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Stabbing Suspect Arrested
Jay Walker Thursday December 22, 2016

One person was arrested, another hospitalized following a stabbing incident that occurred Tuesday night at a residence on Virginia Street.
Police say 59 year old Dorothea Ann Lopez of West Sparta Street went to the residence of 42 year old Danielle Tyler to confront Tyler about text Tyler had sent her. Police say it turned into an altercation and Tyler was stabbed three times.
The victim was treated at River Park Hospital before being airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville.
Lopez was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.


Three Injured in Crash
Jay Walker Wednesday December 21, 2016

Three people were injured in a head-on crash early Tuesday morning on Smithville Highway.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 37 year old Samantha Stevens was traveling northbound in a Hyundai Sonata when her vehicle collided with a southbound Toyota Camry, driven by 41 year old Halinda Salkic. Both drivers were airlifted from the scene, as was a passenger in the Toyota, 24 year old Jennifer Melton.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Disaster Areas Declared
AP Wednesday December 21, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated more than half of Tennessee's counties as primary natural disaster areas because of damage and losses caused by drought conditions.
The counties covered by the designation range across the state, including Warren and surrounding counties. Farmers and ranchers in an additional 24 bordering Tennessee counties can qualify for natural disaster assistance, plus 12 in Kentucky, four in North Carolina, two each in Virginia and Mississippi and one in Alabama.
Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply low-interest emergency loans to cover their losses. The USDA's Farm Service Agency considers each application on its merits, taking into account the extent of losses, available security and ability to repay the loan.


Census Shows Growth
AP Wednesday December 21, 2016

Census estimates show Tennessee's population has grown in the past year by about 56,000 people.
The U.S. Census Bureau's 2016 estimate for Tennessee is 6,651,194, which is about 0.9 percent more than 2015. Nationally, the population grew by about 0.7 percent in the past year.
Between 2000 and 2010, Tennessee's population grew by 11.5 percent. The new estimates show the state's population has grown by another 300,000 people, or nearly 5 percent, since 2010.
Eight states lost population, led by Illinois, where the number of people declined by more than 37,000, or 0.3 percent.


WCHS Basketball
Jay Walker Wednesday December 21, 2016

The Warren County Pioneer basketball team advanced to the semifinal round of the Sonic Shootout Christmas Tournament at Sparta Tuesday with a 71-68 win over Smith County.
Irving Espinoza hit the game winner in the final seconds to give the Pioneers the win in the opening game of the tournament.
The Pioneers will play in the semifinal round Wednesday at 3:30. The tournament is being played at White County High School.
The Lady Pioneers begin play Wednesday in a holiday tournament in Birmingham, Alabama.


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