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Two Jackson men have been arrested and indicted in a targeted effort to identify individuals attempting to purchase illicit sex from minors.
The undercover operation was conducted by the TBI’s Human Trafficking Unit and the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit.
TBI spokesperson Keli McAlister says last October, a female TBI agent posed online as a 16-year-old girl and was solicited for commercial sex.
Even after identifying herself as a minor, the men still traveled to the designated location for the purpose of illicit sex.
Earlier this week, the Madison County Grand Jury returned indictments charging 35-year-old Michael Gant and 31-year-old Joshua Cole, both of Jackson, in connection with the operation.
Gant is charged with one count of Solicitation of a Minor. Cole is charged with two counts of Solicitation of a Minor.
McAlister says the investigation in ongoing with additional arrests possible.
A housefire destroyed a Greenfield home Wednesday.
Greenfield Fire Chief Bob Dudley tells Thunderbolt Radio News the call was received around 10:30 Wednesday morning with the house at 109 Delmar Street fully-involved in flames when firefighters arrived.
Chief Dudley says the damage is estimated at $50,000 and the cause of the fire was a space heater in the living room.
Firefighters were on the scene for about two and half hours.
The Greenfield Fire Department was assisted by the Bradford, Sharon, and Martin Fire Departments, as well as, Weakley County 911 Dispatch, Weakley County EMS, Weakley County Municipal Electric System, West Tennessee Public Utility District, and the Greenfield Police Department.
The Dyersburg Police Department is currently investigating a complaint of money containers placed in local businesses in the Dyersburg area on behalf of Shelby Hubbard’s family.
The body of 24-year-old Shelby Hubbard was found last week by local law enforcement after she had been missing for six weeks.
At the request of the family, the Dyersburg Police Department is making citizens aware of the scam or fraudulent activity.
According to the Hubbard family they are not seeking any monetary donation from the community.
The Dyersburg Police Department is seeking information for anyone who may be responsible or if any business that has a container asking for donations to contact the Criminal Investigation Division at 731-288-7679 or 731-285-1212.
All five Weakley County Election Commissioners have been reappointed by the State Election Commission.
Weakley County Election Administrator Alex Britt says the State Election Commission met Monday and reappointed John Robert Freeman of Martin; Amy Lewellen of Dresden; Britan Coleman of Martin; April Lieberman of Dresden; and Wendell Verdell of Gleason, to another two year term on the commission.
To comply with TCA § 2-12-105 the Organization Meeting of the Weakley County Election Commission will be held on Thursday, April 11 at noon.
All meetings of the Commission will be at the Weakley County Election Office in Dresden and are open to the public.
The Martin City Board met in its informal meeting Tuesday night to set the agenda for next Monday’s formal board meeting.
Martin resident Brian Hayes, representing residents of the Glenwood subdivision, addressed the board about lighting in the neighborhood.
The subdivision residents have raised nearly $55,000 for decorative light poles for the neighborhood from Weakley County Municipal Electric System, with the City of Martin contributing $24,000 for the project, which Mayor Randy Brundige says is what the city would contribute for wood poles in any neighborhood. The neighborhood raised the additional funds for the decorative poles.
The board will discuss the project further during Monday night’s formal meeting.
Also set for next week’s meeting will be a discussion on the Hawks Road sewer project for $130,400, and spot restoration paving for the city by PRI for $29,600.
In department reports, Parks and Recreation Director Brian Moore said the new playground at Virginia Weldon Park is progressing, Fire Chief Jamie Summers says he had received a Certificate of Occupancy from the state for the new Fire Station 3, and Police Chief Don Teal said there would be a increased police presence during next week’s UT Martin Spring College Rodeo.
The formal meeting of the Martin City Board will be Monday night at 5:15 in the new city courtroom at the Martin Police Department Public Safety Building on North Lindell Street.
The Dresden City Board awarded bids Monday night for paving on three city streets and sanitation pickup.
The board awarded Ford Construction Company the bid to pave Sarah Lane and Franklin Drive in the Linwood Subdivision, North Cedar Street from Main Street to West Maple Street, and Red Hill Road from Mud Creek Bridge to the intersection of Bible Union Road.
Total cost for the project will around $202,000 dollars.
In other business, the Dresden City Board awarded the city’s sanitation contract bid to Red River Waste Services for five years beginning July 1st of this year through June 30th of 2024.
The board voted for waste collection services only, cutting out recycling for the city.
Red River currently services Union City, Samburg, Newbern, and UT Martin.
A traffic camera bill sponsored by Representative Andy Holt of Dresden failed in the Transportation Committee Tuesday for a second time.
House Bill 1267 known as the Buffering Undo Regulatory Non-Compliance or BURN Act, would require local authorities to file certified copies of notices of violation or citations based solely on evidence obtained by an unmanned traffic camera with the municipal or county court.
The bill was voted down by the Transportation Committee last month, but Holt brought the bill to the Committee again on Tuesday.
Holt has long been outspoken against the use of unmanned traffic cameras.
A video of Holt burning a traffic camera citation on Facebook Live has had over seven million views.
The Dresden City Board voted Monday night to accept a bid from Red River Waste Solutions to be the new sanitation service for Dresden, replacing Republic Services.
The board accepted the contract bid for five years beginning July 1st of this year through June 30th of 2024.
The board decided to vote for waste collection services only, cutting out recycling for the city.
Red River currently services Union City, Samburg, Newbern, and UT Martin.
Red River’s regional headquarters are in Union City.
A Clarksville woman is facing an assault charge after an altercation Friday night at the Slide ‘n’ Ride Saloon in Martin.
Martin Patrolman Rachel Green was patrolling the bar’s parking lot around 10:15 when she was flagged down by a woman claiming she had been assaulted by a woman identified as 21-year-old Shelby White from Clarksville.
The victim told Patrolman Green that after White had pushed her repeatedly, she informed a bouncer who talked with White. Afterwards, White reportedly walked over to the victim with a beer bottle and poured beer on her head. When the victim pushed White away, White allegedly hit the victim across the face with the bottle.
White admitted to Patrolman Green that when the victim pushed her, she did swing the bottle, but had make-up in her eyes and couldn’t see who she hit.
According to the police report, the victim did have a laceration on her face and swelling around her left eye.
White was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault and released from the Weakley County Jail.
Average Tennessee gas prices are still rising, but not as sharply as in previous weeks.
Tennessee drivers are paying an average price of $2.47 per gallon for regular unleaded, with Monday’s state average three cents more than a week ago, 26 cents more than this time last month, but only one cent higher than this time last year.
In Weakley County, the average price of a gallon of gas is $2.52, with drivers in Obion County paying a penny less per gallon at $2.51.
In Henry County, the average price per gallon is $2.49, and in Gibson County, drivers are paying an average of $2.50 per gallon.
In Carroll County, the average price of a gallon of gas is $2.54.
According to Triple-A spokesperson Jeanette Casselano, gasoline stocks have been steadily decreasing since early February causing spikes at the pump that are likely to continue for the coming weeks.
A fire destroyed a small camping trailer Sunday afternoon in Martin.
Martin Fire Chief Jamie Summers tells Thunderbolt Radio News the call was received around 2:15 Sunday after the homeowner at 740 Van Cleave Road went outside and noticed the camper was on fire.
Chief Summers says when firefighters arrived the camper was fully involved in flames.
According to Chief Summers, the camping trailer is a loss. It’s believed the fire was caused by a faulty extension cord in the trailer.