Tennessee gets serious about fighting human trafficking

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MURFREESBORO. Tenn. (BARKER)  --  Seventy-three of Tennessee’s 95 counties reported at least one incident of human trafficking in 2011. In the four years since, Tennessee legislators have passed 36 laws that they hope will help state and local police get a handle on the problem. In addition, a number of charities have also joined efforts to aid victims.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A University of Cincinnati police officer was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Thursday morning, following his arrest in connection with the shooting death of an unarmed, black motorist.

The arrest is just the latest in a string of troubling incidents that are fueling a raucous national debate about the appropriate use of force by law enforcement.

Dean Dixon / Tennessee Woman’s Suffrage Monument

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A new sculpture planned for the state capitol complex will celebrate the role Tennessee women played in passing the 19th Amendment.

In 1920, Tennessee became the 36th and final state needed to ratify the amendment that gave women the vote.

The Tennessean reports the sculpture depicts five women who played critical roles in that struggle. Four are from Tennessee and the fifth is a national leader who came to Tennessee to rally support for ratification.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The chairwoman of the Tennessee Democratic Party wants to begin a discussion about whether to keep naming an annual fundraiser after President Andrew Jackson.

Mary Mancini said in an email Tuesday that while the party has long celebrated Jackson's legacy as a general and the country's seventh president, it shouldn't ignore his participation in slavery and the forced removal of native Americans.

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  Getting paid to shop may sound like the perfect job to some, but that’s exactly why scammers use secret shopper come-ons to get into your bank account.

The Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs says it’s getting a lot of complaints right now related to mystery shopping scams. The state’s Megan Buell says there are things you should look out for.

"People need to be very vigilant and very aware of any type of email solicitations that they're getting when it comes to secret shoppers, when it comes to even coupons."

How do Tennessee schools compare to other states?

Jul 29, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study suggests Tennessee schools are of average quality, and that may be something of an achievement in a region of the country where schools are generally rated poorly.

WMOT reporting partner Wallethub.com is out this week with a report rating education in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Analysts looked at  13 metrics, including student to teacher ratio, standardized test scores, drop-out rates and safety.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Police say a Murfreesboro man has admitted raping a woman as she lay unconscious on the ground.

Murfreesboro Police say they arrested 50-year-old Gary W. Leathers on Monday, charging him with Aggravated Rape.

An incident report says police were called to an area near S. Walnut and Hillard Monday afternoon for what was initially thought to be a case of indecent exposure.

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a Collierville attorney has been indicted on charges he twice tried to hire a hitman to kill his wife.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 39-year-old Fred Auston Wortman III was indicted by a grand jury in Fayette County on two counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. He is being held in Fayette County Jail on $15 million bond.

FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. (AP) — Mourners gathered to line the procession route for a Navy officer who was fatally shot in attacks on military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The private funeral for Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Scott Smith was held Tuesday afternoon at the First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia — just south of the Tennessee line.

Crowds gathered after the service as Smith was driven along I-75 and a state highway to be buried at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — A Bradley County deputy has killed a man who investigators say attacked her outside her home.

The Daily Banner reports Tiffany Oakley is being treated at SkyRidge Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries after the Tuesday morning struggle. The confrontation happened as the deputy arrived home at about 2 a.m.

Sheriff Eric Watson says the man pinned Oakley to the ground and tried to cover her nose and mouth. Oakley used a stun gun on him to no avail, so she shot him with her service weapon. He died at a local hospital.