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Man Arrested in Bledsoe Co. Seeking Sex With Underage Teen
WTVC/Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday October 17, 2017

A Jasper, Tennessee man has been arrested for trying to arrange a sexual encounter with a 16-year-old girl in Bledsoe County. WTVC reports that 52-year-old Anthony Pippin had previously contacted the girl's mother about some items he had for sale on social media. He began asking questions about her daughter and reportedly told the woman that he wanted to meet the teen to engage in sexual contact and criminal drug activities. The mother notified police and when Pippin continued to make arrangements to meet the girl, he was actually communicating with a Bledsoe County detective. According to WTVC, when Pippin arrived at the scene, instead meeting the girl, he was met by Sgt. George Hodge and two other officers. Pippin was taken into custody and is awaiting a bond at the Bledsoe County Sheriff's Department.


Gas Prices
Tuesday October 17, 2017

Tennessee gas prices averaged $2.31 per gallon on Sunday, after dropping 8 cents during the past week. The state average has declined for 35 consecutive days, falling a total of 28 cents during that time. Although Tennessee gas prices are 27 cents less than a month ago, the state average remains 19 cents higher than this time last year. AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said retain prices are still inflated by a little more than 10 cents because of the recent hurricanes. So motorists should expect another round of discounts this week. The national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.47, a drop of four cents from last week.


Thousands of state assessment tests scored incorrectly
WVLT Monday October 16, 2017

Tennessee education officials believe nearly 10,000 assessment tests across the state were scored incorrectly. The Commercial Appeal reports that about 9,400 of the approximately 600,000 TNReady tests that were taken in the last school year were incorrectly scored. Once the errors were corrected, officials say about 1,700 of those 9,400 incorrectly tallied tests actually ended up with a different overall score. State spokeswoman Sara Gast says the errors did not affect the statewide results. Because TVAAS teacher assessment scores partially rely on student test results, the scores for about 230 educators statewide will need to be recalculated. Questar Assessment, the company that administers and scores TNReady tests apologized for the errors in a statement. Gast says the scores are due to Questar incorrectly updating its scanning software.


UT Loses To South Carolina
Peg Broadcasting News Monday October 16, 2017

UT fell to South Carolina 15 - 9 on Saturday, dropping their 2017 record to 3-3 and 0-3 in the SEC. The Vols travel to Alabama to face the Crimson Tide on Saturday, October 21. Kick-off is set for 2:30 p.m. and you can catch all the action beginning with the Kick-Off Call-In Show starting at 1 p.m. on 102.5 WOW Country.


Remains of Davidson County Soldier Killed in Black Hawk Crash Return to Tennessee Broadcasting News Monday October 16, 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder recognize the service and sacrifice of Staff Sergeant Michael Nelson of Antioch, Tennessee. Nelson was killed off the coast of Oahu when his Black Hawk went down during a night time training exercise on August 15. There were no survivors. Nelson was 30 years old and had served 11 years in the U.S. Army. He leaves behind a wife and daughter and numerous brothers and sisters. The remains of SSG Nelson will arrive at the Nashville International Airport on Tuesday, October 17 at 10:50 a.m.


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