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  • Old $50 bill found real, but not before bearer arrested

    05/06/2012 2:13:29 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 43 replies
    Shelbyville Times-Gazette via Houston Chronicle ^ | 1 May 2012 | David Melson (originally)
    SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee police are apologizing after arresting a man for using a $50 bill they thought was fake but that turned out to be real. Police in Shelbyville thought the bill was counterfeit after a convenience store clerk called them. The clerk said a marker used to detect false money didn't show the bill was real. (excerpt - read more at link)
  • U.S. official discusses refugee bill with Tracy

    02/14/2012 1:36:04 PM PST · by radu
    Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | February 12, 2012 | Brian Mosely
    A top representative of the U.S. State Department was in Tennessee this week to discuss a law dealing with the state's refugee resettlement program. The Refugee Absorptive Capacity Act, which originated from the desk of State Sen. Jim Tracy, became law last July. It's the first bill of its kind. It requires the state's refugee program agency, Catholic Charities, to meet four times a year with local governments to plan and coordinate "the appropriate placement of refugees in advance of the refugees' arrival ..." The law also allows local communities to apply for a "moratorium" on refugee resettlement if those...
  • ICE: Local arrests were part of national sweep

    09/30/2011 2:00:30 PM PDT · by radu · 14 replies
    Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | Friday, September 30, 2011 | Brian Mosely
    Federal officials confirmed Thursday that recent arrests made in Shelbyville by immigration agents were part of a nationwide operation targeting convicted criminal aliens and fugitives. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Wednesday they had captured more than 2,900 fugitives in all 50 states as part of a seven-day national "Cross Check" operation. Verification ICE spokesman Temple Black told the T-G late Thursday that after checking with ICE's Enforcement Removal Operations team, he could verify "that the three arrests ICE confirmed last week were part of the operation announced yesterday nationally." *snip* Local law enforcement and ICE were criticized after...
  • Racial discrimination denied by city, county authorities (Shelbyville, TN)

    09/24/2011 8:32:25 PM PDT · by radu · 9 replies
    Times-Gazette ^ | Wednesday, September 21, 2011 | Brian Mosely
    Officials are denying that a federal raid targeted community activists who claim a pattern of racial profiling and discrimination in Bedford County against Hispanics. The accusations came after the reported arrest of three residents by federal immigration officials and the publication of a report calling for a Department of Justice investigation. Last Monday, members of several organizations held a hearing in Shelbyville during which Hispanic residents complained they were the victims of illegal detention and racial profiling by local law enforcement. A report was generated entitled "The Forgotten Constitution - Racial Profiling and Immigration Enforcement in Bedford County, Tennessee." The...
  • Spotlight on Shelbyville may cast shadow on city

    05/22/2011 3:54:42 PM PDT · by radu · 10 replies
    Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | May 22, 2011 | Brian Mosely
    Tuesday night the city of Shelbyville will be in the national spotlight when the film "Welcome to Shelbyville" is broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens. Since last fall, the documentary has been screened across the country, including Nashville last Saturday and has been shown by the U.S. State Department in other countries. Said filmmaker Kim A. Snyder, "I was interested in something that would illustrate "the anatomy" of immigrant integration in one small town and how this was representative of demographic changes taking place across the U.S." This was the premise the filmmaker explained to the Times-Gazette and the...
  • BREAKING: Tyson employee arrested for threatening graffiti

    01/17/2011 8:00:10 PM PST · by radu · 28 replies
    Times-Gazette ^ | January 17, 2011 | Shelbyville Times-Gazette
    *snip* According to WTVF in Nashville, Shelbyville Police reported that a bomb threat was made Saturday night at the Tyson plant. They say the threat was written in graffiti on a wall inside the plant. *snip* According to a statement from Jeff Watson, human resources manager at the complex, Zachary Wilson signed a confession today and was taken into custody by Shelbyville police.
  • Bomb Threat Temporarily Shuts Down Tyson's Shelbyville Plant

    01/03/2011 8:37:46 PM PST · by radu · 22 replies
    News Channel 5 - Nashville ^ | Jan. 3, 2011 | Heather Graf
    SHELBYVILLE, Tenn. - A bomb threat temporarily shut down the Tyson Chicken Plant in Shelbyville on Monday afternoon, in what is now the company's second security scare at that location in just two weeks. "We got a call from the Tyson plant at about 1:27 p.m. Monday," said Shelbyville Police Chief Austin Swing. "They then organized a search team, and the search team went through the plant after it was evacuated." *snip* Locals said the threat is unsettling, especially since it comes on the heels of another security scare at the plant. It was just two weeks ago when Tyson...
  • Tyson denies death threat (update on Shelbyville, TN)

