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Fake ID Scammers Face Harsher Punishment
WATE Wednesday June 21, 2017

Scammers who use fake caller ID now face harsher punishment thanks to a new Tennessee law.
The new legislation hopes to crack down on a practice known as "caller ID spoofing" which is now classified as a class a misdemeanor. It involves to sending inaccurate or misleading caller ID information with the intent to defraud, harm or steal. That could mean up to a $10,000 penalty per violation.
Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak said These new protections give law enforcement more ways to punish perpetrators and, hopefully, prevent scammers from hurting our senior population.
Even though scammers will face harsher punishments, the TDCI said it's important to be watchful of the warning signs of a scam.
* Don't answer the phone if your number shows up on your phone's Caller ID.
* Don't attempt to call the number back, and do not press any buttons if prompted.
* If you do answer the call, don't give out your personal or financial information. Never give your personal information over the phone to someone you don't know.
* If you believe you're the victim of an ID Spoofing scam, call TDCI's Division of Consumer Affairs at (615) 741-4737 or file a complaint online.
* If you lost money on a scam as a result of ID Spoofing, immediately report the theft to your local police or sheriff's department.


Warren County Gets Clean Audit
Jay Walker Wednesday June 21, 2017

Warren County is one of twelve counties in Tennessee that received a clean audit for the 2015-16 fiscal year. That announcement was made by Rep. Paul Sherrell and Sen. Janice Bowling Monday night at the County Commission meeting.
Sherrell said Warren County was recognized by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office for the audit having produced no findings.
Director of Finances Linda Hillis, who handles the county's finances, was honored and recognized by the state officials and county commissioners for her record keeping.


Deputies Shot in Manchester
Tuesday June 20, 2017

Two deputies with the Coffee County Sheriff's Office have been injured in a shooting at the county courthouse.
The incident occurred Monday afternoon at the Coffee County Justice Center in Manchester.
District Attorney General Craig Northcott said an inmate identified as 37 year-old Michael Eugene Bell was in the courthouse for a scheduled hearing on charges of domestic-related kidnapping, evading arrest and other charges.
Deputy Wade Bassett was in the process of escorting Bell to be transported back to the Coffee County Jail. Northcott said Bell then attacked the deputy and a scuffle ensued.
Bell was able to wrestle away Bassett's firearm and shot him once in the abdomen. Officials said Deputy Bassett was protected because he was wearing a bulletproof vest. Bassett did receive an injury to his right hand during the struggle.
The suspect then went to the first floor of the three story building and as he was exiting the building he shot Deputy Wendell Bowen on his way out.
TBI Director Mark Gwyn said the suspect entered a home on Madison Street before exiting out the back and going into the yard of an adjacent house. It was there where officials said the suspect shot himself and died from his injuries.
Deputy Bassett was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment and Bowen underwent surgery at Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.


Warren County Commission
Jay Walker Tuesday June 20, 2017

By a vote of 19-5, the Warren County Commission Monday night said NO to the idea of a 19 cent property tax increase to fund school improvements. The non-binding vote came at the request of Director of Schools Bobby Cox, who wanted to determine what kind of support the increase would receive from commissioners.
In other business, commissioners approved a resolution to fix the maximum speed limit on Smartt Station Road to 35 miles per hour, Henegar Road to 35 miles per hour, Tenpenny Road to 35 miles per hour and Short Mountain Road to 45 miles per hour.
Commissioners also approved the official county road list .


Driver Testing Center Update
Jay Walker Tuesday June 20, 2017

Warren County's Driver Testing Center is just one step away from remaining open at least through the end of next June. The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen, by a 4-3 vote, approved committing funds not to exceed 4,000 a month for rent through June 30th, 2018. Alderman Ben Newman, who voted against last week's measure that called for a 2-year deal, changed his vote Monday and voted for the ordinance for the one-year deal. Also voting YES were Aldermen Chastain and Alsbrook and Mayor Jimmy Haley. Voting NO were Aldermen Harvey, Neal and Brock.
Later Monday evening, the Warren County Commission voted unanimously to reimburse the City $2,000 a month to help keep the center open.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen will vote on second and final reading of the ordinance at its next meeting on June 27th.


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