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Authorities raid Decatur Co. houses, make multiple arrests

PARSONS, Tenn. — There were plenty of loud noises and closed roads in Decatur County Thursday morning. Local, state, and federal authorities conducted a raid in the early morning hours.


Names of 16 Tennessee medical professionals in opioid takedown released

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — U.S. Attorney Michael Dunavant formally announced the indictments Thursday of 16 people in West Tennessee accused of illegally prescribing millions of opioids and other medications.


Eaves Sentenced to 70 Years, No Parole

Release- The 26th Tennessee Judicial District released a recent statement saying that: On October l, 2018, the Henderson County, Tennessee Grand Jury indicted Charles Lewis Eaves, 47 years of age, of Lexington, Tennessee, for two counts of Rape of a Child three counts of Especially Aggravated Kidnap


Multi-agency warrant sweep underway in middle Tennessee

DECATURVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Decaturville Elementary School is on a precautionary lockdown while a multi-agency investigation is underway. The school confirmed to FOX 17 News that the school is on a precautionary lockdown while an investigation is taking place at a home near the school.


Lexington landlord faces federal discrimination suit

LEXINGTON, Tenn. — A Lexington landlord is facing a federal lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and retaliation against female tenants, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.


West Tennessee medical professionals appear in court after opioid investigation

DOWNTOWN JACKSON, Tenn. — “Yesterday the western district of Tennessee participated in the largest coordinated law enforcement take down operation against medical professionals ever,” said Mike Dunavant. Dunavant is the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee.


Prosecutors: West Tennessee doctor trades pills for sexual favors

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WVLT/WREG) -- The largest drug bust in U.S. history took place yesterday and many medical professionals in Tennessee were involved in the case. Some of the more provocative stories came from Memphis, where Dr. Richard Farmer of East Memphis is accused of writing nine prescriptions, s


Community comes together to support family of Henderson Co. commissioner

LEXINGTON, Tenn. — Nearly 100 community members gathered at Lexington High School to support Henderson County Commissioner Shana Duke. Shana’s husband, Henderson County Sheriff Brian Duke, says Shana recently had complications from surgery. On Saturday, the community came together to help with Shana


Bristol, Tennessee Police Department cruiser involved in car crash

BRISTOL, Tenn (WJHL) - - The Bristol, Tennessee Police Department has released that one of its cruisers was involved in a car crash early Friday morning. The crash happened around midnight on the corner of 7th Street and Broad Street in Bristol, Tennessee.


5 injured in crash involving Lexington school bus

LEXINGTON, Tenn. — Five people were injured in a crash Tuesday afternoon involving a school bus in Lexington. Lexington police have confirmed five people were injured in the crash. Four of those people were children on the school bus.


Oldest Tennessee church still holding services

Sinking Creek Baptist has provided many people a church home for almost 250 years. The oldest church in Tennessee, it is located at 2313 Elizabethton Highway in Johnson City — on the same ground where it began in 1772. It is named for a tributary of the Watauga River, and was originally called Watau


Trump approves disaster declaration for Tennessee

HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) — President Trump has declared disaster areas for Tennessee, after flooding rains impacting 83 of 95 counties. However, this federal assistance won’t help individual cases.


Tn Health Dept: First case of measles detected in Tennessee as part of nationwide outbreak

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) says it has detected the state's first measles case aspart of a recent nationwide outbreak. The TDH says the State Public Health Laboratory confirmed a positive test for the illness in a resident of east Tennessee.


Tennessee 15-year-old commits suicide; family now spreading awareness on depression

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WCYB) — A freshman at Sullivan South High School took his life on Sunday. Trevor Sexton was only 15-years-old. His family said he was struggling with depression, and is now spreading awareness on mental health to prevent this from happening to others.


Investigation of illegal painkillers targets 30 in Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Federal authorities have charged more than 30 medical professionals in Tennessee with illegally prescribing and distributing millions of prescription painkillers, many of which contained opioids.


Forever Daylight Saving Time in Tennessee? Bill likely headed to full floor votes

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Despite efforts to kill the bill, a measure to keep Daylight Saving Time is likely to be scheduled for full floor votes in the House and the Senate.


Lost in the Weeds: Tennessee Just Says No

A bill that would have allowed medical marijuana in certain forms was abandoned last week by Tennessee lawmakers. Tennessee was poised to join the 33 other states where residents can legally use marijuana for medical purposes. The Tennessee Agriculture Medicine Act would have created a legal medical


Your Right to Know: Reports from Henderson Police Dept., Chester County Sheriff's Dept., and other agencies

David Glenn Swafford, 48, of 655 Roby Rd., was charged with driving on a suspended license (third offense). He was given a court date and released on a $2,000 bond. Samantha Jo Goodman, 30, of 2330 Knuckles Rd. was charged with driving on a suspended license (first offense) and failure to appear. Sh


Multiple West Tennessee doctors, nurse practitioners facing charges

JACKSON, Tenn. — Multiple West Tennessee doctors and nurse practitioners are now facing charges after federal court documents are unsealed Wednesday. In Jackson, Dr. Thomas Kelly Ballard III is charged in an indictment related to illegally prescribing opioids and other narcotics.


'Rock Doc' allegedly traded drugs for sex, prescribed 1.4M+ opioids

The Department of Justice charged 32 people in Tennessee, including Jeffrey Young, a nurse practitioner known as the "Rock Doc," as part of a massive crackdown on illegal prescribing practices, The Tennessean reports.