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Orlando shooting victim was a La Vergne High School graduate

Orlando shooting victim was a La Vergne High School graduate
WVLT Monday June 13, 2016

WVLT/WTVF) -- According to CBS-affiliate WTVF, one of the victims who was killed in a mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub was a graduate of La Vergne High School in Middle Tennessee.

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo graduated in May 2015, WTVF reports. He was 20-years-old at the time of his death.

A GoFundMewas set up to help his family cover funeral costs.

You can read the original report from WTVF on

He died in a mass shooting at Pulse Nighclub in Orlando. Fifty people, including the gunman, were killed and another 53 were hurt. It is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

The FBI is investigating the mass shooting as a terror attack. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)


No Change in Prison Shift Schedule
AP Monday June 13, 2016

State prison officials say they are keeping a controversial shift schedule that critics have blamed for understaffing and violence.
Correction Department spokeswoman Neysa Taylor says the 28-day schedule wont change, although facilities may now use 12-hour shifts or 8.5-hours shifts, depending on their needs.

Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield in October told the Senate Corrections Subcommittee the department would survey workers about schedule preferences after an audit recommended changing to a 14-day schedule with 12-hour shifts.

The Correction Department requested the audit following a public outcry over violence that workers blamed on understaffing tied to the 28-day schedule. Previously correction officers worked regular seven-day, 40-hour weeks.

The 28-day schedule was intended to control costs by reducing overtime, but an auditor said it was leading to low morale, stress and turnover.


Marion County quarantined for emerald ash borer
Submitted: TN Dept. of Agriculture Monday June 13, 2016

NASHVILLE An infestation of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has inched further across the state.

Officials have detected EAB in the Kimball area of Marion County, prompting a county-wide quarantine prohibiting the movement of ash trees and ash tree products. This quarantine has now reached 48 counties in Tennessee. EAB is a destructive forest pest that was introduced from Asia into the United States in the 1990s. It was first detected in Tennessee in July 2010. EAB beetles can kill an ash tree within three years of the initial infestation.

The insects are transported mainly by humans through infected ash nursery stock, firewood, unprocessed saw logs, and other ash products.

Citizens should report any symptomatic ash trees to TDA and follow these simple rules:

Dont transport firewood, even within the state.

Use firewood from local sources near where it will be burned.

If you purchase firewood, make sure that it is labeled and certified to be pest free.

Watch for signs of infestation in your ash trees.

Visit for a symptoms checklist and a map of quarantined counties.

Marion County is approximately 71 miles southeast of Cumberland County and adjacent to Hamilton County.

TDAs Division of Forestry estimates that there are 261 million ash trees on public and private land in Tennessee, potentially valued as high as $9 billion.

For more information about EAB and other destructive forest pests, as well as tips for infestation prevention, visit


2 killed when driver crashes barricade at Selmer, TN music festival
AP Sunday June 12, 2016

SELMER, Tenn. (AP) The Tennessee Highway Patrol says two people are dead after a vehicle drove through a barricade at the Rockabilly Highway Revival Festival in Selmer, Tennessee.

Lt. Brad Wilbanks said in an email that one person was also airlifted to a local hospital.

No other details were given about the crash or the victims.

A post on the festivals Facebook page says there will be a community-wide prayer meeting Saturday evening.

Selmer is about 40 miles south of Jackson.


Plane crash near Chattanooga kills 2 people
AP Sunday June 12, 2016

COLLEGEDALE, Tenn. (AP)-- Officials say a small plane has crashed in Tennessee, killing two passengers and injuring two others.

Amy Maxwell, a spokesman for Hamilton County Emergency Services, said a single-engine plane crashed around 12:50 p.m. at the Collegedale airport. Collegedale is a city about 20 miles east of Chattanooga.

She said all four victims were on the plane, and the two survivors were airlifted to Erlanger Medical Center.

Tonya Sadler, a spokeswoman for the Collegedale Police, said at least one of the victims was in critical condition and headed into surgery. Sadler said the plane was coming into the Collegedale airport when it crashed. She said she did not if anyone else outside the plane was injured or if there was property damaged in the crash.


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