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The office of Tennessee Secretary of State announced Tuesday its launch of GoVoteTN, a smartphone app now available in the Apple Store and in Google Play. Highlights of the app include: early voting and election day polling locations and hours of operation, Candidate list for upcoming election, navigation to early voting and election day polling locations, county election commission information, and more. The app is free, and allows Tennesseans to be more informed when it comes to elections and election officials. Information in the application is provided by Tennessee county election commissions. To learn more about the GoVoteTN app or elections visit the state's election website at www.GoVoteTN.com.
Prosecutors announced Wednesday that some of the charges against two men in the Holly Bobo case have been dismissed, but they reserve the right to refile them. The dismissed charges are one count of tampering with evidence against John Dylan Adams, and one count of tampering with evidence and one count of accessory after the fact against Mark Pearcy. Adams was charged with tampering with evidence last month after the TBI said he confessed to it. Adams is still charged with two counts of rape, which he was indicted with on Tuesday. The TBI accused Pearcy of withholding a video that supposedly showed Bobo after she disappeared. Pearcy’s attorney e-mailed The Jackson Sun Wednesday saying, "Mr. Mark Pearcy has maintained and continues to maintain his innocence regarding the charges that were dismissed by the District Attorney's Office for the Twenty-Fourth Judicial District. Mr. Pearcy had no involvement in the disappearance of Miss Bobo and at no time had possession or knowledge of any evidence surrounding her disappearance.” The federal firearm charges are still pending against Pearcy. Mark’s brother Jeffery Pearcy still holds his charges of tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact in Hamblem County, though he denies the very existence of a video of Holly Bobo. The dismissed charges against John Dylan Adams and Mark Pearcy were filed under Decatur County General Sessions Court. Charges are still actively being prosecuted against suspects Zach Adams and Jason Autry in the Bobo case. Zach Adams and Autry are charged with the murder and kidnapping of Bobo, a 20-year-old nursing student who disappeared from her Decatur County home in April 2011 and whose remains were found last month. Preliminary hearings in Decatur County General Sessions Court that had been scheduled for Monday for Mark Pearcy and next Wednesday for Dylan Adams have been canceled. Dylan Adams is still scheduled to appear in Circuit Court in Decaturville on Wednesday at 9 a.m. before Circuit Court Judge C. Creed McGinley for his initial appearance on the two counts of rape.
The Tennessee Promise program is in need of mentors. The mentors are key figures in helping guide students through the college admissions process and ensure they complete Tennessee Promise requirements in order to receive the scholarship. Mentors are tasked with contacting their assigned students every two weeks via email, phone or text as the teens transition from high school to college. They will receive training and will help enrollees sign up for classes and with required financial aid paperwork. This is about a one-hour commitment per month. The state originally hoped for 20,000 applicants, but as of now, over 35,000 have applied. The state has not yet reached its goal of 6,000 mentors.
Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Officials released unemployment numbers for the state for September Thursday. The rate in Tennessee fell from 7.4 in August to 7.3 percent in September. The U.S. preliminary rate for September was 5.9 percent, down from 6.1 percent in August. Tennessee's September unemployment rate declined to 7.3 percent after four consecutive months of increasing rates. The largest increases occurred in accommodation/food services, education/health services, and government.
Starbucks has created a way to place orders ahead of time on their smartphones. It will be released nationally next year, but will be available to customers in Portland later this year. The company has been trying to convince people to sign up for its mobile payment app, which helps Starbucks build customer loyalty. Customers who use this app earn reward stars for each purchase, which can be cashed in for free drinks or food. Starbucks will also reward customers who pay with the mobile app or a Starbucks card by selecting 10 such customers to win “Starbucks for Life”, which is a food or drink item every day for 30 years.