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TN House Allocates Over $638,000 for Cumb. Co. Roads
AP/Peg Broadcasting News Monday May 8, 2017

Cumberland County would receive more than $638,000 for road projects under a proposal passed by the state House on Friday. The money comes from the $55 million allocated to the state's 95 counties for road projects as part of the annual state budget bill. Under the proposal Cumberland County would get $638,388; Fentress County would recieve $494,640; Morgan: $511,076; Bledsoe: $452,637; White: $471,160; Putnam: $580,732 Rhea: $463,334; and Roane: $526,729.

Missing Claiborne Co. Man May Have Been Heading to Crossville

Missing Claiborne Co. Man May Have Been Heading to Crossville
Peg Broadcasting News Monday May 8, 2017

A missing Claiborne County man who reportedly left home in late April may have been coming to Crossville. Joseph J. Williams' daughter alerted police on May 1 when she had not heard from her father in several days. The Claiborne County Sheriff's Office conducted a welfare check at the missing man's home in New Tazwell and that's when his wife told authorities that he had left home on April 24th to begin a plumbing job in Crossville on April 26th with a man named "Ben" whom he'd met on Craigslist. The wife said she had not heard from him since. Williams' daughter, who lives in Connecticut, says that before he disappeared, she and her father spoke on the phone every day and it's very unusual for him not to contact her. What is also strange about this case is that when authorities checked out the home that Williams shares with his wife, his car, wallet and cell phone were all left behind. Williams' wife filed a missing persons report on May 2nd, a day after his daughter alerted police. If you have any information on the disappearance of Joseph J. Williams you should call the Claiborne County Sheriff?s Office at (423) 626-3385. He was reportedly last seen wearing jeans, a white t-shirt and brown shoes.


TBI Releases Annual Hate Crime, LEOKA Studies
TBI Sunday May 7, 2017

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released two reports, detailing the volume and nature of crime identified as hate crime and violence against the state?s law enforcement officers. The annual studies compile crime data submitted to TBI by the state?s law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).

Among the findings from ?Tennessee Hate Crime 2016?:
? Overall, the number of offenses in which the bias was known decreased approximately 32% from 2015 to 2016.
? Males (53.7%) were victimized at a higher rate than females (46.3%).
? Simple Assault was the most frequently reported bias-motivated offense in 2016, with 63 victims or 33.5% of hate crime victims.
? 9% of offenses designated as hate crimes were committed by juveniles.

Among the findings in ?Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted (LEOKA) 2016?:
? The number of LEOKA victims increased slightly, by 1.3 % year-to-year, with 1,808 victims reported in 2016.
? In 2016, there were two Law Enforcement Officer reported as being feloniously killed in the line of duty.
? T?he most frequently reported LEOKA offense was Simple Assault at 54.8%.

As with all of its crime publications, the TBI cautions against using the data provided in these reports to compare one jurisdiction to another. The factors impacting crime vary from community to community and accordingly, comparisons are considered neither fair nor accurate.


Spring Turkey Season Heading Down Home Stretch for 2017 Saturday May 6, 2017

The 2017 spring hunting season for turkeys is heading down the home stretch with the harvest number already surpassing the 30,000 mark for the 15th straight year.

Heading into the final two weekends of the spring season, hunters have harvested a total of 30,289 turkeys. That is in comparison to 28,358 at the same time in 2016.

The male harvest this spring so far is 30,090 while the female harvest is 199 and several Close to 26,000 are classified in the adult category.

Maury County leads the way among the counties with a harvest of 753, slightly ahead of Dickson County?s 747. Greene County is third with 731, followed by Montgomery 677, Sumner 630, Henry 602, Hardeman 566, Hardin 558, Stewart 556, and Wilson 555 to round out the top 10.

The 2017 spring turkey closes at sunset on Sunday, May 14. Hunting hours for turkeys are 30 minutes before legal sunrise until legal sunset.


Vols Wide Receiver arrested for domestic assault
WVLT Saturday May 6, 2017

Tennessee Volunteer, Joshua Smith, was arrested early Saturday morning for domestic assault, according to court documents.

Police said Smith, a Wide Receiver for the Vols, got in an altercation with Kennedy Foster, Smith's roommate.

Foster said that he and Smith were drinking when he started coughing. Foster stated he went to his bedroom as a result and locked the door. Foster said that Smith kicked in his door because, "He was really worried about me."

Foster then began pushing Smith He told police, "We fought. He got the better side." Foster had difficultly recalling the exact number of times he was hit but said he thought he may have hit Smith back.

Foster sustained some facial injuries and was taken to U.T. Medical Center.

According to police, Smith became slightly emotional and said, "it's my fault," when he was named the primary aggressor.

Smith was taken to jail and held on a $2,000 bond.


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