Craig Morgan’s Son Missing After Boating Accident


The 19-year-old son of country music entertainer Craig Morgan is missing following a boating accident on the Tennessee River.

Morgan’s publicist Cindy Hunt says crews are searching for Jerry Greer in Humphreys County, west of Nashville. Hunt says the family is grateful for support and prayers, but is requesting privacy “during this difficult time.”

Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rod Edwards in that county told local media that the search began around 4 p.m. Sunday near a marina. Edwards says two teenagers were tubing when they had an accident and one teen didn’t surface. Both were wearing life jackets.

The Sheriff’s Office requested assistance from rescue organizations across the state. About 50 boats joined the search. Authorities say crews were using an underwater vehicle to scan a search on the river where the water is up to 15 feet deep at points.


Man’s Best Friend

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Many Americans and others around the world have formed close attachments to their canine friends.

Even Dr. Thomas Walker and his party brought along their faithful hounds when he explored and documented the discovery of Cumberland Gap in 1750, before venturing deeper into the vast wilderness beyond and building the first log cabin in what would become the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

The following is a true story and could have occurred in any of the states as easily as in Missouri, a state that adjoins Kentucky and Tennessee on their western border.

It was 1869 and something had been killing Leonidas Hornsby’s sheep. The irate rancher thought it was Old Drum, a hound dog belonging to his neighbor and brother-in-law Charles Burden.

He ordered his farmhand, Samuel “Dick” Ferguson, to kill Drum and his worker complied. Charles Burden, the owner of the dead hound that had been a constant companion for many years, sued Hornsby for the wrongful death.

The case eventually went to the Missouri Supreme Court where attorney George Graham Vest gave his famous tribute to our canine friends.

In summation the lawyer, who would later become a senator, addressed the jury.

“Gentlemen of the jury, the best friend a man has in this world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors to their faith.

“The money that a man has, he may lose; it flies away from him, perhaps when he needs it most. A man’s reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees and do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw the stones of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads.

“The one absolutely unselfish friend a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog.

“Gentlemen of the jury, a man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and poverty, in health and sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be near his master’s side.

“He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer. He will lick the wounds that he encounters with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince.

“When all other friends desert him, his dog remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens.

“If fortune drives the master forth an outcast into the world, friendless and homeless, a faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard him against danger and to fight against his enemies.

“…and when the last scene of all comes and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad but open and alert, faithful and true, even in death.”

The jury deliberated a very short time before returning a judgment in favor of Drum’s owner.

A statue commemorating the case stands in front of the old Johnson County, Missouri, courthouse in Warrensburg.

Drum was buried in Cass County, Missouri. Dick Ferguson moved to Anadarko, Oklahoma, where he himelf died of gunshot wounds.

Police Find Theft Suspect In Bed With Stolen Lingerie Store Mannequin


Police say a man they arrested Monday was found in bed in an Old Hickory home with a stolen mannequin from a lingerie store.

Officers were called to the Hustler Hollywood store on 14th Avenue North and Church early Monday morning.

According to a police affidavit, the clerk told officers an intoxicated man walked into the store just after midnight Monday morning and took a mannequin into the parking lot, knocking the mannequin’s left arm off in the process.

The police statement said the clerk argued with the man for several minutes, and the man put the mannequin in the back of his truck and left.

Police tracked the vehicle to a home in Old Hickory, where they found 55-year-old Christopher Wade in bed with the stolen mannequin.

The clerk told police the mannequin and the merchandise it was wearing was worth an estimated $5,000.

Wade will face charges for theft and for criminal trespassing.


FBI Director To Appear Thursday To Explain Clinton Decision


FBI Director James Comey will explain Thursday to House lawmakers his bombshell decision not to recommend criminal charges against Hillary Clinton over her handling of sensitive emails.

Comey, who took no questions after announcing his decision Tuesday, agreed to go before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after several lawmakers sought an explanation. In saying he would not press the Justice Department to pursue an indictment against the likely Democrat nominee for president, Comey nonetheless laid out a strong case that she had violated laws regulating government employees’ safeguarding of sensitive emails.

“The FBI’s recommendation is surprising and confusing,” Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said. “The fact pattern presented by Director Comey makes clear Secretary Clinton violated the law. Individuals who intentionally skirt the law must be held accountable. Congress and the American people have a right to understand the depth and breadth of the FBI’s investigation.”

