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EMS Investigated by State Comptroller
Jay Walker Wednesday June 10, 2015

A new investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office has revealed that employees of the Warren County EMS-Rescue Service received wages totaling over $23,000 for time worked at another entity or for time that was not documented.
Investigators found that two employees received a total of $3,514 in wages from EMS for hours in which they were working for a separate job not associated with Warren County government. Comptroller investigators compared time sheets for both entities and noted 256 hours which overlapped.
Additionally, 12 employees received over $20,000 in wages from EMS for hours that had no documentation to support the employees were at work.
Warren County officials say they are now implementing a time clock system that utilizes an employee's thumbprint at EMS.
The investigative report also outlines concerns with the calculation and documentation of vacation, sick and compensatory leave. Additional payroll problems were also noted in the report.
All the findings and recommendations have been reviewed with the District Attorney General's office.
Comptroller Justin Wilson said many of the problems noted in the report could have been avoided with improved oversight and better record keeping.
To view the investigation online, go to .


TDOT Plans for Bonnaroo
Tuesday June 9, 2015

With 80,000 Bonnaroo fans converging on Manchester this week, the area in and around Coffee County will see increased traffic, especially on Wednesday and Sunday.
State law enforcement and transportation officials are finalizing plans to keep traffic flowing smoothly on I-24 and other roads near the festival site.
Efforts will be concentrated on keep I-24 traffic flowing. Festival traffic will be kept in the right lane and right shoulder of the interstate, allowing traffic to use the left lane unimpeded.
Exit 111 at Highway 55 will be used as the main festival exit. Exits 97, 105, 112, 117 and 127 are alternate exits if congestion occurs on the interstate.
This year, Bonnaroo will officially open all its gates Wednesday evening at 8pm to allow more time for vehicles to enter the campgrounds.
During last year's Bonnaroo, troopers logged nearly 6,000 man-hours, worked 11 traffic crashes with no fatalities or injuries, and wrote 124 citations.
The festival begins Thursday night and ends Sunday night.


TBI Domestic Violence Report
Tuesday June 9, 2015

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released its latest study into the scope and nature of domestic violence offenses, as reported by Tennessee's law enforcement agencies.
The study utilizes data sent to the TBI and includes reported offenses which occurred from 2012 to 2014.
According to the findings: simple assault was, by far, the most frequently reported offense, accounting for 68.4 percent of all domestic violence offenses.
Females were three times more likely to be victimized than males.
From 2012 to 2014, victims were six times more likely to be abused by a spouse than an ex-spouse in domestic-related offenses.
Domestic violence resulted in 270 murder victims during the three-year study period.
Juveniles accounted for 58.9 percent of victims reporting a victim-to-offender relationship as child or step-child.


Committee Meetings
Jay Walker Tuesday June 9, 2015

Three committees of the Warren County Commission have scheduled meetings for Tuesday.
The Financial Management Committee will meet at 3:30 to award bids for numerous school system projects and programs.
The Health and Welfare Committee will meet at 4pm to receive reports from Animal Control and the Health and Sanitation Departments.
The Budget and Finance Committee will meet at 4:45 to discuss budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.
All meetings will take place at the Administrative Building.


McMinnville Board
Jay Walker Tuesday June 9, 2015

The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday night will vote on second reading of an ordinance to remove the distance requirement of 300 feet between a church or school and places that sell beer. The same ordinance was defeated last October, but it was brought back to the table two weeks ago, where it passed first reading.
In other business, the board will consider a resolution to authorize the continuance of expenditures until the new budget is passed, and an ordinance to sanction a special event called Smokin' in McMinnville and to allow a qualified nonprofit organization to apply for a special event permit to sell beer at the event.
Tuesday night's board meeting begins at 7pm at City Hall.
The board meeting will be preceded at 6:15 by a meeting of the Safety Committee.
The Building and Grounds, Water and Sewer and Streets and Sanitation Committees have scheduled meeting after the board meeting to discuss budgets.


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