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Thursday
Nov202014

Hillary Clinton in Memphis for Dedication of New Building at St. Jude's Children's Hospital

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- Former first lady Hillary Clinton was in Memphis on Thursday to visit St. Jude's Children's Hospital for the dedication of the Marlo Thomas Center for Global Education and Collaboration.

Clinton previously attended the dedication of St. Jude's Patient Care Center in 1994 as the First Lady of the United States.

The Marlo Thomas Center, named for St. Jude National Outreach Director Marlo Thomas, sits on top of the world's first proton therapy center solely designed for and dedicated to the treatment of children. Clinton tweeted a photo of her visit, with several children.

 



The center is part of a new $200 million building on the campus erected to "usher in a new era of research, education, collaboration, care and treatment for children with cancer." Thomas herself called the building "the celebration of a generation."

 


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Thursday
Nov202014

Tennessee Unemployment Rate Drops, but Can't Keep Pace with National Rate

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce announced on Thursday that the state's unemployment rate fell to 7.1 percent in October.

The figures were a small drop from September's revised rate of 7.3 percent.

The state unemployment rate has dropped by a full percentage point in the last year, from 8.1 percent to 7.1 percent.

Still, Tennessee's unemployment rate was higher than the national rate of 5.8 percent.


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Thursday
Nov202014

Haslam Names New General Counsel

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Knoxville attorney Dwight Tarwater has been added to the governor's senior team as general counsel.

Gov. Bill Haslam announced that Tarwater, 59, will replace Herbert Slatery, who left the post last month to become the state's attorney general.

Tarwater's first day on the new job will be Dec. 8.


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Wednesday
Nov192014

Man, 71, Pleads Guilty to Theft of Services

Shelby County District Attorney(MEMPHIS, Tenn.)  -- A 71-year-old man who talked his way into living in an $800,000 home and then arranged for more than $200,000 in improvements that he never paid for has pleaded guilty to eight felony theft charges.

John Fisher moved into the home in Cordova, Tenn. in 2004, and for the next nine years promised the owner he would close on the sale when the banks released millions he allegedly made in construction projects for the Central Intelligence Agency, according to the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.

Fisher convinced contractors that the 8,000 sq. ft. home was his, that he was worth millions, and that they would be paid in full when the numerous home-improvement jobs were completed.

Officials say that victims included a roofing company, an appliance store, a gate company, a plaster company, two electrical companies, a swimming pool company and a pest-control company.

When entering his guilty plea on Tuesday, the 71-year-old was given a sentence of ten years in prison.

Fisher is expected to ask a criminal court judge for probation in a hearing on Dec. 16, according to the DA’s office.


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Wednesday
Nov192014

Lebanon Man Charged with Theft from Stepfather’s Estate

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A Lebanon resident has been arrested and charged with theft from his stepfather’s estate after a five-month investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Roger Dale Garrison, 56, was arrested by agents on Tuesday after he was indicted on Nov. 5 by a Sumner County Grand Jury on charges of financial transactions from felony theft proceeds and theft of property.

TBI Agents began to investigate Garrison back in June after they learned of possible fraudulent activity when he served as the power of attorney for his stepfather, Talmadge Owen, and his mother, Agnes Owen.

Between October 2009 and December 2010, authorities say that Garrison moved a Certificate of Deposit valued at about $140,000 to a Westmoreland bank account in his name, and wrote himself checks from Talmadge’s account for more than a year after the death of his stepfather.

The 56-year-old is being held at the Sumner County jail on a $10,000 bond.


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