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Judge Dismantles Jury, Postpones Trial Of Truck Driver
AP Wednesday June 21, 2017

A judge has postponed the trial of a truck driver charged with killing six people in a 2015 interstate crash and ordered the selection of a new jury, following the revelation of new evidence.

News outlets report that Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole said Monday that prosecutors knew about a retest of Benjamin Brewer's blood that found a lower amount of methamphetamine in his system. Public defenders did not find out about the retest until days before the trial which is scheduled to start on June 19. Poole said prosecutors didn't "willfully" suppress the evidence, but it was relevant and potentially helpful to Brewer.

Poole granted the postponement last Friday and dismantled the 16-person, out-of-county jury.

Prosecutors and defenders will suggest new trial dates to the judge Wednesday.

 


UT hires Phillip Fulmer as special advisor
WVLT Tuesday June 20, 2017

UT President Joe DiPietro announced the hiring of Phillip Fulmer as special advisor to the president for community, athletics and university relations on Tuesday, reports WVLT. Officials said in this role, Fulmer will serve as an ambassador for the University system at community and athletics events, support the intercollegiate athletic programs at UT campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin, and work with UT government relations and alumni affairs leadership to advocate for the statewide system with elected officials and UT alumni.

 


Nashville Predators Draft Party on Friday, June 24
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday June 20, 2017

The Nashville Predators will host a draft party at Bridgestone Arena this Friday, June 23 beginning at 4 p.m. The celebrations will include a public skate and fans should wear gold.

 


Two Deputies Injured in Shooting at Coffee Co. Courthouse
AP Tuesday June 20, 2017

Tennessee officials say one of the deputies shot at a county courthouse is undergoing surgery and the second deputy is being treated for a hand injury. Coffee County District Attorney General Craig Northcott said at a news conference Monday evening that the shooter was an inmate, Michael Bell, who fled about two blocks away and fatally shot himself.

 


Rep. DesJarlais' name was on gunman's list in congressional shooting
WTVF / CNN/ WVLT Tuesday June 20, 2017

U.S. Congressman Scott DesJarlais, the representative for the 4th District of Tennessee, was on a list of names carried by the gunman who opened fire during practice for the Congressional Baseball Game last week, CBS affiliate WTVF reports.

A representative from DesJarlais' office said Monday that his name was on the list, along with those of five other congressmen.

Chief of Staff Richard Vaughn said, "There is not much more information at this time, we are going to let them [authorities] conclude their investigation."

During the shooting last week, Rep. Steve Scalise was hospitalized after gunman James Hodgkinson opened fire on the baseball practice of the Republican team.

A congressional staffer, two members of the Capitol police, and a lobbyist were also injured in the shooting.

 

 
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