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Monday February 20, 2017
The Tennessee Highway Patrol last week followed behind TDOT Help Trucks in an event labeled Operation S.O.S., or Safety on the Smart ways. The goal was to educate and inform motorists on the importance of moving over to give space for all who work on and along the highways.
The move-over law requires drivers to move over or slow down for emergency and service workers who are working along the highway.
Operation S.O.S. resulted in the THP issuing 41 move-over citations, one texting and driving citation and one DUI arrest.
Fugitive Caught in Coffee County
Monday February 20, 2017
A fugitive from justice was captured last week in Coffee County. 36 year old Stacy Sibley Stewart was located at a residence in Normandy. Authorities say he was in possession of a gram of meth.
He had been wanted on warrants out of Coffee, Warren and Bedford Counties as well as Illinois.
He faces charges of being a fugitive from justice, violation of probation and drug charges.
Girls' Tournament Finals
Jay Walker Monday February 20, 2017
The girls' portion of the District 6AAA Tournament will wrap up Monday night at WCHS with the Consolation and Championship games.
In the consolation game, the White County Warriorettes will face Cookeville at 6pm.
The Championship game will have Cumberland County against Stone Memorial at 7:30.
The boys' portion of the tournament will conclude Tuesday night.
Panel Says Former Rep. Violated Harassment Policy
AP Monday February 20, 2017
A House ethics panel has found that former Republican Rep. Mark Lovell violated the Legislature's sexual harassment policy before resigning from the body this week.
The Tennessean reports that the investigative memo does not detail the specific allegations against Lovell but that it confirms that the House Ethics Subcommittee found the former lawmaker guilty.
Lovell denied any misconduct in a statement issued on Friday but also issued an apology for what a spokeswoman called "any actions that may have been misconstrued as harassment."
Rep. Steve McDaniel of Parker's Crossroads is the chairman of the House Ethics Committee. He tells the paper that the chamber can't mete out any punishment because Lovell has resigned.
Lovell was first elected to the suburban Shelby County seat in November.
Jay Walker Sunday February 19, 2017
The Warren County Pioneers lost a heartbreaker to Cookeville Saturday night as the Cavaliers sank a last second shot to claim a 49-47 win. With the loss, the Pioneers will play in the Tournament consolation game Tuesday night against Stone Memorial.
The Pioneers were led in scoring by K'Rojhn Calbert with 22 points. Chance Hobbs added 14.