‘Walking Dead’ actor arrested in Newport
The Newport Police Department reported earlier this week Joshua Lee Turner, 34, was arrested Wednesday at a residence on Lennon Circle in the city.
Newport patrol officer Shane Bower said Turner had erroneously been released from a jail in Oregon where he was being held on a probation violation. He reportedly was in Newport visiting a relative.
Turner played the role of the “Tattooed Savior” in several episodes of “The Walking Dead.”
He is being held in the Cocke County Jail pending extradition to Oregon, where the original charge was filed.
The underlying charge reportedly stemmed from an assault.
Cocke County road reopened
All Newport Utility work on Rock Hill Road has been completed, however, the Cocke County Road Department continues to make road repairs. NU Engineer David Gilliam says the road is back open to traffic, with one lane closed near the damaged site.
The road was closed earlier this week after a waterline was washed out by flood waters from the parallel French Broad River. The waterline was moved to the other side of the road, and as a result the road is undergoing repair.
THP to hold sobriety checkpoint
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety roadside safety checkpoint Friday evening on Highway 160, near Fowlers Grove Road in Cocke County.
Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States. Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Troopers will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol recognizes that sobriety checkpoints are highly visible and effective tools in the battle against impaired driving.
Projects to improve broadband internet planned in Tennessee
NASHVILLE (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $9 million on high-speed broadband internet projects in 10 rural Tennessee counties.
USDA officials said in a statement Thursday that the broadband projects will create or improve high speed internet connectivity in more than 3,700 households and more than 70 businesses and farms.
Projects are planned in Cumberland, Houston, Henry, Maury, Montgomery, Rutherford, Smith, Stewart, Williamson and Wilson counties.
Rural areas around the country have been clamoring for more high-speed internet access for use in schools, libraries, homes and businesses such as farms.
Funds come from the federal ReConnect Pilot Program, which provides loans and grants to help build broadband infrastructure in rural parts of the country. In March 2018, Congress provided $600 million to USDA to expand broadband infrastructure and services under the program.
3 charged with stealing from youth shooting program
MADISONVILLE (AP) — Three people have been charged with stealing $30,000 from a youth clay target shooting program in Tennessee, authorities said.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents began investigating theft of money from the 4-H Scholastic Clay Target Program in Monroe County in December 2015, the state police agency said in a news release Wednesday.
During the investigation, agents found that Mary Ellen Sellin, Timothy Scott Sellin, and Tony Aram Millsaps stole about $30,000 from the program over several years, the TBI said.
Mary Ellen Sellin handled funds for the organization, while Timothy Sellin and Millsaps served as coaches for the program, the TBI said.
All three turned themselves in to authorities on the theft charges this week. They have been released on bond. It was not immediately clear if they had lawyers to speak on their behalf about the charges.
The Scholastic Clay Target Program is sponsored by the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation. The program supports students from elementary, high school and college who take part in trap, skeet and sporting clay shooting.
Police: Drunken driver with baby in car fatally struck man
MEMPHIS (AP) — A Tennessee man was expected in court Monday after police said he was driving under the influence with a baby in his car when he hit and killed a man.
Semarcus Carter, 25, stayed on the scene after the crash and was found with a strong smell of alcohol, glossy eyes and slurred speech, news outlets reported citing an affidavit.
Maurice Dickerson was pronounced dead on the scene of the crash Saturday night in Memphis, police said.
Carter admitted to drinking hours before the collision, according to news outlets. He was driving the vehicle with his 8-month-old son and another passenger in the car, police said.
Spirit Airlines moving operations center to Nashville
NASHVILLE (AP) — Spirit Airlines and Tennessee officials say the low-cost carrier is moving its operations control center from Florida to the Nashville area.
The project to move the operations center from Miramar, Florida, to Williamson County, Tennessee, represents an investment of $11.3 million and will bring 345 jobs to Tennessee over the next five years, officials said Thursday.
Spirit will move more than 240 positions from Florida to Tennessee, officials said.
The center handles flight dispatch, crew scheduling, maintenance control, aircraft routing, air traffic control coordination and other aspects of the business. Headquartered in South Florida, Spirit entered the Nashville market in October with nonstop flights to several cities.