JACKSON, Tenn. — A Dyersburg man has been convicted of embezzlement after prosecutors say he stole at least $178,000 from a trust account.

Brian Black, 42, was convicted of embezzlement Friday after a two-week trial in federal court, according to a release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.

According to information presented in court, Black embezzled at least $178,000 from the trust account of Oleen H. Fewell Estate. Black was the Chancery Court appointed trustee for the trust, which had been set up by the will of Fewell for benefit of her daughter, Sharon Connor of Alamo, according to the release.

Black faces a possible maximum sentence of 90 years imprisonment. Sentencing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sept. 18.

Black was the former 911 director for Crockett County.

Instead of using the trust’s money for the benefit of Connor, Black spent a large part of the trust’s funds for his own personal benefit, according to the release.

Prosecutors say Black wrote over $70,000 in trust checks directly to himself, spent almost $6,000 of trust money to take a vacation trip to Florida to attend the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team fantasy camp, and used over $12,000 of trust money to buy items for his own home in Dyersburg.

By the time United States Postal Inspectors learned of the fraud and began an investigation, Black had spent all of the money in the trust account, according to the release.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday the appointment of a new director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

David B. Rausch, 55, will serve as TBI director following the retirement of Mark Gwyn, according to a release from the governor’s office.

Rausch will become director effective June 25.

Rausch has served as chief of police for the Knoxville Police Department since 2011. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in the Military Police Corps from 1986-1990, according to the release.

“I am honored and humbled the governor has selected me for this position,” Rausch said in the release. “The TBI is an excellent organization with amazing employees dedicated to serving the great state of Tennessee. I look forward to working alongside them to lead the agency into the next chapter and am excited to bring my vision and energy to serve in this capacity.”

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A private jet once owned by Elvis Presley that has sat on a runway in New Mexico for nearly four decades is back on the auction block.

The online auction site IronPlanet announced this week that the plane with red velvet seats had returned to the market after its current owner bought it last year for $430,000.

See the current listing, including photos of the plane, on the IronPlanet website.

A previous auction house says Elvis designed the interior that has gold-tone woodwork, red velvet seats and red shag carpet. But the red 1962 Lockheed Jetstar has no engine and needs a restoration of its cockpit.

The plane was owned by Elvis and his father, Vernon Presley.

It has been privately owned for 36 years and sitting on a tarmac in Roswell, New Mexico.

Photos of the plane also show the exterior in need of restoration.

The people in this gallery were booked into the Madison County Jail between 7 a.m. on 6/15/18 and 7 a.m. on 6/18/18.

Their inclusion only indicates they were booked into the jail and does not indicate guilt.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A longtime Tennessee lawmaker who had expressed interest in running for House speaker says he won’t seek re-election.

Gerald McCormick/capitol.tn.gov

Republican Rep. Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press he will withdraw from his House race Monday and will resign Oct. 1 to take a full-time job with Asa Engineering and Consulting in Nashville.

McCormick says he is helping the Chattanooga-based company expand its Nashville presence.

The 56-year-old real estate broker and developer had mulled a bid to replace House Speaker Beth Harwell, who is running for governor. Other Republicans interested in running for speaker include Majority Leader Glen Casada, Speaker Pro Tempore Curtis Johnson and Assistant Majority Leader David Hawk.

McCormick has held his seat for almost 14 years and served as majority leader from 2011 until 2016.

Jerry L. Strickland, age 53 of Paris, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018 at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville. His funeral service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Pastor Joe Collins of New Life Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be after 12:00 PM Wednesday until service time at McEvoy Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Shaun Hancock, Torey Strickland, and Lawrence Strickland.

