Indictment: Ex-Boy Scout leader sexually abused 5 boys

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A former Boy Scout leader from Nashville has been indicted on statutory rape, sexual battery and other felony counts involving the alleged abuse of five boys. The Tennessean reports the recent indictment says the boys were abused by 44-year-old Darrell G. Fisher, with the abuse occurring between 2008 and 2015. The report says Fisher was arrested…

Man on ATV killed after tree falls on him during storm

MILTON, Tenn. (AP) – Authorities say a 64-year-old Rutherford County man died after a tree fell on him while he was riding an all-terrain vehicle during a thunderstorm. Rutherford County Fire Chief Larry Farley tells media outlets that the man had just finished cutting his yard when a large hickory tree fell on top of him Wednesday evening. Officials say…

Mississippi taxes lag $85M in April amid Revenue Dept. cuts

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi tax collections fell more than $85 million short of expectations in April. Officials say that’s partly because a Department of Revenue staffing shortage slowed the process of depositing checks. Department spokeswoman Kathy Waterbury said this week that 35 temporary mail room workers had been laid off because of budget cuts. That happened just as the…

Jackson and sales tax panel at odds over spending authority

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Jackson City Council is borrowing $11 million for water treatment improvements, but the leader of an oversight commission says the city can’t repay the loan using sales tax money without that panel’s OK. The Clarion-Ledger reports Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber says the City Council has authority to approve spending from the sales tax fund. But…

Tupelo buys lots to encourage new housing in historic area

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) – Tupelo’s city government will spend nearly $70,000 to buy five lots, hoping to spark new life in its historic Mill Village neighborhood. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the Tupelo City Council unanimously approved the purchase Tuesday. The city plans to clear the lots and resell them to a private developer, hoping to attract as many…

Gulfport: Slabs of Katrina-destroyed buildings being removed

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) – A Gulfport city official says the city is making progress toward removing concrete slabs left on empty lots more than a decade after Hurricane Katrina. Several other Mississippi Gulf Coast cities last year instructed property owners to break up and remove slabs left from destroyed buildings. Gulfport Urban Development Director Greg Pietrangelo tells WLOX-TV that of…

Rural homes outside Lexington being burglarized, set on fire

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky State Police say someone has been burglarizing rural homes outside of Lexington and then setting the structures on fire. Kentucky State Police Trooper Robert Purdy tells WKYT-TV that investigators believe five recent fires that have damaged or destroyed homes in four different counties are related. The most recent fire happened on Tuesday morning at a…

Campbell County approves needle exchange program

ALEXANDRIA, Ky. (AP) – Campbell County’s government has voted in support of creating a needle exchange to grant heroin users access to clean syringes. The Kentucky Enquirer reports that Campbell County Fiscal Court voted 3-1 in favor of the exchange at their Wednesday meeting after hearing more than an hour of debate. The Northern Kentucky Health Department, which must approve…

5 Tenn. health centers getting $4 million in federal funds

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Federal officials say five health centers in Tennessee are receiving more than $4.2 million to help them serve more patients. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that the centers will use the funding to renovate or acquire new clinical space to provide care to an estimated 8,140 new patients in Tennessee. According…

Mugshots : Madison County : 05/04/16 – 05/05/16

1/19Naomi ProulxAggravated domestic assault 2/19Darnaisha JonesFailure to appear 3/19David BillsDUI, driving on revoked/suspended license, open container law 4/19Denikka WilliamsDriving on revoked/suspended license 5/19Dmonte SmallDriving on revoked/suspended license, simple possession/casual exchange, failure to appear 6/19Fredrick ShanklinFailure to appear 7/19Joshua CobbReckless endangerment 8/19Kalieta GriffinFailure to appear 9/19Katrina MarshallFailure to appear 10/19Megan WilliamsFailure to appear 11/19Michael JamesViolation of community corrections 12/19Mickey TransouCriminal trespass…