Police: No bond for suspect in officer-involved shooting
GRUNDY COUNTY, Tenn. — A man charged after an officer-involved shooting in the Flat Branch community of Grundy County, Tenn., has been ordered to be held without bond until his initial court appearance on Feb. 6, according to Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum.
General Sessions Judge Trey Anderson ordered Jacky Wayne Bean held without bond during a Thursday arraignment, Shrum reported in a news release.
Bean was arrested after he allegedly pulled a gun on a deputy during a pursuit that ended in a officer-involved shooting. He fled the scene and was located nine-hours later in a wooded area on B-Mine Road, Shrum said. The passenger of the vehicle Bean was driving, 20-year-old Shelby Comer, was found dead in the vehicle. The cause of her death has not yet been determined by the medical examiners office in Nashville.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is still investigating the incident.
State: Almost all of Tennessee prison regains heat
NASHVILLE — Tennessee officials say the heat is back on for almost the entire Tennessee prison that lost its main heating source on New Year's Day.
Tennessee Department of Correction spokeswoman Alison Randgaard said Thursday morning all of Riverbend Maximum Security Institution is expected to have boiler-produced heat within 24 hours.
Amid frigid weather, Randgaard says portable heating units have kept affected areas between 60 and 70 degrees. Inmates have also received extra blankets.
Randgaard says the department cannot accept donations of blankets, clothes or other items due to safety and security concerns, though officials appreciate the thought.
The department believes a valve malfunction caused the outage.
State data show the maximum security facility held 787 inmates as of Nov. 30. It houses all 59 of the state's male death row offenders.
Cleveland mill considered for historic places register
NASHVILLE — A Tennessee board is scheduled to review proposed nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Tennessee State Review Board said Wednesday it is scheduled to meet Jan. 10 in Nashville to vote on eight nominations to the register, which lists cultural resources worthy of preservation.
Nominated locations are Sanda Hosiery Mills in Cleveland; Travellers Rest in Nashville, Bethel Methodist Church in Morristown; Oaklawn Garden in Germantown; Sterick North Garage and Hotel in Memphis; Bozo's Hot Pit Bar-B-Q in Mason; Wassom Farm in Telford; and Franklin Historic District in Franklin.
Approved locations will be sent for final approval to the register in the U.S. Department of the Interior.
Man sentenced for child porn
CHATTANOOGA — An Estill Springs man was sentenced Wednesday in Chattanooga to 51 months in prison and a $25,000 fine for possession of child pornography, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The release said Mark Carlton Bryant, 66, a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel, will also forfeit his electronic equipment and be on probation for five years after pleading guilty to one count of possessing child pornography.
"This case is a good example of local and federal agencies working together to protect children, our most vulnerable victims," U.S. Attorney J. Douglas Overbey said in the release.
The case was investigated by the Winchester Police Department and the FBI.
Brainerd home saved from fire after resident dumps fireplace ashes into garbage can
Chattanooga firefighters managed to control a fire at a home in Brainerd Thursday morning, according to a release from the Chattanooga Fire Department.
Firefighters arrived at a home on the 1000 block of Talley Rd. to find fire spreading from a trash can to an exterior wall of the garage. A neighbor had called 9-1-1 and firefighters were able to extinguish the flames within about five minutes. No one was injured.
A resident of the home told firefighters that he had emptied fireplace ashes into the garbage can, thinking they had cooled off.
The estimated dollar loss has been estimated at approximately $3,000 and the cause of the fire was ruled accidental, according to the release.
Banks Road closing next week for work
The contractor doing the ongoing rebuild of East Brainerd Road will close Banks Road next week, the Tennessee Department of Transportation says.
In a news release, TDOT spokeswoman Jennifer Flynn said Banks Road at East Brainerd will be closed Monday through Jan. 12.
The contractor will be finishing up a water main installation and then placing fill and asphalt tying Banks into East Brainerd Road.
Detour signs will be posted routing traffic along Morris Hill Road and Igou Gap. Flaggers will assist with traffic control as needed.
Permits available for short-term rentals in Tennessee city
KNOXVILLE — Permits are now available in a Tennessee city to run Airbnb properties and other short-term rentals under new regulations.
A Knoxville news release says the application is available online . Applications will be accepted and permits issued through the city's Business Tax Office.
Short-term rentals are defined in Knoxville as rentals for fewer than 30 consecutive nights.
Homeowners in residential neighborhoods who live in their property are eligible for a permit.
Owners of residential property in non-residential areas, including downtown, don't have to be a resident of their properties and can apply for up to two permits.
Owners of properties in residential neighborhoods can receive permits eligible for one year if the property was being used as a short-term rental before March 1. Those permits must be filed by Feb. 1.
Dalton police looking for missing man
DALTON, Ga. — The Dalton Police Department is searching for a man who is missing, according to a news release.
Ronald Lee Yerty, 69, was reported missing by his family in December. The family believes he may have traveled to Nashville recently.
The family reported they had not had contact with him in several days and that he had gone missing for different periods of time before.
Yerty does not have a cell phone. He was released from Hamilton Medical Center earlier in December and told his family at that time that he would not be returning home, according to the release.
Yerty is a 5'5" tall white male who weighs about 130 pounds.
Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Brian Shirley at 706-278-9085, extension 9189.