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Transparency Advocates Push for Records Policy Change
AP Thursday October 12, 2017

Transparency advocates push for public records policy change
Open records advocates are pushing for Tennessee agencies to allow citizens to take cellphone photographs of public records.
In January, The Tennessee Office of Open Records Counsel issued a model policy that forbade requestors from making copies of records with personal equipment, following the adoption of a state law requiring government offices to establish written public records policies.
State Sen. Mike Bell, R-Riceville, told The Tennessean the restrictions, adopted by the Wildlife Resource Agency and Department of Transportation, put an undue burden on requestors.
Bell asked the two departments to review their policies Sept. 20 and petitioned the Office of Open Records Counsel to draft new language. State Comptroller Justin Wilson said the counsel believes the language is appropriate.
Bell said he might sponsor a bill addressing the issue.


Twitter Reverses Decision on Blackburn Ad
AP Thursday October 12, 2017

Twitter is reversing a decision to keep Tennessee Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn from promoting a campaign video on that platform because of the congresswoman's statements about the sale of fetal tissue for medical research.
Blackburn, a Republican running for the seat being opened by the pending retirement of Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, boasts in the ad that she "stopped the sale of baby body parts."
Twitter initially told the candidate's vendors that the statement was "inflammatory," but the company reconsidered after viewing "the ad in the context of the entire message."
Blackburn chaired a Republican-run House investigatory panel created after anti-abortion activists released secretly recorded videos showing Planned Parenthood officials discussing how they sometimes provide fetal tissue to researchers, which is legal if no profit is made.


McMinnville Board
Jay Walker Wednesday October 11, 2017

The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday night approved an ordinance to accept a bid of Investment Partners LLC in the amount of $25,000 for the purchase of the two city lots on Main Street. Local realtor Bobby Kirby said the plan is to build two 2-story buildings, with the bottom level being a storefront with condos upstairs. Work is expected to begin sometime in the Spring or Summer of next year.
In other business, the board approved the transfer of three parcels of property to Habitat for Humanity for the construction of homes.
The board also approved the appointment of Michael Griffith, Matt Sands, John Partin, Christy Ross and Katie Kamezis to the Tourism Development Board.


Grundy County Death Investigated
WRCB Wednesday October 11, 2017

The Grundy County Sheriff's Office is investigating a death after a body was found last week.
The discovery was made on October 6, in a wooded area of Altamont.
Sheriff Clint Shrum says the body has been identified as 35-year-old Dylan Winton from Tracy City.
Winton was reported missing on March 13 of this year.
An official cause of death has not been determined; however, Sheriff Shrum confirms that Winton was shot multiple times.
The investigation is ongoing.


BBB Warns of Scams
Wednesday October 11, 2017

The Better Business Bureau collects data and shares the anonymous information with law enforcement agencies for use in identifying and prosecuting scammers.
According to a bureau study, contrary to popular perception, it's not mainly the elderly or uneducated who are victims of scams, but it turns out, millennials are the most common victims. Those born from 1980 to 1995 are most vulnerable because they suffer from what is called "optimism bias." They don't think it's going to happen to them.
The BBB survey says 69 percent of victims are under 45, and 78 percent hold college or graduate degrees.
Another finding is men are actually more susceptible to scams than women.
Ultimately, they're looking for ways to steal your money year round. That's why the IRS tax scam, tops the BBB list as the most common hoax.
Another scammer tactic is to call and say you've missed jury duty. The IRS and local court will not call and force you to pay now. High pressure tactics is a red flag of a scam.
Don't think it can't happen to you, be alert.


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