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The U.S. District Attorney's Office in Middle Tennessee confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are at the Fentress County Sheriff's Office assisting in a federal investigation. The TBI said agents are assisting the FBI at the Fentress County Sheriff's Office, but could not release additional details. On Friday, James Cooper, Fentress County Commissioner of the fifth district, confirmed that the Fentress County Sheriff Chucky Cravens resigned from his post, effective April 28. As of Friday, the TBI and FBI were unavailable for comment on the situation.
At the request of District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, TBI Special Agents are investigating the circumstances that led to an officer-involved shooting that occurred Thursday night in White County.
Preliminary reports indicate the incident began around 4:30 pm Thursday, April 13, 2017 with an attempted traffic stop by Smithville Police Department officers in DeKalb County. Officers attempted to stop a pickup truck hauling a trailer. The driver of the vehicle, 33-year-old Michael Zennie Dial II, of Clarksville, TN. refused to stop, and the pursuit continued on into White County. Deputies with the White County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Sparta Police Department continued north on Highway 111, following the vehicle. Dial’s truck crashed into several of the law enforcement vehicles, hitting them on the side, and from behind.
At some point, the tires of the trailer appeared to have flattened, dumping some of the items from the trailer into the median.
As Dial continued down the road, two officers, one with the White County Sheriff’s Office , and one with the Sparta Police Department, fired shots toward the truck.
The truck, still hauling the trailer, veered off the highway, went down an embankment, and lodged in the tree line. Authorities say Dial died, however, officials have not clearly stated the exact cause of his death.
Three officers, one from Sparta PD and two from the White County Sheriff’s Office, sustained injuries from the crash and were taken to the hospital. All have since been released.
At the conclusion of this investigation, investigative case file will be turned over to the District Attorney General for his office’s review.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) will host the 2017 Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop June 2-4 in Crossville at the Clyde M. York 4-H Center.
The relaxed atmosphere of the BOW workshop is aimed at women, and an opportunity for those 18 or older to learn outdoor skills usually associated with hunting and fishing. However, the workshop provides useful for other outdoor pursuits and interests. Workshop participants will have a chance to take a variety of courses over the three days and the classes are taught by experts in their respective fields. There will be special programs in the evenings.
This year’s workshop offers classes in introduction to firearms/safety, successful fishing skills, advanced fishing techniques, all-terrain vehicle operation, basic archery, introduction to paddleboards, boating safety education, outdoor cooking, wild edible foray, beginning fly fishing, nature photography basics, basic canoeing, basic shotgun, survival skills, backyard habitat, map/compass, introduction to muzzleloading, introduction to turkey hunting, introduction to deer hunting, introduction to waterfowl hunting, basic trapping, reading the woods, discover scuba, and stream ecology.
The workshop fee is $225 and includes lodging at the Clyde M. York 4-H Center, meals, T-shirt, and a 2017-18 Tennessee Hunting and Fishing License. Registration is taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications may be obtained from the TWRA website at www.tnwildlife.org, or any TWRA regional office. For more information contact Donald Hosse, Wildlife Education Program Coordinator, at email@example.com or telephone (615) 781-6541.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released its 2016 ‘Crime in Tennessee’ report, revealing a slight overall increase in reported instances of crime in the most recent reporting year.
The annual study compiles data reported from each law enforcement agency in the state through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS). The TBI’s sophisticated crime reporting system, in place for more than 15 years, provides an updated and comprehensive picture of the successes and challenges facing communities across Tennessee.
Among the findings in the 2016 report:
Reported instances of Murder increased 11.6% from 2015 to 2016.
Forcible Rape offenses decreased 2.8% in the same time period.
The number of individuals arrested in connection to reported crimes decreased by 1.9% from 2015 to 2016.
Juveniles accounted for 6.6% of all arrests, down from 7.0% in the previous year.
More than half – 51.3% — of all reported offenses in the category of ‘Crimes Against Persons’ were domestic violence-related.
Drug/Narcotic Violations increased 9.5% in the previous year.
The number of DUI arrests continued to trend downward in the past year.
“We’re extremely thankful for our dedicated law enforcement partners,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “Together, they helped us compile a thorough snapshot of crime in Tennessee. We now hope every department takes this information and works to further address the key crime issues facing their communities and our state.”
DISCLAIMER: The TBI strongly discourages the ranking and comparison of jurisdictions and their crime rates by the data in the 2016 report. Demographic, socio-economic, and other factors out of the control of law enforcement contribute to the nature of the crimes committed. Crime varies from place to place and ranking the agencies solely on numbers would neither be fair to the agencies nor their communities.
There are 532 reporting agencies in the state of Tennessee. And, for the first time in four years, all agencies in Tennessee are compliant with TIBRS reporting. Tennessee is one of 16 states reporting 100% compliance. Nationally, 34 states are currently NIBRS-certified. To coincide with the release of this report, 2016’s public data is now available for review at TNCrimeOnline.com. The full ‘Crime in Tennessee’ report is available for review on the TBI’s website: http://tn.gov/assets/entities/tbi/attachments/2016_CRIME_IN_TN_Final.pdf.
The Tennessee Senate has approved legislation to allow photos in polling places after Justin Timberlake's now-infamous, possibly law-breaking ballot box selfie.
Senators voted 30-0 Thursday for the bill by Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown, where Timberlake snapped his early voting photo in October.
The bill, which needs House approval, would allow photographing or video-taping a filled-out ballot, except if it's intended to commit voter intimidation, voter fraud or sell a vote.
Some cellphone use would remain banned, including calls within 10 feet of voting booths; discussing candidates or ballot issues out loud on the phone; and recording other people at the polling place without permission.
This month, the Supreme Court left in place lower court rulings that struck down New Hampshire's ban on voters photographing themselves and their completed ballots.