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In news today…

The organizer’s behind the petition for Joker’s Law, which would increase penalties for those convicted of injuring a K9 officer, will be at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday morning at 10AM. They will be delivering the petition to State Representative Mark Hall so he can take it to Nashville next week. Joker, as well as the Choate family, will be present as well.

Also in news today…

Due to continued hazardous weather and travel conditions statewide, including freezing rain, ice and snowfall, Gov. Bill Lee has closed state offices today in all West, Middle and East Tennessee state offices.

State employees will utilize work from home capabilities where possible. State services offered online will remain available.

All citizens are urged to exercise caution and avoid non-essential travel where possible today.

From NewsChannel 9…

One year after the capitol insurrection and the legal process is still unfolding.

So far, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland says they’ve received 300,000 tips, issued 5,000 subpoenas and search warrants, and made 725 arrests in connection to the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Among those arrested is Cleveland, Tennessee resident and former Army National Guard Sergeant Jose Padilla.

He is accused of throwing a flagpole at Capitol police and pushing against a law enforcement barricade during the riot. Prosecutors say he posted on social media that he wasn’t going to stop until he “dissolved the legislature and replaced it with Patriots.”

Padilla’s defense attorney told the court in may that they are considering a plea deal offered by the federal government.

But they want to wait and see new video evidence before they make a decision.

Right now, Padilla, a father of three, is still being held in federal prison because prosecutors argued he posed a continued threat.

A federal judge agreed, and ruled that Jose Padilla would remain behind bars and in federal custody until he goes to trial.

Padilla will remain behind bars until his next hearing on January 26th.