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Residents of Rhea and McMinn County Charged with TennCare Fraud Broadcasting News Monday September 18, 2017

Residents of Rhea and McMinn County are charged with TennCare fraud. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Robin Deann Martz, 37, of Athens and Johnny Sizemore, Jr., 23 of Dayton. The arrests bring the total number of people arrested for TennCare fraud to 2,900 since the OIG began investigating and pursuing this criminal activity.

Robin Deann Martz, also known as Robin Eaves is charged with three counts of TennCare fraud by doctor shopping, which involves going to multiple doctors in a short period of time to obtain prescription drugs. She?s accused of using TennCare to doctor shop for the painkillers Morphine, Hydrocodone and Oxycodone.

In a separate arrest in Rhea County, Johnny Sizemore is charged in connection with using his brother?s TennCare benefits to obtain medical treatment.

TennCare fraud is a Class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison.


Highway Safety Office Promotes National Child Passenger Safety Week
THSO/Peg Broadcasting News Monday September 18, 2017

The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) is promoting National Child Passenger Safety Week to educate parents and caregivers on proper methods to secure and protect child passengers. Today through September,23, 2017, fitting stations across Tennessee will host car seat checks and outreach events to spread awareness and increase education throughout local communities.

Area Fitting Station events:

Monday, September 18
--Putnam County EMS - 5 pm to 7 pm, Park View Elementary, 545 Scott Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501

Thursday, September 21
--Safe Journey - 9:30 am to 11:30 am, Clarkrange Head Start, 1399 Franklin Loop, Clarkrange, TN 38553

--Safe Journey - 1 pm to 3 pm, Jamestown Head Start, 1201 6th Ave., Jamestown, TN 38556

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two out of three car seats are misused. Every 33 seconds in 2015, a child under 13 was involved in a crash. According to the NHTSA, motor vehicle crashes are a leading killer of children, and fatalities are on the rise. Additionally, 2015 data provided by the NHTSA showed that approximately 25.8 percent of children ages four to seven, who should be riding in booster seats, were prematurely moved to seat belts. 11.6 percent were unbuckled altogether.

The THSO reminds parents and caregivers to always register car seats and booster seats with the car seat manufacturer to receive notifications in the event of a recall.


Crossville Airport Open House and Fly-In Sat., Sept. 30
Peg Broadcasting News Monday September 18, 2017

The Crossville Memorial Airport Open House and Fly-in will be Saturday, September 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there is no admission charge. Register for a free ride on the P51 Mustang or the Cobra or the Huey H1 Copter! Kids inflatables and food and refreshments available. Fun for the whole family! Bring your lawn chairs and umbrellas. For more information call 931-484-5016.


TBI Agents Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting in Roane County
TBI/Peg Broadcasting News Sunday September 17, 2017

TBI Agents are investigating the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting that occurred Saturday morning in Harriman. Preliminary information indicates the incident occurred at approximately 10:30 a.m. ET, when deputies with the Roane County Sheriff's Office responded to an incident at 352 Mays Valley Road. Deputies arriving at the scene were confronted with a male individual with a weapon, and that man, since identified as 43-year-old David Daugherty, was shot during that confrontation. Daugherty was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment. No deputies were injured during the incident. The investigation is on-going and the TBI did not identify the officers involved.


Oak Ridge man admits to killing dad's dog, setting living room on fire
WVLT Sunday September 17, 2017

A father believes his son entered his home, beat and killed his dog, damaged the television and set fire on the living room floor, according to the Oak Ridge Police Department.

Police said the killing and destruction happened Friday around 5:39 a.m. at the home of 19-year-old Skyler Griffin's dad, in the 200 block of Villanova Road.

When officers arrived to the residence, they found Griffin inside and took him to the police department for questioning.

Investigators said Griffin admitted he walked to and entered his father?s residence, beat and stabbed his father?s dog to death and set fire to items on the living room floor before walking back to his own residence.

Griffin was arrested and charged with aggravated arson, aggravated cruelty to animals and vandalism.

Griffin was taken to the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton and is being held on a $86,000 bond.


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