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Cumb. Co. Sheriff Casey Cox Selected to Attend Training in El Paso,TX

Cumb. Co. Sheriff Casey Cox Selected to Attend Training in El Paso,TX
Appalachia HIDTA/Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday October 10, 2017

Sheriff Casey Cox was among a select few law enforcement leaders recently chosen to attend an exclusive training entitled "Fentanyl Officer Safety and Awareness" in El Paso, Texas. The training was funded by Appalachia HIDTA and was hosted by the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC). Fentanyl is an opioid pain medication with a rapid onset and is commonly mixed with heroin to give the heroin more potency. Unintended exposure is critically dangerous for first responders as even microscopic amounts can prove fatal. In addition to the important training received involving Fentanyl, Sheriff Cox and other law enforcement leaders in attendance had the opportunity to receive briefings and tours from US Customs and Border Protection and the US Border Patrol. (Pictured Sheriff Casey Cox, photo courtesy Appalachia HIDTA)

K9 Niko Has Received His Body Armor

K9 Niko Has Received His Body Armor
Sheriff Casey Cox/Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday October 10, 2017

K9 Niko with the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office has received a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. The vest was sponsored by PetArmor and Walmart. In a Press Release, Sheriff Casey Cox stated, "the K9 vest provided by PetArmor will help ... us protect this valued member of our team." Deputy Zach Gilpin and K9 Niko have been working together as a team since 2014. The safety of K9 officers has been a hot topic ever since Crossville Police K9 Officer Cain was fatally stabbed on August 2, 2017 while pursuing a suspect. The Grand Jury is scheduled to meet on Monday, October 16 to hear evidence against 28-year-old Dustin Lee Dixon who allegedly stabbed K9 Cain multiple times while fleeing on foot from police after he crashed a stolen semi-truck. (Pictured Deputy Gilpin and K9 Niko. Photo courtesy Cumberland County Sheriff's Office)


Gas Prices
AP Tuesday October 10, 2017

Tennessee gas prices have been on a steep slide for the last three weeks and should drift even lower this week. The state average declined for the 28th consecutive day on Sunday, dropping a total of 20 cents during that time. Tennessee motorists are paying an average of $2.39 at the pump, an 8 cent discount from last week. Despite the recent decline at the pump, regular unleaded remains 25 cents more than this time last year, as prices recover from supply and demand issues related to recent hurricanes. The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.49.


High Court Suggests Help for Lawyers Aiding Poor
AP Tuesday October 10, 2017

Tennessee's Supreme Court is suggesting changes to help poor people get proper legal representation. A court news release recommends a bump from a $40 or $50 hourly pay rate for appointed lawyers to a $65 hourly rate. It would be the first increase in two decades. Additionally, the court seeks a $500 boost to today's $1,500 lawyer pay cap in indigent cases. The court suggests new public defender appellate and conflicts divisions, the latter to ensure public defenders are used instead of private attorneys. Judges would have to explain public defender conflicts before appointing private attorneys. A new state commission would oversee indigent representation issues. The court says it will bill periodically, instead of after cases, to ensure lawyers are paid more quickly. Many of the suggestions require legislative approval.

Northwest, Statewide Fall Canada Goose Seasons Nearing Open

Northwest, Statewide Fall Canada Goose Seasons Nearing Open Tuesday October 10, 2017

The upcoming segment of Tennessee's statewide fall Canada goose season will run Oct. 14-31 while the northwest Canada goose zone dates are Oct. 14-18. The northwest Canada zone includes Lake, Obion, and Weakley counties, and portions of Dyer County and Gibson County. The statewide zone is all counties and portions of Dyer and Gibson counties not included in the northwest zone. The daily bag limit is three. (More information can be found on the Canada goose seasons in the 2017-18 Tennessee Waterfowl Hunting Guide on page 11.) Following the opening segment, other statewide Canada goose zone dates are Nov. 25-26 and Dec. 2-Jan. 28, 2018. The northwest zone dates are Nov. 11-12 and Dec. 2-Feb. 10, 2018.

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