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Marijuana enthusiasts across U.S. observe 4/20

SEATTLE (AP) — From Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to Hippie Hill in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, marijuana enthusiasts are observing their 4/20 holiday with public smoke-outs, parties and, yes, great deals on weed. The annual celebration of cannabis culture is providing activists an opportunity to reflect on how far they’ve come, with the recreational use of marijuana legal…

East Tenn. sheriff’s office wants inmates to have tablets

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Knox County Sheriff’s Office has asked for an additional 900 computer tablets for jail inmates after they found success with a 300-tablet pilot program. News outlets report the Knox County Commission on Monday tentatively approved tablets for the Roger D. Wilson Detention Center. The purchase would give a one-to-one ratio of tablets for the jail’s…

Army crew chief killed in crash lived dream on Black Hawks

WASHINGTON (AP) – The crew chief who died in a Black Hawk crash earlier this week was afraid of heights, but his mother says that fear disappeared in the helicopter. Twenty-two-year-old Spc. Jeremy Tomlin was on a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter when it crashed into a Maryland golf course on Monday. Two others aboard during the training mission were critically…

Tennessee man indicted in assault before officer shot him

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says a Jefferson City man faces an indictment alleging he came at sheriff’s deputies with a knife before one officer shot and injured him. A TBI news release says 56-year-old James Rose was arrested and booked Tuesday into the Jefferson County Jail on a $30,000 bond. TBI says its investigation revealed…

Former sheriff’s recruit pleads to hit-and-run in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Prosecutors say a former sheriff’s office recruit has pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run collision that killed two pedestrians who were changing a tire on Interstate 40 in Memphis. The Shelby County district attorney’s office says 27-year-old Hunter Queen pleaded guilty Monday to vehicular homicide involving recklessness and leaving the scene of an accident involving death. Queen…

Williamson County Schools to eliminate class rank

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) – The Williamson County School board has approved the district’s decision to eliminate class rank in the face of its declining importance in college admissions. The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/2pQTqgJ ) that the board approved the amended policy supported by the majority of the staff Monday night. The district surveyed 89 colleges last year and 87 percent said…

Longtime volunteer fire chief indicted on theft charges

NEW MARKET, Tenn. (AP) – A longtime volunteer fire chief has been indicted on felony theft charges related to misuse of departmental funds. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/2pfNaTc) that 74-year-old Frank Solomon turned himself in to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on Monday after a grand jury indicted him earlier this month. The New Market Volunteer Fire Department chief…

Landscape company owner denies cheating foreign workers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The owner of a landscaping company that is accused in a lawsuit of cheating foreign workers out of money has vehemently denied the allegations. Burke Skelton, the owner of Murfreesboro-based Outdoors Unlimited, also said that he had not previously seen cell phone video taken by a former worker that appears to show one of his supervisors…

Prosecutor wants more information in fatal police shooting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A prosecutor has asked for more information in the investigation of a fatal police shooting involving a white officer and an armed African-American man. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced last week that it had finished its investigation into the Feb. 10 shooting of 31-year-old Jocques Scott Clemmons by Nashville Police Officer Josh Lippert. The agency…