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Authorities Crackdown on Sex Trafficking
AP Monday February 8, 2016
Authorities said more than 20 people have been arrested on charges related to sex trafficking and online exploitation of children in Tennessee and Georgia.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Friday that law enforcement officers conducted "Operation Watchful Guardians" this week in the two states. Agents conducted simultaneous operations that investigated and prosecuted people accused of being sex traffickers and online predators.
Agents arrested 16 men attempting to purchase sex from a prostitute and four women who were advertised as prostitutes. Victims of sex trafficking were identified and offered housing, counseling and addiction treatment.
In addition, three men were arrested for attempting to use the Internet to find underage girls for sex.
Three Juveniles To Be Tried as Adults
Monday February 8, 2016
Three of the four juvenile suspects in the murder of a Mt. Leo resident last month will be tried as adults. The ruling came during a transfer hearing that was conducted behind closed doors last Thursday.
Charles Guess, Malik Scott and Melvin Horn will face charges as adult in the murder of 43 year old Osbaldo Luna. A fourth juvenile, Sam Brinkley, who authorities say fired the fatal gunshots that killed Luna, has been ordered to undergo a mental evaluation, after which, he could also be tried as an adult.
Cases against the two adults in the crime, Tyler Allen Jones and Nicholas McGee, have been bound over to the Grand Jury.
Jay Walker Monday February 8, 2016
The Eastside Lady Bulldogs and the Morrison Eagles are the champions of the 2016 Warren County Elementary Basketball Tournament, which concluded Saturday.
The Eastside girls defeated Irving College 33 to 23. The Morrison boys defeated Centertown 43 to 26.
Taking third place in the girls division was Dibrell, who beat Centertown 40 to 18. The boys consolation game saw Boyd defeat Dibrell 42 to 31.
Tn Promise Deadline Approaching
Monday February 8, 2016
February 15, 2016 is a critical deadline for three important requirements for Tennessee high school students who wish to attend Motlow State Community College and take advantage of the Tennessee Promise scholarship.
By Feb. 15, student applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); they must complete a Motlow admissions application; and they must attend their first mandatory Tennessee Promise meeting coordinated by TN Achieves.
The Tennessee Promise scholarship is available to Tennessee high school seniors throughout the Motlow 11-county service area, without an academic or income requirement.
To apply to Motlow, students can go to the Motlow website at www.mscc.edu and click on “Apply Now.”
Jay Walker Saturday February 6, 2016
The Warren County Lady Pioneers picked up their first district win of the season Friday night with a 54-42 decision over Rhea County. Saydee Winfree led the scoring with 14 points. Allison Hitchcock had 11 and Elsa Eckenrod added 10.
In the boys' game, the Pioneers notched their 4th district win, defeating Rhea County 60-44. Isaiah Grayson led the way with 24 points. Trevor Gaines added 23.
Warren County will host Coffee County Tuesday night at Charlie Dalton Gym. It will be Senior Night.