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MARION COUNTY MAN ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF MONEY LAUNDERING, PROMOTING PROSTITUTION

NASHVILLE – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and other local and federal agencies has resulted in the arrest of a Marion County man today on charges of promoting prostitution and money laundering.


At the request of then-16th District Attorney General Bill Whitesell, TBI Special Agents, working in conjunction with Agents with Homeland Security and Immigration Customs Enforcement, and officers with the Murfreesboro and Smyrna Police Departments, began investigating James McGlamery on June 7, 2013. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that between March 2010 and January 2015, McGlamery was involved in building various massage parlors and spas across the state, including two in Rutherford County, that are suspected of promoting prostitution.


On April 8th, the Rutherford County Grand Jury returned indictments charging McGlamery, 53, with two counts of Promotion of Prostitution, one count of Conspiracy to Promote Prostitution, one count of Money Laundering and one count of Conspiracy for Money Laundering. The Whiteside man was arrested in Marion County early Friday morning. He was transported to the Rutherford County Jail where he is currently being booked. He is being held on a $250,000 bond.

 
United Way of Hays County Texas Supports flood Recovery Efforts

WJJM listeners this may feel like a far reach to help people, but this is my home town of San Marcos, TX and the surrounding area. If you feel like you would like to help our neighbors in my home state please go to the United Way of Hays County web site or simply text FLOODS to 41444 to make a donation. For more information on United Way of Hays County and the disaster recovery efforts, contact Michelle Harper at 512-353-1420 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

I would also be happy to accept gift cards to any Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, or Mastercard-Visa cards for any denomination. I promise to send them to the United Way of Hays County where we can help multiple families.

37 counties in the State of Texas have been declared a disaster.

 
TENNESSEE'S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR APRIL DECREASED TO 6.0%

LOWEST STATE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IN SEVEN YEARS


NASHVILLE – Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips announced today the Tennessee preliminary unemployment rate for April was 6.0 percent, three-tenths of one percentage point lower than the March revised rate of 6.3 percent. The U.S. preliminary rate for April was 5.4 percent, one-tenth of one percentage point lower than the prior month.

Economic Summary

  • Tennessee's April unemployment rate is the third consecutive monthly decline and is the lowest rate in seven years.
  • Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 6.5 percent to 6.0 percent, while the national rate declined from 6.2 percent to 5.4 percent.
  • Total nonfarm employment increased 6,400 jobs from March to April. The largest increases occurred in accommodation/food services, administrative/support/waste services, mining/logging/construction, and finance/insurance.
  • Over the year, nonfarm employment increased 47,000 jobs. The largest increases occurred in

trade/transportation/utilities, professional/business services, and durable goods manufacturing.

 
GILES CO. WOMAN CHARGED WITH TENNCARE FRAUD 5TH TIME

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A Giles County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for the1 fifth time.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced the arrest of Stacey Richardson, 33, of Minor Hill, charged in Wayne County with three counts of fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance by doctor shopping. The charges accuse her of visiting multiple doctors in a short period of time in order to obtain prescriptions for the painkiller Oxycodone, using TennCare as payment.

Richardson’s first three arrests all came in January in Giles, Maury and Bedford Counties, her fourth arrest took place in March in Marshall County.  All arrests were on the same charges, as detectives were pursuing those cases concurrently.

“With today’s technology, crossing into another county to try to get prescription drugs does not prevent authorities from discovering those actions.”  Inspector General Manny Tyndall said.  “We will continue to pursue prosecution every time an individual attempts to defraud the TennCare program."

The OIG, which is separate from TennCare, began full operation in February 2005 and has investigated cases leading to over $3 million being repaid to TennCare, with a total estimated cost avoidance of over $163.6 million for TennCare, according to latest figures. To date, 2,364 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.

Through the OIG Cash for Tips Program established by the Legislature, Tennesseans can get cash rewards for TennCare fraud tips that lead to convictions.  Anyone can report suspected TennCare fraud by calling 1-800-433-3982 toll-free from anywhere in Tennessee, or log on to www.tn.gov/tnoig/ and follow the prompts that read "Report TennCare Fraud."

