Former Deputy Caught in Bank Robbery
According to the FBI, Jim Frye, a former Knox County deputy who resigned in 2002 after being suspended for bad check charges, stole money from Region’s Bank on Tuesday.
Deputies spotted Frye’s red minivan minutes later and followed him to his house. Officials found the money, but they refused to tell the amount.
Frye is suspected of robbing the same bank earlier this year.
Maryville Woman Hospitalized after Dog Attack
Two pit bulls attacked their owner, Susan Hibbard of Maryville, on Tuesday, sending her to Blount Memorial Hospital, from which she was later transferred to UT Medical Center.
The attack happened just after 2:00 p.m. when Hibbbard went out to check on her dogs. According to witnesses, she thought they were only playing when they turned on her.
Officers were forced to shoot one of the pit bulls, killing it. The other dog was taken peacefully into custody by animal control officers.
As of Tuesday night Hibbard was in stable condition.
Ford Calls Corker a “Wimp”
Democratic Senatorial candidate Harold Ford, Jr. called his Republican opponent Bob Corker a “wimp” on Tuesday.
The candidates met Tuesday at the Nashville City Club. At the meeting Ford encouraged Corker to debate him in Knoxville, which would be the fourth debate scheduled between the two. Corker responded by saying, “We may have to talk about that.”
Ford later commented on the meeting to the Associated Press. “We’re the Volunteer State. We’re not the wimp state,” he said, “And he’s behaving more like a wimp than like a Volunteer.”
The other three debates scheduled between Corker and Ford will occur in Nashville, Memphis and Chattanooga.
Memphis Bishop Likely to be Appointed to TVA Board
The state Senate will vote on whether to approve Bishop William Graves to join the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
The Memphis resident was selected on Tuesday by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.
Graves is the 42nd bishop of the Christian Methodist Episcopal Chruch, a position he has held since his election in 1982. He would be the first ever black member of the TVA board.
If confirmed, as seems likely, Graves will be the ninth member of the TVA board, which switched from a three-person, full-time board to a nine-person, part-time board in March at the urging of Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.