Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Perry County Unveils Tag Renewal Kiosk


A license plate tag renewal Kiosk is now conveniently available inside the Lobelville City Hall Lobby. No need to travel to the courthouse for renewal.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Perry County Deputies Search For Runaway Teens

PERRY COUNTY, TN - Two teens have reportedly runaway from the Deer Valley youth campus, and may have burglarized a couple of properties.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Decatur County-Riverside's McElrath Commits To Northeast Mississippi Community College

courtesy of the Jackson Sun
PARSONS, TN- For the past four seasons, if you played the Riverside Panthers in Decatur County, there was one player you knew you had to stop to have a chance at beating them, #10 Daryl McElrath.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Man Killed In Fatal Decatur County Fire

PARSONS, TN-  Decatur Couty officials say an elderly man died in a fatal house fire Wednesday night.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Perry County To Place Armed Guards In Schools

LINDEN, TN- Perry County Sheriff Nick Weems has been front and center in the fight to protect school children since the school shooting in Florida that killed seventeen.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wayne County Road Superintendent Enters Guilty Plea

WAYNESBORO, TN- Wayne County Superintendent of Roads Chuck Moser, was in court on Friday

Moser's trial was set to begin on Wednesday in Wayne County. 

TRVN was notified by Judge Stella Hargrove's office on Tuesday afternoon that the trial had been canceled. 

Moser appeared before Judge Hargrove in Columbia on Friday morning. Superintendent Moser entered guilty pleas to Attempted Official Misconduct and Permitting Inmates To Work For The Benefit of Private Citizens. These charges are both misdemeanors.

Moser will be placed on probation and will make restitution to Wayne County in the amount of $3011.00. After payment of the restitution and cost, Moser will be on unsupervised probation.

Moser who is in his first term as the Superintendent of Roads in Wayne County was indicted by a Wayne County Grand Jury back in October of 2017.  The grand jury issued indictments against Moser was indicted for Theft over $10,000, Misuse of County Inmates, and Misuse of County Property.

Moser and other elected officials maintained throughout the process that Moser acts were humanitarian in nature.

A Wayne County elected official said that "Chuck helped a family in need and a church, by the letter of the law it may be illegal but I support him."

The Wayne County Commission in a meeting wanted to issue a statement of support for Moser, but the commission was advised against it by the county attorney.

22nd Judicial District Attorney Brent Cooper said "The State took into consideration all of the relevant facts in this case, including Mr. Moser's motives for his actions. However, I took an oath to uphold the law and prosecute violations thereof.  The laws pertinent to these charges are straightforward and do not have exemptions if the reasons for the work are charitable.  With that said, as District Attorney,  I have the discretion to pursue cases, not only with vigor, but with common sense and fairness. That discretion allowed me to offer a resolution to Mr. Moser that is fair and allows him to continue in his position as Highway Superintendent and without a felony conviction.  I am confident he will do so without any further issues. There's a saying that comes to mind in this situation:  "Just because it's always been done that way doesn't mean it's the right way to do it."  I am glad that Mr.Moser, his family, and the people of Wayne County can now put this behind them."  

Moser also released a statement to TVRN where he explained his actions and said that "I hope the citizens of Wayne County understand why I did, what I did."

Click here to read Moser's full statement.

Jimmy Staggs was also indicted by the Wayne County Grand Jury, his charges were retired today.

US Marshals Looking For West Tennessee Fugitve

Nathan Hooper is wanted on six felony charges in McNairy, Hardeman and Chester counties of TN according to a release from the U.S. Marshals Service.

10th Annual Buffalo River Springfest Softball Tournament Begins Friday

2018 Buffalo River Springfest schedule
LOBELVILLE, TN- The 10th Annual Buffalo Springfest Softball Tournament begins this Friday at 1:30 p.m. as the Lady Hornets of Lobelville take on the Lady Vikings of Linden at Lobelville City Park.

Bridge Work in Jackson to Close Lanes This Weekend

JACKSON, TN– The Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews will have major closures this weekend in Jackson to begin placing steel bridge beams over the interstate.

