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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced Friday that a man wanted in the 1996 killing of a woman in McMinn County was arrested last month.
Rodney E. Jackson of Roseville, Illinois, was arrested Jan. 18 by the Illinois State Police in connection with the death of Barbara Danley (Lehman) Johnson, whose body was found in November 1996 off a ramp on Interstate 75 in McMinn County, according to a TBI news release.
Jackson has been charged with one count of first-degree murder. He was extradited to Tennessee, where he has been booked into the McMinn County Jail, the release said.
Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk has determined the referral in January of a Soddy-Daisy gunshot case to a state investigative agency was the right move.
Funk, whose office took over the case as well as a probe of allegations by Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston against political opponent Coty Wamp that she illegally interfered in the case, called Pinkston’s choice “honest and transparent” in a Friday statement.
Funk declined to comment further because it is an ongoing investigation, but he added it will be conducted based on facts and without any political influence.
The Tennessee Department of Health will stop investigating the vast majority of COVID-19 cases and instead focus contact tracing efforts on high-risk settings only, according to a department spokesperson.
Spokesperson Bill Christian said in an email the state is in the process of reviewing recently released recommendations that support no longer trying to trace the chain of transmission for every positive case.