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Former UT Foundation Executive Bruce Downsbrough will stay behind bars until his August trial. Downsbrough appeared in federal court Monday for a bond hearing, which he was denied, after the but the judge said he was a danger to society and a flight risk. Downsbrough was fired from the UT Foundation after being charged with three counts of receiving child porn, one count of possessing child porn and one count of facilitation. KPD investigator Tom Evans says Downsbrough told him he molested two underage boys in Colorado back in the 80s and maybe one boy when Downsbrough was 18 years old. Evans said Downsbrough told investigators he had child porn on his computer because he didn't want to molest any more children. In his words, the porn was his "crutch". Downsbrough was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the UT Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises money for the university.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will allow fishing without a license in the public waters on Saturday. The annual event is part of an effort aimed primarily at youngsters to increase interest in fishing in the state. Children ages 13 through 15 will able to fish without a license through June 14. The TWRA stocks several thousand pounds of fish for various events associated with the free fishing day. A basic 1-day fishing license for state residents costs $5.50, while an annual hunting and fishing license costs $28. No permit is required for children younger than 13.
Fishermen who caught the attention of federal lawmakers have preserved access to fishing below dams at Center Hill and other tributaries on the Cumberland River in Tennessee and Kentucky. President Obama has signed a new law blocking the Army Corps of Engineers from erecting barriers to prevent fishing in the tail waters. Those tail waters are prime fishing spots. Local officials said the restrictions would have hurt tourism in the area. The Freedom to Fish Act puts a two-year moratorium on any barriers that would block access to tail waters. A proposal to permanently ban barriers is pending in the House of Representatives.
Fourth District Congressman Scott DesJarlais could have faced stiffer penalties for engaging in sex with patients if the charge had been more current. The head of the state's Medical Disciplinary Board recently imposed a $500 fine against DesJarlais in the wake of information that was made public last year. Officials say the fine would have been higher if the charges resulted from activity in the last year or so and not 13 years ago. DesJarlais could have faced suspension of his license. The head of the disciplinary board said he would have considered an ethics course or probation, but opted for the fine since the allegations stem back to 2000. The Congressman did not contest the fine.
Tennesseans who have not taken the GED® high school equivalency test or who have passed some but not all parts of the GED® have only the remainder of 2013 to earn their high school credential under the current test structure. According to officials, beginning January 1, 2014, partial test scores will be invalid and will not transfer to the new high school equivalency test. At that time, Tennesseans will have a choice of taking either the new 2014 GED® test or an alternative high school equivalency test designed by the Educational Testing Service called HiSET® in order to earn a high school equivalency diploma. According to the GED® Testing Service, more than a million adults nationwide have started but not finished the current GED® test. Last year, more than 9,000 Tennesseans earned GED® diplomas, but Tennessee still has more than 930,000 adults without a high school diploma or its equivalent.