Driver Crashes Into Rick's Barbeque In Lawrenceburg

On Friday, a driver crashed into a local eatery causing an undetermined amount of damage.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Loretto Wins Class A Boys State Championship

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MURFREESBORO, TN- Since they were in the fourth grade, seniors Will McBee, Ryan Weathers, Kirkland Surratt, and Jacob Hallmark have dreamed of winning a State Basketball Championship.

Man Tased Afer Fleeing and Assaulting Officer

LAWRENCEBURG, TN- A Lawrence County man allegedly fled into the woods and later was tased after spitting on a deputy.

Wayne County Man Charged With Assaulting 12-Year-Old

WAYNESBORO, TN- A Wayne County Man was jailed for allegedly assaulting a 12-year-old, according to court documents the incident is domestic in nature.

Weather Related Closings Or Dismissals For March 19

LINDEN, TN-The following schools have announced they will be dismissing early on Monday, March 19th due to the threat of severe weather.

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Loretto Mustangs Are Heading To The Class A Championship

MURFREESBORO, TN- The Loretto Mustangs (27-5) are one win away from their first State Basketball Championship in program history after they defeated the Monterey Wildcats (31-6) in the Semi-Finals 69-63 on Friday afternoon.

Loretto, not known for their Boys Basketball, is more known for their Baseball (2017 State Champs), Girls Basketball (1958 State Champs), and Football.

The only State Championship in basketball came 60 years ago when the Lady Mustangs beat Nashville Litton when there was no classification.

The Mustangs came out of the gate on fire as they led 18-15 after one but shot 50% from the field.. In the second, it was more of a defensive quarter. The Wildcats of Monterey were able to hold the Mustangs  to 36% shooting.

However, the Mustangs were able to take the lead to half as the scoreboard said; Mustangs- 30  Wildcats- 25.

In the second half, the Wildcats and Mustangs were lights out. Neither team could stop one another  as the Wildcats shot 46% from the field and the Mustangs shot 42% as the Mustangs led 47-41 after the third.

Going to the fourth and final quarter it was all Loretto as they got up by as much as twelve points but Monterey got to within five but that was as close as they could get. The Mustangs were victorious 69-63 for their first ever Basketball State Basketball appearance.

The Mustangs take on the #1 ranked Memphis Douglass Red Devils (32-1) at 3:30 p.m. for the Class A State Championship.

Deputies Looking Into Possible Theft And Posioning Of Dogs

WAYNESBORO, TN- Both the Lauderdale County and Wayne County Sheriff's Offices are looking into a string of dog thefts in the area of the Alabama and Tennessee State line.

Man Arrested In 2001 Murder Of Joleen Abernathy Ingram

PULASKI, TN-A Cannon County man has been arrested and charged with the first-degree murder of Joleen Abernathy Ingram.

Semi And Car Involved In Crash On Hwy 64

LAWRENCEBURG, TN-  The Tennessee Highway Patrol and other agencies are on the scene of an accident reportedly involving a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

THP Announces Road Block List For March

The Tennessee Highway Patrol has released the list of checkpoints scheduled in the month of March.

TSSAA Blue Cross Boys State Tournament.

MURFREESBORO, TN- Like last week with the Girls State Tournament, the TSSAA Boys Blue Cross State Tournament has come to the Murphy Center for a chance at the State Championship.

15-Year-Old Disabled Teen Killed In Fire

HICKMAN CO, TN- Tragedy struck the Lyles community Thursday morning when a teen was killed in a mobile home fire.

Florence Student Arrested For Reportedly Having Gun And Ammunition At School

FLORENCE, AL- Florence Police says an arrest was made on Tuesday of a teen allegedly with a gun and ammunition.

New Parking Rules For Waynesboro Public Square

WAYNESBORO, TN- Parking has become an issue on the public square in Waynesboro and new rules have been implemented.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Four Wayne County Residents Charged In Alabama Robbery

FLORENCE, AL-  According to a press release four Wayne County residents are in custody in Alabama after an alleged robbery. 

