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One Dead in Kayak Accident
Jay Walker Thursday April 24, 2014

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is investigating a kayaking accident that left one man dead and sent another to the hospital. It happened in Sparta below the dam on the Oakland Drive side.
Authorities say two men were kayaking and went over the dam. The survivor was able to make it out of the river and flagged down help before rescuers recovered the body of the other man, who was said to be 24 years old. The victim was reportedly wearing a life jacket, but was pulled under the water by the current.
Names of those involved have not been released as the investigation continues.


McMinnville Board
Jay Walker Wednesday April 23, 2014

The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen met Tuesday night in what turned out to be a very contentious session that left some members openly questioning why anyone would want to work for the board as a City Administrator.
Mayor Jimmy Haley gave an update on the search for a new City Administrator, saying the board still has work to do before anyone is hired. He plans to hold a work session next week to discuss issues like salary and job description. After heated discussion on job qualifications, the board voted 4-3 to take a vote next week on the two finalists for the job. Warren Nevad of the Municipal Technical Advisory Service has been a part of the process in the search. He advised the board of its options, which include choosing one of the two finalists or starting the process all over.
In other business, the board approved a resolution to accept the bid from Goldtree in the amount of $22,095 to renovate one soccer field at Pistole Park.
You can hear Tuesday night's board meeting in its entirety Wednesday morning at 10am on 960 WBMC or online at


Ibarra Must Wear GPS Device
Wednesday April 23, 2014

The driver of a vehicle that left the roadway and struck a tree, killing a teenage passenger, has been ordered to continue wearing a GPS monitoring device while he is free on bond awaiting trial.
20 year old Ramiro Ibarra has been required to wear the device since he was released on $125,000 bond. He had requested that he not be required to wearing it, saying it interfered with his ability ot get a job. His request was denied by Judge Bart Stanley.
Investigators believe Ibarra was under the influence when he drove his Chevy Blazer off the road and crashed into a tree last year, killing Ashlyn Barnes and injuring three other passengers.
His trial is set for October 29th.


TennCare Fraud
Wednesday April 23, 2014

A Warren County woman is charged for a second time with doctor shopping for controlled substances, using TennCare benefits as payment.
The Office of Inspector General announced the arrest of 28 year old Amber Briggs of McMinnville. She is charged in a Unicoi County indictment with fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance by doctor shopping for prescription drugs, using TennCare to access healthcare benefits.
Briggs was arrested earlier this month after an indictment in Rutherford County charged her with two counts of doctor shopping for prescription drugs, using TennCare as payment.


Medicaid Expansion Discussed
AP Wednesday April 23, 2014

Democratic leaders say Gov. Haslam's decision not to expand Medicaid in Tennessee cast a dark shadow over his signature plan to cover tuition at two-year colleges.
At a news conference Tuesday, House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner said Haslam's legislation to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges could have been his legacy, but it will be overshadowed by the failure to expand Medicaid.
Haslam last year declined to accept the Medicaid money without special arrangements for the state.
During a visit to Nashville last month, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the state is losing out on $6.2 million a day in federal funds.


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