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TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation Friday September 23, 2016

NASHVILLE The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservations mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Putnam County on Saturday, Sept. 24.

Household hazardous waste is considered flammable, toxic, reactive and/or corrosive and should not be placed with regular garbage. Typical items to dispose of include cleaning fluids, pesticides, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent lamps, lithium and button batteries, aerosols, adhesives, medications, brake fluid, swimming pool chemicals, paint thinner and used needles in sturdy containers. Items not accepted include ammunition, explosives, alkaline batteries, paint, electronics and any empty containers that should be disposed in normal trash.

On Saturday, Sept. 24, any Tennessee resident may bring his or her household hazardous waste to the Putnam County Fairgrounds in Cookeville from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The local contact for this HHW collection event is Keith Street at (931) 528-3884.

Since the programs inception in 1993, more than 322,000 households have properly disposed of more than 21 million pounds of material.


Shelby County reports West Nile death
AP Friday September 23, 2016

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Shelby County Health Department has confirmed the countys only human death of 2016 from West Nile virus.

Spokeswoman Elizabeth Hart said the person was a 67-year-old man. The agency reported a couple of weeks ago that he was suffering from the illness.

People can come down with West Nile virus after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Most human infections are mild. People over age 50 and those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of severe disease and should try to avoid mosquito bites.

The Health Department treats standing water and sprays areas within the county. The agency advises people to work to control mosquito populations as well and to use insect repellent, dress in long sleeves and pants, stay inside at dusk and dawn, drain standing water and install window screens.

Livingston Man Arrested on Aggravated Arson Charges

Livingston Man Arrested on Aggravated Arson Charges
TBI Friday September 23, 2016

COOKEVILLE An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Department of Commerce and Insurance, Overton County Sheriffs Office and Livingston Police Department has led to the arrest of a Livingston man on arson charges.

On September 19th, at the request of 13th Judicial District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, TBI Special Agents along with Department of Commerce and Insurance Fire Investigators began investigating three residential fires that appeared to be intentionally set. The Overton County Sheriffs Office responded to the first fire, which occurred at a home on Upper Hilham Road in Livingston. Witnesses state an unidentified man was observed throwing something inside the home, which started the fire. Over the course of the evening, officers and firefighters responded to two additional residential fires on Oak Street and Hilham Highway. During the course of the investigation Calvin Booher was developed as a suspect.

Early Tuesday morning, officers with the Livingston Police Department located and arrested Booher. He has been charged with one count of Aggravated Arson in connection with the fire at the home on Upper Hilham Road. Booher, 38, was booked into the Overton County Jail and his being held on a $750,000 bond. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending. (Photo courtesy TBI)


Press Release: Dont Fall for the Jury Duty Scam
Cumb. Co. Sheriff Casey Cox Thursday September 22, 2016

Scammers will do just about anything to get your personal information or your money, including pretending to be law enforcement. In fact, theres an old scam in which the caller claims he's contacting you because you failed to report for jury duty.

Heres how the scam goes: You get an out of the blue call from someone who says that you failed to show up for jury duty and now theres a warrant out for your arrest, but you can clear up the trouble right now if you verify your personal information, such as birthdate and Social Security number.

The scammer might go even further and demand that you pay up; hell say that if you give your creditcard number or buy a prepaid card and share the account number with him, the problem will go away. Given the dire choice between giving in or going to jail, many victims are caught off guard and go along to defuse the situation.

The jury duty scam has been around since at least 2005, but people continue to get calls. This week several people in Cumberland County received the call from a person claiming to be from the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office stating that they had missed jury duty and they needed to go to CVS and get a prepaid card and send to them. The calls sound realistic. The number associated with the call came back to New Delhi, India.

Fortunately most people recognized it to be a scam and reported to the Sheriffs Office but not everyone has been so lucky. News reports indicate that consumers have lost hundreds to the jury duty scam.

So how can you avoid falling victim? Remember these tips to avoid being the victim.
- Courts do not call consumers about jury duty. Notice about jury duty will come by
mail. Hang up on anyone who claims to be calling about jury service.
- Courts do not ask people to provide personal information over the phone, so no legit caller will ask for it. You will never be asked for your Social Security number, credit card numbers, or any other sensitive information by court officers or law enforcement.
- Courts will not call consumers asking them to pay money for missing jury duty, so do not send money to any caller claiming to be from the court system. As noted, any communications about jury dutyeven if you missed your assigned time to show upwill come by mail.

If you are in doubt as to whether something is a scam or not, call the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office at (931) 4846176 BEFORE you decide to send the money.

Once the money is sent it is normally too late.

Sheriff Casey Cox
Cumberland County Sheriffs Office

Are you wearing orange or white for the UT Florida game?

Are you wearing orange or white for the UT Florida game?
WVLT Thursday September 22, 2016

You can officially check what color you're expected to wear for the Checker Neyland game of 2016. That game is Tennessee verses Florida on September 24.

Head on over to and type in your section, row and seat number. It will tell you what color to wear.

Last year's Checker Neyland game set a record for the loudest decibel ever recorded in Neyland Stadium.

Not only will Vol fans checker Neyland Stadium with a sea of orange and white for the Florida game on Sept. 24th, but organizers of Shake Neyland are encouraging them to bring pom-pom shakers with them to help take the excitement to a new level.

UT hosts the Florida Gators with kickoff at 2:30 p.m. Central Time and you can hear it on the Plateau's Home of the Vols, 102.5 Wow Country. (Photo courtesy WVLT)


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