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A White County Man who robbed the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy at gun point last September has received 11 years in prison. Judge David Patterson issued the sentence to 57-year-old Thomas Samuel Copeland yesterday (Monday) in Cumberland County Criminal Court. Copeland was arrested in record time after police received an excellent description of the suspect and his vehicle. When officers captured Copeland, they recovered the weapon and prescription drugs stolen from the crime scene.
Tennessee is seeing an increased demand for the latest edition of the state's Blue Book, which is dedicated to former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt and includes a special orange version. The Blue Book, which comes out every two years, is Tennessee's definitive manual on state government. Secretary of State Tre Hargett said the state is releasing over 50,000 blue versions of the book and 22,000 copies in Tennessee orange. At a dedication ceremony Friday, Summitt received her own orange Blue Book signed by Governor Haslam and all the state's constitutional officers and state lawmakers.
Gas prices finished February with the largest increase since July. The national average rose 21 days in a row reaching 17 cents per gallon over the course of the month. The nation's gas prices averaged $3.34 a gallon in February, the cheapest monthly average since 2011. AAA is forecasting the price of gas will continue to rise well into March and April.
The Tennessee State Senate passed the amended version of the House's wine in grocery stores bill, meaning the bill is now headed to the governor's desk. The bill would allow municipalities to hold referendums on whether grocery stores can sell wine. Stores could then start selling wine in 2016 if the voters approve it. Governor Bill Haslam has indicated he will sign the bill.
The Stone Memorial vs Blackman Sub State Basketball Game will he game will be played tonight (Tuesday) at 7pm CST. A pep rally will occur at 6pm in the auxiliary gym. The Game will air on Mix 99.3 and online at Mix 993.com. Come and support the SMHS Panthers!