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Policy and Personnel
Jay Walker Tuesday July 28, 2015

The Warren County Commission's Policy and Personnel Committee will meet Tuesday evening to accept the resignation of the Codes Director.
The meeting will begin at 5pm at the Administrative Building.


McMinnville Board
Jay Walker Tuesday July 28, 2015

The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet Tuesday night in regular session to consider on second reading the budget ordinance. The proposed budget carries no tax increase.
Also on the agenda is an ordinance to annex certain property owned by Cornerstone Baptist Church, containing 3 acres. The property would be zoned C-2 General Commercial.
The board meeting begins at 7pm at City Hall. It will be preceded at 6:50pm by a public hearing to get comments on the proposed budget.
The Parks and Recreation Committee will meet at 6:30.


Armed Robbery
Jay Walker Tuesday July 28, 2015

McMinnville police are investigating a report of an armed robbery that occurred Sunday night. Police say the victim was at an apartment on Muncey Street when he heard a dog barking. He told police when he went to investigate, he was approached by a man wearing a black mask and armed with a handgun. The victim was ordered to get on the floor and was struck with the weapon. The victim said he could hear another person rummaging through items in the apartment.
The perpetrators got away with some cash and some medications.
No arrests have been made as the investigation continues.


River Park to be Bought by St. Thomas
Monday July 27, 2015

St. Thomas Health has announced it will buy River Park and three other hospitals in the area.
According to the agreement, St. Thomas will acquire River Park, Highlands Medical Center in Sparta, DeKalb Community Hospital in Smithville and Stones River Hospital in Woodbury, all of which are currently owned by Capella Healthcare.
The four hospitals have been a part of a joint venture between Capella and St. Thomas since 2012.
St. Thomas says having full ownership will enable them to better serve patients in those hospitals, close to where they live..


Overton Co. Fire Chief Arrested
Monday July 27, 2015

An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and investigators with the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury has resulted in the indictment of a former chief of an Overton County volunteer fire department.
At the request of then-13th District Attorney General Randall York, on May 8, 2014, the TBI began investigating a complaint of funds missing from the financial account of the Hardys Chapel Volunteer Fire Department in Cookeville. An audit of the departmentís finances by the Comptrollerís office found a cash shortage of at least $37,496.11 from January 1, 2013, through May 31, 2014. The investigation revealed former Hardys Chapel Fire Chief Terry Lee Priest as the individual responsible for the theft.
On July 17th, the Overton County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging the 51-year-old with one count of Theft over $10,000. Today, Priest was arrested at his residence in Sparta and was transported to the Overton County Jail, where he was booked on a $40,000 bond.


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