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Tomorrow (Saturday) is Free Fishing Day in Tennessee. Anyone of any age may fish for free without a license in Tennessee's public waters. The City of Crossville will be celebrating with their annual Kidís Fishing Tournament which begins at 7:30 at Meadow Park Lake. Kidís 15 and under can continue to fish free through next Friday, June13th. Free Fishing Day and week apply to Tennessee's public waters, TWRA-owned and operated lakes and state park facilities. Some privately-owned pay lakes may continue to charge Saturday and next week.
A former Alcoa City School District employee has pleaded guilty to embezzlement that caused losses of more than $400,000 to the district and two nonprofits. The U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of Tennessee and an audit by the state comptroller's office shows Kathy Winters of Harriman was responsible for managing the school district's federal funds
The Tennessee Department of Transportation is urging drivers to use caution while traveling through construction zones on Tennessee's interstates and state highways. With more vehicles on the roads during the vacation season, TDOT officials are reminding drivers to slow down and use caution. There are posted speed limits that are slower than the regular speed limits. Drivers can always call 511 or check TDOT's website to identify construction zones when planning a trip.
The Workers' Compensation Division of the Tennessee Department of Labor has put into place new procedures to identify employers who engage in payroll fraud such as intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors, failing to report all wages paid, misrepresenting the kind of work performed, or paying workers under the table. These practices are typically used to avoid paying workers' compensation and unemployment insurance tax premiums. Actions taken by the government based on task force recommendations include establishing a referral process for possible criminal prosecution, hiring additional investigators and launching a public awareness initiative
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its Domestic Violence Report for 2011-2013. The report indicates simple assault was, by far, the most frequently reported offense with women almost three times more likely to be victimized than males in domestic incidents. Juveniles accounted for approximately 10 percent of domestic violence victims. The data showed that domestic violence victims were six times more likely to be abused by a spouse than an ex-spouse with boyfriend/girlfriend relationships the most frequently reported incidents.