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| Smyrna man charged with shooting toward children and adults|
An anonymous tip led to Monday’s arrest of a suspect accused of firing a weapon toward children and adults Sept. 30 outside a Keystone Drive home, a Rutherford County Sheriff’s detective said Tuesday.
Suspect Brandon Tylar Mulac, 21, of Elk Avenue in Smyrna was located at a family member’s home in College Grove, said Detective Jamin Humphress.
Humphress charged Mulac with attempted first-degree murder. He was also charged with felony violation of community corrections. FULL STORY
Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 5:37 pm
MTSU seeks sexual assault liaison coordinator to enhance safety
Buddy Peaster, chief of university police
As part of MTSU’s continuing efforts to maintain security on campus, the university is creating a new position to deal specifically with sexual assault cases. FULL STORY
“Our desire is to help put someone in place from our department who can work with these people who might be victims to help them discover the right pathway for them,” said Buddy Peaster, chief of university police.
The new coordinator will provide immediate response to reported sexual assault incidents and help the victims navigate the university’s judicial and administrative processes.
Other responsibilities include developing training modules, working on campus-wide sexual assault prevention education and creation of policies and partnerships to help reduce sexual assaults.
Peaster said situations that might require the liaison’s assistance include, for example, getting victims out of classes attended by alleged perpetrators or out of housing where alleged perpetrators also live.
The liaison also will work to coordinate efforts among other on-campus entities that traditionally have dealt with sexual assault victims, such as the June Anderson Center for Women and Nontraditional Students, the Student Counseling Center, Health Services, Health Promotion and the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance.
Posted: Monday, October 5, 2015 4:07 pm
David Breniser named Eagleville's interim police chief Friday
Interim Police Chief David Breniser
(Posted Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015) Eagleville City Council members voted to name police officer David Breniser interim police chief at a special called meeting Friday at 8 a.m. The chief's position became vacant Sept. 18 when the former chief, Eli Stuard, resigned. Council members had appointed Fire Chief Rick Parks as interim police chief at their Sept. 24 meeting but his position was changed because he is not certified currently by the Peace Officer Standards Training (POST) Commission. Instead, council members acknowledged the reassignment of Parks, who is a former police chief, as a temporary public safety director. FULL STORY
|Sewer connections in Eagleville completed, clean-up begins|
(Posted Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015) Eagleville's sewer project is winding down with all connections said to be completed, and a general clean-up is under way by the contractor's workers, according to City Manager Andrew Ellard. "You have seen over the last few days some asphalt patchwork, and now they are going to start with a crew on either end of town going through the yards," Ellard said at last week's council meeting. He added that the city had its first meeting last Thursday on a punch list to see what is left to be done. In other business at the meeting, council members approved the first amendment to the Fiscal Year 2016 budget on the first reading, which amounts to a $103,790 increase in general fund appropriations. FULL STORY
Thousands estimated to have attended Eaglevillle's festival
Councilman Ronnie Hill with pony rider.
(Posted Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015) Despite the threat of rain, an estimated 5,000 visitors and home folks filled Main Street on Saturday at Eagleville's Fall Festival. No exact count of the attendees was available, but City Recorder Kathey Burleson said at mid-afternoon that people had steadily arrived since the festival opened. She added everyone seemed to be having a good time. "I walked up and down the street about five times today and stopped and asked people if they were having a good time or needed anything," she said. "Everybody told me they fell in love with Eagleville." FULL STORY
|Outside agencies to investigate, audit certain police department assets|
(Posted Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015) Eagleville City Manager Andrew Ellard reported at Thursday's council meeting that outside agencies "will be investigating, auditing and ensuring secured control of certain police department assets." The announcement came six days after the city's Police Chief Eli Stuard resigned. Ellard would not answer questions about whether the investigation and auditing activities are related to the chief's resignation but instead referred to a prepared statement distributed to council members. "I wrote as much as I am going to write (or say) in that memo until other agencies looking at this are no longer involved," he said. FULL STORY
‘Ya-Yas’ author Rebecca Wells examines craft of writing Oct. 8
Author Rebecca Wells
(Posted Friday, Oct. 2, 2015) MTSU will welcome the woman who created an entire universe of “Ya-Yas” with her best-selling series of novels when Rebecca Wells discusses the art of writing on Thursday, Oct. 8, in a free public event. “Divine Secrets: A Conversation with Rebecca Wells‚” is set for 1-2:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in the second-floor Parliamentary Room of MTSU’s Student Union, located at 1768 MTSU Blvd. Wells is the author of The New York Times best-seller “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood” and its predecessor, “Little Altars Everywhere,” and the third in the series, the prequel “Ya-Yas in Bloom,” as well as a separate work, “The Crowning Glory of Calla Lily Ponder.” FULL STORY