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Authorities have taken the uncle of Muhammed Abdulazeez into custody in Jordan. The man was seized the day after the attacks in Chattanooga that left five U.S. servicemen dead. According to reports, family members have not been allowed to see him since he was apprehended. Other family members in Jordan are also being questioned. Abdulazeez, who was of Palestinian origin, was born in Kuwait and grew up in the United States, but has relatives in Jordan and the West Bank.
Two members of Tennessee's football team were removed from the 2015 roster as announced on Tuesday. Local 8 Now reports that Defensive back Devaun Swafford had to end his career early due to medical issues, but will stay on the sideline as a student coach. Swafford is best known for his interception for a touchdown at Florida in 2013 and his 13-yard touchdown off a blocked punt against Georgia also in the 2013 season.
Another Vol not with the team is South Doyle standout Jocquez Bruce. Although the freshman hasn't played a snap as a Vol, he was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team policy on Tuesday. (Image Courtesy WVLT)
Cummins Falls state park in Jackson County has become very popular in the three year since it opened to the public. However, in that time, the park just north of Cookeville has also garnered the reputation of being very dangerous after three drowning deaths and almost 100 injury-related emergency calls. Thatís put a strain on Jackson Countyís emergency response resources. Jackson Countyís Emergency Management Director, Keith Bean, thinks more rangers at the park would reduce the number of accidents. Cummins Falls currently has only two park rangers. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation says it is looking into the possibility of moving rangers from other parks to Cummins and the agency is also working on warning signs and adding safety information to the parkís website.
Armed citizens are standing guard at some military recruitment centers in Tennessee. Maryville and Murfreesboro are two such recruitment centers where the citizens say they will protect recruiters until the President allows them to carry guns. Meanwhile, firearm sales have significantly increased in Tennessee, especially at gun stores near Chattanooga, as people fear more gun control laws may be on the horizon.
The Cumberland County Clay Crushers traveled to Sparta, Illinois last week to compete in the 2015 Scholastic Clay Target Program and Scholastic Pistol Program National Championships. Over 2,800 athletes from 28 states participated in this event. Competing in trap, skeet, sporting clays and handicap trap, the Clay Crushers claimed four squad and ten individual awards ranking from 1st to 5th in the Nation. Squads receiving awards were: Varsity and Junior Varsity in trap. Intermediate Advanced in trap and sporting clays. Individuals receiving awards were: Justin Reed and Carey Garrison in sporting clays , Alex Petty and Carey Garrison in handicap trap, Taylor Webb, Maci Gernt, Carey Garrison and Wesley Stover in trap, and Taylor Webb and Carey Garrison in skeet. As a team the Clay Crushers ranked 8th in the Nation Over-All. (Photo Courtesy Starr Stone)