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Harold “Whitey” Ramsey, 83, of Benton, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 22, 2020, at home, surrounded by his loving family. “Whitey” was of the Baptist faith and faithfully served his community in law enforcement for 18 years while serving as Sheriff of Polk County for 10 of those years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, visiting friends and being in the garden. A Celebration of Life graveside service will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at Greasy Creek Cemetery, with Terry Abernathy officiating. Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.HigginsFuneral.com.
From WRCB Channel 3…
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its 2019 ‘Crime in Tennessee’ report, showing an overall decrease in reported crime statewide.
The report detailed several findings based on data submitted to TBI’s incident-based reporting system.
According to the report, the number of Group A offenses, generally considered the most serious criminal incidents, totaled 529,524 in 2019, a 5 percent decrease from 2018.
Incidents of murder, rape, and weapons law violations all decreased in 2019.
The report also said the number of crimes reported as involving domestic violence decreased 4 percent from 2018 to 2019.
The number of reported drug violations decreased by 5.6 percent, but the number of drug offenses that were methamphetamine-related increased to 18,086 in 2019.
The number of juvenile victims of crime and juvenile arrestees decreased as well.
Reported cases of kidnapped increased by 7.2 percent since 2018.
The full report is available on TBI’s website.
From the Cleveland Daily Banner…
Tim Siniard reports: Those hoping to fill future city judge and city attorney positions as they become available will be required to submit applications for consideration by the Cleveland City Council.
After a motion by Councilman Dale Hughes to appoint former Councilman Richard Banks as the next city judge was thwarted by a substitute motion from Councilman Bill Estes, council members voted to establish an application process to enable it to consider multiple applicants.
Estes’ substitute motion passed on a 4-3 vote.
Estes said he had no disrespect for Banks.
“Richard Banks would be fine,” he said. “But this is about process. This is about what is best for the city in the long-term.”
The application deadline will be Aug. 1. After that date, the council will review the applications during its next two council meetings before making its final decision.