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CRUELTY TO ANIMALS

A ROGERSVILLE MAN WAS CHARGED WITH CRUELTY TO ANIMALS SUNDAY, AFTER DEPUTIES SAY THEY DISCOVERED SEVEN DOGS IN A CAGE WITH NO VISIBLE FLOOR DUE TO THE AMOUNT OF FECES. ACCORDING TO THE HAWKINS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT, 40 YEAR OLD PAUL ELLIS JR WAS ARRESTED SUNDAY AFTER DEPUTIES RETURNED TO A HOME IN THE 200 BLOCK OF MEADOWVIEW ROAD TO CHECK ON SOME DOGS ON THE PROPERTY. THE REPORT SAYS DEPUTIES FIRST SPOKE TO ELLIS ON JANUARY 29TH, AFTER HE AND A WOMAN HAD BEEN IN AN ARGUMENT OVER THE DOGS. ELLIS HAD TOLD DEPUTIES HE WANTED TO GET RID OF THE DOGS, BUT NO SHELTERS WOULD COME AND GET THEM FROM THE HOME. DEPUTIES SAW THE DOGS WERE LIVING IN POOR CONDITIONS, AND TOLD ELLIS HE HAD TO GIVE THEM TO A SHELTER, OR CLEAN THE SHED THEY WERE IN.

MENTAL EVALUATION ORDERED

AN ERWIN MAN ACCUSED OF KIDNAPPING A 5 YEAR OLD GIRL WILL UNDERGO A COURT ORDERED MENTAL EVALUATION. A MOTION FOR A PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION OF JUSTIN CLAUDE RICHARDSON WAS APPROVED. RICHARDSON FACES FEDERAL CHARGES OF KIDNAPPING, AND POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, AFTER AUTHORITIES SAY HE KIDNAPPED THE GIRL IN MAY OF 2019 IN THE TOWN OF UNICOI, AND ABANDONED HER ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD NEAR VOLUNTEER DRIVE. THE GIRL WAS ABLE TO PICK RICHARDSON OUT OF A LINEUP. HE HAS PLEADED NOT GUILTY TO ALL CHARGES.

HOTEL CASE CONTINUED

THE CASE FOR A UNICOI MOTEL HAS BEEN CONTINUED TO MAY 15TH. THE BUDGET INN IN UNICOI WAS FIRST CLOSED ON JANUARY 8TH, WHEN THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE, DA’S OFFICE, AND TOWN OF UNICOI POLICE CLOSED THE HOTEL DUE TO CONTINUED HIGH CRIME RATES AT THE INN. A DEATH INVESTIGATION ALSO BEGAN AT THE HOTEL ON JANUARY 8TH. THE CASE WAS CONTINUED AFTER THE HOTEL OWNER ASKED FOR MORE TIME TO MAKE REPAIRS TO THE HOTEL. WHILE THE OWNER IS ALLOWED BACK ON PROPERTY TO MAKE REPAIRS, NO ONE ELSE CAN OCCUPY THE MOTEL UNTIL THE CASE IS RESOLVED.

MOVE CLOCKS FORWARD

THE MOVE FORWARD FOR DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER, AND CITIZENS OF TENNESSEE WILL STILL HAVE TO MOVE THEIR CLOCKS FORWARD, DESPITE A NEW TENNESSEE LAW, DESIGNED TO KEEP RESIDENTS FROM HAVING TO CHANGE THEIR CLOCKS TWICE A YEAR. A DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME LAW PASSED IN TENNESSEE LAST YEAR, AIMS TO HAVE THE STATE SPRING FORWARD PERMANENTLY. HOWEVER THE LAW STILL NEEDS TO BE PASSED BY CONGRESS, IN ORDER TO MAKE IT PERMANENT. TO DO THAT, CONGRESS WILL HAVE TO AMEND THE UNIFORM TIME ACT OF 1996. YOU WILL NEED TO SPRING FORWARD AT 2:00 AM ON MARCH 8TH. IT’S ALSO A GOOD TIME TO CHECK THE BATTERIES IN YOUR SMOKE ALARMS.

MAJORITY OF MOTORISTS PAYING MORE TO FILL-UP AT THE PUMP THIS WEEK

MORE THAN HALF OF ALL STATE GAS PRICE AVERAGES INCREASED, AS MUCH AS THREE CENTS IN THE LAST WEEK. THE JUMPS WHICH CAUSED THE NATIONAL AVERAGE PRICE OF GAS INCREASE TO 2.47 A GALLON, WAS CAUSED BY A DECREASE IN U.S. GASOLINE STOCKS, AND INCREASES IN DEMAND. JEANETTE CASSELANO WITH TRIPLE A SAID GAS PRICES ARE LIKELY TO FLUCTUATE IN THE COMING WEEKS, BUT NOT DRASTICALLY, AS THE WINTER DRIVING SEASON NEARS ITS END, AND REFINERIES UNDERGO MAINTENANCE. HERE IN THE TRI CITIES GAS IS SELLING FOR AN AVERAGE OF 2.19 A GALLON THIS MORNING. THAT’S A PENNY HIGHER THAN LAST WEEK.

ROAD RAGE LEADS TO CHARGES

A CASE OF ROAD RAGE IN HAWKINS COUNTY HAS LED TO FELONY CHARGES AGAINST A ROGERSVILLE MAN. ROGERSVILLE POLICE SAY SHORTLY AFTER 9:00 PM ON FEBRUARY 17TH, AN OFFICER WAS DISPATCHED, AFTER A REPORT OF A FORD FUSION FOLLOWING A KIA OPTIMA, STRIKING IT FROM BEHIND. THE OFFICER OBSERVED THE FUSION DRIVEN BY 21 YEAR OLD DILLON MELTON TAILGATING THE KIA, AND SWERVING FROM SIDE TO SIDE. DURING A TRAFFIC STOP, POLICE DISCOVERED MELTON’S DRIVERS LICENSE WAS SUSPENDED. THE DRIVER OF THE KIA TOLD HIM SHE AND HER THREE FRIENDS WERE LEAVING THE WALMART PARKING LOT, WHEN HER VEHICLE WAS ALMOST STRUCK BY THE FUSION. SHE STATE THE FUSION FOLLOWED HER DOWN MAIN STREET, PULLED AROUND HER AND STOPPED, AT WHICH TIME MELTON EXITED THE VEHICLE, AND BEGAN STRIKING THE KIA WITH HIS FISTS. THE FUSION THEN CONTINUED TO FOLLOW THE KIA, FLASHING ITS LIGHTS AND BLOWING ITS HORN, AND ALLEGEDLY STRIKING THE VEHICLE FROM BEHIND FOUR TIMES.