Region Digest: Tennessee funeral home fined for reusing caskets

Region Digest: Tennessee funeral home fined for reusing caskets

August 9th, 2017 by Staff and Wire Reports in Local Regional News

Tennessee funeral home fined for reusing caskets

MEMPHIS — A Tennessee funeral home and its director have been fined more than $3,000 for reusing caskets without reupholstering them after they were rented.

WMC-TV reported Monday the Tennessee Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers found that E.H. Ford Mortuary Services violated state law by not changing the lining.

Former employee Jeremy Harris filed a complaint against the home in January, saying he'd been ordered to reuse one casket for more than 20 services or visitations in less than six months, without changing the lining at any point.

The home's director, Edmund Ford Sr., said the caskets were rented as part of cremation services. He said the process gave families with limited means an option to receive more dignified services.



Residents sue over plan to build tiny homes for homeless

NASHVILLE — A village of more than 20 small homes planned in Tennessee's capital city for homeless individuals has concerned residents who are now suing over the project.

WTVF-TV reported on Monday that residents have filed a lawsuit against Nashville's Zoning Appeals board and local United Methodist Church over the project. The 220-square-foot houses are planned to be on the grounds of Glencliff United Methodist Church.

In May the board approved a building permit for the project, citing federal and state land-use laws that protect places of worship from zoning rules. Jessica Van Dyke, who lives near the property, said the project is spearheaded by a non-profit using the law to circumvent zoning regulations.

Andrew Preston, an attorney for the church, said in a statement that it remains committed to the project.


Police: Man wounded in road rage shooting

KNOXVILLE — Police say a case of road rage in Tennessee led to a shooting that wounded one driver.

The Knoxville Police Department said its investigation found that the driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck and the driver of a gray Honda Odyssey became involved in a road rage incident Tuesday that led to the Odyssey driver stopping in the roadway. That caused the driver of the pickup to take evasion action to avoid a collision.

Police said when the driver of the pickup got out of his vehicle, the driver of the Odyssey fired several shots. Police said the truck driver, who they did not name, was hit multiple times in the leg and taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with non-life-threatening wounds.

Police are searching for the Odyssey.


Man arrested in connection with storage unit burglary

HENAGAR, ALA. — A Henagar, Ala., man has been arrested after officials said he was caught with property that had been stolen during a storage unit burglary.

Rondal Dolan Cuzzort Jr., 50, is facing charges of receiving stolen property in connection with a theft that happened at Henagar Mini Storage, according to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.

Responding to a tip on Saturday, deputies and investigators found Cuzzorts at his home on County Road 678 with $6,000 worth of stolen property, according to a news release. He was arrested and charged.



83-year-old suspect sought in shooting

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. — Police are searching for an 83-year-old man in connection with a shooting at a McDonald's in Alabama.

News outlets reported Lt. Sean Edwards with the Birmingham police said a 58-year-old man was shot inside the Birmingham restaurant on Monday night. The suspect fled in a red car.

Police said the victim was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. Further details have not been released. Neither the suspect nor the victim have been identified.


Four arrested in shooting that killed 2-year-old

BIRMINGHAM, ALA. — Four men have been charged in a shooting in Alabama that left a 2-year-old boy dead and two adults injured. reported Birmingham police announced capital murder charges Monday against 18-year-old Tyrone Smith, 21-year-old D'Marco Harris, 20-year-old Mykahl Harris and 21-year-old Joshua Carpenter in connection with the Saturday night shooting.

Police Chief A.C. Roper and Birmingham Mayor William Bell held a news conference to discuss the fatal shooting of 2-year-old Ron'Narius "Duke" Austin, and the wounding of his mother, Shay Austin, and the unidentified driver of the car they were in. Roper said people from within each vehicle fired shots at one another.

No additional details have been released about the arrests or motives. All four are being held without bond. It's unclear if they have lawyers.


Chattanooga expecting much rain

CHATTANOOGA — The Chattanooga area is expected to get poured on several times this week as two weather fronts bring in showers and thunderstorms.

A stationary front south of Chattanooga is expected to bring on-and-off showers and thunderstorms before a cold front moves in, bringing additional periods of rain and thunderstorms with it for the weekend, said Jeremy Buckles, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Morristown, Tenn.

Thursday and Friday are expected to have the most storms as the stationary front lifts north ahead of an area of low pressure.

"With such a moist airmass, heavy rain will be a possibility with some of these showers and thunderstorms," Buckles said. "After the drought last year, we are seeing the opposite weather this year with Chattanooga having precipitation about 8.5 inches above normal for the year." Temperatures will remain in the 80s during the day and nights will cool down to the low 70s, according to WRCB.