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A Smithville mother and her boyfriend each entered not guilty pleas Friday in the death of the woman's 23-month old child.
23 year old Cody Key was indicted last week for felony murder and aggravated child abuse, and 19 year old Jessica May was indicted for aggravated child neglect.
Key is alleged to have inflicted fatal injuries to the child. May is accused of having known the abuse was taking place.
The two appeared briefly Friday in DeKalb County Criminal Court.
The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen will reconsider a controversial issue that calls for amending the municipal code to delete the section that restricts the distance between a church or school and places that sell beer.
Last November the ordinance failed by a 4-3 vote of the board. The discussion is on the agenda for Tuesday night's meeting.
Also on the agenda are two ordinances to vacate portions of Needmore Road.
The board meeting begins at 7pm at City Hall. It will be preceded at 6:30 by a meeting of the Parks and Recreation Committee.
450 members of the Warren County High School Class of 2015 will walk the stage Friday night at graduation commencement ceremonies.
The event will begin at 7pm at Nunley Stadium.
Project graduation will follow the graduation ceremonies beginning at 10:30 at the Civic Center.
Tennessee's unemployment rate for the month of April was 6.0 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from the March rate of 6.3. That's according to Tennessee Labor Commissioner Burns Phillips.
The national unemployment rate for April was 5.4 percent, down slightly from the March rate of 5.5.
Tennessee's April unemployment rate is the third consecutive decline and is the lowest rate in seven years.
Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate decreased from 6.5 percent to 6.0 percent, while the national rate declined from 6.2 to 5.4 percent.
A report from the nonprofit transportation research group TRIP shows Tennessee is among the 20 worst states when it comes to rural non-interstate traffic deaths.
Citing U.S. Census Bureau and Federal Highway Administration data, Tennessee reported 459 non-interstate traffic deaths in 2013, twelfth most in the nation.
The report cites a growing population which has led to more drivers on rural roads that lack desirable safety features and can lead to longer emergency response times because of their rural locations.
The report blames a higher tendency for drivers to travel at higher speeds, narrow lanes, sharp curves, inconsistent design, limited shoulders and limited visibility.