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An 8 year old White County boy has died following an accidental shooting Sunday night. White County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Chris Isom says the boy found a gun and shot himself. Officials say the incident occurred in the Cassville area, about 10 miles west of Sparta. No further details have been released at this time.
A Crossville man is accused of getting violent during his second arrest in two days. Deputies called to a residence in Kentucky where they say 30-year-old James Shaffer began fighting with them. According to reports, Shaffer kicked one of the deputies in the chin, chest and arms several times. Investigators say Shaffer was extremely under the influence. Shaffer had been arrested the night before in the same area for public intoxication – controlled substances.
Family members of Christopher Newsom are seeking signatures for a petition to keep one of the people convicted in the murders of Newsom and Channon Christian behind bars. The Newsom family says they are seeking justice for the pair who were brutally tortured and murdered after finding out that Vanessa Coleman could be released as early as December if her request for parole is approved-after serving less than 2 years of a 35 sentence. Coleman was convicted of facilitating murder, theft, rape and kidnapping in the 2007 case.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is taking applications for the fall class of its Citizens' Trooper Academy for classes to be held in Nashville and Jackson. The academy provides about 30 hours of training and is designed to give the community a better understanding of the Tennessee Highway Patrol and its parent agency, the Department of Safety and Homeland Security.
The campaign of Fourth District Congressman Scott DesJarlais is seeking legal counsel in case his 35-vote lead over his opponent in the Republican primary is challenged. DesJarlais spokesman Robert Jameson says the campaign is taking every precaution to preserve the integrity of the result, which includes consulting with election attorneys. The Congressman is not the only one lawyering up. Challenger Jim Tracy is also seeking legal counsel. Despite the close count, DesJarlais declared victory on Friday. Elections officials say final results of the race could be weeks away as officials certify results and consider potential challenges.