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Three Injured in Crash
Jay Walker Wednesday December 21, 2016

Three people were injured in a head-on crash early Tuesday morning on Smithville Highway.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 37 year old Samantha Stevens was traveling northbound in a Hyundai Sonata when her vehicle collided with a southbound Toyota Camry, driven by 41 year old Halinda Salkic. Both drivers were airlifted from the scene, as was a passenger in the Toyota, 24 year old Jennifer Melton.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Disaster Areas Declared
AP Wednesday December 21, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated more than half of Tennessee's counties as primary natural disaster areas because of damage and losses caused by drought conditions.
The counties covered by the designation range across the state, including Warren and surrounding counties. Farmers and ranchers in an additional 24 bordering Tennessee counties can qualify for natural disaster assistance, plus 12 in Kentucky, four in North Carolina, two each in Virginia and Mississippi and one in Alabama.
Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply low-interest emergency loans to cover their losses. The USDA's Farm Service Agency considers each application on its merits, taking into account the extent of losses, available security and ability to repay the loan.


Census Shows Growth
AP Wednesday December 21, 2016

Census estimates show Tennessee's population has grown in the past year by about 56,000 people.
The U.S. Census Bureau's 2016 estimate for Tennessee is 6,651,194, which is about 0.9 percent more than 2015. Nationally, the population grew by about 0.7 percent in the past year.
Between 2000 and 2010, Tennessee's population grew by 11.5 percent. The new estimates show the state's population has grown by another 300,000 people, or nearly 5 percent, since 2010.
Eight states lost population, led by Illinois, where the number of people declined by more than 37,000, or 0.3 percent.


WCHS Basketball
Jay Walker Wednesday December 21, 2016

The Warren County Pioneer basketball team advanced to the semifinal round of the Sonic Shootout Christmas Tournament at Sparta Tuesday with a 71-68 win over Smith County.
Irving Espinoza hit the game winner in the final seconds to give the Pioneers the win in the opening game of the tournament.
The Pioneers will play in the semifinal round Wednesday at 3:30. The tournament is being played at White County High School.
The Lady Pioneers begin play Wednesday in a holiday tournament in Birmingham, Alabama.


Georgia Man Missing in Tennessee
WKRN Wednesday December 21, 2016

A man first reported missing from Georgia is now missing in Tennessee after he was found by authorities Sunday but later vanished.
According to authorities, troopers with the Tennessee Highway Patrol checked on a car Sunday afternoon just after 3 p.m. after it was found parked on the side of a road near the DeKalb-White County line.
Vincent Rossetti was reportedly inside the car and came up as a missing person out of Georgia.
Troopers called an ambulance to the scene to make sure the 22-year-old was okay. He was transported to the Highland Medical Center in Sparta, and authorities say EMS personnel drove Rossettis car to the hospital for him.
According to a press release, Rossetti was treated and released from the hospital before his family could pick him up.
When his family arrived, the White County Sheriffs Department issued a BOLO, or be on the lookout, for Rossetti to all law enforcement agencies.
About nine hours later just before midnight, the mans car was found at the Sligo Marina in Smithville. However, Rossetti was nowhere to be found.
The THP conducted a ground search and the DeKalb County Rescue Squad searched the lakes banks and water the following morning.
Rossetti has yet to be found, and the sheriff says they are actively searching for him.
If anyone has seen Rossetti or knows his whereabouts, please contact DeKalb Central Dispatch at 615-215-3000.


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