four children were placed in the care of the government. This is an ongoing investigation.


2017-18 Hunting and Fishing Licenses Go on Sale Saturday (Feb. 18) Saturday February 18, 2017

The 2017-18 Tennessee hunting and fishing licenses will go on sale Saturday, Feb. 18.

Licenses are available at Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) regional offices, license agents, on the TWRA website,, and at the TWRA “On the Go App” and charged to a credit card.

The 2017-18 licenses are valid through February 2018. License sales provide the primary funding for the TWRA, which does not receive any funding from the state's general fund (i.e. state sales tax). The 2016-17 licenses expire Feb. 28.

Resident licenses may be purchased by persons who possess a valid Tennessee driver’s license; persons who have lived in Tennessee for 90 consecutive days with the genuine intent of making Tennessee their permanent home (but do not hold a driver’s license in another state); military personnel on active duty in this state and their immediate families, who reside with them, regardless of resident status; students who are enrolled in a Tennessee school, college, or university for at least six months. A Social Security number is required to purchase a Tennessee hunting or fishing license.

Through the internet, charges are $4.25 for licenses mailed and $3 for self-print or emailed.

In case of a lost license, duplicate licenses can be obtained from any TWRA license agent for an $8 fee. Also, valid duplicate licenses can be printed online at no cost by selecting the reprint my licenses button on the customer information screen.

Resident and non-resident guide licenses will only be available by application as of Feb. 18, 2017. Replacements will only be available by application as well.

Beginning this license year, customers have the option to purchase a hard-copy collector’s card for any annual license. The size of a credit card, the license features recreated paintings by famed Tennessee artist Ralph McDonald. Specific license information is on the back of the card.


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