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POLICE SHOOTING

Prosecutor: police shooting of suspect justified

HARRIMAN, Tenn. (AP) - An East Tennessee prosecutor says police were justified in the fatal shooting of a burglary suspect.

The Knoxville News Sentinel cited a statement from 9th Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson that says 28-year-old Miranda Michelle Guy was pointing a loaded handgun at two officers and refused multiple demands to drop the weapon before they fired.

According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Harriman officers were responding to a burglary call Tuesday afternoon when they saw the suspect vehicle. The TBI says Guy fled in the vehicle, stopping at a residence and running inside. The confrontation occurred when officers followed her.

Harriman Police Lt. Dan Schneider and Roane County Deputy Chris White were placed on routine administrative leave.

The TBI is investigating the shooting at Johnson's request.

PAIN CLINICS

Pain clinic co-owner sentenced to 39 years

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A 63-year-old Maryville woman has been sentenced to serve more than 39 years in prison for drug and money laundering offenses connected with the Breakthrough Pain Therapy Center, which she co-owned with her husband.

The charges against Sandra Kincaid came after a 2010 raid by local and federal agents that resulted in the seizure of prescription narcotic pain pills, firearms and nearly $700,000 in cash.

According to the U.S. attorney's office for the Eastern District of Tennessee, Kincaid was convicted at a jury trial in October 2013.

Also convicted in the scheme are Kincaid's husband, Randy Kincaid; her son, Dustin Morgan; and her daughter, Wendi Henry.

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said in a statement that Kincaid's lengthy sentence was due to the seriousness of her crime.

REWARD SCHOOLS

Tenn. schools lauded for achievement, growth

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam is recognizing 168 Tennessee schools for their achievement and growth.

They were lauded this week by Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman as the 2013-2014 Reward Schools, the top 5 percent of schools in the state for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for annual growth.

The schools span 49 districts across the state and include 90 schools that serve mostly economically disadvantaged populations.

This year's list recognizes 67 schools for overall academic achievement and 84 schools for annual growth. The list also names 17 schools that earned both designations.

A complete list of the schools can be found at http://www.tn.gov/education/data/accountability/schools_2014.shtml.

STATE BUILDINGS

Tenn. now seeks to renovate Cordell Hull building

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is backing off of earlier plans to demolish the 60-year-old Cordell Hull office building located next to the state Capitol in Nashville.

Bob Oglesby, the commissioner of general services, told the State Building Commission on Thursday that renovating the building would create space to house workers while other office buildings are overhauled in the future.

The recommendation to demolish the Cordell Hull building was made by consultant Jones Lang LaSalle, which said it would be cheaper to tear down than to renovate.

Oglesby said the long-term savings of using the building to house other state employees would offset some of the cost of overhauling the structure.

The Cordell Hull building has a capacity of about 1,000 workers, but only about one-third of it is currently occupied.

INTERSECTION CRASH-DEATHS

Truck driver pleads not guilty in fatal Ohio crash

DELAWARE, Ohio (AP) - The driver of a tractor-trailer involved in a central Ohio crash that killed two people and injured three has pleaded not guilty to charges including vehicular homicide.

Authorities say 58-year-old Randall G. Lee of Christiana, Tennessee, was driving a tractor-trailer Wednesday morning on U.S. Route 23 in Delaware County when he rear-ended an SUV, triggering a four-vehicle crash.

WCMH-TV reports Lee pleaded not guilty Thursday to two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of failure to stop within an assured clear distance.

No attorney is listed for Lee.

The crash killed Curtis and Patricia Dixon of Howell, Michigan. Two other drivers suffered less serious injuries, and one passenger was flown to a hospital.

MARINE WIFE KILLED

Ex-Marine waives extradition from Alaska

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A former Marine charged with murder after the body of his alleged lover was found in an abandoned California mine shaft has waived extradition from Alaska.

The Desert Sun reports Thursday that 24-year-old Christopher Lee can be immediately returned to California where he faces a first-degree murder charge.

He was arrested in Anchorage on Sunday, a day after 19-year-old Erin Corwin's body was found 140 feet down a mine shaft near Twentynine Palms - where her Marine husband is stationed.

Authorities say Lee admitted conducting Internet searches on human body disposal.

Corwin was in the early stages of pregnancy when she disappeared on June 28.

Her friend told investigators that Corwin and Lee were having an affair and that the unborn child might be Lee's.

WINE IN SUPERMARKETS

Supermarket wine petitions at 60 near deadline

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - About 60 communities have collected enough signatures to place a referendum for supermarket wine sales on the November ballot.

Currently, wine can only be sold in liquor stores. But a state law that passed this year will allow it to be sold by grocery and convenience stores starting in July 2016 if citizens vote to approve the change.

Red White and Food, a coalition that lobbied for the change, has been keeping track of the collected signatures and said Thursday that so far 60 municipalities have submitted petitions to their election commissions, which verified them.

The submission deadline is by the end of business day on Thursday.

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