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TBI Hate Crime Report
Tuesday May 19, 2015

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released its annual statistical studies on hate crimes and law enforcement officers targeted for violence while on duty.
Both studies center on data submitted by the state's law enforcement agencies to the TBI.
In 2014, Tennessee law enforcement departments reported 340 victims of 295 bias-motivated incidents in Tennessee, which represents a 2.6 percent decrease in the number of victims since 2013.
The number of victims indicated in offenses possessing a religious bias increased from eight victims in 2013 to 21 in 2014.
42 victims and 43 offenders of the reported 2014 hate crimes were juveniles.
Among the findings of officers killed or assaulted in 2014, law enforcement departments reported 1,704 victims and 1,378 incidents last year, which represents a 7.7 percent decrease in the number of victims.
In 2014, there were no officers reported as being feloneously killed in the line of duty. The most frequently reported offense was simple assault, at 57.1 percent.


Click it or Ticket
Tuesday May 19, 2015

Just ahead of one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, law enforcement will be cracking down on seat belt violators. The Governor's Highway Safety Office is partnering with law enforcement statewide now through May 31st for the national Click it or Ticket enforcement mobilization.
Officials said Tennessee reached its highest seat belt use rate last year at 87.7 percent. However, Tennessee is still considered a low-use state on a national level.
Tennesseans can expect to see more law enforcement out on the roads during the remainder of the month, looking specifically for seat belt violators.


Coffee County Bans Scalpers
Monday May 18, 2015

Ticket scalpers at Bonnaroo may find themselves facing a fine next month. Manchester and Coffee County officials have passed laws to stop the resale of tickets within Coffee County. This pertains to Bonnaroo or any other entertainment event.
Anyone found in violation may have to forfeit each ticket in question and could also be fined $50 for each one.
The ban does not apply to reselling on the internet.
Officials say the main reason for the law is safety. Sometimes sellers will walk out into traffic to sell tickets or buyers will stop their vehicles in the middle of the road to make a purchase.


Warren County Commission
Jay Walker Monday May 18, 2015

The full Warren County Commission will meet Monday night to consider six resolutions, a budget amendment and an appointment.
The resolutions include a measure to authorize the use of county funds to supplement the cost of expanding the airport runway and authorizing the county attorney to initiate the condemnation litigation as the county tries to get the land for the expansion.
Other resolutions include the naming of two bridges in honor of local veterans.
Monday night's meeting begins at 6:30pm at the Administrative Building.


Former Lawmakers Covered by State Insurance
AP Friday May 15, 2015

Tennessee records show that there are more former lawmakers enrolled in the health insurance plan for state employees than current lawmakers.
The Knoxville News Sentinel cited records from the state office of benefits administration in reporting that 148 former lawmakers are enrolled compared to 116 current members.
State law allows those elected to the state Legislature to remain on the taxpayer-subsidized state employee health plan for life, though they are required to pay premiums.


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