MURFREESBORO (AP) – A Rutherford County Sheriff’s deputy has resigned amid a Murfreesboro Police investigation of him.
Deputy Pat Garrett had been placed on leave Monday after the boyfriend of a Murfreesboro taxi driver said Garrett put a gun to his head during a cab ride.
Sheriff Robert Arnold confirmed Garrett’s resignation Wednesday afternoon.
Jeffrey Fryer said he was riding with his cabbie girlfriend, Lisa Jared, when she was called to a bar to pick up Garrett early Aug. 14.
Fryer told WSMV-TV that when the cab reached Garrett’s home, he tried to pay with a credit card and his department ID card fell into Jared’s lap. She asked him where his gun was and Fryer said Garrett put the weapon to the side of his head.
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PIKEVILLE (AP) — A prosecutor said a woman arrested in the slayings of two widow sisters in Bledsoe County is a daughter-in-law of one of the victims.
District Attorney Mike Taylor said 82-year-old Elizabeth Brown and 79-year-old Billie Sue Blaylock had apparently changed their wills about two weeks before they were fatally shot and that could be a possible factor.
Taylor said 47-year-old Brenda K. Brown of Pikeville was arrested Wednesday on murder charges. He said TBI agents executed a search warrant and recovered a handgun “they feel in fact is the murder weapon.”
Brown is a daughter-in-law of Elizabeth Brown. She is in custody in Pikeville. A jailer said she does not have a lawyer.
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NASHVILLE (AP) — State officials say 450 jobs will be created over four years in Kingsport after an Ireland-based company locates a manufacturing facility in Sullivan County.
C&F Group, an auto exterior trim supplier, will invest $12.5 million in the facility, its first U.S. location. Gov. Bill Haslam described the jobs as “good paying.”
The company said in a state news release more than 20 locations were considered for the facility. Officials said recruiting the company took 18 months.
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NASHVILLE (AP) — Students will be able to more easily transfer their credits from two-year to four-year schools under a plan announced this week.
The Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee said they have created 50 guaranteed transfer paths, effective for this fall semester. More than 4,500 students could transfer annually under the policy.
Every student entering a community college in the state can now select one of 50 majors with accompanying transfer paths, complete required courses, earn an associate’s degree and transfer as a junior at a Tennessee public university.
All earned credit hours will apply toward a bachelor’s degree in the same discipline. The paths guarantee admission to all public universities in the state except for UT, required by law “to remain competitive.”
The policy falls under the Complete College Tennessee Act of 2010, which outlined the model.
“This is among the most important achievements in recent years to increase the number of Tennesseans with four-year degrees,” UT president Joe DiPietro said in a statement.
He said the policy potentially can “enhance the state's work force and attract new business to Tennessee.”