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Tennessee Tops for Combating Human Trafficking
Thursday November 16, 2017

Shared Hope International has ranked Tennessee number one in the country for fighting human trafficking. That's according to the TBI.
The 2017 report card gave Tennessee a 96.5 rating.
The report pointed out one flaw. It said Tennessee imposes substantial penalties for sex trafficking and provides tools for law enforcement to investigate effectively, but victims may be deterred from pursuing justice due to a lack of trial protections and potential bars to victims' compensation.
TBI Director and McMinnville native Mark Gwyn said the progress Tennessee has made over the past five years is significant and proves the value of partnership.
Gwyn said his office will not rest but will keep working until that score is 100%.


Lawmakers Irked at State Corrections
AP Thursday November 16, 2017

Tennessee lawmakers have criticized state corrections officials after an audit found some private prisons were understaffed and their staffing information at times was incorrect or withheld.
After a round of questioning Wednesday, a state legislative panel voted to temporarily delay reauthorizing the Department of Correction, calling for officials first to testify again next month about CoreCivic's prison contracts.
The comptroller's audit found Trousdale Turner Correctional Center and Whiteville Correctional Facility were consistently short-staffed, including in correctional officers.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Stewart said corrections officials haven't investigated enough about whether problems go beyond the audit.


Grundy County Man Indicted for Murder
WTVF Thursday November 16, 2017

A Grundy County man has been indicted in connection to his wife's murder.
Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said 29-year-old Daniel Chandler has been charged in the 2016 murder of his wife, 26-year-old Samantha Chandler.
The joint investigation was conducted by the Grundy County Sheriff's Office and the TBI.
The victim's body was found on May 1, 2016 off of Ross Creek Road in Gruetli-Laager.
Monday, a Grundy County Grand Jury handed down the indictment of Daniel Chandler.
He was charged with one count of first degree murder, and authorities in Walker County, Alabama took him into custody Tuesday afternoon. He was awaiting extradition to Tennessee.


Ogles Drops Out of Senate Race
AP Thursday November 16, 2017

Conservative activist Andy Ogles is dropping his bid for the Republican nomination to succeed Bob Corker in the U.S. Senate.
Ogles had announced his candidacy before Corker's surprise decision not to seek another term representing Tennessee in the Senate. Ogles on Wednesday cited changes in the political landscape since he first joined the race, along with the dramatic campaign funding advantage held by two other Republicans who have since decided to run: U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and former Rep. Stephen Fincher.


WCHS Basketball
Jay Walker Wednesday November 15, 2017

The Warren County Pioneers and Lady Pioneers began their 2017-18 season Tuesday night with a doubleheader sweep of Cascade in a pair of Hall of Fame games played at Franklin County High School in Winchester.
The Lady Pioneers routed Cascade 61-28 in the opener. In the boys game, the Pioneers defeated Cascade 61-45.
Both Warren County teams will play Franklin County Saturday night. The girls play at 7 and the boys play at 8:30.


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