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Washington’s mad holiday dash begins

Washington’s mad holiday dash begins

This week was a blur as political Washington works frantically to clear its plate before hopping on planes, trains and automobiles to head home for the holidays. (Oh, and there’s also a partial government shutdown that may or may not happen next Friday.) The week started out with a White House chief-of-staff search that went…MORE

Trump names Mulvaney ‘acting’ chief of staff

Trump names Mulvaney ‘acting’ chief of staff

Mick Mulvaney will become the acting White House chief of staff at the end of the year, President Donald Trump announced in a tweet on Friday. Mulvaney will not resign as director of the Office of Management and Budget while he is acting White House chief of staff, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said…MORE

Dog found starving looks completely different now

Dog found starving looks completely different now

It’s been a month and a half since two starving dogs were found at a home in Bryant, and the difference is amazing. Jenny, the doberman rescued from the home in late October, visited the Jackson County Sheriff’s office Thursday morning. When Jenny was found after a complaint to Jackson County animal control officers, she…MORE

FBI releases document intel officials used to brief Trump on dossier

FBI releases document intel officials used to brief Trump on dossier

The FBI on Friday released a redacted version of the memo that top intelligence officials, including former FBI Director James Comey, used to brief President Donald Trump about the compilation of information detailing his possible connections to Russia — a document which came to be known as the Trump dossier. The two-page document says, “An…MORE

Details of Maria Butina’s cooperation quickly removed from court website

Details of Maria Butina’s cooperation quickly removed from court website

Russian political conspirator Maria Butina is set to meet with federal prosecutors in Washington and Virginia over the next several weeks, according to a court filing that was posted and quickly removed from a federal docket Friday afternoon. Butina pleaded guilty Thursday to one criminal count of acting as an illegal foreign agent in the…MORE

Traveling high school softball team director faces statutory rape charge

Traveling high school softball team director faces statutory rape charge

A Blount County man has been charged with statutory rape in Hendersonville. Kenneth Smith, age 45, was arrested at his residence in Maryville on Thursday after Hendersonville police began investigating earlier this week. Authorities said they received a report that a female had been sexually assaulted by a director of a traveling high school softball…MORE

Doctor facing federal charges for opioid distribution, healthcare fraud

Doctor facing federal charges for opioid distribution, healthcare fraud

A Clarksville doctor is facing 45 federal charges in connection with opioid distribution and healthcare fraud. Dr. Samson Orusa was arrested on Thursday and appeared before a U.S. Magistrate judge later that afternoon. Orusa is charged with 22 counts of unlawful distribution of a controlled substance outside the bounds of professional medical practice, 13 counts…MORE