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7:57am

Thu April 3, 2014
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Children's Services Releases Child Death Figures

 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.

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7:35am

Wed April 2, 2014
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New Charge Against Man in Holly Bobo Case

Zachary Rye Adams
Credit tbi.state.tn.us/

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities have added a charge of witness coercion against a man accused of kidnapping and killing Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says agents served an arrest warrant on the new charge against 29-year-old Zachary Rye Adams on Tuesday.

Adams has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping charges in the Bobo case. He is jailed without bond in Chester County.

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8:10am

Tue April 1, 2014
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Rutherford County Judge Accussed of Threatening to "Cut" Bag Boy

Judge Larry Brandon

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.

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7:22am

Tue April 1, 2014
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State Commission Recommends Pre-K Expansion

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/TNS) — The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth is recommending the state expand its pre-K and home visitation programs to help youth be more successful in school and life.

 

The commission is basing its recommendations on a policy report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation's Kids Count project.

The Commission’s Linda O’Neal says the report identifies disparities between racial and ethnic groups and recommends ways to address them.

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11:46am

Mon March 31, 2014
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Tennessee Death Row Inmates Dying of Natural Causes

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.

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