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Fall Festivals and Halloween are supposed to be a time for kids to enjoy costumes, candy and fun. But this time of year can also make children easy prey for sex offenders. That’s why in Tennessee the Board of Probation prohibits registered sex offenders from participating in Halloween, Fall Festivals, Haunted Houses, Hay Rides, Corn Mazes or any other seasonal activities. Such people are not allowed to display fall or Halloween decorations at their homes. They are not allowed to wear costumes, go trick or treating, or hand out candy. Registered sex offenders must also keep their doors closed on Halloween, turn porch lights off, and no one in the home of the offender may answer the door for trick or treaters. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Sex Offender Map shows around 90 offenders in Cumberland County. According to city-data.com, there are 101 registered sex offenders in Cumberland County. For a list of safe Fall and Halloween activities check out the Community Calendar on 1025wowcountry.com and mix993.com
Crossville, Tenn. - The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to Monday’s arrest of Mukesh Bhikhabhai Patel, 46. Patel is the owner of Citgo Food Market in Crossville. Special Agents of the Tennessee Department of Revenue arrested Patel at his residence in Crossville. Bond was set at $20,000. Monday, the Cumberland County Grand Jury indicted Patel on eight Class E felony counts of sales tax evasion. The indictment charges that Patel willfully attempted to evade $17,044.18 in sales tax due from November 2008 through December 2011. "Tennessee's tax structure depends on taxpayers voluntarily complying with the laws," Revenue Commissioner Richard Roberts said. "Taxpayers who collect but intentionally do not remit sales tax, breach the public's trust and violate the criminal laws of the state. This case underscores our commitment to rigorous and fair administration of Tennessee's tax laws." If convicted, Patel could be sentenced up to a maximum of two years in the state penitentiary and fined up to $3,000 for each of the tax evasion counts.
Prosecution of this criminal case was pursued by the Department in cooperation with District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway's office. Citizens who suspect violations of Tennessee's revenue laws should call the toll-free tax fraud hot line at (800) FRAUDTX (372-8389). The Department of Revenue is responsible for the administration of state tax laws and motor vehicle title and registration laws and the collection of taxes and fees associated with those laws. The Department collects about 87 percent of total state revenue. During the 2013 fiscal year, it collected $11.7 billion in state taxes and fees and more than $2.2 billion in taxes and fees for local governments. To learn more about the Department, visit www.TN.gov/revenue.
A former corrections officer from southern Tennessee is set for arraignment next month on charges that he took money from an inmate to allow contraband into a jail. 26-year-old James M. Mayes of Manchester, TN is scheduled to appear in Coffee County General Sessions Court on Nov. 17. Mayes is charged with bribery of a public servant, extortion and official misconduct. Sheriff's Investigative Sgt. Danny Ferrell says Mayes took $100 from and inmate to allow a quarter pound of tobacco into the tobacco-free jail.
Ferrell alleges that the inmate was told that for another $150 he could bring anything he wanted into the jail. Mayes is being housed in the Franklin County Jail under a $150,000 bond.
A Pennsylvania company has initiated a nationwide voluntary product recall of ten different brands of baby wipes manufactured under the brand names Cuties, Diapers.com, Femtex, Fred's, Kidgets, Member's Mark, Simply Right, Sunny Smiles, Tender Touch, and Well Beginnings, because some packages may contain bacteria. These wipes were distributed by Nutek prior to October 21, 2014 to Walgreens, Sam's Club, Family Dollar, Fred's, and Diapers.com. The contaminated wipes may cause irritation and all the wipes are being recalled as a precaution. Questions can be directed to Nutek at 1-855-646-4351.
This is the last week to apply for Tennessee Promise, the new scholarship program that guarantees to cover the cost of a two-year college degree. Nearly two-thirds of Tennessee’s high school seniors have applied For many students, attending college without this program would be difficult, if not impossible. Gov. Bill Haslam has visited high schools around the state to promote Tennessee Promise. He hopes the program will help boost the number of Tennesseans with two- or four-year degrees to 55 percent, up from 33 percent now. The deadline to sign up for the program is this Saturday, November 1st. For more information or to apply online go to tennesseepromise.gov.