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Multi-Platinum rock band Hinder had to cancel at least two dates after their tour bus crashed on I-40 in Cookeville on Wednesday as the area was hit with heavy rain. The band had high praise for the Putnam County Emergency Management Agency and all emergency personnel who worked the wreck and attended three people who were injured on the bus. The group had to cancel an appearance in Charlotte, North Carolina Thursday night as well as their November 20th in Baltimore, MD.
Congratulations to SMHS Athletes of the week Ethan Pierce and Haley Crabtree for the week of Novmeber 1 -7. Ethan Pierce had100 yards rushing with SMHS football team, 2 TDs and average 16 yards/carry to help lead the Panthers to a 46-21 victory against Giles County. Haley Crabtree has won 11 out of 11 games thus far this season on the SMHS Bowling Team. Her game average is a 164 and her high game this week was a 193. (Photo Courtesy SMHS)
Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced on Thursday that the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for October was 5.6 percent, one-tenth of one percentage point lower than the September revised rate of 5.7 percent. . The number of unemployed persons is the lowest since December 2007. The U.S. preliminary rate for October was 5.0 percent, one-tenth of one percentage point lower than the prior month
A man who spent 27 years behind bars for a crime he did not commit will now get a $16.5 million settlement. Donald Eugene Gates, who now lives in Knoxville, Tennessee was freed from prison in 2009 after DNA evidence proved he was not the man who murdered and raped Georgetown University student Catherine Schilling in 1981. A federal jury found that police fabricated and withheld evidence in the case. On Thursday, the District of Columbia agreed to settle for $16.5 million just as the judge was getting prepared to decide damages in the case. Gates has already received about $1.5 million from the federal government for its role in his wrongful conviction. Thursday’s settlement brings his total compensation to $18 million.
The McMinn County Sheriff’s Department has made contact with a person of interest who is believed to have left mysterious anonymous letters at dozens of churches in East Tennessee and North Georgia. Robert “Bob” Chapman, of Monroe County, reportedly has assured police that he was simply expressing his religious beliefs when he left the letters which included Bible verses that seemed threatening in nature. The letters were signed “The Waster”. Over 50 churches that received the menacing notes are taking extra safety precautions. Authorities are still investigating and say the case is being closely monitored.