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A warrant for Kenneth Bartley’s arrest has been recalled after authorities questioned him and found that he could not have been the suspect who committed armed robbery in Anderson County on Sunday. Bartley’s attorney even showed reporters a ticket where his client had ridden the Washington, D.C. public transit and a selfie that Bartley took while in D.C. After that, Bartley reportedly traveled to Virginia and spent time with his former counselor.
According to the Anderson County Sheriff's Office, Kenneth Bartley has been located in Vienna, Virginia. Anderson County Sheriff's Office says their investigators will be traveling there to interview Bartley and work with Virginia authorities to determine if Bartley was in Virginia at the time of a robbery Sunday morning.
Police are now looking for Kenneth Bartley after an armed robbery at the Marathon Station near Rocky Top. Deputies say Bartley entered the store, brandished a black handgun, and robbed the market of cash. He was described as a white male with brown to black facial hair wearing glasses, black toboggan, black jacket, and blue jeans. No vehicle was seen leaving the store. Bartley, 23, already had a warrant for aggravated robbery. Bartley served time for homicide after he shot the principal and two assistant principals at Campbell County High School in 2005.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau on Monday awarded more than $3.1 million to fund energy efficiency projects for local governments and municipalities, utilities and state entities across Tennessee. Numerous counties surrounding Cumberland received such grants. The City of Algood in Putnam County was awarded almost $13,000 to upgrade the performance and efficiency of their Community Center and City Garage. Project activities will include replacing outdated HVAC units and upgraded lighting. Putnam County is also planning on conducting energy conservation projects at their Justice Center, Emergency Medical Services Center, Health Department, Community Center, and Agricultural Center and was awarded just under $146,000 in grant monies. The City of Jamestown in Fentress County was granted more than $6,300 to replace 325 existing fluorescent lights with high-efficiency LED tube lighting. Fentress County also received about $8,500 to replace 533 inefficient lighting fixtures with more efficient LED lights at their County Courthouse. Bledsoe County received just under $33,000 to upgrade the HVAC at the County Nursing Home.
Gov. Bill Haslam has a busy schedule across the Volunteer State this week. Today, he’s in Morristown and Elizabethton for grant announcements. He has a similar engagement on Tuesday in Lewisburg and Shelbyville before heading to a press conference in Nashville. Next up, Haslam will attend the Miss Tennessee Pageant in Jackson. And on Thursday the Governor will be back in Nashville to congratulate graduating state troopers. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)
A man died after collapsing at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, TN early Friday morning. The man, 47, died from a pre-existing cardiac issue after being flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Officials say is the 12th death at Bonnaroo in the festival's 14-year history. Bonnaroo officials reported no other major health-related issues at this year’s festival. It was a different story at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville. At least 825 people who attended the festival in Music City were treated for heat exhaustion, however, no fatalities have been reported directly related to the CMA Music Fest.
City Manager David Rutherford announced that sales tax collections are up by almost $200,000 over last year. Year to date collections are at $6.6 million. Wholesale beer tax revenue was down slightly over last year with collections at $570,000. Income from liquor was up with year to date revenue at $323,000. The City has taken in over $250,000 in building permit fees for the year. That income includes permit fees from the City and County.