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Friday
Aug012014

Cordova Woman Pleads Guilty to $30,000 Theft from Housing Authority 

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A Cordova woman pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing government funds by giving false information to the Memphis Housing Authority.

Janet Wheeler, 48, was part of the Housing Choice Voucher Program between 2009 and 2011. During this time, she received more than $30,000 in federal housing assistance to which she was not entitled, according to the United States Attorney's Office.

Wheeler faces a maximum of 10 years in prison, along with a $250,000 fine.


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Friday
Aug012014

Four People from Tennessee Injured in Alabama Plane Crash

(HELENA, Ala.) -- Four people from Tennessee have been hospitalized after a plane they were in crashed in Alabama on Thursday.

The plane went down on Thursday afternoon in Helena, Ala. According to published reports, authorities said the small aircraft was flying from Panama City, Fla. to Tennessee, when engine trouble forced the pilot to try to make an emergency landing at an airport in Bessemer, Ala., with the plane then crashing.

The four people have been identified in published reports as: Andy Smith, Dan Smith, Sharon Smith and a 17-year-old girl, all of Tennessee. They were taken to area hospitals for treatment.


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Friday
Aug012014

Officials: District-Level TCAP Results Show 'Need for Improvement'

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Department of Education released its district-level test results from 2014's state Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) on Wednesday, indicating room for improvement in reading levels.

Similar to state results, officials said districts performed well in most high school subjects. Reading for grades 3-8 dropped slightly, however throughout Tennessee the results in math, science, and social studies were "largely flat" or showed slight growth.

“Students are learning to do more advanced writing, citing evidence from the text, and showing their work in math, and we know that this work is important to get our students ready for post-secondary opportunities and the workforce," said Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. "While the TCAP remains a multiple choice test that doesn’t reach all of these skills, we are pleased that there continues to be progress in most subject areas."

"As I have conversations with superintendents across the state, I hear the same thing over and over again: teachers are working hard, instruction keeps getting better, and students are learning at a higher level,” he continued.


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Thursday
Jul312014

Shelby County Uses Cameras to Curb Illegal Dumping 

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- The Shelby County government is using hidden cameras to catch individuals illegally dumping trash, officials announced Wednesday.

The surveillance also aims to find those inappropriately unloading tree limbs and construction debris.

Installation of the new devices began last week at a cost of $18,000. 

Within a day, a camera showed a woman tossing debris in the Northhaven area.

Shelby County Public Works Director Tom Needham said the camera prices are a small cost compared to the $100,000 spent last year to remove 320 tons of illegally dumped garbage on county-owned vacant lots and roadsides.

"This is an important addition to our fight against blight.  The cameras are giving us 24-hour presence in areas known for illegal dumping," said Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. "Additionally, we continually work closely with neighborhood leaders and concerned citizens to develop leads about problem areas."


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Thursday
Jul312014

Update: Fugitive Caught After Two Days on 'Most Wanted' List

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A Sevierville man spent just two days on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s "Most Wanted" list before being captured.

Nathan McCollum was taken into custody by authorities early Thursday morning at a location on Goodson Street in Morristown, according to the TBI.

McCollum, 31, was wanted for violating probation for attempted aggravated kidnapping, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, violation of an order of protection, and several counts of theft and traffic charges, officials said.

Authorities accuse McCollum of removing his GPS monitor on July 13, after being discharged from a drug treatment program in Alabama. The monitor was found the following day by police in Chattanooga.


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