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In its annual audit of 200 high risk facilities, the U.S. Department of Energy has declared the Alpha-5 building at the Oak Ridge Y-12 National Security Complex as the “worst of the worst” and says it should be torn down This facility was built in 1944 and supported a number of missions that used materials such as uranium, mercury and beryllium. Since it ceased operations in 2005, this highly contaminated facility has experienced significant degradation. Since this facility was evaluated in 2008, the site has spent more than $24 million in operating and maintenance costs. Despite these efforts, the DOE assessment notes that the building presents a high risk to workers and the environment and says that safe demolition remains the only viable risk accepted standard.
Authorities in Chattanooga, TN say a 12-year-old girl stabbed a 13-year-old boy at Lookout Valley Middle/High School in Chattanooga. News Channel 9 reports the incident happened Thursday morning and is still being investigated. Authorities said the boy was stabbed twice with a knife. He is said to be in serious, but stable condition at a local hospital. The girl has been charged with attempted criminal homicide and carrying a weapon on school property. Authorities say the school was been placed on lockdown as a precautionary measure.
The Murfreesboro Police Department is trying to track down a skilled safecracker who made off with a bounty worth of thousands of dollars. News Channel 5 reports that after breaking into the safe at the home of Dakota Gordon, the thieves made off with boxes of silver coins, silver bars, gold and jewelry. Authorities are hoping to catch the crooks before they can melt down the precious metal which could be worth as much as $20,000. The thieves also stole three handguns. Gordon told police that only he and his parents knew the combination to the safe. Authorities have the serial numbers for the stolen firearms and they say the will be closing watching pawn shops and scrap yards.
Defense attorneys for Brandon Vandenburg are filing a motion to have the jury verdict thrown out after learning one juror did not disclose being a victim of sexual violence. The jury decided to convict Vandenburg and Cory Batey of raping a female student inside a Vanderbilt dorm room two years ago. News Channel 5 reports the issue will likely be brought up during a sentencing hearing for both men on March 6th. (Photo Courtesy WVLT).
Crossville police are investigating a storage building burglary on Brook Street. Taken were an Xbox 360, Playstation 2, video games, and a breathing treatment machine. Loss was estimated over $300 and there are no suspects at this time.