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Officials say the internal investigation revealed that Sgt. Sells misused state property and equipment, was negligent in the performance of his duties, and violated the department’s rule on conduct unbecoming, specifically engaging in sexual activity while on duty.
“Tennessee State Troopers are held to a higher standard of conduct. Sgt. Sells’ actions have violated the trust of the department and the citizens of Tennessee. We will not tolerate any act that will cast doubt upon the credibility of the Tennessee Highway Patrol,” Colonel Tracy Trott said.
THP tells us Sgt. Sells, 45, began his career as a State Trooper in August of 1998. They say he was initially assigned to Overton County as a Road Trooper. We're told Sgt. Sells later served as trooper and sergeant in Pickett, Overton and Fentress Counties, respectively. Officials say his most recent assignment was as a sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) in Putnam County.
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2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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