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19 Arrested In Fentress Co. Drug Round-up
Fentress Co. Sheriff?s Office Saturday July 15, 2017

Press Release:

On Friday July 14th the Fentress County Sheriff's Office along with the help of several agencies in the Upper Cumberland, conducted a round-up operation focused primarily on the sale and distribution of narcotics. A total of 19 arrests made during the round-up.
The operation took several months of undercover work by the Fentress County Sheriff's Office. The Fentress County Sheriff's Office and the Jamestown Police Department will continue to aggressively pursue those who choose to sell drugs in Fentress County. Interim Sheriff Gary Ledbetter would like to thank the Jamestown Police Department, Overton County Sheriff's Office, Pickett County Sheriff's Office, Livingston Police Department, Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, TDOC Fugitive Apprehension Unit, and Tennessee Highway Patrol for assisting in the round-up.


White County Woman Convicted of Drug Dealing and Child Abuse
District Attorney Bryant C. Dunaway Saturday July 15, 2017

District Attorney Bryant C. Dunaway reports that a White County woman has been convicted of dealing drugs and child abuse. Janell Frasier pled guilty to the Sale of Methamphetamine over .5 grams, Class B felony, and Attempted Aggravated child abuse, a Class B felony. Frazier was sentenced to serve 16-years incarceration with the Tennessee Department of Corrections. According to Assistant District Attorney Bruce MacLeod, in August 2016, Frasier sold methamphetamine to a confidential informant while her 11-month-old baby was in the room with her which exposed the infant child to the dangerous drug. The drug sale in Frazier?s home was captured on video by drug investigators with the White County Sherriff?s department. The baby was removed from the home by the Department of Children?s Services and later tested positive for meth. DA Dunaway said his office takes very seriously any crime that victimizes children and puts them in harm?s way. These type of cases will be diligently prosecuted. The protection of our children is of utmost importance.


Fewer Drug Dependent Babies Born in East Tennessee
AP Friday July 14, 2017

The number of babies born drug dependent in Tennessee's eastern region dropped in 2016, even as numbers across the state continued to rise. WBIR-TV reports data show the number of babies born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome dropped by 12 percent from 2015 to 2016 in eastern parts of the state.


President Trump Nominates Tennessee District Court Judges
AP Friday July 14, 2017

President Donald Trump has nominated Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris and three others to federal district court judgeships. On Thursday, Trump nominated Norris for judge in western Tennessee. Trump also nominated Thomas Lee Robinson Parker in western Tennessee. In middle Tennessee, Trump nominated William L. "Chip" Campbell, Jr. and Eli J. Richardson.


'Scopes monkey trial' town erects evolution figure's statue
AP Friday July 14, 2017

The famed "Scopes monkey trial" pitted two celebrity lawyers against one another, but only one was memorialized outside the Tennessee courthouse where the case unfolded -- until now.

On Friday, July 14 at the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton the public will behold a 10-foot statue of skeptic Clarence Darrow, who argued for evolution. It will stand on the opposite side of the courthouse from a 2005 statue of William Jennings Bryan, the Christian defender of biblical creationism.

The trial garnered national headlines. Historians say it started as a publicity stunt for the small town.

Pockets of opposition in Dayton suggest many Christians still see evolution as clashing with their faith.

But the new statue hasn't drawn teeming crowds like the ones that forced some 1925 trial proceedings to be moved outdoors.


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