Comey said 110 emails in 52 email chains discovered on Clinton’s unauthorized server were classified at the time they were sent or received, including some that were “top secret.” He also said that while the probe did not prove Clinton’s server was hacked, it may have been – and he pointedly noted that she used unsecure devices while visiting countries hostile to the U.S.


Tennessee Man Robs McDonald’s While On Bicycle


Police are searching for a man who robbed a McDonald’s restaurant near Nashville while riding a bicycle.

The call went out just before 3 a.m. from the McDonalds on the 1000 block of Gallatin Pike South.

Officers say the man rode up to the drive-thru window and demanded money.

Police say the suspect threatened to shoot the employee, but no gun was seen.

After receiving the money from the clerk, he rode away.

Officers described the suspect as a black male between the age of 16 and 17, wearing a red shirt with something blue covering his face.

Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact Madison police at 615-880-3111.


FBI Recommends No Charges To Be Filed Against Clinton


FBI Director James Comey announced Tuesday he will not recommend the Department of Justice seek criminal charges against Hillary Clinton for her personal email use while secretary of state.

The decision helps remove what was arguably the biggest threat to her presidential campaign going forward – a criminal referral that could have led to an indictment – just weeks before her party’s national convention in Philadelphia where she is set to seal her nomination as the Democrat standard bearer.

Clinton consistently had downplayed the FBI investigation, even calling it a “security review,” and as recently as June 3 said there was “absolutely no possibility” she’d be indicted. Weeks ago, a scathing State Department inspector general report directly countered her long-running claim that her personal email use was allowed, though her campaign continued to defend the candidate’s actions.

In the wake of that report, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump stepped up his criticism of her email actions and said she belongs in “jail.”

The DOJ decision does not strip the email controversy as a campaign issue – Trump and the Republicans are sure to keep hammering it as the campaign lurches into full general election mode post-conventions – but shows the federal investigation did not determine the actions to be criminal, even if they were ill-advised and potentially damaging to national security.


Wikileaks Publishes 1258 Clinton War Emails


WikiLeaks has published more than 1,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server during her time as secretary of State about the Iraq War.

The website tweeted a link to 1,258 emails that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee sent and received.

WikiLeaks combed through the emails to find all the messages that reference the Iraq War.

Wine Sales Begin At Tennessee Grocery Stores


Wine sales began at many Tennessee grocery stores Friday. Stores underwent an application process with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission before sales began.

According to WKRN, the TABC received more than 500 applications. Also, store employees were required to undergo training.

Shoppers did not know of wine prices in grocery stores until Friday. Restrictions were made to prevent stores from selling wine at a discount rate. Rob Ikard with the Tennessee Grocers and Convenient Store Association says anyone selling wine has to set their prices 20 percent above wholesale price.

Customers can buy wine from Trader Joe’s, Kroger, Food City, Sam’s Club, Whole Foods, Walmart, Publix and more. Wine is available from Monday through Saturday starting at 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wine will not be for sale on Sunday, the Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


One-Armed ISIS Commander Eyed As Mastermind Of Istanbul Massacre


The mastermind of Tuesday’s Istanbul airport massacre appears to be a one-armed Chechen terrorist who trained Russian-speaking militants, had a long history of supporting terror and was known as “Akhmed One-Arm,” according to several government documents and regional media reports.

Akhmed Chatayev was identified by the pro-government Yeni Safak newspaper as the organizer of the coordinated assault, which killed 43 and wounded more than 200 others at Turkey’s Ataturk Airport. Turkish officials did not immediately confirm he was involved in the attack, and it was unclear if Chatayev was one of the airport bombers, in custody or on the run.

Authorities said all information suggested the airport assault was the work of ISIS and, despite no claim of responsibility for the attack, Chatayev’s involvement would show an ISIS link.

Chatayev had been designated in October as a terrorist by both the U.S. Treasury Department and UN Security Council for supporting ISIS. The Treasury report identified Chatayev as a member of “a group of militants that was planning attacks against U.S. and Turkish facilities” and the UN report said Chatayev “directly commands 130 militants” and was the “organizer and mastermind of planned” terror acts against Russian interests abroad.

He’s described as appearing in numerous videos in 2014 and 2015 in which he associated with other members of ISIS and greeted extremists in Dagestan.


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