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10:40am

Tue February 24, 2015
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Lawyer says Holly Bobo case person of interest has committed suicide

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  An unindicted person of interest in the Holly Bobby kidnap and murder case has apparently committed suicide.

WKRN-TV is quoting Shayne Austin’s attorney, Luke Evans, saying that the 30-year-old Tennessee man took his own life while out of state.

Austin was never arrested in connection, but soon after Zach Adams was charged with Bobo’s murder, Austin was offered immunity for his testimony.

Prosecutors eventually withdrew the immunity deal saying that Austin was no longer cooperating with the investigation and had not been truthful.

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10:33am

Tue February 24, 2015
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Winter storm death toll rises to 27 in Tennessee

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Emergency Management Agency officials now say that 27 people around the state have died as a result of last week's ice storm and bone-chilling low temperatures.

State officials say at least nine of the victims died as a result of hypothermia.

Schools remained closed in many counties and thousands were still without power Monday as Tennesseans struggled to recover from one of the worst winter storms in memory.

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6:07pm

Mon February 23, 2015
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Sonya McCaul custody battle may be over

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Middle Tennessee foster family fighting to recover the little girl they raised from infancy could be out of options after a judge ruled that she no longer needs to be looked after by the state.

Tennessee Department of Children's Services took custody of Sonya McCaul when she was just 1 year old. That happened after a baby sitter brought the child to Tennessee from Nebraska and then failed to take her back.

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1:23pm

Mon February 23, 2015
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IRS warns on common tax scams

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --   We’re deep into tax season now, with 1099s and W-2s showing up in mid-state mailboxes and the IRS is warning residents about common tax scams.

At the top of the list is identity theft, followed by potential tax swindles pitched by phone and email. Mike Dobzinski with the I-R-S says to beware of I-R-S imposters telling you something like this ...

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12:59pm

Mon February 23, 2015
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Storms, freezing temps cause 22 deaths in Tennessee

Credit Rafferty Cleary / Stonecom Radio

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The death toll from this past week’s winter storms is up to 22 in Tennessee.

Officials say six deaths were the result of traffic accidents, three died in a fire, and nine succumbed to hypothermia. The rest were for various causes, including one man who couldn’t get to dialysis treatment.

Most of Middle Tennessee escaped additional damage during Friday’s ice storm, but the Cumberland Plateau wasn’t so lucky.

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