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Wortman charged with second count of solicitation to commit first degree murder

Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictments for a Collierville attorney accused of trying to hire hit-men, on two separate occasions, to kill his wife. At the request of 25th District Attorney General Mike Dunavant, TBI Special Agents began investigating Fred Auston Wortman III on June 4. During the course of the […]

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Collierville Police Department taps into new technology

Communication between different languages is an age-old challenge. But the Collierville Police Department will soon be getting help from a new technology aimed at instantly bridging the gap. The device is called Enabling Language Service Anywhere or ELSA, a simple black box that is clipped to the belt of the user. With the push of […]

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Reflections about an experience in the Collierville Citizens Police Academy

BY Jennifer W. Casey Emerging Media Specialist, Town of Collierville Public Information Office I signed up for the Citizens Police Academy during the spring after writing a release to promote the upcoming, summer session. After reading about what the class covered, it certainly peaked my interest from a professional standpoint, to learn more about a […]

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State’s ranking on child well being is ‘unacceptable’

Following the release of a report ranking Tennessee 36th in overall child well-being, Sen. Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) called on his legislative colleagues and the Haslam Administration to focus more effectively on the needs of the state’s youth. The Annie E. Casey Foundation this week issued a report ranking states based on four factors […]

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Joyner appointed to state commission

Special to The Independent Gov. Bill Haslam has confirmed the appointment of Collierville Mayor Stan Joyner to the Volunteer Tennessee Commission, where he will serve as an At-large Member. The commission is a 25-member bipartisan citizen board appointed by Haslam to oversee AmeriCorps and to advance volunteerism and citizen service to assist communities. In the […]

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Jobless rate up in June, still below U.S. average

Collierville’s jobless rate remained below the national average last month despite a slight increase compared to May. According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the town’s June rate of 5.2 percent was fourth tenths of a percentage point higher than May. However, it was lower than June of 2014 and one tenth […]

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School Days

The Collierville Burch Library has been hosting School Days for each local elementary school this month. Last week, the library hosted students from Sycamore Elementary School. Students enjoyed storytelling by teachers, superhero photo ops and mask making. The first day of school for Collierville students is Aug. 4. ABOVE: From left are Sycamore Assistant Principal […]

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Town works to conform with new solicitation laws

Local municipalities are working to conform with recent court rulings that prevent the prohibition of commercial door-to-door sales. The Collierville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved an amendment to the town’s temporary sales ordinance on second reading Monday night that lifts the town’s ban on door-to-door solicitation. The new amendment is meant to comply with […]

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Two dead in Germantown domestic assault

Germantown police announced Monday that the woman injured in Friday’s domestic assault has died. Karri Baker, 38, died on Aug. 2. She was found unresponsive on Friday morning when Germantown police responded to a domestic assault call at 8:14 a.m. on the 7900 block of Elm Leaf Drive, south of Germantown Elementary and Middle schools. […]

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Collierville High graduates responsible for ‘STEM revolution’ honored at White House

By Mac Trammell When two local young women pursued their desire to improve themselves, as well as their school and community, they came up with a result that was so outstanding the White House decided to honor them. Anne and Anna Raheem, twins who just graduated Collierville High School, were honored as National Student Innovators […]

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