- Associated Press - Monday, May 26, 2014
Sweets makers work to keep names off e-cigarettes

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Owners of brands geared toward children of all ages are battling to keep notable names like Thin Mint, Tootsie Roll and Cinnamon Toast Crunch off the flavored nicotine used in electronic cigarettes.

General Mills Inc., the Girl Scouts of the USA and Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. are among several companies that have sent cease-and-desist letters to makers of the liquid nicotine demanding they stop using the brands and may take further legal action if necessary. They want to make sure their brands aren’t being used to sell an addictive drug or make it appealing to to children.

The actions highlight the debate about the array of flavors available for the battery-powered devices that heat a liquid nicotine solution, creating vapor that users inhale. The Food and Drug Administration last month proposed regulating electronic cigarettes but didn’t immediately ban on fruit or candy flavors, which are barred for use in regular cigarettes because of the worry that the flavors are used to appeal to children.

It’s growing pains for the industry that reached nearly $2 billion in sales last year in the face of looming regulation. E-cigarette users say the devices address both the addictive and behavioral aspects of smoking without the thousands of chemicals found in regular cigarettes.

There are about 1,500 e-liquid makers in the U.S. and countless others abroad selling vials of nicotine from traditional tobacco to cherry cola on the Internet and in retail stores, often featuring photos of the popular treats. Using the brand name like Thin Mint or Fireball conjures up a very specific flavor in buyers’ minds, in a way that just “mint chocolate” or “cinnamon” doesn’t.

“Using the Thin Mint name - which is synonymous with Girl Scouts and everything we do to enrich the lives of girls - to market e-cigarettes to youth is deceitful and shameless,” Girl Scouts spokeswoman Kelly Parisi said in a statement.


Girl’s mom charged with murder, returns Tennessee

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The mother of a disabled 12-year-old girl who died of gangrene and bedsores in 2012 has been jailed in Shelby County after being indicted on first-degree murder charges.

The Tennessean reported (https://tnne.ws/1ihSiI7https://tnne.ws/1ihSiI7 ) that 36-year-old Raven Ruth, had been indicted by a grand jury in February, though she could not be charged in the case until she was extradited from a New Orleans jail on Thursday and booked into Shelby County Jail on Friday.

Department of Children’s Services records showed that 12-year-old Andrea Ruth of Millington died on sepsis in November 2012. The records indicated that the girl’s medical problems were ignored and doctors advised amputating both of her legs.

The girl’s father, 42-year-old Errol Johnson, 42, and health care worker 41-year-old Chasara Jones, were also indicted on first-degree murder charges.


Knox County deputy reaches deal over termination

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Knox County deputy has reached a $29,000 settlement with his former employer over a decision to terminate him.

Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones told the Knoxville News Sentinel (https://bit.ly/1jRGD8ihttps://bit.ly/1jRGD8i ) the agreement provided former officer Christopher Alan McNew was a financial decision.

The sheriff said agreeing to pay McNew for his accumulated 880 hours of sick leave was cheaper than the potential costs of defending the termination.

McNew submitted his resignation, effective March 28. McNew would have been paid for unused vacation time and could apply for retirement even if his termination had withstood appeals.

McNew was hired at the Sheriff’s Office in June 1990. Jones fired him on allegations of using the National Crime Information Center to check for any outstanding warrants for his son.


Police charge man after toddler found in car

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Fort Campbell man has been charged with child neglect after police say they found a toddler left alone in the back of an unlocked car.

Clarksville police arrested 23-year-old Dearius Delvon Oliver on early Saturday morning. The Leaf-Chronicle reported (https://leafne.ws/1w2INWLhttps://leafne.ws/1w2INWL ) that a person checking parking permits at an apartment complex noticed the child in the vehicle and called police.

Police say Oliver approached the car just after officers arrived and said he had been trying to find a place to sleep for the night and had only been gone 10 minutes. A witness said Oliver had been away from the car for at least 45 minutes.

Oliver was charged with child abuse and transported to the Montgomery County Jail. Jail records did not list an attorney for Oliver.


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