Testimony continued in McMinn County on Friday in the Joseph Wielzen trial. He's the man accused of raping and murdering 18-year-old Kelsey Burnette in 2017. On day 3 of the trial, both a detective and one of the TBI investigators testified.
The owner of the construction company accused of scamming more than a dozen people out of a new roof has filed for bankruptcy. Legal troubles continue to mount for GreenForm Construction and its former owner Fred Holder. Now, there's a warrant out for his arrest. Holder filed for bankruptcy in August amid claims his roofing company collected thousands of dollars from more than a dozen customers, but never completed the work.
Tennessee Valley Authority works year-round, 24 hours a day to monitor and control water levels on the Tennessee River system. The combination of reduced evaporation from less sunlight, fewer plants actively absorbing rainwater, and greater precipitation at the end of fall through winter increases the amount of water that flows into our area streams and eventually the Tennessee River. This increase in rainwater runoff forces TVA to drop the water levels seasonally. TVA manages these levels with the use of their dams along the Tennessee River and its tributaries.
Thousands of sexual assault cases across Tennessee are finally moving forward. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has tested thousands of rape kits that were wrapped up in a backlog we reported in 2015. TBI Assistant Director of Forensic Services Division Michael Lyttle said about 14,000 rape kits from across the state were sent to private labs in 2014. However, those private labs didn't have access to a DNA database system. "That's essentially how you take an unknown person from a sexual assault kit or from a piece of evidence, upload their DNA to the database and determine if they match somebody who we know," Lyttle said.
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