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The Department of Correction is continuing efforts to increase the safety of Tennessee children on Halloween night with the launch of “Operation Blackout.” Probation and Parole officers will be joined by local law enforcement agencies to ensure sex offenders who are under TDOC supervision adhere to strict guidelines. “Operation Blackout” will result in an increased presence of law enforcement in the community and random visits to the homes of sex offenders who must adhere to the following guidelines on October 31, 2014:
Will remain in their homes between the hours of 5:00 p.m. - 5:00 a.m.
Will not have porch lights on as is the custom to participate in trick-or-treating.
Will not open their doors for trick-or-treaters.
Will only open their doors for law enforcement or probation and parole officers.
Will not be allowed to display fall decorations.
Will not be allowed to wear costumes or dress in disguise.
Offenders who are found to be in non-compliance with imposed restrictions could face additional charges for probation or parole violations that may result in jail or prison time.
Tennessee health care officials say they have implemented appropriate practices to handle any Ebola cases. The Tennessee Hospital Association, Tennessee Medical Association, and Tennessee Nurses Association issued a joint statement this week saying they're on heightened awareness for anyone showing up in their emergency rooms and doctors' offices who exhibit symptoms similar to the Ebola virus. The groups say they're working in concert with the Tennessee Department of Health, as well as appropriate agencies, to ensure appropriate protocols and policies are in place.
A former postal worker from Memphis who prosecutors say took prescription painkillers from packages intended for veterans has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. The U.S. attorney's office said in a news release Friday that 50-year-old Patricia F. Baker was also ordered to spend three years on supervised release, forfeit $4,000 and pay $2,720 restitution. Baker was indicted in March on 21 counts, and she pleaded guilty in July to one count of mail destruction, one count of mail embezzlement and one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Prosecutors said Postal Service Office of Inspector General agents investigated complaints about missing parcels and that Baker told agents she had stolen pain medication and electronics. The news release said a search of Baker's home recovered electronics and Veterans Administration prescription medications.
Nearly two-thirds of Tennessee’s high school seniors have applied for Tennessee Promise, the new scholarship program that guarantees to cover the cost of a two-year college degree. 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 November 1st.
The Stone Memorial High School Panthers won their third straight game as they beat the White County Warriors Friday night at SMHS 32 to 7. The Panthers improve to 6 and 3 overall and are now 3 and 1 in District play. SMHS travels to Rhea County Friday, October 31st to take on the Golden Eagles. Action begins at 6:30 with live coverage on Mix 99.3 at 6:15.
The Cumberland County High School Jets came from 22 points down in the second half to tie their game with the Yellow Jackets at Grundy County High School, but the home team scored with just over a minute to play and recorded a 44-36 win. CCHS travels to McMinnville Friday, October 31st to take on the Warren County Pioneers. Live coverage begins at 6:45 on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY; the kick is set for 7:00.