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Redistricting proposal passes Senate
AP Wednesday April 17, 2013

A proposal to redraw Tennessee's judicial districts has passed the state Senate. The plan from Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey was approved 27-4 on Tuesday. Senator Janice Bowling was among those who voted against the plan. The measure would affect 22 counties in eight districts. The number of judicial districts would be reduced from 31 to 29. The plan would do away with the 31st judicial district, which is made up of Warren and Van Buren Counties. Under the new plan, Warren and Van Buren Counties would be placed into a district along with Coffee and Cannon Counties. The Warren County Commission recently sent a resolution to state lawmakers, expressing their opposition to the proposal.


Female inmate found dead at Warren Co Jail
Jay Walker Wednesday April 17, 2013

A female inmate at the Warren County Jail died Sunday, just a few minutes after the morning head count. Sheriff Jackie Matheny said 54 year old Belinda Harness was sitting up when the headcount was taken Sunday morning. She was found unconscious in her cell just a few minutes later. She was taken by ambulance to River Park Hospital, where she died a short time later. Sheriff Matheny said investigators with the District Attorney's office and the TBI have informed him that the preliminary autopsy report shows that Harness died of natural causes. There was no foul play involved


Cookeville beats CCHS 13-2 at Jet Park
Tuesday April 16, 2013

The CCHS Jets muster four hits and fall 13-2 in a baseball contest to Cookeville. Matt Ledbetter went 2-2 at the plate, but the Jets fell 13-2 to Cookeville Cavaliers at Jet Park on Tuesday. Haggerty recorded the win for Cookeville. He allowed two runs over three innings. He struck out six, walked one and surrendered three hits. Tubbs, Riedel and Savage helped lead Cookeville. They combined for seven hits and seven RBIs. The game was never in doubt after the second, as Cookeville scored two runs on a passed ball and an RBI single by Thurman. Cookeville tacked on another eight runs in the third. Savage started the inning with a double, scoring Riedel. After pushing across two runs in the bottom of the third, Cumberland County Jets Varsity faced just a 10-2 deficit. A two-run single by Tayler Houston gave Cumberland County Jets life. Finally, Haggerty got Reed Shaw to strike out to end the threat. Tayler Houston hit drove in two runs and Nathaniel Wyatt had the only other jet hit. The Jets fall to 6-15-1 (2-6 District). CCHS plays this Thursday thru Saturday in the Mountain Baseball Classic in Crossville.


CCHS Track team competed in the Chattanooga OPTIMIST Southeastern Track & Field Invitational
Ted McCaslin Tuesday April 16, 2013

The Cumberland County Jets Track Team competed last Friday night at the Chattanooga OPTIMIST Southeastern Track & Field Invitational hosted by Walker Valley High School. Kassidy Sommer ran a 5:39.60 in the 1600m, placing 4th. Kassidy also ran a PR of 11:49.73 in the 3200m, placing 4th. Jennifer Hedgecoth ran a PR of 2:31.98 in the 800m, placing 8th. Taonna Miller ran a PR of 1:05.56 in the 400m, placing 8th. She also ran a 13.41 in the 100m, placing 9th. Bradley Mathis ran a new season best time of 2:08.34 in the 800m, placing 10th. Bradley also ran a PR of 4:44.14 in the 1600m, placing 6th. Seth Randall ran a new season best time PR of 45.72 in the 300H, placing 15th. Sharon Ulloa was 15th in the 300-meter hurdles in 56.94. The girls 4x800 relay team (Marissa Vincent, Anna Holt Shaw, Brianna Taylor, and Jennifer Hedgecoth) was fourth with a 10:22.29 behind Maryville, Signal Mountain, and Baylor, while the boys 4x800 relay team (Daniel Richards, Seth Randall, Kyle Lockwood, and AJ Page) was sixth with a 9:05:47 behind McCallie, Cleveland, Chattanooga Central, Red Bank, and Baylor. Both 4x400 relay teams earned points at the meet. The girls 4X400 (Marissa Vincent, Anna Holt Shaw, Taonna Miller, and Jennifer Hedgecoth) were fourth with a time of 4:25.73, while the boys 4X400 (Daniel Richards, Seth Randall, Kyle Lockwood, and AJ Page) were eighth with a time of 3:49.04. The team will be traveling to Science Hill in Johnson City, TN this weekend to compete in the Tri-Cities meet. There will be teams from all over the Southeast and Virginia at this venue. (Kassidy Sommer pictured). Photo Courtesy D. Shaw.


TBI identifying Bilyeu as shooter in Sunday's shooting
TBI Tuesday April 16, 2013

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has charged two men in a drive-by shooting incident that occurred at Crossville residence Sunday, leaving one person shot and injured. 36 year old Danny Bilyeu of Crossville was arrested and charged with one count of attempted first degree murder and one count of criminal attempt. Authorities have identified him as the shooter, responsible for injuring the victim. 31 year old Nathaniel Payne also of Crossville was arrested and charged with criminal responsibility for attempted first degree murder and criminal responsibility for criminal attempt. He was identified as being in the vehicle with Bilyeu when the shooting occurred. The victim, 33-year-old Ken Carr McGee, was shot once in the abdomen was airlifted to a local hospital where we was treated for injuries. There was also another adult and two children in the home when the shooting occurred. Bilyeu and Payne were booked into the Cumberland County Jail without bond.


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