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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.


DesJarlais on Gunman's List
WRCB Tuesday June 20, 2017

Chattanooga TV station WRCB has confirmed that the name of District 4 U.S. Congressman Scott DesJarlais was on a list found on the man accused of shooting five people during a GOP practice session for a charity baseball game last week.
Spokesman Brendan Thomas told Channel 3 that the congressman's office cannot confirm the nature of the list held by James T. Hodgkinson.
Hodgkinson was killed in the gunfight that followed the shooting. Five people were injured in the shooting, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, two U.S, Capitol police officers, a Congressional staffer and a lobbyist.
Thomas says DesJarlais' office was notified about the list shortly after the incident at the baseball field.
NBC reports that the list was found in Hodgkinson's pocket contained the names of several Republican representatives, according to officials briefed on the FBI investigation.
The officials said investigators don't know what the list of names means, but members of Congress have been briefed.


Committee Meeting
Jay Walker Tuesday June 20, 2017

The Warren County Commission's Building and Grounds and Budget and Finance Committees will meet in a joint session Tuesday to discuss jail expansion proposals and appraisal authorization for property conveyance.
The meeting will begin at 4pm at the Administrative Building.


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