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Norris Police Chief replaced over allegations of false training documentation

Michael Poole

There’s a new interim chief of police in Norris, Michael Poole, who last week replaced Samuel W. Ogburn, who resigned over allegations of submitting fraudulent documents to the Tennessee agency that supervises certification of police officers. City Manager Scott Hackler said Ogburn, who had just become police chief May 13, was suspended in late August and subsequently resigned from the position on Sept. 6 when faced with dismissal over the allegations. According to an investigation report written by Hackler and obtained by The Courier News through a Freedom of Information Act request, Ogburn, 42, was found to have submitted a fraudulent document to the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy outlining in-service firearms training by three Norris police officers. The document, which Hackler’s report said included “fraudulent information and forged signatures for the Training Officer and Firearms Instructor,” was referred to the state’s Police Officer Standards and Training Commission (POST) by the training academy for a “disciplinary action decision.”

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People and Places of Anderson County

Melissa Charles - Joe Bonomo

The Kincaid House is without a doubt one of the most beautiful homes in Clinton. Owned these days by Melissa Charles and her husband, Jim, it’s a real dream come true. The house is named after the Kincaids, who were the original owners of Magnet Mills in Clinton. “Mr. [Carl] Kincaid was very philanthropic and friendly and kind,” said Charles. “Most of the boxwoods along [Eagle Bend] were more than likely given by Mr. Kincaid as gifts to his neighbors.” The Dutch colonial home is a Barber-McMurry house, just like the homes in Sequoyah Hills and around the university in Knoxville, according to Charles. “Most of the homes this age on this street are,” she said. “Mr. Kincaid made sure of that. He got their architects for them. He was just a fantastic person.”

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Beware of DEA scam

There is an unknown group that is spoofing the DEA Knoxville Resident Office phone number. They are posing as the DEA and are calling citizens telling them that their Social Security number has come up in a DEA investigation. The DEA does not operate an investigation like this and will not be calling you and talking about your social security number with you. This is a scam for information and financial gain. The DEA recommends that if you do receive a phone call like this, do not give out any of your personal information, do not give them any money or a credit card number and do not answer any questions. The best thing to do is to hang up your phone and make family members, work associates and friends aware of this scam.

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Fiber Optics cable system being installed in Clinton

The City of Clinton has received inquiries about an ongoing utility project, where a private contractor is installing underground conduit and junction boxes for a fiber optic communications cable system. The conduit is being buried within the public right-of-way, using both boring and open trenching. The City of Clinton has issued a permit for the work to be performed, and has required the contractor to post a bond to cover damages to our streets, sidewalks, and existing underground utilities. Work is currently taking place in the downtown area beneath our concrete sidewalks.

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