Man Sentenced for Distributing Child Porn

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A Memphis man has been sentenced to 151 months in federal prison for distributing child pornography.

The U.S. Attorney's office reports that investigators had determined that 24-year-old Kevin Davis was in possession of images of children "being sexually assaulted or otherwise engaging in sexually explicit conduct."

According to the attorney's office, Davis admitted to "using a peer-to-peer file-sharing program to make the illicit images available to others."

As well as his 151 month sentence, Davis will also have to serve five years of supervised release and pay $2,400 in restitution to identified victims.

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Gov. Haslam Announces $14 Million in State Grants for Shelby County

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- Gov. Bill Haslam announced $14 million in state grants for Shelby County to "enhance" parks and recreation, improve energy efficiency and make Walker Avenue more pedestrian friendly.

The funds are expected to come from the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

"These types of projects strengthen our communities," Gov. Haslam said on Wednesday. "Increasing energy efficiencies saves taxpayer dollars, and making our cities more pedestrian-friendly and enhancing our parks and recreation areas improves the lives of Tennesseans."

The funds will be put to use on projects in Memphis, Arlington, Collierville and Germantown, the state says.

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Invasive Pest Causes Quarantines in Seven More Counties

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- Seven more Tennessee counties have been placed under quarantine due to the possible presence of an invasive insect that destroys ash trees, bringing the total number of affected counties around the state to 34.

According to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, the Emerald Ash Borer was confirmed to be present in Fentress, Morgan and Rhea counties, with quarantines extended to Clay, Macon, Overton and Pickett counties out of precaution.

The insect is destructive and has spread to 24 states since it was introduced to the United States in the 1990s. It was first found in Tennessee in 2010.

Residents are urged not to transport firewood, to use local firewood and burn all firewood before leaving a camp site.

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Former School Employee Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud, Tax Fraud

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A woman from Humboldt, Tenn. pleaded guilty on Wednesday to wire and tax fraud.

The U.S. Attorney's Office reports that 33-year-old Jessica Pinkerton transferred University School of Jackson funds to her personal account bank account while she was working as a financial services manager at the school.

Pinkerton also reportedly filed an IRS form reporting that her earned income was $29,321 when it actually was $195,689.71.

Pinkerton faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.

As a part of her plea agreement, Pinkerton owes restitution of $606,375.33 to the University School of Jackson and $143,168.37 to the IRS.

Her sentencing is set for Oct. 23.

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Memphis Police Investigating Man Found Dead in SUV Near Airport

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- Police are investigating the discovery of a man found dead inside a car near Memphis International Airport, reports the Commercial Appeal.

The victim was found in an SUV around 3 a.m. after police say they received a "suspicious person" call, according to the Appeal. Authorities say the man was shot to death and pronounced dead at the scene. The victim has yet to be publicly identified.

No arrests have been made. The case remains under investigation.

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