- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014
Human remains discovered in yard of residence

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities are investigating human remains discovered in the yard of a Chattanooga residence.

Police were called to the home Saturday night after the homeowner discovered a human skull while completing yard work. Investigators searched the area and found other remains, as well as a wallet with an identification card inside.

Officials say it’s too early to confirm if the remains are that of the individual on the card.

Authorities didn’t describe the other remains that were found. They’ve been turned over to the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Investigators say they haven’t found evidence of foul play.


Lawmakers discuss Common Core compromise proposal

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State lawmakers are considering compromise legislation that would delay the testing component for Tennessee’s Common Core education standards for one year.

Last month, a broad coalition of Republican and Democratic House members passed a bill seeking to delay further implementation of the new standards for two years. It also seeks to delay the testing component for the standards for the same amount of time.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1lWMffO) reports legislative leaders are discussing a compromise that would delay testing for a year.

As things now stand, the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers tests are scheduled to begin statewide in the school year that begins in August.

“I think we all agree that there should be more opportunity to consider alternatives to PARCC, or at least to put PARCC out for bid,” said Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, R-Collierville. “There shouldn’t be a rush to implementation on that, and I think that’s what the consensus will be.”

Under the proposal, the state Department of Education would put out a “request for proposals” for alternative testing. The state’s current testing program, known as TCAP, would continue in the interim.


Are bones missing man’s or from an animal?

WALLS, Miss. (AP) - A daylong search for a man missing nearly a year turned up bones, but investigators don’t know whether they’re human or animal - let alone those of James Irby Jr.

Master Sgt. Charles Hale of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation tells The Commercial Appeal (https://bit.ly/1p0l5JNhttps://bit.ly/1p0l5JN ) that authorities hope to know by Monday evening whether they’re human. “It’s 50-50 whether they’re human or animal,” he said.

Irby, from Memphis, Tenn., hasn’t been seen since a traffic stop in Walls last May.

The bones were found Saturday, as police from the bureau, Walls, and DeSoto and Tunica counties, joined about 30 civilian volunteers and a search dog team to scour miles of fields and ditches alongside busy U.S. 61 just north of Tunica.

Hoping to find new clues before the anniversary of Irby’s disappearance, they marked off a search grid for people on foot and on all-terrain vehicles.

Irby, then 55, was on his way to a funeral in Clarksdale when Walls police stopped him for a traffic violation on U.S. 61 at Church Road.


Pastor facing child rape charge in Sumner County

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) - A pastor has been charged with child rape in Sumner County

According to WSMV-TV (https://bit.ly/1kUGAW2), Gallatin police arrested Randy Giulliani on Friday. He was charged with the rape of a child and aggravated sexual battery.

Capt. Kate Novitsky said Giullani was arrested after the alleged victim came forward with the accusations.

Giulliani remained in the Sumner County Jail on Sunday on $200,000 bond. A jail official did not know if Giulliani has an attorney.

He is scheduled to be in court on May 7.

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