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Local News for Thursday, December 23rd

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From WRCB Channel 3…

Tennessee officials are halting nearly all construction-related lane closings on interstates and state highways for Christmas and New Year’s holiday travelers.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation says the closings will be paused from midnight Thursday until the morning of Jan. 3.

The department says workers may still be on-site in some construction zones, and long-term lane closings will remain on some construction projects.

Drivers convicted of speeding in work zones with workers present face up to a $500 fine, plus court fees and possible increases to insurance premiums.

The department says AAA is projecting more than 2.6 million travelers in Tennessee for Christmas and New Year’s this year.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Kaitlin Gebby reports: A Cleveland man whose sentence was commuted by President Barack Obama in 2016 has been released. 

Jarrett Dunn was convicted in 2005 of conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 50 grams cocaine base; conspiracy to possess and distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride, and possession with intent to distribute more than 5 grams cocaine base.

He was sentenced to 30 years in prison with 10 years of supervised release. When former President Obama commuted more than 110 sentences of nonviolent offenders in 2016, Dunn’s sentence was reduced  by almost eight years, and his release was scheduled yesterday, according to a family friend who contacted the Cleveland Daily Banner. 

The former president commuted sentences in a move to highlight the over sentencing of nonviolent criminals. Dunn’s shortened sentence would have been the one handed to him by the court had he been convicted in 2016 rather than 2005. 

From WRCB Channel 3…

A Tennessee judge has found a woman guilty of stabbing four of her children to death in 2016.

Criminal Court Judge James Lammey Jr. rejected Shanynthia Gardner’s insanity defense in the deaths of the children, who ranged in age from 4 years to 5 months. Another child, who was 7 at the time, escaped to a neighbor’s home for help, the Shelby County district attorney’s office said.

Lammey, who heard the case in a nonjury trial last week, ruled Tuesday that Gardner could appreciate the wrongfulness of her actions, the prosecutor’s office said in a news release.

Gardner remains in custody and is to be sentenced Jan. 28 on four counts of first-degree murder as well as abuse, neglect and endangerment counts.

In news today…

Bradley County Sheriff’s Office K9 Deputy Joker is NOT joking around. To prove it, on his first day back on duty with his partner Deputy Ed Coate, Joker successfully tracked down three subjects through the woods. The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office reported Joker’s success on Wednesday via a social media post, stating Joker is strong and ready to serve.