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Local JC Penney Not Closing
Jay Walker Saturday March 18, 2017

Local officials are breathing a sigh of relief at the news that the McMinnville J.C. Penney store is NOT on the list of stores that will be closed by the company.
J.C. Penney recently announced it will close 138 stores nationwide to improve profitability. The company said approximately 5,000 positions nationwide will be impacted due to the closures.
Three J.C. Penney stores in Tennessee will be closed. They are in Greeneville, Knoxville and Union City.
J.C. Penney has been an anchor store in Three Star Mall since the mall first opened in the mid 1980s. Before that, they were located downtown.


Pioneer Baseball
Jay Walker Friday March 17, 2017

The Warren County Pioneer baseball team will be in the shadow of the Smoky Mountains this weekend for the Play for a Cure Tournament.
The Pioneers are scheduled to play Hardin Valley Friday at 3:30 and Gibbs Friday night at 7:00. Both of those games will be played at Sevierville. Saturday, the Pioneers will play Anderson County at 10:30 and will play Seymour at 1pm. Both of those games will be played at Seymour.
The next district action is Monday when the Pioneers will host Stone Memorial.


TBI Crime in Schools Report
Friday March 17, 2017

Crime is up slightly on college campuses in Tennessee – according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s recent “Crime on Campus” report.
27% of all crimes reported were considered theft.
Assaults went up by 21% and fraud increased by 8%, compared to the year before.
There was a 27% decrease in reported Rape offenses, from 62 in 2015 to 45 in 2016.
Motlow College reported good news as there were zero crimes reported in 2016.
The full 2016 “Crime on Campus” report, along with similar studies dating back to 2001, is available
The report was put together using data from the state’s colleges, universities, and law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System.


3rd Case of Bird Flu Detected
AP Friday March 17, 2017

A third commercial poultry breeding operation in Tennessee has tested positive for avian flu.
State agricultural officials on Thursday said the latest chicken breeding facility to be infected is in Lincoln County, close to a farm that was diagnosed with bird flu less than two weeks ago. Officials say the chickens at both facilities have the same strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Another chicken breeding facility has been diagnosed with infected birds is in neighboring Giles County.
State officials said the chickens at all three facilities have been killed off.
Officials say the strains of bird flu that have sickened the Tennessee chickens do not pose a threat to the food supply.


Loaded Guns in Boats Approved by House
AP Friday March 17, 2017

People could carry loaded guns on their boats in a bill approved by the Tennessee House of Representatives.
The House favored a bill Thursday that would let people who can legally have loaded or unloaded guns and ammunition bring them on their boats. GOP bill sponsor Rep. Micah Van Huss said the current law is unclear.
He said the bill would let law-abiding Tennesseans defend themselves.
The bill wouldn't apply to government or private boats with written policies prohibiting guns and ammunition for people who aren't required to have them to work on board.
Van Huss said the bill expands a previous law letting people have guns and ammunition in their cars. The new bill would clarify those guns could be loaded.
The bill still needs Senate approval.


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