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Saturated Patrols
Jay Walker Thursday September 18, 2014

McMinnville Police will be conducting DUI saturation patrols this weekend, beginning Friday night. The saturation patrols are a part of Operation Be a Survivor:Get a Designated Driver.
The operation has received funding from the Tennessee Governor's Highway Safety Office.
Officers will be actively pursuing impaired drivers by patrolling the streets and conducting traffic stops. The saturation patrols are designed to make the streets safer and to increase public awareness of the hazards of drinking and driving.


WCHS Sports
Jay Walker Thursday September 18, 2014

The WCHS Freshman football team will be in action Thursday night as they host Cookeville at Nunley Stadium. Kickoff is set for 6pm.
The WCHS Lady Pioneer volleyball team will also host Cookeville Thursday night at the WCHS gym. The match starts at 6pm.


Pre-K Funding
Thursday September 18, 2014

Gov. Haslam is looking into more federal funding for pre-K education, despite calls from some within his own party to cut the program, saying it doesn't work.
The state spent $86 million last year on pre-K, but that number has not substantially grown since 2005. Gov. Haslam is now exploring the option of taking federal funds to expand the program, but says he needs more information.
If Tennessee's Department of Education decides to apply for the federal funds, it could receive $17.5 million each year for four years. The formal application would be due in about a month.


Marijuana Suspect Busted
Jay Walker Thursday September 18, 2014

Local authorities have arrested a Dibrell man after finding an alleged marijuana growing operation at his home. 45 year old Rick Leroy Randall of Gay Road was picked up and charged with manufacture, delivery and sale of a controlled substance.
Sheriff Jackie Matheny said the arrest came as a result of a joint operation by the Sheriff's Department, McMinnville Police, the TBI and the District Attorney's office.
Officers executed a search warrant Tuesday and discovered 41 marijuana plants, along with equipment needed for a growing operation, including growing lights, pots and other items.
Sheriff Matheny said Randall recently moved to Warren County from California and has a record of arrests in other states.
His bond was set at $50,000 and he will appear in court on September 23rd.


Federal Mogul Thief Sentenced
Wednesday September 17, 2014

One of three men accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of copper from Federal Mogul in Smithville last year entered a guilty plea this week and was sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court.
48 year old Martin Riley, III was given a five-year sentence after pleading guilty to theft of property.
The other two suspects were sentenced in February.
Smithville police said the thefts occurred from December 2012 to August 2013 at night after the second shift when there was no one else at the plant.
The men allegedly sold the copper to a scrap iron business in McMinnville.
Authorities said the men stole more than $100,000 worth of copper and brass from the plant.



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