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Leadership transition announced for University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

University of Tennessee System President Randy Boyd and University of Tennessee, Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman announced leadership transitions today at the UT Institute of Agriculture. Senior Vice Chancellor and Senior Vice President Carrie Castille will become a special advisor to the president of the UT System and Keith Carver, chancellor at the University of Tennessee…

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Union City man arrested in Martin on multiple charges

On Jan. 23 at 1:12 p.m., Patrolman Nicholas Combs with the Martin Police Department observed a black Chevrolet Silverado traveling west on University Street driven by 50-year-old Eric Lynn Choate. Combs had previous knowledge of Choate having active arrest warrants out of Fulton County for a failure to appear sentencing and failure to appear for…

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Dresden woman claims due process rights violated

Story by Shannon Taylor Senior Investigative Reporter Multiple issues and questions have been raised regarding a Dresden resident’s divorce proceedings which she has claimed violated her due process rights. Jo Floyd contacted the WCP claiming that her divorce from Dresden businessowner Tommy Wu, who owns Smart Dollars in Dresden, went sideways. Floyd claimed that she…

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Two arrested for child abuse and criminal impersonation in Dresden

On Jan. 22 at 11:53 p.m., Deputy Seth Callens with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department received a call for an unwanted person playing loud music at Harper’s Trailer Park. Upon arrival, he observed a grey Lincoln sitting in front of a trailer and made contacts with the occupants, 26-year-old Daquan Coleman-Green and 29-year-old Brittany Price…

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Martin couple arrested for child abuse

On Nov. 16, 2022, an 8-year-old male juvenile was transported via medical helicopter to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital for further medical treatment, weighing only 32 lbs. at the time. On Jan. 20, Investigator Kerry Workman with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department, after investigation determined that an 8-year-old was malnourished due to lack of care. 28-year-old…

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Martin woman arrested on multiple charges

On Jan. 18 at 11:31 p.m., Deputy Seth Callens with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department observed an older model Chevrolet Tahoe traveling north on North Lindell Street with expired tags. The driver, 38-year-old Cassie Harrison, had two active warrants out of Weakley County and was also suspended out of Tennessee for failure to appear. Harrison…

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Dresden man arrested for meth

On Jan. 20 at 8:49 p.m., Deputy Gary Eddings with the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department attempted to stop a four-door passenger Ford Fusion on North Wilson Street in Dresden for a light law violation. The vehicle continued south bound on North Wilson as Eddings had his blue lights on, and then it turned down West…

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Crash on Highway 22 resulted in four injuries

Story by Shannon Taylor Senior Investigative Reporter On Jan. 19 Interim Chief Bryan Chandler was dispatched to investigate a two-vehicle crash on Highway 22 and Evergreen Street at the intersection. Investigator Ethan Lee assisted. The driver of the first vehicle advised that he was traveling west bound on 22 when the second vehicle pulled out…

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Weakley County fentanyl overdoses on the rise

Story by Shannon Taylor Senior Investigative Reporter In a health council meeting on Jan. 11, Weakley County Prevention Coalition’s Regional Overdose Prevention Specialist Melesa Lassiter spoke on overdoses in the county. From 2012 to 2017, prescription opioids were involved in most of the overdose deaths in Tennessee. Deaths due to prescription opioids declined from 2016…

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WCLTRG provides first community recovery update

Story by Shannon Taylor Senior Investigative Reporter The Weakley County Long Term Recovery Group (WCLTRG) held their first community recovery update on Jan. 19 at the Civic Center in Dresden with a small crowd attending and very few survivors in attendance. This is their first community update since their inception in March 2022. Secretary Joyce…

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