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In-state Tuition for Illegal Immigrants Debated
AP Monday April 10, 2017

Twenty states already offer cheaper in-state college tuition to students who are in the United States illegally.

Legislation making its way through the Tennessee Legislature would make Tennessee the 21st.

Supporters in states where the tuition benefit is available say the policy has boosted Latino enrollment and has helped these students contribute to the economy. Opponents say the policy wrongly rewards immigrants who entered the country illegally.

The debate has been revived in some states as President Donald Trump pursues tougher immigration policies.

 


Three officers airlifted to hospital following disturbance at Tennessee prison
WVLT Monday April 10, 2017

Three officers were flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, following a major disturbance inside a Tennessee state prison Sunday around 4:00 p.m., according to the Tennessee Department of Correction.

TDOC reported three corrections officers were assaulted at Turney Center Industrial Complex in Hickman County. Turney Center Industrial Complex houses approximately 1,500, most of which are under medium security.
Two patients are in critical condition; one is in stable condition.
Authorities with the TDOC said the incident involved 16 inmates in one housing unit at the prison.

The housing unit has been placed on lockdown, and the inmates involved will be charged appropriately following the end of the investigation, according to TDOC.
Visitation at the prison was canceled on Monday, April 10.

 
Family Members of Man Charged in Homicide Arrested in Ongoing Investigation


Family Members of Man Charged in Homicide Arrested in Ongoing Investigation
TBI Saturday April 8, 2017

In a joint investigation with the McMinnville Police Department, Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for the mother and grandparents of a homicide suspect, who are accused of trying to hinder the ongoing investigation.

At the request of 31st District Attorney General Lisa Zavogiannis, TBI Special Agents began investigating the homicide of Barry Cole on February 6th, the same day authorities discovered the man’s body in his home on Lind Street in McMinnville. During the course of the investigation, investigators developed information leading to Wesley Leverett (DOB 3-12-91) as the individual responsible for the crime. On February 18th, authorities arrested Leverett and charged him with one count of Criminal Homicide. As the investigation progressed, authorities subsequently determine Leverett’s mother, Debra Daniels (DOB 11-12-62, LEFT BELOW), and his grandparents, Charles (DOB 11-22-34) and Dorothy Daniels (DOB 1-4-38), attempted to hinder the criminal investigation into this matter.

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the Warren County Grand Jury returned indictments, charging each with one count of Accessory After the Fact and one count of Tampering with Evidence. Friday,April 7, 2017 officers from the McMinnville Police Department arrested the three and booked them into the Warren County Jail, where at the time of this arrest, Charles and Dorothy were each being held on $15,000 bond and Debra, who authorities also charged with Resisting Arrest following today’s exchange with McMinnville officers, was being held on $35,000 bond.

(Photo courtesy TBI)

 
Livingston Man Indicted on Sex-Related Charges


Livingston Man Indicted on Sex-Related Charges
TBI Saturday April 8, 2017

An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the indictment of an Overton County man on sexual battery and sexual exploitation charges involving a minor.

At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, on November 15, 2016, Special Agents began investigating Clayton Wesley Copeland on complaints on sex-related allegations involving a minor victim. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that identified Copeland as the individual responsible for the sexual battery and sexual exploitation of the victim.

On Tuesday,April 4, 2017 the Overton County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Copeland (DOB 3/12/1998) with one count of Aggravated Sexual Battery and one count of Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor. Copeland was served on the charges today at the Overton County Jail, where he is being held on unrelated charges. His bond is set at $75,000.

(Photo Courtesy TBI)

 


Distracted Driving Enforcement Bus Tour Kicks Off in Cookeville on April 13
TN Dept. of Safety & Homeland Security Friday April 7, 2017

On Thursday, April 13, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) and the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will partner with local law enforcement in Cookeville for Tennessee’s first statewide distracted driving enforcement bus tour to support National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The THP will provide a large, painted bus to transport law enforcement partners as they observe motorists for traffic violations. Officers within the bus will communicate to patrol vehicles on the road for execution of enforcement action. Throughout the tour, the THSO will be using #ThumbsDownTN to promote its third annual Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving campaign. The THSO, THP Cookeville District, Cookeville Police Department and the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office will all take part in this campaign. : Statewide Distracted Driving Enforcement Bus Tour will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 at the THP District 6 Headquarters – Cookeville 1291 S. Walnut Avenue Cookeville, TN 38501.

 

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