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SBA Disaster Assistance Available to Tennessee Private NonProfit Organizations Affected by Severe Storms, Winds and Flooding
SBA Tuesday June 27, 2017

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that certain Private NonProfit organizations (PNP) in Tennessee that do not provide critical services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low-interest rate disaster loans. These loans are available following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding on May 27- 28, 2017.

PNPs located in Blount, Cumberland, Fayette, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Sevier, Shelby and Smith counties in Tennessee are eligible to apply. Examples of eligible non-critical PNP organizations include, but are not limited to; food kitchens, homeless shelters, museums, libraries, community centers, schools and colleges.


Haslam signs bill to expand HOPE scholarship
WVLT/Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday June 27, 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam signed off on a new bill to expand eligibility for the Tennessee HOPE scholarship on Monday. WVLT reports that the bill allows school districts across the state to offer students college courses at partnering community colleges. Students can begin taking these classes at the beginning of their junior year. The bill states that during the duel enrollment period, students must keep a 2.75 GPA.


Soddy Daisy Parents Charged With Child Neglect After Dead Pets Found in Freeezer
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday June 27, 2017

A Soddy Daisy couple has been charged with aggravated child neglect after authorities found almost a dozen dead pets in their freezer. Dustin and Staci Tallent were apprehended Monday following an investigation into possible animal hoarding. Authorities describe the home as being in poor condition and police say one child was locked in a bedroom. Three children were placed in the custody of Child Services. At least ten live animals were removed from the home. In the freezer investigators found five parakeets, two dogs, a cat, a rabbit and one turtle.


TBI's Top 10 Most Wanted Spotted in New York State
AP Monday June 26, 2017

New York state police are searching for two fugitives who are wanted for kidnapping and attempted murder in Tennessee.

Police said Saturday that 24-year-old Jarret Heitmann and 22-year-old Makayla Stilwell have been spotted in Pine Bush, New York, about 85 miles (136 kilometers) north of New York City. Police in Sullivan County in Tennessee say Heitmann and Stilwell kidnapped a woman and shot a man in the chest on Tuesday, then fled.

The shooting victim, 34-year-old Dustin Bishop, was hospitalized for treatment of his injuries.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of each suspect.

It's not known if they have attorneys who could speak for them.

(Photo courtesy TBI)


Lawn Furniture Stolen From Kroger Recovered Thanks to Alert Employee
Peg Broadcasting News Monday June 26, 2017

A sharp-eyed employee is being credited for the recovery of lawn furniture stolen from Kroger. Crossville Police were called out just before midnight Thursday, June 22, 2017 after a Kroger employee saw two males load a swing set from the front of the store into a pickup truck. Police patrolled the area but were unable to locate the suspect vehicle. Around 1:40 a.m. Friday, June 23 the same Kroger employee notified dispatch that on his way home he spotted the suspect's truck parked at a residence on Poplar Street. Police located the vehicle and found the stolen swing set and a patio umbrella in the bed of the truck. The driver's side front window was busted out and the ignition had been tampered with. The vehicle also did not belong to the address and is believed to be stolen. The merchandise was returned to Kroger. At the time of the report, the male suspects, one described as Hispanic and the other described as an older man with long hair, remained at large.


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