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UPDATE! Endangered Child Alert CANCELLED, Children Found Safe


UPDATE! Endangered Child Alert CANCELLED, Children Found Safe
TBI Wednesday August 16, 2017

UPDATE! ENDANGERED CHILD ALERT CANCELLED, CHILDREN FOUND SAFE.
Original story:
A Tennessee Endangered Child Alert has been issued by the TBI on behalf of the Sparta Police Department for 4-year-old William Young, white male, 3'0", 55 pounds, blonde hair, blue eyes and 15-year-old Salome Young, white female, 5'0", 145 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. They were last seen on August 15 around 9 p.m. at a house on Brown Street in Sparta. They may be in the company of their mother, Kimberly Young, white female, 5'4", 145 pounds, with brown hair, hazel eyes, and in a 2005 Maroon Chevrolet Malibu with Tennessee Tag 9402DD0. The TBI reports that Kimberly has made threats in the past to harm herself and the children. If you have any information about Kimberly or the children please call 1-800-TBI-FIND or 931-836-3734.

 


11 Men Facing Felony Charges as a Result of Kingsport Human Trafficking Operation
TBI/WVLT Wednesday August 16, 2017

A youth leader, a coach, and a volunteer firefighter are among nearly a dozen men facing felony charges as part of a four-day human trafficking operation in Kingsport, Tennessee. Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation along with the Kingsport Police Department, 2nd Judicial District Drug Task Force, Sullivan County District Attorney's Office, and Homeland Security Investigations conducted the undercover operation to identify potential victims of trafficking and arrest those seeking to purchase illicit sex from a juvenile. The Kingsport anti-trafficking operation, called "Operation Someone Like Me", took place July 31st through August 3rd and is the 10th of its kind in the state between the TBI and partner agencies to help identify, investigate, and prosecute human trafficking.

During the Operation, undercover Special Agents posing as juvenile girls posted ads on Backpage.com. As a result, Agents received numerous texts and phone calls from men across Tennessee and in surrounding states. A total of eleven men responded and paid to have sex with an underage female. Those arrested include a coach, a church youth leader, an emergency medical technician, and an Uber driver.
'Many still think this is something that just happens in big cities. The results of this operation prove that's not the case," says TBI Director Mark Gwyn. "We want our message to be very clear: Law enforcement officers across the state are watching, and we are working together to stop those trying to buy and sell our children for sex."

The following individuals charged are listed below:
Gregory W. Hart, DOB 12/21/55, Johnson City, TN - Trafficking a Person for a Commercial Sex Act
(A Felony). $100,000 bond.
Bradley C. Laws, DOB 1/10/75, Green Mountain, NC ? Trafficking a Person for a Commercial Sex Act
(A Felony) and Trafficking a Person for a Commercial Sex Act (B Felony). $100,000 bond.
Samuel Adam McMurry, DOB 9/20/94, Johnson City, TN - Trafficking a Person for a Commercial Sex
Act (A Felony) and Trafficking a Person for a Commercial Sex Act (B Felony). $100,000 bond.
Brandon R. Summey, (DOB 8/3/85), Kingsport, TN - Trafficking a Person for a Commercial Sex Act
(B Felony). $75,000 bond.
Jose Alejandro Rivero, DOB 11/22/97, Elizabethton, TN - Trafficking a Person for a Commercial Sex
Act (B Felony). $75,000 bond.
Joseph D. Miller, DOB 5/12/80, Bristol, TN - Trafficking a Person for a Commercial Sex Act (A Felony)
and Trafficking a Person for a Commercial Sex Act (B Felony). $100,000 bond.
Israel Cueva Morales, DOB 8/8/95, Johnson City, TN - Trafficking a Person for a Commercial Sex Act
(A Felony). $100,000 bond.
Matthew S. Still, DOB 12/4/86, Jonesborough, TN - Trafficking a Person for a Commercial Sex Act
(A Felony), Trafficking a Person for a Commercial Sex Act (B Felony), and Sexual Battery.
$125,000 bond.
Christopher K. Ginley, DOB 4/5/96, Jonesborough, TN - Trafficking a Person for a Commercial Sex Act
(A Felony) and Trafficking a Person for a Commercial Sex Act (B Felony). $100,000 bond.
Kevin J. White, DOB 4/21/73, Kingsport, TN - Trafficking a Person for a Commercial Sex Act (B Felony).
$10,000 bond.
Maegen J. Manis, DOB 9/22/87, Kingsport, TN ? Prostitution

Earlier this year, as part of its commitment to address this issue, the TBI began the second phase of the public awareness campaign "ITHasToStop," which includes awareness billboards, online resources, public service announcements, and contact information for nonprofits who work with survivors of human trafficking. Visit www.ITHasToStop.com for additional details.

 


Crossville City Hall Will Close for 1 Hour on Aug. 21
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday August 16, 2017

Crossville City Hall will close between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Monday, August 21st for the Great American Eclipse.

 


Hotels Booked Up in Cumberland County
Peg Broadcasting News/Crossville Chronicle Wednesday August 16, 2017

With 1.4 million tourists expected to flock to Tennessee to view the Great American Eclipse on Monday, August 21, many hotels within the Path of Totality have no vacancy. Crossville is one such location and according to the Crossville Chronicle, all hotels in Cumberland County are booked solid. At about 1:30 p.m. on Monday, August 21, Cumberland County will experience about two and a half minutes of totality as the moon passes between the Earth and sun.

 


PRESS RELEASE: Solar Eclipse Glasses from ACPL Not Confirmed
Wednesday August 16, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: CUMBERLAND COUNTY MAYOR KENNETH CAREY JR. OFFICE

RE: SOLAR ECLIPSE GLASSES DISTRIBUTED BY ART CIRCLE PUBLIC LIBRARY

The office of Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey Jr. has received notification that the SOLAR ECLIPSE glasses distributed recently by the Art Circle Public Library were not CONFIRMED by the vendor as being sourced by a RECOMMENDED Manufacturer. The notification from Amazon reads as follows: "Amazon has not received confirmation from the supplier of your order that they sourced the item from a recommended manufacturer. We recommend that you DO NOT use this product to view the sun or the eclipse"

Again, if you, or someone you know, received your solar eclipse glasses from the Art Circle Public Library, you should NOT use them to view the eclipse.

 

 
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