Haywood Co. budget committee looks for way to balance budget

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn.- Haywood County leaders met again, after a proposed tax hike failed to pass Monday night. The county commission’s budget committee met for more than three hours, Tuesday night with department heads to find ways to balance the budget. The chairman said if significant cuts cannot be made they will be forced to make even tougher decisions. “(Wednesday), we…

Shooting in East Jackson sends one to Hospital

JACKSON, Tenn — Friends, according to neighbors, got very unfriendly late Tuesday afternoon. “My neighbors over there and his friends got into it and one thing led to another and they started shooting at each other.” Resident Beverly Tipton said. That is what sent Beverly Tipton running for cover. She said she was outside cleaning up at her house when the…

Man accused in death of baby, charged with first degree murder

DYERSBURG, Tenn.-A Dyersburg man, accused of killing a baby, makes his first court appearance, Tuesday. Jon Dillon Wheeler is charged with first degree murder in the death of Lainey Willis. An autopsy found the baby died of a blunt force trauma to the head. Investigators said the baby was fine when first left with Wheeler. His bond was set at…

Sharp runs away with MVP for week one

MEDINA, Tenn — For week one’s MVP, South Gibson’s CJ Sharp ran away with the honors after his 102 yard performance with two touchdowns on 21 carries. He put in work on both sides of the ball, racking up eight tackles and one tackle for loss. Sharp, like most good athletes gives the credit to someone other than himself. “I…

Men accused of exchanging gunfire with off-duty Tipton Co. officer

TIPTON COUNTY, Tenn. — Two suspected burglars accused of exchanging gunfire with an off-duty police officer are jailed on a host of charges. Cordarrell Byars, left, and Isaiah Harris Tipton County deputies say Cordarrell Byers and Isaiah Harris were interrupted by a neighbor trying to break into a home in Mason last Friday and exchanged gunfire twice. The neighbor works for the…

Tennessee pays ‘communications professional’ for aid in suit

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee is paying a former adviser to Gov. Bill Haslam to assist in “communications strategies” with the lawyers representing the school in a Title IX lawsuit that has since been settled. According to a letter obtained through a public records request, Tennessee agreed to hire a “communications professional” who would work from March 2016 through February…

New Tenn. DUI law could affect road funding

JACKSON, Tenn. — A new state law could cost Tennessee $60 million in federal road funding. “I don’t think we can afford to lose that much money,” State Rep. Johnny Shaw, D-Bolivar, said. Federal guidelines suggest a strict 0.02 percent allowable blood alcohol content for underage drivers. The new state law raises that limit to 0.08 percent for 18- to…

Haslam touts Tennessee Promise program at Columbia State

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has visited Columbia State Community College to welcome back students participating in his Tennessee Promise program that offers free tuition at the state’s two-year colleges. Haslam’s visit to the school’s Williamson County campus in Franklin on Tuesday followed the news that Tennessee for the second year in a row has led the…