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Tennessee News Minute
AP Tuesday September 16, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Securities and Exchange Commission officials say a Tennessee-based animal feed company has agreed to pay back $18 million in illegal profits from an accounting fraud. The SEC said yesterday that AgFeed Industries and top company executives were charged in March for repeatedly reporting fake revenues from the company's China operations in order to meet financial targets and inflate AgFeed's stock price.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Emergency officials in West Tennessee are working to resolve problems that began over the weekend with 911 calls and have established a temporary number to use for emergency calls. Memphis officials say the police department started having problems Saturday night with dropped calls and static communications between emergency operators and people calling 911.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Citizen Action has hired back its former executive director Mary Mancini to run a new get-out-the-vote effort. Mancini, who had left the advocacy group to make a bid for the state Senate, will serve as program director for the voting campaign.


TBI sends evidence to FBI in Nichole “Nikki” Burgess case
Tuesday September 16, 2014

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is hoping the FBI can help in the Nichole “Nikki” Burgess case. Burgess, formerly of Crossville, was last seen at her Hermitage home in May. Caleb Cannon, her ex-boyfriend and the father of Nikki’s 10 year old son, remains a person of interest. Investigators have not discovered new evidence, but they believe the FBI can conduct a more in-depth analysis of the hair, fabric and fiber samples that were collected at the scene. Anyone with information on the disappearance of Nichole Burgess should contact Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.


Plummeting Pump Prices!
Alan Spector/AAA Monday September 15, 2014

The price at the pump is at it's lowest point in seven months, nationally. AAA says gas prices fell for the sixth consecutive week, while oil had it's lowest Friday close since May 2013. The auto club predicts gas prices will continue to go down because of several factors, including the fact that, as of today, refineries can switch from summer-blend gas to cheaper winter-blend. Statewide, the average price for a gallon of regular is $3.17 down four cents from a week ago. In Crossville, gas-buddy-dot-com reports the price of regular ranges from $3.06 to $3.19 a gallon.


Tennessee News Minute
AP Monday September 15, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee State University and Southwest Tennessee Community College have signed an agreement that will allow students who complete two years at Southwest to transfer to TSU to complete their baccalaureate degree. The agreement between the two institutions calls for the awarding of 10 two-year full Tennessee State scholarships with preference to students who major in STEM courses of science, technology, engineering and math, beginning fall 2015.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Four years after the Libertarian Party of Tennessee filed its first lawsuit to get on the ballot, the group is still fighting for access in a state that has some of the most restrictive ballot access rules in the country. The party claims Tennessee laws violate its members' constitutional rights to free speech, association and equal protection.

CINCINNATI (AP) - An Ohio-based judge has been tapped as the new chief jurist for the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. The court named Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr. to oversee the administrative responsibilities of the Cincinnati-based court. The court hears appeals from Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The State Collaborative on Reforming Education has selected 22 teachers for the first Tennessee Educator Fellowship. The program gives educators an opportunity to learn and communicate about student-focused education policy issues.


Holly Bobo Suspect Transfrerred to Chester County
Alan Spector Monday September 15, 2014

One of the two men being held in the kidnapping and murder of east Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo has reportedly been moved. According to WKRN-TV/Nashville, 30-year-old Zachary Adams was transferred from Chester County jail and booked into the Williamson County jail on Saturday afternoon. A spokesman for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation told the station that it was a "procedural move" to place Adams in a facility with more resources and manpower. He said the move had nothing to do with the case.


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