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CCHS Baseball Camp Cancelled, No Make up Date
Dave Prichard Thursday June 22, 2017

Due to today's rain, the last day of CCHS Baseball Camp today has been canceled. With tomorrow's forecast just as bad and the next two weeks being the TSSAA mandated dead period for high school athletics, there will be no makeup date. Coach Dave Prichard said there was a record number of campers this year and he hopes everyone learned and had a great time over that last two days!


South Carolina Man Arrested After I-40 Accident
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday June 21, 2017

A South Carolina man was arrested following a hit and run collision on I-40 early Tuesday morning in Cumberland County. Crossville Police were dispatched to Genesis road where they were advised by a truck driver that the suspect, 33-year-old Keydrick Lorenzo Rose, of Fort Mill, S.C., had driven his vehicle into a ditch. Police located Rose who reportedly gave them a false name. The vehicle Rose had crashed came back as stolen. Rose was arrested for Criminal Impersonation and likely faces additional charges from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.


Prosecutor to Seek Death Penalty for Escaped Georgia Inmates
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday June 21, 2017

The prosecutor plans to seek the death penalty against two escaped Georgia inmates who overpowered two guards and brutally shot and killed them. The pair was caught Thursday in Rutherford County, Tennessee. A judge denied bond for inmates Donnie Rowe and Ricky Dubose, who were in a Georgia courtroom Wednesday morning for a hearing.


Retired officer pleads guilty to smuggling woman into US
AP Wednesday June 21, 2017

A retired Tennessee Highway Patrol sergeant has pleaded guilty to transporting a woman into the country illegally.

Acting U.S. Attorney Jack Smith says 70-year-old Ronald Edward Strickland pleaded guilty Tuesday in Nashville federal court.

Court documents say Strickland planned to smuggle the 22-year-old old woman from Honduras into the U.S.

Filings say Strickland texted her in January 2016 about meeting for a sexual relationship. He texted someone in Honduras, among others, about it.
The documents say Strickland drove to Houston, Texas in July 2016 to get the woman and drive her to his Franklin, Tennessee home.

An investigation found Strickland paid a coyote $8,000 to smuggle her, and Strickland had an apartment in Honduras and regularly traveled there.
He faces five years in prison maximum. His sentencing is Oct. 17.


Sunbright Police Department, County Executive investigated by Morgan Co. Grand Jury
WVLT Wednesday June 21, 2017

The May Morgan County Grand Jury Report released Tuesday included an investigation into the Sunbright Police Department and a County executive email investigation. According to WVLT, the Morgan County Grand Jury expressed concern about the status of the Sunbright Police Department and its operations after receiving allegations and complaints about the department.

The Grand Jury requested that the mayor of Sunbright provide the following:
1. The number of officers, their assignments, duties and hours;
2. The procedure for seizing property and whether the law is followed;
3. The police for mutual cooperation with the Morgan County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies, as well as the protocol for follow-up by SPD on cases responded to by MCSO on SPD's behalf;
4. The overall state of operations of the SPD

The report answering these requests was asked to be submitted on or before August 15, 2017.

The Grand Jury Report also included information that appears that Morgan County Executive Don Edwards, while sitting as the Chairman of the Morgan County Commission, directed various County Commissioners on how to make motions, seconds and to vote in order to get his selected individuals onto boards and committees, in violation of the Open Meetings Act/Sunshine Law.

The report included copies of Edwards' emails, which included board member recommendations, suggested meeting dialogue and suggested arguments.

One such email, sent on March 25, 2015, stated, "WE MUST GET STRONG CONSERVATIVES ON THIS BOARD!! PEOPLE WHO WILL NOT JUST 'GO ALONG TO GET ALONG!' People who will stand alone if they must!"

WVLT reports that another email, dated January 14, 2015, addressed one commissioner in particular saying, "I haven't said it lately but please remember do not share my emails. You and I are speaking very plainly and No One but you and I need to see our communication. We do not need anyone outside ourselves having a "slip of the tongue" of our communication that they should not even be privy to. I will share amongst our group but I will tell you when I'm going to do that."

The report detailed that Edwards and other county commissioners received training from CTAS on the issue after the fact.


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