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Governor Haslam to Memorialize Seven Service Members Thursday May 26, 2016

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee Military Department Adjutant General, Major General Terry “Max” Haston will memorialize seven service members who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the Armed Forces.

Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan, Staff Sergeant David Wyatt, Sergeant Carson Holmquist and Lance Corporal Squire Wells were killed in a terrorist attack at the Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Chattanooga on July 16, 2015. Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith was critically injured in the shooting and later died from his injuries on July 18, 2015.

First Lieutenant Alexander Bonnyman was killed on November 22, 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa, but his remains were not recovered and identified until June, 2015. The Medal of Honor recipient was laid to rest in Knoxville on September 27, 2015.

Sergeant Gary Reese was killed on August 13, 2005 when the Humvee he was riding in during a mission in Iraq was struck by an improvised explosive device that killed Reese and two other soldiers. Gary Reese, Sr. and Cathy Reese will receive the Gold Star Family Proclamation on Friday, May 27 at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) at War Memorial Plaza in downtown, Nashville. In case of inclement weather, the event will be relocated to the second floor of the State Capitol.


Knoxville named one of the most drug riddled cities in country
WVLT Thursday May 26, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Which cities in the United States are most devastated by the opioid epidemic? A website called says Knoxville is in the top ten, along with three cities in Ohio.

The website listed the following cities as the worst when it comes to overdoses:

1. Dayton, OH

2. Baltimore, MD.

3. Philadelphia, PA

4. New Bedford, MA

5. Birmingham, AL

6. Cincinnati,OH

7. Warren, MI

8. Knoxville, TN

9. Albuquerque, NM

10. Toledo, OH

Website analysts looked at data from the CDC and state health departments to create the list of cities most affected by the ongoing heroin and opioid epidemic plaguing the country.

"It's really sad and shocking to see how this opioid epidemic is destroying lives across the country", said Jennifer McDonald, an Arrest analyst. "Communities large and small are being torn apart, and this map and data really shows how bad it is".


'Be Nice' campaign could become state license plate
AP Thursday May 26, 2016

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) -- A Nashville-area school district's "Be Nice" anti-bullying campaign could be about to spread all the way to state license plates.

The Tennessean reports that Tennessee license plates emblazoned with the Williamson County school district's "Be Nice" logo are being offered as part of an online presale for $36.05.

Twelve dollars of each purchase will go to a Williamson County public school of the buyer's choice, with the funds to be used to promote the anti-bullying campaign.

The district must pre-sell at least 1,000 license plates by Nov.1 to begin production.

Kenrose Elementary School parent Carla Green says she worked with state Sen. Jack Johnson of Franklin to get the license plate approved by the state legislature.

UPDATE! Man Charged in Nikki Burgess Case Appeared in Court Wednesday

UPDATE! Man Charged in Nikki Burgess Case Appeared in Court Wednesday
WKRN/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday May 25, 2016

The man charged with the murder of a missing Hermitage mom appeared in court today, Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Caleb Cannon appeared before a Nashville judge for a status hearing. No trial date was set. Monday marked two years since Burgess, 36, formerly of Crossville, disappeared. The body of the pin-up model has never been found. Cannon, who is the father of Burgess’ young son, was taken into custody in October 2015. Detectives believe Cannon killed Burgess in her Hermitage home in May 2014, put her body in his truck and then disposed of her. The body of the pin-up model has never been found. On Wednesday, the judge moved to seal all of the testimony and documents involving Burgess’ child. Caleb Cannon has pleaded not guilty to his charges. His next hearing date has been set for June 8.


Four persons charged after attempt at shoplifting
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday May 25, 2016

City Police were called to investigate the shoplifting of almost $400 worth of sporting goods items from WalMart. Police were advised that the suspect had fled on foot to the parking lot of Rent-A-Center where another male subject, driving a Dodge Ram pickup, picked up the fleeing suspect. Off duty patrolman, Jared South, approached the suspects and asked them to stop. According to reports, the suspects disregarded the request and fled east on Interstate Drive. The suspects continued on Interstate Drive even after striking another vehicle in the rear. The pursuit ended when they wrecked near the VF Outlet Mall. The driver and 3 passengers fled on foot but were apprehended shortly thereafter. Charged in the incident was 29 year old Adam Lee Morgan of Baker Lane; 21 year old Blake Edward Sims of Browns Creek Drive; 21 year old Casey Tyler Lightsey of Browns Creek Drive and 18 year old Hunter Cain Holderman of Rugby Street.


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