 
Pick Tennessee Offers Chance to “Fill Your Grill” with Farm-Direct Meats for Free

NASHVILLE Facebook users have the chance to win $200 worth of local meats from a nearby farm. A contest is being conducted by Pick Tennessee Products, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s program that connects farmers directly to consumers.

A total of 12 winners will be randomly chosen at noon on June 15 and notified by Pick Tennessee Products.

Several Tennessee associations including the Tennessee Beef Industry Council, the Tennessee Pork Producers and the Tennessee Sheep Producers Association have partnered with Pick Tennessee to promote state meat producers and help fund the contest. TDA marketing specialist Wendy Sneed says it’s part of an effort to get the word out to consumers that purchasing meats directly from nearby farms is easy to do.

“Visit the Pick TN Products Facebook page,” Sneed said. “Click on the ‘Fill Your Grill’ posting, which is linked to a directory of participating farmers.” Contestants must choose which farm they would visit to collect their meats, then submit that choice with their own contact information.

To enter, search for “Pick TN Products” on Facebook. You will also find a link to the contest page on www.picktnproducts.org.

“Winners will be selected June 15 because we want to give winners a chance to claim their meats in time for the 4th of July,” said Sneed. “Of course, winners might prefer to put their prizes in their freezers to enjoy all their local meats a little at time, over a long period of time. One of the great things about this contest is that the choice is up to the contestant about what meats they want to purchase, and which cuts.  Each contestant just needs to be sure to choose the farm that offers what he or she wants, whether it’s beef, pork, lamb, goat, poultry—or some of everything.”

There is no cash prize. Entrants win the opportunity to go to a farm or local meats business and choose up to $200 of Tennessee meats. All funds will go directly to the farmer or business to reimburse them for their products.

Follow Pick TN Products on Facebook, Twitter and on the Web. More information about the contest is available on the “Fill Your Grill” contest page.

 

 
TBI RELEASES 2014 HATE CRIME & LEOKA REPORTS

NASHVILLE – Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its annual statistical studies on the state of hate crime and law enforcement officers targeted for violence while on duty.
Both studies center on data submitted by the state’s law enforcement agencies to TBI through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).
Among the findings of “Hate Crime 2014”:


 In 2014, Tennessee law enforcement departments reported 340 victims of 295 bias-
motivated incidents in Tennessee, which represents a 2.6% decrease in the number of victims
since 2013.
 The number of victims indicated in offenses possessing a ‘Religious Bias’ increased from
eight victims in 2013 to 21 in 2014.
 42 victims and 43 offenders of the reported 2014 hate crimes were juveniles.
Among the findings of “Law Enforcement Officers Killed or Assaulted 2014”:
 Tennessee’s law enforcement departments reported 1,704 victims in 1,378 incidents in
2014, which represents a 7.7% decrease in the number of reported victims.
 In 2014, there were no officers reported as being feloniously killed in the line of duty.
 The most frequently reported offense was Simple Assault, at 57.1%.
 ‘Responding to Disturbance Calls’ accounted for 30% of all activity types which led to
these incidents.


The reports are available for review on the TBI’s website: http://www.tbi.tn.gov/tn_crime_stats/stats_analys.

 
State of TN April 2015 Revenue Reoprt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee revenue collections in April ended with a net positive growth compared to a year ago. Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin reported today that overall April revenues were $1.7 billion or $90.1 million more than the state budgeted. It represents growth of 11.45% more than April 2014.

 

“The significant improvement in April taxes reflects an increase primarily in franchise and excise taxes, and we also saw moderate growth in sales tax receipts which indicates increased consumer confidence,” Martin said. “Together, F&E and sales taxes are the ‘bread and butter’ of our revenues, so we monitor them closely for any fluctuations, as we are committed to maintaining the state’s strong fiscal position.”

 

On an accrual basis, April is the ninth month in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

 

The general fund was over collected by $82.5 million, and the four other funds were over collected by $7.6 million.

 

Sales tax collections were $12.2 million more than the budgeted estimate for April.  The April growth rate was positive 5.14%. For nine months revenues are over collected by $130.0 million. The year-to-date growth rate for nine months was positive 5.60%.

 

Franchise and excise taxes combined were $73.3 million above the budgeted estimate of $442.2 million. The growth rate for April was 12.27%. Year-to-date collections are $245.5 million above the budgeted estimate, which is 20.49% more than last year due to two one-time tax payments. Without these non-recurring payments, the growth over last year would be approximately 10%.