Viral Video Of Teen Brawl Lands Parsons Couple In Jail

PARSONS, TN- Police say a Decatur County couple 'encouraged' a street brawl between two teens. Two adults and two teens how now been summoned to court.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Cause Of Power Outage In Pulaski Is Shocking

PULASKI, TN- What caused a power outage on Aspen Hill Road in Giles County? The answer is "shocking"

More Questions Than Answers In Search For Missing Firefighter

WAVERLY, TN- A week after a Jeep plunged into the Tennessee River reportedly driven by a Metro firefighter there are more questions than answers.

The Legacy Of A Hero: The Wife Of Fallen Firefighter Gives Birth To Their Son

LAWRENCEBURG, TN- On February 12th, the Dickey family and Lawrenceburg suffered the tragic loss of Firefighter Jason Dickey in the line of duty, a month to the day, "happiness" was born.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Landmark BBQ Restaurant Owner Says He Will Reopen After Fire

PARSONS, TN- Ramey's BBQ is more than just a restaurant in Parsons, it's a landmark. On Friday fire damaged the popular local eatery but the owner says he will reopen it.

Teen Facing Multiple Years In Prison After Perry County Crash

LINDEN, TN- A Perry County Grand Jury has handed down a 10 count indictment that alleges a teen was intoxicated when he crashed his vehicle into another vehicle and several injured several people.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Going For Gold: The State Championship

MURFREESBORO, TN- The stage was set for both the Greenfield Lady Jackets (34-2) and Summertown Lady Eagles (32-3) Saturday afternoon as they jogged onto the Murphy Center floor for the last time and for the ultimate prize, the Class A State Championship title.

Savannah Man Killed In Crash That Claims Three Lives

CANNON COUNTY, TN- A Savannah man was one of three people killed in a tragic accident early Sunday Morning in Cannon County

Friday, March 9, 2018

Going For Gold: State Semi-Finals

MURFREESBORO, TN- The 5th ranked Greenfield Lady Jackets (33-2) take on the #1 ranked Summertown Lady Eagles Saturday at 3:30 P.M. for the Class A State Championship at Murphy Center's Mante Hale Arena on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University.

Hardin County Man Killed In Head-On Crash

HARDIN COUNTY, TN- The Tennessee Highway Patrol says a Counce man died in a two-vehicle crash on Friday morning.

Going For Gold: State Quarterfinals

MURFREESBORO, TN- The Road Stops Here. That's what a billboard said as you turn toward the Middle Tennessee State University campus. Every high school team in the state of Tennessee hope to end their season here at the Murphy Center, hopefully with a Gold State Championship trophy.

End Of An Era: Wooden McGee Bridge To Be Removed

PERRY COUNTY, TN - One of the last remaining wooden bridges in Perry County will be torn down starting next week.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

WOPC EXCLUSIVE: Pre-Dawn Drug Raid Nets 28 Arrests, More Pending

LINDEN, TN - A multi-agency 'drug round-up' has led to the arrest of 31 people in Perry County, with more pending.

Dwana Pusser Daughter Of Legendary Sheriff Passes Away

ADAMSVILLE, TN-Dwana Pusser, daughter of legendary Mcnairy County Sheriff Buford Pusser, passed away late Wednesday night.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Lewis County School Receives Threat; Student In Court

HOHENWALD, TN- A Lewis County Middle School student is in court due to a possible social media threat.

Several parents grew concerned after a student reportedly made a threat on her Instagram account.

The student reportedly posted a to Instagram and asked "Should I threaten to shoot the school up." She then ask people to comment "No Crazy Bish" or "Shoot TF Outta It."

Lewis County Sheriff Dwayne Kilpatrick says the student was being "evaluted" and will be in Juvenile Court on Wednesday.

A concerned parent reached out to WOPC HD News on Tuesday night and said that "This child is in my sons grade and this is scary."

"If they put these kids in ISS only it often makes them more angry, they need help."

This is a developing story.

