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Florida suspect arrested after officer shooting at Knoxville hotel; officer OK

Florida suspect arrested after officer shooting at Knoxville hotel; officer OK
WVLT/CBS Miami Thursday May 21, 2015

Police in Miami, Florida, have identified a man who they say shot an officer in an East Knoxville hotel room Wednesday night. KPD Officer Jimmy Wilson will be OK thanks a bullet proof vest. Local 8 Now reports that Matthew Pryor was wanted out of South Florida for shooting at officers then stealing a car on Tuesday. On Wednesday, a Knoxville officer spotted the car at the Value Inn on East Magnolia Ave. Three KPD officers went door-to-door trying to find the suspect. That's when a man opened a door and fired, hitting an officer in the chest. The suspect barricaded himself in the motel room for a short time before he surrendered. As for the incident in Florida, officers were attempting to pick up Pryor on Tuesday on two outstanding probation warrants. As detectives approached Pryor, MDPD said the man opened fire towards detectives. Officers began to set up a perimeter when they received a call regarding a carjacking matching Pryor's description. The victim of the carjacking was not hurt. Miami-Dade Police Department said that Pryor, is a career criminal, with previous charges including theft, to possession to burglary. Matthew Pryor is being held on $550,000 for attempted first degree murder and possession of a firearm. (Photo Courtesy WVLT).


Girls Countywide Soccer Tryouts Today at SMHS
Submitted Thursday May 21, 2015

The Girls countywide soccer tryouts will be at 6 pm today (Thursday 5/21) at SMHS for all 5th - 8th grade girls.
This tryout is for the 2015 Fall team for all Cumberland County soccer girls in the 5-8th grades.


Thursday, May 21 Last Full Day of School in Cumberland County
Thursday May 21, 2015

Thursday, May 21st will be the last Full Day of School in Cumberland County. Friday, May 22nd is an Administrative Day (no Students). Saturday, May 23rd is the Last Day of School before the Summer Break. Students will report at the regular time on Saturday to pick up report cards and school will dismiss at 10 a.m.


Records show $8M spent on lawmaker health premiums since '92
AP Thursday May 21, 2015

Newly released records show that Tennessee taxpayers have paid more than $8 million since 1992 for health insurance premiums for sitting lawmakers. The Tennessean reports those records show that the state has paid out the most for Johnson City Republican Sen. Rusty Crowe and his family. Records obtained by the newspaper through a public information request show the state paid out $200,000 for Crowe's premiums since he enrolled in the plan in 1992. Premiums paid for the top 10 lawmakers account for $1.9 million of the total. Others in the top 10 include House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville, Republican Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville, Democratic Rep. Sherry Jones of Nashville and Democratic Rep. Thelma Harper of Nashville.


Terminally ill attorney files lawsuit over euthanasia
AP Thursday May 21, 2015

A well-known attorney facing his own terminal illness has filed a lawsuit challenging a Tennessee law that prohibits assisted suicide. The Tennessean reports attorney, businessman and political candidate John Jay Hooker filed the complaint Tuesday in Davidson County Chancery Court against a law which makes it a felony for a doctor or another person to assist in someone's death. Hooker says the law violates the state constitution, which says "power is inherent in the people." The 84-year-old Nashville attorney was diagnosed with terminal cancer, but says his fight for euthanasia is not just for himself. Hooker won the 1970 and 1988 Democratic nominations for governor of Tennessee and most recently ran for the position as an independent in the 2014 election.


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