 

Inheritance and estate tax collections were $0.6 million less than the April estimate. For nine months collections are $14.5 million above the budgeted estimate.

 

Privilege tax collections were $1.2 million more than the April budgeted estimate, and for nine months collections are $1.3 million above the budgeted estimate. The year-to-date growth rate for the nine month period was positive 14.99%.

 

Hall income tax collections for April were $37.9 million more than the budgeted estimate. For nine months collections are $35.5 million above the budgeted estimate.

 

Business tax collections for the month were under collected by $34.5 million. Year-to-date collections for nine months are under collected by $8.2 million.

 

Gasoline and motor fuel collections for April increased by 0.17%, and were $3.6 million less than the budgeted estimate. The growth rate for nine months was positive 2.66%, and collections are $14.1 million above the budgeted estimate of $618.8 million.

 

Tobacco tax collections were $1.5 million more than the budgeted estimate of $22.8 million. For nine months revenues are under collected in the amount of $4.7 million.

 

All other taxes were over collected by a net of $2.7 million.

 

Year-to-date collections for nine months were $444.3 million more than the budgeted estimate. The general fund was over collected by $403.0 million and the four other funds were over collected by $41.3 million.

 

The budgeted revenue estimates for 2014-2015 are based on the State Funding Board’s consensus recommendation of December 17th, 2013 and adopted by the second session of the 108th General Assembly in April 2014. They are available on the state’s website at

http://www.tn.gov/finance/bud/Revenues.shtml.

 

The Funding Board met on December 11, 2014 to hear updated revenue projections from the state’s various economists. The board met again on December 16 and adopted revised revenue ranges for 2014-2015. The revised ranges assume an over collection from the July 2014 budgeted estimate in the amount of $32.3 million to $73.4 million in total taxes. The revised ranges for the general fund recognize a negative growth in the amount of $6.6 million up to a positive growth of $27.5 million for the current fiscal year.

 

 

 
US Coast Guard To Release Boating Safety App

WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard is scheduled to release its first boating safety App Saturday as the kickoff to this year's National Safe Boating Week.

The Boating Safety Mobile app was not designed to replace a boater's marine VHF radio, which the Coast Guard strongly recommends all boaters have aboard their vessels. The app was mainly designed to provide additional boating safety resources for mobile device users.

The app will be available on the Apple and Google Play online stores.

Features of the app include: state boating information; a safety equipment checklist; free boating safety check requests; navigation rules; float plans; and calling features to report pollution or suspicious activity.  When location services are enabled, users can receive the latest weather reports from the closest National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather buoys as well as report the location of a hazard on the water.

The app also features an Emergency Assistance button which, with locations services enabled, will call the closest Coast Guard command center.

The app is self-contained, so personal information is stored on the phone and is not sent to the Coast Guard unless the user chooses to send it. The Coast Guard does not track a user's location, and the app does not track a user's location unless the app is being used.

The app was developed over a two-year period with BastayaPR, a non-profit organization in Puerto Rico.

National Safe Boating Week, which takes place May 16 - 22, is an annual event that encourages all boaters to practice safe boating. For more information on National Safe Boating Week as well as general boating safety information, please visit http://www.safeboatingcampaign.com/ and http://www.safeboatingcouncil.org.

For more information on the app, please visit http://www.uscg.mil/mobile or contact Lt. Anastacia Visneski at (202) 372-4648.

