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Former Secretary Nabbed in TBI Church Theft Case

Former Secretary Nabbed in TBI Church Theft Case
TBI Wednesday July 6, 2016

COOKEVILLE Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained an indictment for a Sparta woman, accused of embezzling money from the church for which she worked.

At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, TBI Special Agents began investigating Angela Carole Wyatt on March 10th. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Wyatt, the secretary at First Baptist Church in Sparta, was the individual responsible for the theft of more than $30,000 in funds from the church. Wyatt no longer works for the church.

On June 27th, the White County Grand Jury returned an indictment, charging the 56-year-old woman with one count of Theft over $10,000. Tuesday, authorities booked her into the White County Jail on $35,000 bond. (Photo Courtesy TBI)


UT settles Title IX lawsuit for $2.48 Million
WVLT/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday July 6, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The University of Tennessee agreed to pay $2.48 Million to settle a Title IX lawsuit that alleged the university created a culture that allowed sexual assault.

The lawsuit included 8 "Jane Does" who claimed they were sexually assaulted by male athletes. The lawsuit claimed the school did little to punish the athletes and promoted a culture of sex abuse at the university.

David Randolph Smith of Nashville, who represents the eight plaintiffs in the lawsuit filed February 24, said, My clients and I are dismissing the lawsuit with prejudice and signed the settlement agreement. We are satisfied that, while universities everywhere struggle with these issues, the University of Tennessee has made significant progress in the way they educate and respond to sexual assault cases. My clients and I are also convinced that the Universitys leadership is truly committed to continue its exemplary efforts to create a model as it relates to sexual misconduct."

Dr. Jimmy G. Cheek, Chancellor of UT-Knoxville, said he approved new initiatives for the campus which he said would include more support for cases related to sexual assault, student conduct, educational programming and student well-being.

The UT Knoxville Athletics Department and UT Knoxville Central Administration would split the $2.48 million settlement payment.


State Fire Marshal Launches First Annual Fire Prevention Video Contest Wednesday July 6, 2016

NASHVILLE Lights. Camera. Fire Prevention! The State Fire Marshals Office (SFMO) invites Tennesseans to take a seat in the directors chair and create a short video to draw awareness to the importance of fire safety. Through its inaugural Fire Prevention Video Contest, the SFMO hopes to reach residents of all ages with life-saving messages using two new jingles that emphasize the necessity of smoke alarms and the major role a closed door can play in reducing fire damage.

Tennesseans are being challenged to use their creativity to produce a video that can help convey crucial fire safety messages to their fellow citizens in an exciting and effective way.

Prizes donated by Kidde include a $500 check, a Kidde RemoteLync Home Monitoring Device, and a Kidde RemoteLync Wi-Fi Camera. Contest participants are asked to create a one-minute video that illustrates the themes found in one or both of the SFMOs new fire safety jingles.

The contest is open to Tennessee residents of all ages, however participants 18 years and younger must submit written parental approval. Both individuals and groups (including fire departments) are eligible to submit entries.

The videos must explore the fire safety topics featured in the jingles, be well researched, not demonstrate risky or unsafe behavior, and be both educational and entertaining. Entries must be submitted by Sept. 30, 2016 to be considered for prizes.

Winners will be announced the week of October 9th in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week. For more information on the contest details, an entry form, eligibility and official rules, see the SFMO Video Contest Promo on


Lowest July 4th Gas Prices in Over a Decade
Alan Spector/AAA Wednesday July 6, 2016

AAA predicted that a record-breaking 36.3 million Americans would take an Independence Day road trip this weekend. Those who did, found the lowest gas prices on July 4th in 11 years. AAA says that, while gasoline demand is currently at an all-time high, refiners are increasing output and supply has kept pace with the demand, resulting in lower gas prices. The average statewide price for a gallon of regular in Tennessee is $2.06, down four cents from a week ago. And it has fallen for 26 days in a row. In Crossville, regular averages $2.02 a gallon, down five cents.

Warden Doug Cook Passes Away At Age 63

Warden Doug Cook Passes Away At Age 63
Alan Spector/ Tuesday July 5, 2016

The warden of the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex has died. Doug Cook, a 32-year veteran of the Tennessee Department of Correction, passed away of apparent natural causes at his home. Cook began his career with TDOC in 1984 as a Correctional Officer at Morgan County Regional. He was eventually named Associate Warden at Morgan County Correctional Complex in March 2014, before being appointed Warden in Bledsoe County in December of that year. TDOC Commissioner Tony Parker said that Doug Cook "will be deeply missed, and our prayers are with his family and friends. Cook was 63 years old. (Photo Courtesy


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