- Associated Press - Saturday, June 7, 2014
Fort Campbell soldier dies in Afghanistan

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) - A Fort Campbell-based soldier has been killed by enemy fire in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced Friday that 20-year-old Pfc. Matthew H. Walker, of Hillsboro, Missouri, died June 5 in Paktika province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when his unit was attacked by enemy fire.

Walker was assigned to 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and served as an infantryman.

Among Walker’s awards and decorations are the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze service star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.


Probe finds no evidence of inappropriate relations

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A law firm hired by the University of Tennessee to investigate whether a former school official had inappropriate relationships with student-athletes has issued a report saying it found no evidence supporting the allegation.

But the 28-page report released Friday by the university also says both Jenny Wright and another person refused to cooperate with the 13-month investigation into the specific accusations. The law firm of Kramer Rayson also found no evidence that Wright retaliated against an unnamed person through her role as student affairs judicial director.

“Although there were rumors that Jenny Wright had relationships with football players, the investigation revealed no evidence to support such rumors,” the report concludes.

Wright, who headed the Office of Student Judicial Affairs, handed in a letter of resignation but was fired in May for refusing to cooperate with a university investigation into whether she was having relationships with student-athletes. She said university administrators harassed and pressured her. She also had said she was accused of retaliating against a student-athlete and initiating the disciplinary process to suspend him from the university.

Her attorney issued a statement saying Wright is relieved Tennessee finally concluded its “exhaustive” investigation after having to endure scrutiny and embarrassment for more than a year because of what he called “baseless allegations.”

“Ms. Wright has consistently maintained that she never engaged in any type of inappropriate conduct with or against students,” attorney Robert Kurtz said.


Clarksville Doughboy likely to get new home

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Doughboy statue in Middle Tennessee is likely to get a new home after being repaired.

The Leaf-Chronicle (https://leafne.ws/1kG9Fr0) reports the Clarksville Public Arts Commission favors moving the World War I memorial to the Tennessee State Veterans Home when it opens next spring. City officials would have to approve the recommendation before the statue is relocated.

Clarksville Parks and Recreation Director Mark Tummons said the move seems like a natural fit.

“They are very excited about the possibility, and we think it’s a win, win for everyone,” he said.

A sculptor is repairing a broken hand and replacing the gun on the statue, which has been vandalized multiple times since being restored and rededicated in 2010 in downtown Clarksville.

City leaders have said they want the Doughboy to be better protected in the future and asked the arts commission to make a recommendation on a location.


Former NFL player charged with selling painkillers

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - A former National Football League player is facing charges of selling prescription painkillers from his Connecticut home.

Ex-Dallas Cowboys player Gennaro DiNapoli was charged last week with two counts of selling oxycodone. The Newtown resident was released on $150,000 bond and is due in Danbury Superior Court on June 17.

A message left on his cellphone Friday hasn’t been returned.

An arrest warrant affidavit says DiNapoli sold Drug Enforcement Administration undercover agents more than $6,000 worth of oxycodone pills in two transactions in April and May.

DiNapoli played seven seasons as a center and a guard in the NFL. He also played for the Oakland Raiders and the Tennessee Titans.

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