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State of Emergency Declared
WSMV Saturday November 12, 2016

Tennessee is under a state of emergency due to a drought and the threat of wildfires.
Its a Level 3 state of emergency, meaning the situation is deteriorating rapidly.
Approximately 302 of Tennessees 480 water systems are experiencing some level of drought impact. At least three counties have requested water because wells have run completely dry.
Fifty-three wildfires are currently burning in East Tennessee, impacting almost 10,000 acres.
The state of emergency will allow resources for state and federal partners to be more readily available if needed to protect lives and property.


Tennessee Promise Community Service
Friday November 11, 2016

All current Motlow State Community College Tennessee Promise students have until Dec. 1 to complete eight hours of community service in order to remain eligible for the Tennessee Promise scholarship.
Students who still need to complete their community service hours can visit the Motlow Tennessee Promise webpage at for an up-to-date listing of community service opportunities in their area.
Students can also visit the tnAchieves website,, which lists a host of community service opportunities for students in their local region. Community service hours can be submitted to the tnAchieves website as well.
Students must complete the tnAchieves program in their county to access Tennessee Promise funding. For further information regarding the Tennessee Promise program at Motlow State, contact Graham at or 615-220-7839 or Debra Smith at or 931-438-9766.


McMinnville Man Sentenced
WJLE Friday November 11, 2016

A McMinnville man was sentenced in DeKalb County Criminal Court after being charged in connection with three separate break-ins in DeKalb County in May.
24 year old Dakota James Stith received a three year sentence for each count of aggravated burglary. He must also make restitution to the victims in amounts totaling more than $2,000.
Authorities say Stith broke into three homes on Cove Hollow Road on May 11th. At one home is allegedly broke a surveillance camera system and damaged motorcycle parts. At a second home he reportedly stole a shotgun, a flat screen TV, an Xbox and other items, and he is alleged to have stolen three firearms from a third residence.


AP Friday November 11, 2016

Federal authorities say warmer-than-average temperatures and no rainfall are deepening a drought that's sparking forest fires across the Southeastern U.S., forcing people to evacuate dozens of homes.
Thursday's national drought report shows 41.6 million people in parts of 15 southern states now live in drought conditions. The worst is in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, but extreme drought also is spreading into western North and South Carolina.
Most of the large fires Thursday are being fought in Tennessee and Kentucky.
In the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, people living on five roads near one roaring blaze were advised to leave their homes, and residents of 38 more homes in another part of the state were told to evacuate ahead of a separate wildfire.


Revenue Commissioner Leaving
AP Friday November 11, 2016

Tennessee Revenue Commissioner Richard Roberts is leaving Gov. Bill Haslam's Cabinet.
The governor announced Wednesday that Roberts' last day at the agency responsible for state tax collections will be Dec. 2.
Haslam called Roberts a "valuable part" of his administration since 2011, and lauded him for streamlining processes for businesses and updating the state's tax code.
The Revenue Department was unsuccessfully sued last year by a Nashville attorney who argued that the agency's refusal to release records related to a $350,000 analysis of business tax collections was a willful violation of the Tennessee Open Records Act.
Roberts in an affidavit in the case said Tennessee law provided him wide latitude to decide to deny records requests based on what is "in the best interests of the state."


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