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Forty two members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) returned home this past Saturday after assisting the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) during the 58th Inauguration of the President of the United States. As part of a joint operation, the THP helped provide security during the inauguration events with numerous local and state law enforcement agencies from across the nation, as well as federal authorities and military personnel.
Members of the THP traveled to the nation’s capital in patrol units and arrived on Wednesday. On Thursday, State Troopers were briefed and sworn-in as deputies of the U.S. Marshal Service in order to have law enforcement authority in D.C. The troopers were then assigned to the Presidential inaugural parade route. Troopers were stationed between Ninth and Tenth Avenues on Pennsylvania Avenue where they provided perimeter security for the presidential motorcade and parade participants. There were not any incidents involving THP troopers during Friday’s 18-hour assignment.
“This was the third Presidential Inauguration that THP has been requested to assist,” said Colonel Tracy Trott. “We were honored and excited to be invited back to participate and represent Tennessee in this celebration of our democracy. The magnitude of responsibility was enormous, and the 42 troopers who were selected stepped up to the challenge with extreme professionalism. This was one of those lifelong opportunities they will always remember.”
The THP also assisted with security efforts for the 56th and 57th Presidential Inauguration in January 2009 and 2013.
All expenses for the inaugural detail, including the troopers' salaries, travel, meals, and lodging, will be reimbursed to the department by the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department.
A former Morgan County bail bondsman has pleaded guilty to tax evastion. The Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue conducted the investigation that led to Monday’s guilty plea of James Maxey Rose II to tax evasion, a Class E felony. Rose, 40, was a former bail bondsman for Cumberland Bail Bonding.
Judge Jeffery Wicks accepted Rose’s guilty plea to one count of tax evasion. He was ordered to pay a $50 fine, a $50 contribution to the Fraud and Economic Crime Fund, court costs, and $1,164 in restitution to the State of Tennessee. Rose was placed on one year supervised probation and granted judicial diversion.
“Our state’s tax structure depends on voluntary taxpayer compliance to remit money collected from customers,” Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano said. “Taxpayers who fail to remit collected taxes violate the public trust and the criminal laws of Tennessee. This guilty plea highlights our rigorous and impartial administration of the state’s tax laws.”
A man who was added to the TBI’s ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list in August of last year is now in custody. Jereme Dannuel Little was captured Monday morning in Knoxville.
Little, 41, was wanted by the TBI and the Chattanooga Police Department for Especially Aggravated Kidnapping. He was located this morning at a home on Burns Road in Knoxville. Little was arrested by TBI Special Agents, members of the U.S. Marshals Service Smoky Mountain Fugitive Task Force, deputies with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Knoxville Police Department.
Little is currently being held in the Knox County Jail.
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Livestock producers who had pasture losses due to the recent drought have through January 30, to apply for assistance under the Livestock Forage Disaster Program that is being administered by the Cumberland/Bledsoe County Farm Service Agency (FSA). Persons having questions about this program are urged to visit the office at 314 Old Jamestown Hwy in Crossville or call the office at 931-484-6520 or toll free at 855-216-2802.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to enhance impaired-driving enforcement during the Super Bowl weekend (Friday, Feb. 3 – Sunday, Feb. 5). The THSO’s ”Booze It & Lose It” campaign is a statewide mobilization to prevent impaired-driving crashes, injuries and fatalities.
“We can’t stand to see this tragic loss of life again and again,” said Sheriff Casey Cox. “The hardest part of the job is making that house call and telling a family that their loved one is gone because someone chose to drink and drive. That’s why, during Super Bowl weekend, we will show zero tolerance for drunk drivers on the road. Please find a safe and sober ride.”
During Super Bowl weekend last year, there were 76 crashes and eight fatalities related to impaired driving across Tennessee. This year, motorists will see increased sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols.
A single DUI conviction can cost an individual $5,000 or more, in addition to jail time. An offender could also be required to attend drug and alcohol treatment or to install an ignition interlock device inside his/her vehicle. Any penalty imposed by law pales in comparison to the injury or death of a loved one.