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Waver Rider At The Island in Pigeon Forge Will Be Removed
WVLT/Peg Broadcasting News Thursday July 20, 2017

According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce, the Wave Rider attraction at The Island in Pigeon Forge will be permanently removed after an 8-year-old girl fell off of the ride Saturday, WVLT reports. Witnesses say the girl?s door sprang open and she flew off the ride and hit her spine. She was able to roll herself over and was talking and alert before she was rushed to UT Medical Center. The extent of her injuries has not been released.

 


Jake Butcher Dies
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday July 19, 2017

Infamous banker Jake Butcher died Wednesday morning. Born in 1936, Butcher, a Democrat, made an unsuccessful bid for governor of Tennessee in 1978 and was defeated by Republican Lamar Alexander. He was a key player in bringing the 1982 World's Fair to Knoxville. It was also in 1982 that federal authorities raided the banking operation that Jake Butcher ran with his brother C.H. Butcher, Jr. The brothers were sent to prison for fraud and mismanagement. Jake Butcher was sentenced to 20-years and was paroled in 1992. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

 


Michael Quinn Dale's Attorney Seek Mental Evaluation For Client
Jared Cerullo Wednesday July 19, 2017

Another delay in the court proceedings against a Crossville man accused of shooting a friend over a video game. Attorneys for 26 year-old Michael Quinn Dale said yesterday that they were in the process of obtaining a mental evaluation for the defendant. The judge delayed the proceedings until September. Dale is being held on a 100-thousand dollar bond in the killing of 21 year-old Kelsey Brady at Dale's home. Police have said a small group of people were in Dale's house playing video games when a fight broke out.

 


TN Dept. of Children's Services Free of Federal Oversight
AP Wednesday July 19, 2017

After more than 16 years, the Tennessee Department of Children's Services is free of federal oversight from a 2001 settlement over its treatment of foster care children. On Tuesday, Gov. Bill Haslam announced that a federal judge approved an agreement in the lawsuit filed by the nonprofit Children's Rights against the department. Haslam's office said the state worked for years with a committee of nationally recognized child welfare experts who served as the federal court's monitor.

 


Suit Claims Tennessee Breaking Federal Law By Reducing Medicaid Reimbursements For People With Bleeding Disorders
AP Wednesday July 19, 2017

A Tennessee lawsuit claims the state is breaking federal law and putting people with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia in great danger by reducing reimbursements for prescription blood-clotting drugs through its Medicaid program. Last week's lawsuit claims that at least seven specialty pharmacies aiding about half of TennCare's bleeding disorder patients will have to withdraw from serving them and close Tennessee operations if new reimbursement methods aren't blocked.

 

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