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Wednesday
Oct012014

Man Threatens Employer with Ku Klux Klan Message 

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A Nashville man pleaded guilty Monday to threatening an ex-employer after sending a message across the front of a Ku Klux Klan publication.

Daniel Puckett, 58, worked as a temporary employee at Unilever Corporation in Covington, Tennessee. After he was released by the company, he sent a "threatening communication" written on the front of a KKK title called The Torch, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Calling out his ex-supervisor, the statement read, "We have space for you and your family under a big oak tree." Inside the publication, it was written that the supervisor wanted to attend the "National Klan Congress."

"Today’s guilty plea reflects the vile nature of the threatening communication Daniel Puckett sent to his fellow co-worker," U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III said. "The U.S. Attorney’s Office will continue to vigorously prosecute those who commit heinous acts like Puckett’s, as there is simply no room in a civilized society for this kind of hateful conduct."

Puckett faces a maximum of five years in prison, along with a $250,000 fine and supervised release.


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Wednesday
Oct012014

Gun, Brass Knuckles Found at Hamilton High School

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A gun and brass knuckles were recovered from two students at Hamilton High School on Tuesday.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office reports that a 15-year old boy brought a semi automatic .25 caliber pistol to school. The gun had one round in the chamber and two in the magazine.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the 10th grader said he brought the gun for protection because of a fight.

Another student, a 14-year old boy, was caught with brass knuckles.

Both students were taken into custody and charged with possession of a weapon on school property.


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Tuesday
Sep302014

State Safety Officials Encourage Cyber Security Awareness 

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- State safety officials are encouraging citizens to protect themselves against potential cyber threats and crime in observance of National Cyber Security Awareness month in October.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security advises residents to use strong passwords, install regular updates on devices, use a pop-up blocker, and make sure sites are secure before entering personal and financial information.

"Cyber security should be a priority for all Tennesseans. Today, it has become increasingly difficult to ‘unplug’, as modern technology is now an everyday part of our lives," Safety Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.  "We must take the necessary precautions to protect our finances, identity and privacy."

Officials ask individuals to report any suspicious activity to local law enforcement or the state's Homeland Security Office.

For more tips on cyber threat protection, visit the Tennessee Department of Safety website.


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Tuesday
Sep302014

Woman Sentenced to 25 Years for Boyfriend's Shooting Death 

Shelby County District Attorney(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A 20-year-old woman pleaded guilty Monday in the 2012 Whitehaven shooting death of her boyfriend.

ReKeia Gates received a 25-year prison sentence with no possibility for parole.

In December 2012, police found 21-year-old Jerry Allen shot dead in his car. Four days after the incident, Gates turned herself in and admitted to the crime, citing abuse from her boyfriend.


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Tuesday
Sep302014

George Jones Museum Is Coming to Nashville

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A George Jones Museum is coming to Nashville, his widow Nancy announced Monday.

The museum will also include a gift shop, restaurant, event space, and music venue.

Jones said, "We hope that this will draw George's friends and fans worldwide to our great city. George and I made this our home, and he would be happy to know that we found a home to continue his legacy in the heart of Music City."
 
The four-story museum will be built at 128 and 130 N Second Avenue.


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