Lawmaker will attempt to defund Planned Parenthood

NASHVILLE — An East Tennessee lawmaker has started drafting legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood operations across the state after a federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the 2014 vote in favor of Amendment 1, a ballot measure that stripped the right to an abortion from the Tennessee constitution.

Rep. Jimmy Matlock, R-Lenoir City, issued a news release Tuesday night calling for the defunding.

In 2011 state lawmakers voted to divert state funding from Planned Parenthood to the state Department of Health. Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers in Tennessee have not received those funds, so-called Title X funds, since lawmakers voted to divert them in 2011.

In a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Democrats said such a proposed measure would be redundant given the 2011 legislation and would send a negative message to those who support women's rights issues.


Man arrested in connection with storage thefts

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Investigators have arrested a Cleveland man in connection to several storage unit thefts reported in Bradley County during November and December 2017, according to a news release. Adam Russell Creighton, 40, faces criminal charges of 10 counts of burglary, two counts of vandalism and violation of probation.

Creighton admitted to cutting locks, gaining entry and taking several items from multiple storage units while another person of interest was being interviewed. Creighton is also being considered as a suspect in an additional burglary of an antiquities business currently being investigated by detectives, according to the release.

Many of the stolen items were located and seized by the Patrol and Criminal Investigations divisions. The items were then matched with incident reports.



Two students left unattended at bus lot

CHATTANOOGA —Two Hamilton County Schools students were left unattended on a disabled school bus on a Durham School Service lot on Dodds Avenue on Tuesday morning.

The students, who were siblings, were brought to the bus lot by their mother, who is employed as a bus monitor. The students were on a bus as a driver prepared for his route, but when the driver realized there was a problem with the bus, he switched buses to complete his route. In that transition process, the students did not make it onto the new bus.

The students were left unattended for about an hour and were discovered by a Durham dispatcher who works at that lot, according to Hamilton County Schools spokesman Tim Hensley. "We have begun the process of investigating what exactly happened," said National Express spokeswoman Kate Walden.

According to Hensley, the district was not notified of the incident until Wednesday, but Walden could not confirm that process.


Traffic stop leads to drug bust

FORT PAYNE, Ala. — A Fort Payne, Ala., woman is behind bars on a $70,000 bond stemming from the discovery of marijuana, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in her vehicle.

The discovery came after Morgan Teresa Davis, 44, of 68 Sola Circle, was stopped by Officer Matthew Jones at 1:50 a.m. CDT Tuesday for a vehicle equipment violation, Fort Payne Police Chief Randy Bynum said in a news release.

Davis gave consent for Jones to search her car and the officer found marijuana, meth, smoking pipes, a marijuana grinder, a torch lighter and clear plastic "baggies," Bynum said.

Davis was charged with intent to distribute methamphetamine, unlawful possession of marijuana second-degree, and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Recognizing his "vigilant police work," Bynum said that Jones' alertness led the seizure of what he described as a "sizeable amount" of methamphetamine.