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Protests Lead to Calls for More Capitol Security
AP Tuesday February 21, 2017

Protests around the state Capitol in Nashville have some Republicans calling for a crackdown on demonstrators and for resurrecting more stringent security requirements for entering the legislative office complex.

Democrats are pushing back against those calls, arguing that access to legislators shouldn't be curtailed only because many of the protesters oppose the policies of President Donald Trump on issues including immigration, race, abortion and LGBT rights.

The latest clamor for enhanced security follows allegations that protesters disrupted state business and vandalized a legislative aide's flower vase.

But those claims are under dispute because of questions about whether the interrupted press conference should be considered official legislative business. And as the Nashville Scene first reported, the vase was inadvertently knocked over, most likely by a TV cameraman covering the protesters.

Joint Investigation Results in Arrest of McMinnville Man on Homicide Charge

Joint Investigation Results in Arrest of McMinnville Man on Homicide Charge
TBI Monday February 20, 2017

A joint investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the McMinnville Police Department and the 31st Judicial District Attorney Generals Office has resulted in the arrest of a McMinnville man charged with a homicide that occurred earlier this month.

At the request of 31st Judicial District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis, on February 6th, TBI Special Agents joined the McMinnville Police Department and investigators with the District Attorneys Office in investigating the death of Barry Cole (DOB 6/17/1961). His body was discovered inside an outbuilding at 100 Lind Street. During the course of the investigation, information was obtained that led law enforcement officers to Wesley Lex Leverett, an acquaintance of Mr. Coles, as the individual responsible for the homicide.

Early Saturday morning, Leverett (DOB 3/12/1991) was arrested and charged with one count of Criminal Homicide. He was booked into the Warren County Jail and is being held on a $1,000,000 bond.

(Photo courtesy TBI)


Wanted Florida man captured in Smokies
GSMNP (WVLT) Monday February 20, 2017

A wanted Florida man was caught after an extensive manhunt in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Friday.

On February 16, 2017, a park ranger pulled over a car at Little River Road near the Meigs Falls area at around 3 p.m.

Officials said the adult male driver ran through the woods across Little River Road.

The man was identified as Noah J. Davis of Putnam County, Florida. Authorities said Davis was wanted on an active warrant for violating parole conditions.

Great Smoky Mountains officials worked with Knox, Sevier and Blount County officers throughout the night to search for Davis using canine units, aerial support, and the forward looking infrared radar to find Davis.

Officials said Davis was being treated for minor injuries.


Video production employment booms in Tennessee
AP Monday February 20, 2017

In a state famous for its banjos and bluegrass, television and movie production certainly isn't the most acclaimed of the Volunteer State's entertainment industries.

A report released in January by the Center for Economic Research in Tennessee found video production employment has boomed in Tennessee since 2010, with the state ranking seventh in the country for employment in the illustrious industry.


Operation S.O.S.
Monday February 20, 2017

The Tennessee Highway Patrol last week followed behind TDOT Help Trucks in an event labeled Operation S.O.S., or Safety on the Smart ways. The goal was to educate and inform motorists on the importance of moving over to give space for all who work on and along the highways.
The move-over law requires drivers to move over or slow down for emergency and service workers who are working along the highway.
Operation S.O.S. resulted in the THP issuing 41 move-over citations, one texting and driving citation and one DUI arrest.


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