Officer who called UT's Butch Jones loses assignment

Aug 18, 2016
Univ. of Tennessee Sports

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Knoxville police officer who called Tennessee football coach Butch Jones during a rape investigation involving his players will no longer serve as the police department's liaison to the football team.

Knoxville police chief David Rausch said Wednesday that Sam Brown was removed from that assignment due to "reported concerns" about the relationship between the football program and the police department.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a trespassing charge brought against a Nashville Scene reporter by Rep. Jeremy Durham.

The Franklin Republican was the subject of a state attorney general's investigation that detailed allegations of sexual interactions with 22 women at the Legislature. Durham denied most of the allegations, but suspended his re-election campaign and was soundly defeated in the Republican primary this month.

Reporter Cari Wade Gervin had gone to Durham's house in May to ask him questions about his campaign spending.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Transit officials are asking for your input on a just proposed $6 billion transit plan for Middle Tennessee.

WSMV reports that the new plan was released Wednesday morning by the Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Regional Transportation Authority.

The plan, submitted by the nMotion project team, recommends 46 miles of light rail, 98 miles of freeway bus rapid transit, and 200 miles of pedestrian improvements.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Metro Nashville police officer has been decommissioned after being accused of slapping a woman during an arrest.

News outlets report police say Officer Elizabeth Berry-Loucks is charged with misdemeanor assault in Tuesday's early morning incident.

Officials say Berry-Loucks was conducting a search of a woman under arrest for drug and gun charges when Berry-Loucks was stuck by an uncapped syringe hidden in the suspect's bra. Police say that's when Berry-Loucks slapped the woman in the face.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Campaign finance documents indicate a more than $190,000 discrepancy between state Rep. Jeremy Durham's bank records and his re-election account.

The Tennessean reports ( ) that bank records show that that the Franklin Republican's campaign account had a balance of less than $7,000 even as his financial disclosure with the state said he had almost $200,000 on hand.