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Dept. of Agriculture Launches Mobile App

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- The Tennessee Department of Agriculture launched a new mobile app on Wednesday that will help Tennesseans find locally-grown farms, farm products and farmers markets.

The app is available on the iTunes and Google Play stores and is part of the agency's Pick Tennessee Products campaign. Users can search by item, region or season and can use the app to find directions to their destination.

TDA Commissioner Julius Johnson said that the Pick Tennessee Products campaign "has thrived for 28 years not only by providing real and valuable services, but also by having the flexibility to adapt to change."

The Pick Tennessee Products campaign was the state's first consumer product available on the web.

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Eviction Turns Fiery; Homeowner Arrested

(SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn.) -- A 48-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after things got a bit heated in Shelby County during an eviction.

The incident happened on the 4500 block of Cedar Leaf Cove, where a private process server told officers from the Shelby County Sheriff's Office that he had been overseeing an eviction when one of the homeowners arrived on the scene allegedly intoxicated and angry.

"At one point, the suspect went into the garage and picked up a can of gasoline and began pouring it over the removed property at the curb setting it on fire," the Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

Firefighters put out the flames and Mark Chidester was arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated assault, setting fire to personal property, simple assault, and resisting arrest.

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Man Arrested for Breaking into National Civil Rights Museum

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- Memphis police arrested a man for allegedly breaking into the National Civil Rights Museum Tuesday night.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that Dexter Anderson reportedly threw rocks into second-floor windows, climbed in, and slept in a bed in a Martin Luther King Jr. exhibit.

Anderson, 33, was caught by a security guard and taken into custody.

He was charged with criminal trespass and vandalism.

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Prescription Drug Take Back Event to Be Held Saturday

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A prescription drug take back event will take place this Saturday, allowing people to rid their homes of expired or unused medications.

Authorities will be at the following locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Emmanuel United Methodist: 2404 Kirby Road
  • Kroger: Poplar Ave. and Highland St.
  • Kroger: 3860 Austin Peay Highway
  • Kroger: 676 Germantown Parkway
  • Kroger: 7942 Winchester Road

The Memphis Police Department says the initiative aims to prevent possible pill abuse and theft.

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Man Arrested on Child Rape Charges

(MEMPHIS, Tenn.) -- A Memphis man has been arrested on child rape charges.

The Memphis Commercial Appeal reports that 38-year-old Gabriel Dotson is accused of repeatedly raping an 11-year-old girl.

Dotson was charged with rape, rape of a child, statutory rape by an authority figure, and aggravated sexual battery.

According to the Commercial Appeal, the rape occurred in 2009. The victim is now 16 years old.

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