Saturday, November 30, 2019

new Animal Cruelty law
Animal lovers are hoping a new federal bill will help to prosecute tricky cases of animal cruelty that may begin in Tennessee. The new law increases the federal response to acts of animal cruelty. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act is intended to be an upgrade to legislation that targets videos of violence to companion animals but does not specifically outlaw the violent acts themselves. The legislation will not directly change Tennessee laws. Under current state law, a non-aggravated first offense of animal cruelty is a misdemeanor. Only a second offense or aggravated act of violence is a felony, punishable by up to one year in jail. The federal law will allow prosecutors to respond to animal cruelty crimes that take place across state lines, including online videos, in a way they previously did not have jurisdiction to do. Some of our biggest cases have been in the Tennessee Walking Horse industry. There have been documented cases of abuse that have been hard to prosecute or punish because of jurisdictional issues. The new bill provides for federal fines and imprisonment of up to seven years on conviction.


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Thursday, June 04, 2020

  • Catons Grove shooting
  • Cades Cove Loop is restricted
  • Jobless claims
  • Vote by mail
  • Black Tennessee lawmakers call for addresing racial issues
  • Medic needs blood
  • Black lawmakers call for respect for everyone
  • Planning Commission to hold public hearing
  • Cades Cove to be closed to vehicles on Wednesdays
  • State parks for community service hours
  • Majors dead at 85

    Wednesday, June 03, 2020

  • Mantooth Butcher shop fire
  • Cocke County early voting moves
  • Financial Stimulus Accountability Group
  • RNC national convention may come to Tennessee
  • Beth Freeman has died
  • Livestock scam

    Tuesday, June 02, 2020

  • Evans is terminated
  • Cocke Countians rally for Floyd
  • Free fishing on Saturday
  • Gasoline prices move up
  • Stonefly is coming for Rhythm on the River

    Monday, June 01, 2020

  • Cocke County crash
  • Tennessee protests against racism
  • UT Athletics statement
  • Alexander on WHO
  • Teen cyclist dies in Smokies

    Sunday, May 31, 2020

  • Cruise Against Cancer