MPD Trains For Vicious Dog Encounters and Other News Around Tennessee

MPD Trains For Vicious Dog Encounters

Tuesday’s shooting was another case of friendly fire when vicious dogs attack police. While we don’t hear about all of them, dogs attacking officers is becoming more common. On Your Side Investigator Stephanie Scurlock spent the day at the Memphis police training academy to show us how officers train. “We give them the instructions and then we put them through scenarios,” said Lt. Col. Greg Sanders, Memphis Police. The video comes on the screen and the announcer says it’s designed to test your general knowledge of the use of deadly force. It is one of the training videos Memphis Police Officers watch during they’re  in service training. They encounter so many dogs parts of a Shoot Don’t Shoot video deals solely with animals.

Speaking of Dogs: Hornbeak Tennessee passes first reading of breed specific law

Hornbeak Tennessee passed the first reading of a new law regarding vicious dogs that includes restrictions on several breeds of dogs.  The measure was voted on Tuesday night and passed unanimously.  There is one more reading before the ordinance becomes law.

“The proposed ordinance amends current municipal code by adding a section regarding vicious dogs, and it specifically names several breeds of dogs which are included and outlines stringent requirements for having those breeds. ” 

More can be read here.

Jobless rises in Tennessee, stable in Georgia

Tennessee and Georgia began the year with their lowest January jobless rates in five years, but unemployment still remains stubbornly high in both states three and a half years into an economic recovery. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported Thursday that unemployment in the Volunteer State edged up a tenth of a percent in January to 7.7 percent. Despite the monthly increase —  due primarily to seasonal cuts in retail and construction jobs — Tennessee has still added 56,200 jobs over the past year. The Volunteer State has cut its jobless rate from 8.2 percent a year ago to the lowest January level since 2008.

Chattanooga and Winchester bankruptcy filings for Feb. 28 – March 6 = 120 +

These are new cases, according to court records, that were filed in the Chattanooga and Winchester offices of U.S. Bankruptcy courts Eastern District of Tennessee, Feb. 28 – March 6

State high court rejects former highway commissioner’s appeal

Allen Pope was indicted in July 2010, accused of official misconduct and of using county equipment to do work for a private developer. After a trial in November of 2010, a jury convicted Pope of theft of services of over $10,000, official misconduct and using public equipment for private purposes. (Bristol Herald Courier file photo)

The Tennessee Supreme Court has denied former Sullivan County Highway Commissioner Allen Pope’s felony conviction appeal, ending his three-year legal battle. “He has exhausted his remedies,” Sullivan County District Attorney Barry Staubus said. “He is a convicted felon and can’t be road commissioner.” Pope was indicted in July 2010, accused of official misconduct and of using county equipment to do work for a private developer. After a trial in November of 2010, a jury convicted Pope of theft of services of over $10,000, official misconduct and using public equipment for private purposes.

State loan would help city address Lakemoore odor issue

A $5 million State Revolving Fund loan to affect a comprehensive fix at the Morristown wastewater-treatment plant is a “99 percent certainty,” Morristown City Administrator Tony Cox said this morning. The proposed improvements include upgrades to the plant’s digesters, which are expected to greatly reduce sewage odors in the Lakemoore subdivision area. Creating more reliable electrical service to the plant should cut the chances of catastrophic sewage spills into Cherokee Lake, according to Cox. “I’m excited that we’re finally able to move forward and get some stuff done,” the city administrator said this morning. Councilmembers could convene as early as March 25 to discuss the final proposal.

Mayoral candidate gets restraining order against town

A Spring Hill mayoral candidate has sought and received a restraining order against the city to prevent officials from taking down his campaign signs. George Jones, a former mayor, said Spring Hill code enforcement officers have asked him to take down the signs because a city ordinance states that residents can put up only one small yard sign per lot per political office. Jones said that ordinance is unconstitutional, and he should be able to put up multiple signs in one yard.

Editor’s Note: As much as I hate signs, (I consider them yard trash), I like the way this guy thinks.

City OKs appraisals for flooded homes

A Columbia resident’s home was flooded two years in a row on the same day. It was May 2, 2009, and 2010. The first time wasn’t so bad — only a lower-level bedroom and bathroom flooded. The second year was worse, leaving six to eight inches of water throughout Mary Bryant’s home. The water destroyed the wood floors Bryant and her husband had recently remodeled. The water destroyed furniture Bryant had received from her parents after they passed away, and the water prevented her home from being rented or sold. “It’s been a disaster,” Bryant said. For three years, Bryant and her husband have waited for money from a Federal Emergency Management Agency buyout program to get them out of their flood-damaged home, located on Azalea Drive. Now, Bryant said she hopes the nightmare will soon be over.

Tennessee police chief’s polygraph targets racist applicants

COOPERTOWN, Tenn. (AP) — A police chief hired to rebuild a tiny Tennessee department dismantled by scandal is using a lie-detector test to keep racists off his force. Coopertown Police Chief Shane Sullivan took over the department in November, becoming the 11th chief in as many years. He was hired on the heels of a series of police scandals that for a few months left Coopertown with no police at all. Years before that, a mayor was voted out of office after the local prosecutor accused him of racism and running a notorious speed trap.

Editor’s Note: I wonder how they might define that?

New TSA policy on knives, bats sparks backlash

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flight attendants, pilots, federal air marshals and even insurance companies are part of a growing backlash to the Transportation Security Administration’s new policy allowing passengers to carry small knives and sports equipment like souvenir baseball bats and golf clubs onto planes. The Flight Attendants Union Coalition, which representing nearly 90,000 flight attendants, said it is coordinating a nationwide legislative and public education campaign to reverse the policy announced by TSA Administrator John Pistole this week. A petition posted by the flight attendants on the White House’s “We the People” website had more than 9,300 signatures early Friday urging the administration to tell the TSA to keep knives off planes.

Athens 1 of 30 systems nationwide receiving RIF grant

A new grant has put the “fund” in the Athens City School System’s Reading Is Fundamental program.

Ward to board: consider closing Range

Calling it a “very difficult” recommendation, Director of Schools Kevin Ward asked the Carter County Board of Education on Wednesday to consider closing Range Elementary.

Editor’s Note: Do larger institutions bring better education levels, the same educational level, lessen the educational levels of students? I am sure there is some study on this…… we have studied everything else.

Police probe Carver Avenue shooting, Deputies arrest teen in Fox Ridge Drive burglary,Warrant served at  club; three arrested

Jackson police are still investigating a Wednesday night shooting at an apartment complex on Carver Avenue that left one man injured, according to a news release. The release said that at 8:14 p.m. Wednesday, police were called about a shooting in the apartment complex at 33 Carver Ave. A 23-year-old Jackson man told officers that he was on the steps of an apartment at the A building when he was approached by two men wearing all black.

Editor’s Note: When top story is about crime, it should give you warning.

Proposed election centers could end precincts

Legislation being considered by the Tennessee General Assembly that would potentially create one election center for every 10,000 voters is having its intent questioned by Coffee County’s Democratic Party chairman. At present, Coffee County has 21 voting districts and 22 precincts. If the legislation passes, this could be reduced to three or four. Democratic Party chairman Jeff Ridner said Friday the Republican-sponsored bills — 907 in the Senate and 703 in the House — appear as though they would restrict some voters from being able to get to polling places. “I think at first blink, it looks like there’s an effort to sell the idea of cost reduction, but it would be through voter chilling,” he said, adding that the move appears to mirror a photo identification requirement that Democrats deemed was targeted at making it more difficult for elderly and minority residents to vote through creating a major, additional step in the process. Republicans have said the photo ID move was geared to curb voter fraud.

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