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No City Board Tuesday
Jay Walker Tuesday November 11, 2014

Because of the Veterans Day holiday, the regular meeting of the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen scheduled for Tuesday night has been cancelled. The next regular meeting will be held next Tuesday, November 18th at 7pm.
All City Hall offices in McMinnville and all County offices and county convenience centers will be closed Tuesday for Veterans Day.


Human Remains Found
Tuesday November 11, 2014

Human remains were found by hunters on the Arnold Engineering Development Complex property in Coffee County Monday.
Officials said squirrel hunters came across the remains while on a part of the AEDC property that remains open to the public.
The bones and skull were found spread out in a very dense area that was apparently hard to navigate through. Investigators believe an animal may have spread the remains.
An archaeological team from MTSU will examine the site Tuesday and willsearch for any additional clues into the origin of the remains.
Authorities say it is too early to determine if foul play was involved.


Amendment 1 Vote Count Questioned
AP Tuesday November 11, 2014

Supporters of stricter abortion regulations in Tennessee say an effort to have Amendment 1 overturned subverts the will of the voters.
Amendment 1 passed last week with 53 percent of the voters casting ballots of favor. The amendment changes the Tennessee Constitution to make it easier for lawmakers to restrict abortion.
On Friday, opponents of the amendment filed a lawsuit in federal court claiming the state is not correctly counting the votes. The suit claims the plain language of the state constitution says it can only be amended by a majority of the citizens voting for governor.
The plaintiffs say that means the state should count only the votes of people who also voted in the governor's race. If that is impossible, they want the vote voided.


Medicaid Discussions Continue
AP Tuesday November 11, 2014

Gov. Haslam says he's continuing talks with Washington to try to make a decision about Medicaid expansion in Tennessee before the legislative session begins in January.
Haslam told reporters he talked with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell last week.
Haslam has been heavily criticized for refusing to agree to $1.4 billion in federal funds to cover about 180,000 Tennesseans under the terms the money was offered.
Earlier Monday, a group of protesters gathered across from the state Capitol to urge the governor to expand Medicaid in Tennessee.


Cannon Attorney Disbarred
Jay Walker Monday November 10, 2014

An investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in a Cannon County attorney pleading guilty to theft and agreeing to disbarment for at least five years.
TBI special agents began investigating Dale Peterson in July. Peterson had been an attorney representing the Riverside Center medical facility in Woodbury. The services he provided included filing documents and paying filing fees on behalf of the facility. During the course of the investigation, agents learned that between March 2012 and July 2014, Peterson stopped filing documents with the Cannon County Clerk's office and kept the filing fees for himself.
Last week, Peterson pled guilty to theft over $1,000 through a criminla information plea. He agreed to be disbarred from his law practice for no fewer than 5 years and pay restitution in the amount of $20,551. He was booked at the Cannon County Sheriff's Department after his court appearance.


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