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Polar Plunge in Union City will raise money for Special Olympics

UNION CITY, Tenn. — Brave souls will take the plunge Saturday for some special members of the community. The fifth annual Polar Plunge will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Aloha Pools and Spas in Union City to raise money for the Upper West Tennessee Special Olympics. The registration fee is $50 to take the plunge. Organizers say they have Olympic events that…

Pair of state champions commit to Cumberlands

TRENTON, Tenn. — Two Peabody seniors will be teammates for four more years. Kendrick Malone and Keyvon Goodwin signed their letters of intent on Friday to join the University of Cumberlands in Kentucky. “Another four years with him is going to be lovely,” ˝Goodwin said. The duo will reunite with their former teammate Grant McEwen, who plays defensive lineman for…

State comptroller praises Weakley Co. for clean audit report

WEAKLEY COUNTY, Tenn. — The state’s audit report for Weakley County contains no findings, a distinction only a small number of counties across the state can claim. The report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015, contains no audit findings, and the county has had a nearly clean audit for several years now, according to a release from the…

Change would allow handguns at Tennessee legislative complex

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The leaders of the Tennessee House and Senate are moving to end a total gun ban at the legislative office complex. Sen. Ron Ramsey of Blountville and Rep. Beth Harwell of Nashville, the Republican speakers of the Senate and House, said Thursday that they want the begin allowing people with handgun carry permits to be armed…

State Comptroller’s Office releases Decatur County report; lists 19 issues

  DECATUR COUNTY, Tenn. — A 200-page report released from the state Comptroller’s Office on Thursday shows 19 issues with the Decatur County government, many of which officials said have been there for years. “Eight of the 19 findings are repeat findings, which means those issues have gone uncorrected for at least a year, and in some cases we found…

Martin police nab man wanted on Memphis assault charge

MARTIN, Tenn. — Police arrested a man Wednesday on an assault charge out of Memphis as he returned to the city of Martin. Justin Rhea, 35, of Martin was wanted on an aggravated assault charge in Memphis, according to a release from the Martin Police Department. Police received a tip that Rhea would be in the city along with a…

Former President Clinton to speak Memphis early voting rally

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to speak at an early voting organizing event in Memphis to rally supporters of his wife, Hillary Clinton, in the Tennessee primary. Bill Clinton is scheduled to speak at a high school on Thursday evening. According to a news release from the Hillary Clinton campaign, the former president will “lay…

Police: Drug dealer’s attempt to intimidate officer fails

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville police say a suspected drug dealer’s attempt to intimidate two Gang Unit detectives, by firing his gun repeatedly in the air, has landed the man in Jail. Police say the two detectives were conducting surveillance when they saw 23-year-old Mohammed B. Al-Khafiy engage in an apparent drug deal. Authorities say he knew he was being…

Former Memphis sergeant charged with road rage

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Memphis police sergeant accused in a road rage incident has been indicted on aggravated assault charges. The Shelby County District Attorney says David Meskenas is accused of pointing a gun at a motorist and flashing his badge while driving an unmarked van last year. Meskenas, who is 48 and is now retired from the force,…

Man indicted on 17 counts in shooting that injured Memphis officer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A convicted felon has been indicted on 17 counts in a shooting that injured an undercover Memphis officer who was serving a warrant. Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich said in a news release on Wednesday that 40-year-old Dennis Murphy is being held without bond on the charges, which include attempted first-degree murder. The statement…