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There was a big buzz at the Chattanooga airport Thursday afternoon after a family arrived at the TSA Security Checkpoint with a large package containing some form of liquid. According to News Channel 9, the family told TSA agents that the package contained honey. However TSA agents would not allow the package on the plane and alerted Chattanooga police. The family was allowed to board and the plane taxied away from the terminal. However Chattanooga police ordered the plane back to the terminal and the family returned for further investigation. The package was opened and confirmed to indeed, be honey. The family was booked on a later flight... without their honey.
Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown and Democratic Rep. John Deberry of Memphis have sponsored a bill that would require all of Tennessee’s law enforcement agencies to adopt written polices to ban racial profiling. Legislation introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly would require all of the state's law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies to ban racial profiling. According to Local8now Kelsey said, "Whether you agree with the decision of Ferguson or not, we should all agree that racial profiling has no place in law enforcement in our state." The Legislaturebegins its annual session on Jan. 13.
Carson-Newman University has announced that Knoxville resident Roy Cockrum, who won the $259.8 million Powerball Lottery earlier this year, has donated $1 million to the University. Local8now reports Cockrum made the gift in honor of his mother, Mildred Knight Cockrum, a 1945 graduate of Carson-Newman. The gift will go toward an already endowed scholarship in her name.
Thursday was a big day for two professors from Roane State Community College in Rockwood, Tennessee. Local8now reports that at 11:28 a.m. Thursday Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain broke the world record for living under water, which was 69 days and 19 minutes. So every minute more they’re below surface means another world record. The two biology professors went underwater on October 3rd, living in Jules' Undersea lodge near Key West, Florida. There they held classes via Skype with students, showing them the wonders of the ocean, and even inviting some big name guests like astronout Buzz Aldrin. Cantrell says he looks forward to getting a haircut after two and a half months. Fain says she misses her dog is going to give him a big hug when she gets home.
Vanessa Coleman is the only woman convicted of helping rape, torture, and murder Channon Christian and Chris Newsom in 2007. She got 35 years in jail and was up for parole. Local8now reports that request was denied Thursday, and she won't have a chance in front of the parole board until December 2020. In her closing statement, Coleman apologized to both Channon Christian and Chris Newsom's families today in court, saying, "I'd like to say I apologize for your losses. If I could have changed things, I would have changed things. But it was not under my control." "I made a mistake hanging out with the wrong people," she added. Gary Christian told reporters that both families are already talking with senators, asking to petition legislators to change Tennessee law about early release for people convicted of crimes.