Humboldt murder suspect on TBI's most wanted list
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation had added a murder suspect from Humboldt to its top 10 most wanted list.
The TBI said Tuesday that 27-year-old Albert Jones Smith Jr. is wanted on a first-degree murder charge in the fatal shooting Sunday of 20-year-old Titus Middlebrook.
Investigators say Middlebrook while was shot while driving in Humboldt. The circumstances and motive surrounding the shooting are still under investigation.
The TBI says Smith has a criminal history of violence and drug-related charges and is considered armed and dangerous.
Anyone with information on Smith's whereabouts is urged to call TBI at (800) TBI-FIND or the Humboldt Police Department. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.
UT system to increase minimum hourly pay
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Employees in the University of Tennessee system will see a dollar increase in hourly pay by next June.
Officials say the minimum starting pay rate for regular full- and part-time employees is expected to go from $8.50 an hour to $9.50 an hour by June 30.
The increase will be incremental. The rate will increase to $9 on Jan. 1, then to $9.50 six months later.
Officials say UT campuses and institutes are reallocating existing funds to cover initial costs associated with the increase, estimated to be about $273,000.
The increase will affect about 223 employees working across the state.
Indicted Madison County sheriff not quitting
JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - A West Tennessee sheriff accused of attempted sexual assault involving one of his deputies says he won't run for re-election next year, but he has no intention of resigning.
The Jackson Sun reports that Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork spoke at a news conference Tuesday, the day after he was arrested in Chester County. An indictment charges him with aggravated attempted sexual battery and domestic violence assault.
Woolfork says he plans to stay in office until a new sheriff is elected in August.
According to prosecutors, a deputy says Woolfork assaulted her Oct. 10.
Woolfork is free on $20,000 bond. Woolfork's attorney, Mark Donahoe, said the sheriff has done nothing wrong and the allegations against him are baseless.
The Associated Press does not normally name people who say they are victims of sexual assault.
CHILDREN'S CHARITY CHARGES
Board moves against mayor in charity theft case
GREENBRIER, Tenn. (AP) - The mayor accused of stealing from the Toys for Tots charity he founded could be stripped of his powers.
Greenbrier Superintendent Tommy Maitland said the board of mayor and alderman cannot force Mayor Billy Wilson to resign, but on Monday night the panel took the first of two votes that would turn Wilson's duties over to the vice mayor.
Maitland said the vote was 6-0 in favor. The second vote takes place in January.
The panel also voted 5-1 to put Wilson on administrative leave from his volunteer position as chief of the local fire department.
Maitland said City Hall was packed with residents for the vote.
Wilson is accused of stealing $60,000 from GreenRidge Toys for Tots, serving Greenbrier and Ridgetop. A settlement date is Jan. 24.
Audit: $48 million in school equipment missing
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - An outside audit ordered by the Shelby County Schools board shows that $48.4 million in school equipment is missing or unaccounted for in the district.
The Commercial Appeal reports that the auditor, Maryland-based ProBar, was unable to account for more than 54,270 pieces of equipment, including laptop computers, hard drives, tools and driver training cars.
More than 44,000 pieces of equipment from a total of 189,000 pieces, or 23 percent, were missing from legacy Memphis City Schools, while 10,200 pieces from a total of 56,290 pieces - 18 percent - were missing from the former Shelby County Schools. The two districts merged July 1, forming a district with 150,000 students.
Board member David Pickler said the equipment was accounted for on June 30 by the district's internal auditing department.
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