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A traffic violation has led to drug charges against a Crossville man. City police stopped 21-year-old Ezequiel Sanchez of Wilson Drive after they observed him driving a 2002 Chevy Malibu at night without taillights. Police say Mr. Sanchez had blood shot eyes and appeared to have been smoking marijuana. His front seat passenger was excessively nervous. After Sanchez denied consent to search is vehicle, a K-9 unit was deployed. The dog alerted to the odor of narcotics in the vehicle and a search revealed 3 grams of pot packaged for sale hidden inside the passenger seat under the upholstery. Sanchez’s car was seized along with his cell phone and $160 cash. Police report that the cell phone had messages indicating that Sanchez was dealing drugs. He was charged with Possession of Marijuana For Sale.
Gov. Bill Haslam says that Tennessee historically has not spent enough on education, but officials are working to change that.
The Commercial Appeal reports Haslam spoke to Memphis educators and business leaders this week about the need for careful allocation of resources.
Haslam says Tennessee is one of the top 10 states now in increased funding toward education.
Several school districts in Tennessee, including Shelby County Schools, are suing the state for what local officials have called a dramatic underfunding of kindergarten-through-12th-grade education. Haslam's budget this year included over $200 million of extra funding.
The Governor also outlined the problems that come with so few Tennessee students being ready for college and also criticized presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for not talking more about education.
It first started out with creepy clown reports in North Carolina, then in Kentucky, and now they are showing up in Tennessee.
WVLT reports that after reported clown sightings went viral in Knoxville, police released a statement, saying officers are taking these threats seriously.
Knoxville police say these sightings are similar to those reported in cities throughout the country. Officers say some people have tried to stage photos in clown suits to add credibility to their claims.
Police in Knoxville said they take threats seriously and will investigate any reported sightings. They also will take action if anyone is caught acting in a dangerous or threatening manner to the public or is caught trying to disrupt the daily activities of business, schools or public spaces.
Authorities in Coffee and Grundy Counties are investigating reports of people dressed up like clowns scaring people.
The Coffee County Sheriff's Department received a call of a possible incident in Summitville concerning a clown cutting an individual. A search of the area failed to turn up any such perpetrator.
The Grundy County Sheriff's Department received two calls Monday night about someone dressed as a clown in the Tracy City area.
Authorities in Grundy County say anyone found scaring or hurting anyone will be arrested. They also stress that anyone filing a false report of such alleged incidents may be prosecuted.
Gerald McCormick, the fiery majority leader of the Tennessee House, says he won't seek another term as the chamber's No. 2 Republican.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that McCormick has informed his colleagues of his decision not to stand for majority leader again following the November elections.
McCormick said he is "incredibly proud" of his time as majority leader and that he will continue to serve the GOP caucus in whatever way his colleagues see fit.
The announcement comes just a little over a month after the Chattanooga Republican first told colleagues he planned to seek a fourth term as majority leader after Republican Rep. Jimmy Matlock of Lenoir City said he would challenge House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville for the top position in the House.
Sportsmen are reminded of changes made for the 2016-17 deer hunting seasons in Tennessee in regard to the definition of antlered deer.
An antlered deer is now defined as any male or female deer with an antler protruding above its hairline. An antlerless deer is now defined as any deer with no antler protruding above its hairline.
The new definition was established by the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission at its season-setting meeting this past May. The definition is also listed with photo examples on page 23 of the 2016-17 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide as produced by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Male fawns with no antler protruding above the hairline do not count toward a hunter’s antlered bag limit, rather toward the hunter’s antlerless bag limits. Deer having already shed their antlers and does without antlers are also considered antlerless.
Male fawns with an antler protruding above the hairline do count toward a hunter’s antlered bag limit, since the deer does have antler(s) as opposed to hair covered pedicles (i.e., antler attachment point to the skull). Velvet antlered deer are also considered antlered.
The statewide archery season for deer is Sept. 24-Oct. 28. The first of two Young Sportsman hunts is Oct. 29-30. Archery season resumes Oct. 31-Nov. 4. Archery/muzzleloader season is Nov. 5-18.
Gun/muzzleloader/archery season has the traditional opening date of the Saturday before Thanksgiving which this year is Nov. 19. The season runs through Jan. 8, 2017. An antlerless hunt on private lands is Jan. 9-13 in Unit L counties only while the final Young Sportsman hunt is Jan. 14-15.
Anterless bag limits in archery season are three per day in Unit L while Unit A, B, C, and D have a bag limit of four. The antlered bag limit is two for the license year.
Unit C and D are new management units this year. Unit C includes Cocke, Grainger, Greene, Hamblen, Jefferson, Unicoi, Union, and Washington counties. Unit D includes the four counties of Blount, Monroe, Polk, and Sevier.
For the exact boundaries of the different deer units and license requirements, hunters can refer to the 2016-17 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide, available where hunting and fishing licenses are sold and at all TWRA offices. The guide can also be viewed at TWRA’s website at www.tnwildlife.org.