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Tennessee 8th in Nation For Hot Car Seat Deaths
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday June 27, 2017

Tennessee is 8th in the Nation for hot car seat deaths and that has Fred Sherrill, Law Enforcement Liaison for the Cumberland Region with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, very concerned for this July 4th and the rest of the summer. Sherrill says that since 1998 at least 23 children have died in Tennessee after being left in hot vehicles. With all the distractions the Independence Day weekend can bring, Sherrill warns everyone to be especially mindful about not leaving their kids behind in the car. Even a few minutes are far too long. If it is 60 degrees outside, your vehicle can heat up to well above 110 degrees inside. And cracking a window or parking in the shade is just not enough to cool a vehicle sufficiently to prevent heat stroke or death. Sherrill says parents should place items like cell phones, laptops, and purses in the back seat so they will have to look in the rear of the vehicle before leaving it and, therefore, be more likely to see a child who is still strapped in a car seat. Parents can also put alarms on their phones to remind them to check the back seat. As Law Enforcement Liaison Fred Sherrill said, "This holiday weekend, check the back seat, don't text and drive, don't drink and drive, so we all arrive alive."

 


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.

 
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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)

 

 
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