*It is the policy of WOPC HD News not to name or publish photographs of minors.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Hibbetts Suddenly Closes In Hohenwald; Employees Caught By Surprise

HOHENWALD, TN- Hibbetts Sporting Goods closed its doors in Hohenwald on Monday, some employees said they were caught by surprise.

Body Of Missing Firefighter Located In River

WAVERLY, TN- A "search and rescue" operation is underway on the Tennessee River near Waverly after a man reportedly plunged his vehicle into the flooded river on Tuesday morning.

UPDATE: The Humphreys County Sheriff's Office confirms the body of Jesse Reed was located in the cove where the searchers had been looking. The investigation into his death will continue.(3/17)

UPDATE: Humphreys County Sheriffs Office said on Thursday that they are on Kentucky Lake searching for Jesse Reed, they say are using side scan sonar to locate Reed. (3/15)

UPDATE: The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Friday night served two search warrants in connection with this case. One warrant was served at the residence of Jesse Reed in Peagram, Tn. The other was served at a home near where Reed reportedly drove into the river. (3/9)

Many questions now surround the investigation. The female that was reportedly also in the truck has been identified as Reed's wife. The HCSO says they have no evidence she was in the Jeep. They also say they have no evidence that Reed went into the water. 

UPDATE: The missing man has been identified as Nashville Firefighter Jesse Reed. Humphreys County officials confirm the search for Reed's will start back Wednesday morning. (3/7)

UPDATE: Humphreys County Sheriff’s Office released a statement asking for help in locating Reed. The release indicates Reed may have not been in the vehicle. Please call the HCSO if you have any information. (3/7)

According to the Humphreys County Sheriff's Office, a man was believed to have driven into the Tennessee River which because of flooding is several feet above its normal level.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning near Point Bluff Lane, Waverly.

Cheif Deputy Rob Edwards told WOPC HD News that it was thought that a man had gone into the water and they thought he was in the vehicle.

Early on according to Edwards, it was believed that the man was in the vehicle because it would be hard for a person to get out of the vehicle and the water.

A WOPC HD News crew was on the scene when the vehicle was recovered from the water and the man was not inside the vehicle.

"It is now a search and rescue operation" Edwards said after confirming the man was not inside the vehicle.

The chief said that will begin to look for the missing man and their hopes are that he escaped the vehicle and is somewhere in need of help.

"The windows were down on the vehicle, so he could have come out of the vehicle" Edwards added.

A dive team from Clarksville is on scene assisting in the operation.

A concerned group of family and friends gathered to watch the operation. They were informed by the sheriff's office that the man was not inside when divers were able to reach the vehicle.

Officials have confirmed a second person was in the vehicle but she did not go into the water. That person told officials that the missing man had gone into the water

Sonar was used to locate the vehicle. Rescue staff said the vehicle was under about 10 feet of water.

This is a developing story, stay with WOPC HD News for updates.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Adamsville Elementary Placed On Lockdown After Parent Allegedly Threatens Child

ADAMSVILLE, TN- According to the Adamsville Police Department, Adamsville Elementary School was placed on lockdown on Monday morning after a threat was received.

ATV Accident Claims Life Of Giles County Pharmacist

PULASKI, TN- On Sunday afternoon Giles County emergency responders were called to an ATV accident with injuries in the area of Odd Fellows Hall Road

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Body Of Missing Perry County Man Found In Buffalo River

FLATWOODS, TN- The body of a missing Perry County senior citizen was found on Sunday afternoon in the Buffalo River only a mile from where he was last seen.

Members of the Linden Fire Department located the body of Marshal Spry, 73, White Oak, who had been missing since Wednesday night. The elderly man's body was located in the Buffalo River at about 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Spry had been reported missing after he left his grandaughters home on Wednesday night and apparently did not make it to his home. His body was located at the end of the Whitaker Road which is approximately one mile from where Spry was last seen.

Perry County Sheriff Nick Weems said that it was a "sad day for Perry County, we've lost a good man ." The sheriff went on to say that it was possible the 73-year-old Spry got disoriented in the inclement weather and took the wrong term on the way home.

