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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.
Nearly 1,300 early votes were left out in Roane County’s election, prompting a recount of every ballot from Thursday's election. Roane County Election Administrator Charles Holiway says the error occurred when a ballot card was mistakenly left in a voting unit in Harriman. Candidates and the media were invited to watch the recount, which affected the outcome of one race. Candidate Sarah Stewart had been declared the winner in a close circuit county clerk race. The recount tally showed that Stewart actually had lost by 340 votes to Ann Goldston. Officials with the Election Commission say they are planning to make changes to insure this type of human error does not happen again
A man being sought in a 2010 slaying has been arrested at a Crossville motel. The U.S. Marshal's Fugitive Task Force, Nashville police and Crossville police found 27-year-old Juan Diego Vargas on Wednesday night at a Motel 6 on U.S. Highway 127. Officials say he had been working construction jobs in the area. Officers say Vargas is wanted in the March 2010 slaying of 27-year-old Santos Cordova Reyes. Vargas is being held in the Nashville jail in lieu of $2.75 million bond.
Officials in Overton County say they believe remains found in a wooded area may be those of 67 year old Loretta Fonzie Bowmer. Family members say Bowmer was in regular contact with them before her disappearance in February. While work begins to positively identify the remains, officials say this case is ongoing, and ask anyone with information to contact the Livingston Police Department at 931-823-6496.