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Authorities say 39 year old Bryan Cooke is still in jail in Jacksonville, Florida, accused of murdering Gary and Gail Dodson last Monday morning. Cooke is said to be fighting extradition back to Warren County to face charges of criminal homicide.
Cooke was arrested in Jacksonville last Monday night. He had checked into a hotel and a hotel employee called police when she became suspicious at Cooke's behavior. Police broke into Cooke's room and found him unresponsive. He was hospitalized, but has since been released from the hospital and is being held in the Jacksonville Jail. Authorities say he has refused to make any statements.
According to a published report, extradition proceedings could take up to 30 days.
July 4th activities are planned for downtown McMinnville Saturday morning, weather permitting.
The pancake breakfast will be served beginning at 7am at the First Methodist Church. The Stars and Stripes Fun Run and Walk will begin at 7:30.
The patriotic salute will take place at 9:00 and the Silver and Gold Band will perform at 9:30. There will also be entertainment by the Pioneerettes and Paula's Dance Academy. The Yankee Doodle Childrens' Parade will be held at 10:30.
The Park Theater will be showing the movie, Yankee Doodle Dandy at 10am and 1pm free of charge.
There will also be a recognition ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Hebe Statue on Court Square.
Independence Day activities are also taking place in outlying communities.
Three horses died in a barn fire in DeKalb County Thursday and another horse was injured.
It happened Thursday morning on Game Ridge Road.
Authorities say the cause of the fire is unknown but it swept through the barn quickly and was well underway when firefighters arrived on the scene.
Three of the four horses died in the fire. The other horse suffered burns.
The barn and its contents, including hay and farm machinery were destroyed in the fire.
Thousands of incoming college freshmen across the state are in danger of losing a lot of money in free tuition.
About 31,000 recent high school graduates are signed up for Tennessee Promise, the new program that covers two years of tuition at Tennessee community colleges and technical schools.
A report reveals only about 25 percent of Tennessee Promise students have completed a key requirement to qualify for free education. In order to be eligible for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship, students must complete 8 hours of community service, something almost three quarters of students enrolled in the program have not done.
That means more than 23,000 students could lose Tennessee Promise come the first of August.
Students have until August 1st to complete the community service.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a variety of traffic safety tools and utilize data-driven enforcement during the Fourth of July holiday period to help reduce serious injury and fatal crashes across the state. The traffic safety campaign began just after midnight and will conclude at midnight on Sunday.
Twelve people were killed in Tennessee during last year's 96-hour Fourth of July holiday period. That was down from 19 fatalities the previous year. Of last year's twelve fatalities, seven were vehicle occupants and five were motorcyclists. Three of the traffic deaths were alcohol-related.
State troopers will conduct saturation patrols and sobriety and seat belt checkpoints to help keep motorists safe.
During last year's holiday period, state troopers arrested 125 individuals statewide on suspicion of impaired driving and cited 1,504 motorists for violation of the seat belt law.