Jerry L. Strickland was born February 23, 1965 in Paris, Tennessee to the late L.T. Strickland and the late Dollie Mae Teague Strickland. On February 23, 2016 he married Sharon Hancock Strickland and she survives in Paris, TN. He is also survived by three daughters: Asia (Scott) Moore of Jackson, Tonya (Steven) Kilpatrick) of Paris, and Jessica Lemasters of Salem, OH; two sons: Torey (Angel) Strickland of Jackson and Shaun Hancock of Paris; three sisters: Irene Walden and Shirley Sue Griffin, both of Clarksville and Brenda Kay Flagg of Kokomo, IN; five brothers: Thomas and Willie Strickland of Paris, Lawrence (Barb) Strickland of Hazel, KY and Darryl and Eddie Strickland of Racine, WI; ten grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Besides Mr. Strickland’s parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Johnson and two brothers: Billy and Robert Strickland., age 53 of Paris, passed away Thursday, June 14, 2018 at St. Thomas West Hospital in Nashville. His funeral service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at McEvoy Funeral Home with Pastor Joe Collins of New Life Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be after 12:00 PM Wednesday until service time at McEvoy Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Shaun Hancock, Torey Strickland, and Lawrence Strickland.

Jerry L. Strickland was born February 23, 1965 in Paris, Tennessee to the late L.T. Strickland and the late Dollie Mae Teague Strickland. On February 23, 2016 he married Sharon Hancock Strickland and she survives in Paris, TN. He is also survived by three daughters: Asia (Scott) Moore of Jackson, Tonya (Steven) Kilpatrick) of Paris, and Jessica Lemasters of Salem, OH; two sons: Torey (Angel) Strickland of Jackson and Shaun Hancock of Paris; three sisters: Irene Walden and Shirley Sue Griffin, both of Clarksville and Brenda Kay Flagg of Kokomo, IN; five brothers: Thomas and Willie Strickland of Paris, Lawrence (Barb) Strickland of Hazel, KY and Darryl and Eddie Strickland of Racine, WI; ten grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, and great nephews.

Besides Mr. Strickland’s parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Johnson and two brothers: Billy and Robert Strickland.

Christopher Belmont, age 53 departed on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 20 from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon at First Baptist Church of Kenton, TN.  Funeral Services will be Wednesday, June 20 at 12 Noon at First Baptist Church of Kenton, TN.  Baskerville Funeral Home of Humboldt, TN is in charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Bethel James Bond, Jr., age 80, of Jackson, Tennessee, will be held on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 1:00 PM at Blairs Chapel CME Church. Burial will follow in Denmark CME Church Cemetery in Denmark, TN. Mr. Bond passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018 at The Tennessee State Veterans Home in Humboldt, Tennessee.

Visitation will begin Thursday morning, June 21, 2018 from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm at Mercer Brothers Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Mr. Bond will lie in state at Blairs Chapel CME Church Friday from 12:00 pm until time of service.

For more information, please contact Mercer Brothers Funeral Home at 731-423-4922.

LaShunda Ch’erie Bond, age 42, of Jackson, Tennessee will be held on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Denmark, TN. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Miss Bond passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at Jackson General Hospital.

Visitation will begin Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm at Mercer Brothers Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Miss Bond will lie in state Wednesday morning at Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church from 12:00 pm until time of service.

For more information, please contact Mercer Brothers Funeral Home at 731-423-4922.

Lazy Man’s Peach Cobbler

My grandmother used to make this. She used peaches a lot and would even use can peaches when fresh were not in season and you can do that. She would also substitute blackberries, strawberries and blueberries for peaches depending on what was in season. I particularly loved the blackberry season because we had a huge bush that we would go pick from on our farm but you can use your favorite fruit. Hope you enjoy.

1 cup ( I like to add a little more) of fresh fruit (sliced peaches, blackberries etc. ) You can also use a large can of peaches. If you use can, just use a little of the juice.
1 cup of milk
1 cup of bisquick
1 stick of butter
1 cup of sugar
1 tsp. of vanilla
Preheat oven to 350. Mix together your milk, sugar, bisquick and vanilla. In a 9×13, melt 1 stick of butter. Next, place your fruit in bottom of the dish. Last, pour your bisquick mixture over the top DO NOT MIX TOGETHER. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with a scoop of ice cream or whipped topping and be prepared to smack your lips!

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