"We were hoping for the best but at least we located Mr. Spry and his family can have closure" said Linden Fire Cheif Don Bates

Members of the PCSO, Perry County Rescue Squad, members of the community and family had been searching since Thursday.

The recent flooding had the Buffalo River at depths well above flood stage making the search difficult until the waters receded.

One the evening that Spry disappeared the Buffalo River was almost 10 feet above its normal levels. In the following days due to heavy rains, the river had risen to nearly 25 feet, which is 20 feet above its normal levels.

Mr. Spry spent the hours prior to his disappearance with his granddaughter and great-grandchildren.

Kristie  Allen, a longtime friend of the family said of Mr. Spry "He loved those children more than anything and now he is happy too now, he has been reunited with his wife." Spry's wife had passed away approximately 2 years ago.

On Sunday, the search was joined by several volunteers many of those on ATVs. There were also people searching on foot and horseback. Williamson County Sheriff's Office joined in the search again with their helicopter.

Monday, Perry County Sheriff Nick Weems located what appears to be the victims truck. 

The truck is still under several feet of swift moving water. 

The sheriff said it's now apparentl that Mr. Spry got disoriented in the heavy rain and took the wrong road on his way home. 

The sheriff said that Slink Shoals Spur Road leads directly back to the Buffalo River. 

Weems pointed out to WOPC HD News where he felt the truck entered the water. 

The truck entered the water across from a local land mark known as "Blue Rock." 

The vehicle came to rest about 100 yards upstream from the landmark known to many locals. Mr. Spry's body was located approximately half a mile from the vehicle. 

Weem's said that he will most likely contact the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to get assistance and guidance in removing the truck from the river. 

Perry County Searching For Missing Senior Citizen

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Savannah PD Officer Charged With DUI After On Duty Crash

SAVANNAH, TN- According to a press release by the Savannah Police Department one of their officers is out of a job and has been arrested after he crashed his cruiser.

Mother Arrested After Newborn Test Positive For Drugs

FLORENCE, AL- The mother of a newborn baby that tested positive for drugs was arrested Wednesday, according to a release from the Florence Police Department.

Search For Missing Perry County Senior Citizen Underway

LINDEN, TN- Perry County Officials say they are searching for a missing senior citizen who was last seen on Wednesday night.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Clear Cutting May Be Leading To Centerville Water Issues

CENTERVILLE, TN- In just over 2 weeks, Centerville has lost water to thousands of residents and now the problem seems to be bigger than just flooding.

Centerville draws its water from Swann Creek, recent floods have caused the Duck River to flood into Swann Creek and that has been the reported cause of water outages. 

Sediment from the Swann Creek has been the problem, but now there appears to be a difference in the type of sediment.

Centerville's Public Works Director Danny Hudgins seems to think that there is more going on than just the floods.

The Duck River has flooded into Swann Creek many times over the past few years and according to the director that has never caused the problems of the past few weeks.

Hudgins says that the turbidity, of the water, has been so high that the city can not pump water.

 That has caused several thousand people to be without water.

"We've never had these kinds of issues, Swann Creek has gotten up many times, there is something else going on" Hudgins said.

State officials came to Centerville on Wednesday to try and help the water department resolve the issues and as of Thursday, there were no answers. 

"Our chemicals are not reacting like they should" Hudgins said.

The chemicals that have been used for years apparently are not working. The state will be returning to try different options.

"I really think upstream that clear-cutting has caused a lot of issues and I think the time has come and its caught up with us." Hudgins said there is something different about the sediment that is getting into the water.

Weather forecast for the next few days should allow water levels to return to normal. When the water levels return to normal the issue of the sediment will be looked into.

Just like two weeks ago the community and outsiders have banded together to bring bottled water to those in need. Distribution centers have been set up and delivery to shut-ins are being made.

Hudgins is hopeful that all residents will have water services returned by Sunday.

Hickman County Faces Water Outage Once Again

CENTERVILLE, TN- Flooding has caused water shortages in Centerville and Hickman County for the 3rd time in recent weeks.