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Tennessee woman sentenced in baby's alcohol poisoning
AP Monday April 25, 2016

DUNLAP, Tenn. (AP) - A Sequatchie County woman has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for the alcohol poisoning of her 11-month-old son.

Media outlets report 28-year-old Heather M. Oakes was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to felony criminal attempt to commit aggravated child abuse.

Investigators had found vodka in the child's bottle last October after he was taken to a hospital by ambulance. Oakes contended the poisoning was accidental.

Prosecutors say the child has recovered.

 


Frozen Vegetable Recall
FDA Monday April 25, 2016

FDA RELEASE- CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Washington is voluntarily recalling fifteen frozen vegetable items that have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems.

No illnesses have been reported to date, but the company is recalling the products as a precaution. The Listeria was discovered through routine testing by state health officials in Ohio. Listeria monocytogenes was found to be present in one lot of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) organic petite green peas and one lot of IQF organic white sweet cut corn.

Recalled items include:
Organic By Nature - Canada-Organic Green Peas-Organic Veg Medley w/ Shelled Edamame-Organic White Supersweet Corn
True Goodness By Meijer -Organic Petite Green Peas
Wellsley Farms Organic -Organic Mixed Veg ,Organic Green Peas
Schwan'sOrganic SS Yellow & White Cut Corn

Recalled items were sold in plastic bags and are marked with Use By Dates located on the back of the package.

The recalled frozen vegetables were distributed to retailers and distribution centers between September 13, 2015 and March 16 nationwide including Tennessee.

Consumers are urged not to consume these products. Consumers who purchased these products may take them back to the store where they purchased them for a refund or simply discard them. Consumers seeking information may call 844.551.5595 Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time.

 


Eleven People Charged With TennCare Fraud in Fentress Co. Round-Up
tn.gov Saturday April 23, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. TennCare fraud charges are lodged against 11 people in a police roundup in Fentress County. The arrests are the result of an undercover investigation targeting individuals selling prescription drugs. The arrests bring the total number of people arrested for TennCare fraud to 2,601 since the Office of Inspector (OIG) began investigating and pursuing this criminal activity.

With the help of Fentress County Sheriffs Officers, the OIG charged all 11 people with selling prescription drugs that were obtained and paid for through TennCare healthcare insurance benefits.

Fentress County officers were a key asset in building these cases and helping us make these arrests, Inspector General Manny Tyndall said. By pooling our resources with local officials, we are all covering much more ground and making progress in tackling the drug fraud problem, especially when people try to use public dollars to finance it.

The 11 people arrested are:

-Adam D. Seber, 20, of Jamestown, charged with TennCare fraud and sale and delivery of a Schedule III controlled substance in connection with selling to an informant Buprenorphine, a drug used to treat addiction to painkillers such as hydrocodone or morphine.
-Kristin R. King, 28, of Jamestown, charged with TennCare fraud and sale and delivery of a Schedule III controlled substance for selling Buprenorphine to an informant.
-Mark D. Roysdon, 51, and Tracy Laverne Roysdon, 44, of Jamestown, a husband and wife who are charged separately with one count of TennCare fraud and charged together with two counts of sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance. Theyre accused of selling the painkillers Oxycodone and Morphine to an undercover informant.
-Johnny Dale Threet, 47, of Jamestown, charged with TennCare fraud and sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance for selling the painkiller Morphine to an undercover informant.
-Leslie Jean Huff, 47, of Jamestown, charged with TennCare fraud and sale and delivery of a Schedule IV controlled substance for selling an informant the drug Clonazepam, used to treat seizures and panic disorders.
-Danny Ray Huff, 47, of Jamestown, charged with two counts of TennCare fraud, sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance and sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance in a drug free zone for selling the painkiller Morphine to an undercover informant.
-Amy M. Hamby, 41, of Jamestown, charged with TennCare fraud, two counts each of sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance for selling the painkiller Oxycodone to an undercover informant.
-Regina Michelle Turner, 47, of Jamestown, charged with two counts of TennCare fraud and two counts each of sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance for selling the painkiller Oxycodone to an undercover informant.
-Wendell E. Walker, 60, and Donna Jean Fulton Estes, 53, both of Jamestown, charged together with two counts of TennCare fraud, and sale and delivery of a Schedule II controlled substance in a drug free zone, in connection with selling the painkiller Oxycodone to an undercover informant. Estes is also charged with aiding and abetting Walker in the sale and delivery of Oxycodone.

TennCare fraud is a Class E felony carrying a sentence of up to two years in prison per charge. District Attorney General Jared Effler is prosecuting.

The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to more than $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of more than $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,601 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.

Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig/ and follow the prompts that read Report TennCare Fraud.

 


Haslam Thanks Legislature for Partnering To Make Largest Investment in K-12 Without a Tax Increase
tn.gov Saturday April 23, 2016

NASHVILLE Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam on Friday thanked members of the 109th General Assembly for their work this session and partnership in passing a balanced budget and legislation to continue the states focus on education.

For Tennesseans who dont follow news out of the State Capitol every day, I think you can take away two main things from this session: education and fiscal strength. Were making the largest investment in K-12 without a tax increase in Tennessees history and reorganizing our higher ed structure in Tennessee in the best way to increase student success and the number of Tennesseans with a degree or certificate, Haslam said.

The balanced FY16-17 budget, which takes on no new debt, includes:

$258 million for K-12 education, the largest investment without a tax increase in Tennessees history, including more than $100 million for teacher salaries, nearly $30 million to fund the 12th month of insurance for teachers, and $15 million for recurring technology funds for schools an amount that doubles the states current investment and addresses concerns related to devices, infrastructure and instruction;

$135 million for higher education, including $69 million for campus support, $13.2 million for student aid, and $16 million to continue Drive to 55 initiatives.

 


Crossvilles Crimestoppers Could Serve As Example For Knoxville
WVLT Saturday April 23, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- At a January town hall meeting to "Stop the Violence" after Zaveion Dobson's death, Beverly Shepherd told Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch she wants answers for the unsolved murder of her husband.
Shepherd turned to Crimestoppers, a non-profit national organization that helps prevent and solve crimes through community tips.

It's in local towns like Crossville, but so far not in Knoxville.

Chief Rausch said that Crimestoppers is an item discussed during their meetings.

"We've actually had some conversations recently with our safety education unit," Rausch said.

The organization for tipsters provides anonymous information about criminal activity. If those tips lead to convictions, rewards go up to thousands of dollars.

Lt. Brian Eckelson of the Crossville Police Department said he was overwhelmed at the success of Crimestoppers

During Shepard's mission to find our husband's killer, she started her own Crimestoppers page, and said she's close to getting non-profit status, but also admitted getting the community to buy in isn't easy.

She hopes an outlet for anonymous tips with hefty rewards might be the answer.

 

 
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