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Tennessee News Minute
AP Wednesday September 17, 2014

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A woman who worked for a southwest Missouri disaster relief agency has been sentenced to prison for a fraud scheme following the deadly Joplin tornado. The U.S. attorney's office says Herlana Latham of Memphis, Tennessee, was sentenced yesterday to 14 months in federal prison and ordered to pay about $6,700 in restitution.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - FedEx says it will raise U.S. rates for express, ground and home-delivery shipments by an average of 4.9 percent in January. The Memphis, Tennessee, company says rates also will change for FedEx SmartPost, which uses the U.S. Postal Service for final delivery.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam and his Democratic predecessor, Phil Bredesen, are appearing at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville today. They are supporting a proposed constitutional amendment on the merit selection of appeals and Supreme Court judges.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to visit young patients at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis. The hospital says Obama will visit with children and tour the hospital this afternoon.


Governor Haslam Awards $24.2 Million in Highway Safety Grants Wednesday September 17, 2014

Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Governor’s Highway Safety Office have announced that Tennessee agencies received grant awards totaling more than $24.2 million to support highway traffic safety efforts. According to, the 2015 Fiscal Year Grant GHSO Awards include over $63,000 to the Crossville Police Department and almost $55,000 for the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department. The funds support the mission of GHSO to save lives and reduce injuries on Tennessee roadways.


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.


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