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National Trails Day
Thursday May 18, 2017

Tennessee State Parks will celebrate National Trails Day with free, guided hikes at all 56 parks on Saturday, June 3.
Events will include free, ranger-led hikes through areas with waterfalls and scenic vistas as well as hikes focused on local history and trail clean-ups.
Several Tennessee State Natural Areas, including Short Springs Natural Area near Tullahoma, are hosting free, guided hikes.
Those planning to take part in National Trails Day are reminded to come prepared by wearing clothes and sturdy shoes you do not mind getting dirty or wet. A personal water bottle and snacks are also recommended.


Democrats Ready for J-Day
AP Thursday May 18, 2017

Tennessee Democrats are preparing for their annual Jackson Day fundraiser they are now referring to as "J-Day."
The event has long been named after President Andrew Jackson, a Tennessean who is considered the father of the Democratic Party.
While the state party has celebrated Jackson's legacy as a general and the country's seventh president, Chairwoman Mary Mancini has said Democrats shouldn't ignore the former president's participation in slavery and the forced removal of native Americans.
Party spokesman Jason Freeman says the official name of Friday's event is the Three Star Jackson Day Dinner. But a Tuesday press release touting the event as being sold out refers only to "J-Day."
Numerous speeches are scheduled for statewide candidates and office holders.


Building and Grounds
Jay Walker Thursday May 18, 2017

The Warren County Commission's Building and Grounds Committee will meet Thursday to discuss budgets, to discuss the fairgrounds ball fields, and to discuss property conveyance negotiations.
The meeting will begin at 5pm at the Administrative Building.


HRC Executive Charged
WSMV Wednesday May 17, 2017

A member of the executive staff with the Tennessee Human Rights Commission is accused of sexual exploiting a minor.
Christopher Stephenson, 42, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
Investigators, acting on a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, determined that an IP address used to access child pornography online was registered to Stephenson's Antioch address.
A search warrant was executed and Stephenson's electronic devices were seized. Police said sexual images of minors were found during forensic examinations of the equipment by Metro police.
Stephenson is the Title VI compliance director with the state-run organization.
His bond was set at $500,000.
Police said Stephenson possessed child pornography and distributed it, but did not produce it.


Missing Girl Found
Wednesday May 17, 2017

17 year old Sarah Key, who was the subject of an ongoing Endangered Child Alert was found Tuesday in Watertown.
Authorities said the White County teenager was found in Watertown by the Wilson County Sheriff's Office and police.
Key was discovered missing by her family last Friday morning. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation previously reported that Key may have been with a 30 year old man who had been ordered by law to stay away from her.
It was unknown if that that man was with Key when she was found.


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