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News briefs from around Tennessee at 1:58 a.m. EDT

Sunday, August 24, 2014

- Associated Press - Sunday, August 24, 2014
Men who sparked manhunt at Grand Teton Park ID'd

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) - Officials have released the names of three men who sparked a manhunt near a global financial meeting at Grand Teton National Park.

Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs tells The Jackson Hole News & Guide (http://bit.ly/1loF7N8http://bit.ly/1loF7N8 ) that 27-year-old Jonathan Metzman, of Blacksburg, Virginia; 24-year-old William Wood, of Antioch, Tennessee; and 27-year-old Jonathan Wyatt, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, each were cited for trespassing.

The men are accused of stopping for the night in an empty dorm room at the park rather than finding a campsite. When security found them in the room and contacted rangers, the men ran, prompting a three-hour search Thursday that included road checkpoints and rangers armed with rifles.

The incident raised concern because the dorm is near Jackson Lake Lodge, where Federal Reserve and other global financial figures are meeting.

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Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide, http://www.jhnewsandguide.comhttp://www.jhnewsandguide.com

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Chattanooga digitizing old city records

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Chattanooga is digitizing hundreds of thousands of city records with a $2.6 million project that city leaders say will increase government transparency and efficiency.

But that also means the city will have to explore what records it must legally retain and how many it can shred, meaning documents going back decades could be destroyed.

Some Chattanooga residents are criticizing the decision to destroy any public records that are part of the city's history and could potentially be used to hold government officials accountable, The Times Free Press reported (http://bit.ly/1ttlbsc).

"It just seems so wrong that the city would use taxpayer dollars to destroy records," said Rebecca Little, who recently won a public records lawsuit against Chattanooga.

City Attorney Wade Hinton said his office is trying to create a more efficient government by modernizing records. Hinton could not say how many records the city could potentially destroy. The city is currently developing a policy on what records can be tossed out.

"The city is 175 years old and has been accruing documents for all those years. We've got to have a policy," said Stacy Richardson, an adviser to Mayor Andy Berke. "We're not going to go down to a storage building and throw a match in there."

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Tenn. drugstore punished for missing pills

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Smyrna drugstore's license has been suspended by the Tennessee Board of Pharmacy after investigators discovered thousands of doses of opioids missing.

Corder's Community Pharmacy Inc. was shut down earlier this summer, The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1AHzrAY) reported, citing a recent pharmacy board order.

The action came after law enforcement filed a complaint against the drugstore.

Meanwhile, the Murfreesboro Pain Management Clinic also surrendered its license as the result of another state investigation. And a doctor and pharmacist were put on probation for prescribing drugs to a friend or family member without proper documentation

The actions are part of a crackdown by state licensing boards aimed at curbing addictions to prescription medicines. One out of every 20 people pops a pain pill for recreational use in Tennessee, where drug overdose deaths have jumped 220 percent from 1999 to 2012 and babies born dependent on drugs rose tenfold over the past decade.

Investigators for the pharmacy board found that Corder's was short 5,841 of the 8,000 hydrocodone pills it had received from its wholesaler since January. Records showed it had dispensed 1,418 pills, but Corder's had only 741 on hand.

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Wichita County sheriff's office wins civil suit

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) - A federal jury in Tennessee has sided with a Texas sheriff and his deputy in a lawsuit that alleged civil rights violations, according to a news release from the Wichita County district attorney.

The jury in Chattanooga found that Sheriff David Duke and Chief Deputy Alan Boyd had not violated the civil rights or abused the process when it issued an arrest warrant for Donna Johnson.

The trial took place in Tennessee because Johnson was arrested there in 2011.

Johnson allegedly took payment for photos she had taken but not delivered to the sheriff's office in 2011. She sued, saying she was arrested without probable cause.

Defense attorneys characterized Johnson as a scam artist, making thousands from law enforcement agencies from New York to Texas.

"It's time to send her home empty handed," defense attorney Jerry Tidwell told jurors. "Put an end to her hustle."

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