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Man Shoots Caregiver, Kills Himself
Jay Walker Friday April 29, 2016
Police say an 87 year old Center Street resident shot his caregiver and then turned the gun on himself Wednesday night.
Reports indicate 87 year old Gerald Medley argued with 52 year old Melissa Foster before shooting her multiple times. She was able to get to a neighbor's house, where police found her badly wounded. She was airlifted to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga.
Police tried to negotiate with Medley by phone before he reportedly took his own life.
The incident is still under investigation.
Pill Take-back Day
Jay Walker Friday April 29, 2016
The DEA and McMinnville Police will be conducting a Pill Take-back Day on Saturday, April 30th, at the McMinnville Police Department.
This will be an opportunity for citizens to get rid of any expired or unused prescription medications that may be in your medicine cabinet.
You can drop off the medications at the Police Department Saturday between 10am and 2pm, and the medicines will be disposed of safely .
If you can't make it on the 30th, the McMinnville Police Department has a collection bin where you can bring your expired or unused medications at any time of the day or night. It is located in the foyer at the front of police headquarters on Red Road.
Counseling Bill Signed into Law
WKRN Thursday April 28, 2016
Governor Bill Haslam signed the controversial counseling bill into law Wednesday.
The bill allows mental health therapists to turn patients away based on the counselors’ personal and strongly held principles.
Haslam there are two key provisions of the legislation that address the concerns he had about clients not receiving care.
The governor said the bill clearly states that it ‘shall not apply to a counselor or therapist when an individual seeking or undergoing counseling is in imminent danger of harming themselves or others.
He said the substance of the bill doesn’t address a group, issue or belief system but rather “allows counselors to refer a client to another counselor when the goals or behaviors would violate a sincerely held principle.”
Haslam, he says, believes it is “reasonable” to allow counselors to determine if and when someone would be better served by another counselor.
The American Counseling Association (ACA), scheduled to hold their convention in Nashville next year, says the bill is in direct violation of its Code of Ethics
There is no word on whether or not the ACA will continue to hold their 2017 convention in Nashville. If they choose to move it, Nashville stands to lose upwards of $2.5 million in visitor spending.
TDOE Cuts Ties with Test Company
AP Thursday April 28, 2016
The Tennessee Department of Education announced Wednesday it is terminating its contract with Measurement Inc., due to several missed deadlines.
Measurement Inc., was responsible for the TNReady test.
In a release, the department said all school districts were still waiting on some testing materials for third through eighth grades to arrive.
Officials said some 2 million testing documents had yet to be shipped.
The announcement was made at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
High school testing will continue as planned, but the state is suspending part two of TN Ready tests for third through eighth grades.
The state is working on finding a new vendor for next year.
Earlier this year, the TNReady test was changed from an online test to a paper test after the system crashed on what was supposed to be the first day of testing.
Jay Walker Thursday April 28, 2016
The Warren County Pioneer baseball team steps away from district play Thursday when they host Wilson Central at Patrick Ramsey Field. The first pitch is set for 6pm.
The Lady Pioneer softball team will also be in action as they host Stone Memorial in a doubleheader starting at 4pm.