 
NEW ADDITION TO TBI’S TOP 10 MOST WANTED CAPTURED IN GILES COUNTY

STEVEN ARMSTRONG, THREE OTHERS, FACING CHARGES IN TBI JAIL RAPE INVESTIGATION


NASHVILLE – A man added this afternoon to the TBI’s Top 10 Most Wanted list, Steven Blake Armstrong, has been captured in Giles County.
The 22-year-old Lawrenceburg man was one of four men for whom Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation obtained indictments following an investigation into the rape of a fellow inmate in the Lawrence County Jail. This evening, acting on media broadcasts, a citizen contacted the TBI with information about Armstrong’s whereabouts, which led to his capture by TBI Agents and deputies from the Giles County Sheriff’s Department.
On January 30th, at the request of 22nd District Attorney General Brent Cooper, TBI Agents began investigating the incident, which occurred on December 25, 2014. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Armstrong, Clinton Brant Neal, Benjamin James Catron, and Alec Broc Bearden attacked a fellow inmate and forcibly raped him. The investigation further revealed Neal, 22, of Lawrenceburg, attempted to assault the inmate on two additional occasions in January. The inmate reported the incidents to the jail’s administrative staff, who referred the information to the District Attorney General, who in turn requested a TBI inquiry.
On April 23rd, a Lawrence County Grand Jury returned indictments for the four men, charging Neal with one count of Rape and two counts of Attempted Rape. The indictments charged Armstrong, Catron, 52, of Leoma, and Bearden, 22, of Summertown, with one count of Rape each.

 
TBI ARRESTS, CHARGES MAN IN LYNCHBURG STABBING CASE


NASHVILLE – Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested and charged a Moore County man following a stabbing on Friday in the Lynchburg area.
At the request of 17th District Attorney General Robert Carter, TBI Special Agents began investigating the incident, which occurred Friday morning at home on Pleasant Hill Road. The victim, an 18-year-old man, sustained multiple stab wounds and was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment. During the course of the investigation, Agents, working with investigators from the Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Department, developed information leading to the victim’s friend, Daniel Myers, as the individual responsible for the crime.


Early this morning, a TBI Agent arrested Myers and charged the 18-year-old with one count of Attempted Criminal Homicide. He was subsequently booked into the Moore County Jail, where at the time of this release, he was being held on $100,000 bond

 
Governor Declares May “Putting Investors First” Month

Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed May 2015 “Putting Investors First’ Month as a way to recognize the importance the investment profession as foundation of a strong and growing state economy. The proclamation acknowledges the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Societies in Tennessee for their commitment to excellence in the investment profession and for being champions for ethical behavior in investment markets.

The CFA Society of Nashville is the leading association of local investment professionals.  Their mission is to enable members to be leaders in the middle Tennessee investment community by promoting the value of the CFA designation and facilitating the exchange of ideas and resources among members and with the public.

“Putting Investors First” Month is the beginning of the campaign by the CFA Society of Nashville to celebrate the independent member society’s 50 years in the city, culminating with the Future of Finance Celebration to be held in July. The theme of the celebration will be to highlight the importance of professionals and regulators working together to protect the interests of the individual investor.  As part of the celebration, the Society will be raising donations to support two important financial literacy organizations in Tennessee: Rock the Street, Wall Street™ and the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission.

Rock The Street, Wall Street™ promotes careers in finance to high school girls. The Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission is a program of the Tennessee Treasury Department with a mission to equip Tennesseans with the knowledge to make sound financial decisions. These two organizations are focused on raising the next generation to be educated and informed investors. For more interest in the CFA Society of Nashville, visit CFASociety.org/Nashville.

 
EQUINE INFECTIOUS ANEMIA REPORTED IN WEST TENNESSEE

NASHVILLE—The state veterinarian is advising horse owners of four confirmed cases of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) in West Tennessee.


Four horses stabled at three locations in Henderson County recently tested positive for EIA. A second round of screening confirmed the positive results. State officials are now testing additional horses that stabled with or live near the infected horses.

EIA is a viral disease most commonly transmitted by biting insects. At this time, there is no vaccine or treatment. Although an infected horse can run a low-grade fever or become lethargic, often there are no clinical signs. A horse remains infected throughout its lifetime and can pass the disease to other horses. Owners of EIA-positive horses have two options:  lifetime quarantine of the animal or euthanasia.

A yearly Coggins test will screen for antibodies that are indicative of the presence of EIA. State law requires a negative Coggins test for any horse that is transported from its home farm to any event or other location.

To ensure the safety of your horse, make sure its Coggins test is current and that your animal does not have close contact with any horses that are not up-to-date. Cleanliness in and around your barn and a manure management plan can also help reduce the fly population.

The state veterinarian and staff are focused on animal health and disease prevention through disease testing and surveillance.

Tennessee normally experiences a few cases of EIA each year. For more information, contact your local veterinarian or the state veterinarian’s office at 615-837-5120.

 
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