NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Department of Children's Services has published the first set of child fatality statistics since an agency overhaul following revelations that child welfare officials did not know how many children were dying in DCS custody.
The statistics released this week were gathered under a new process for reporting, counting and investigating deaths.
The primary concern from lawmakers and the public has been cases where DCS workers were aware of abuse or neglect allegations and may have failed to act.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- A 16 year-old bag boy at a Murfreesboro grocery store is accusing a Rutherford County Circuit Court judge of threatening to harm him.
A police report filed two days after the incident occurred says Judge Larry Brandon allegedly made the threats while checking out at Jr's. Foodland on E. Main March 26.
The bag boy tells police he noticed items in the judge’s bag that hadn’t been paid for. When he brought the items to the attention of the judge and the cashier, the judge reportedly told them he’d purchased the items at another story.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Many inmates awaiting execution on Tennessee's death row never make it to the execution chamber.
The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1rYmkIk ) that since 2000, nine death row inmates have died of natural causes and one committed suicide. Six have been executed.
In November, inmate Paul Dennis Reid died of heart disease in a hospital while awaiting execution for a 1997 killing spree that led to seven deaths. The newspaper reports that the state spent nearly $600,000 on Reid's prison housing and medical costs.