    12/30/2010 6:31:28 PM PST · by radu · 43 replies · 456+ views
    Times-Gazette ^ | Dec. 30, 2010 | Brian Mosely
    A Tyson Foods spokesperson stated Wednesday that while graffiti was recently discovered at their Shelbyville facility, media reports about the details are not factual. However the spokesman also stated that federal authorities have been contacted about the matter. Late last week, Shelbyville police began providing an armed off-duty officer for the Tyson Foods facility after alleged threatening messages reportedly were made. Nashville television station WSMV reported claims made by an unidentified woman that someone wrote "all Americans must die" on a bathroom wall -- an act that was reportedly preceded by a fire in a woman's restroom inside the plant...
  • 'All Americans Must Die' Written On Plant Wall (Tyson in Shelbyville, TN)

    12/23/2010 8:41:31 PM PST · by radu · 97 replies · 2+ views
    Channel 4 - Nashville ^ | Deanna Lambert
    The Shelbyville chief of police and a former Tyson employee confirmed that threatening messages surfaced this week, leading to extra security at the plant. "A couple days ago, they had a terrorist threat that was written on the bathroom walls that said 'all Americans must die,'" said a woman, who said she wanted to remain anonymous to protect her relative, who works inside the plant. She said that she didn't see the writing herself but is aware of what's going on from others. "One day last week, someone set the women's bathroom on fire, and they finally put a security...
  • Welcoming Tennessee wins integration award

    05/24/2009 2:12:39 PM PDT · by radu · 17 replies · 527+ views
    Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | Sunday, May 24, 2009 | Brian Mosely
    The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) has won a $50,000 award for its Welcoming Tennessee Initiative, which has been partially focused in Shelbyville over the past year. The prize, called the E Pluribus Unum national award for exceptional immigrant integration initiatives, was given to the TIRRC in Washington, D.C. Wednesday by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), which describes itself as an independent, non-partisan think tank "dedicated to analysis of the movement of people worldwide." *snip* TIRRC launched its Welcoming Tennessee Initiative (WTI) in 2006, and began to focus on Shelbyville in last year, beginning with a billboard campaign,...
  • Job Fight: Immigrants vs. Locals Tennessee Residents Compete for Work They Once Scorned

    05/23/2009 6:45:34 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 40 replies · 1,506+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | MIRIAM JORDAN
    ...Burmese refugee Cho Aye traveled 60 miles from Nashville take a place at the head of the line outside Shelbyville's state employment office. The next day, the office was to take applications for $9.35-an-hour jobs processing chicken at the local Tyson Foods plant. Directly behind Ms. Aye...were 16 more Burmese refugees... Farther back in the line, marked by orange tape and monitored by police, locals like David Curtis seethed. "This is the worst job I have ever applied for," said the 31-year-old welder... Eyeing those ahead of him, he added: "I'm very annoyed foreigners are taking jobs that Americans...
  • Islamic subversion alleged by speaker

    02/17/2009 7:46:23 PM PST · by radu · 10 replies · 1,041+ views
    Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | Feb. 17, 2009 | Brian Mosely
    A former FBI special agent told law enforcement and Homeland Security personnel that a network of Islamic organizations are working to incrementally implement Islamic law in the United States. During a presentation at the Bedford County Emergency Management Agency, former FBI agent John Guandolo briefed members about groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, which he claims is working with other Islamic groups to slowly implement Shariah, also known as Islamic law, which encompasses all areas of life. Guandolo worked in the FBI since 1996, including nine years as a member of its SWAT team. After 9/11, he worked in the...
  • Tyson urged to hire Shelbyville residents before immigrants, refugees

    02/11/2009 6:36:13 PM PST · by radu · 15 replies · 709+ views
    Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | Feb. 11, 2009 | Brian Mosely
    As an organizer from Nashville searched for housing and services for about 50 Egyptian men and their families who want to move to Shelbyville to be close to their new jobs at Tyson Foods, the county mayor said that the food giant should hire Bedford County residents first. But personnel at the state employment office say they must accept job applications from everyone who shows up, no matter where they are from. Concerns have once again risen in Shelbyville about immigrants and refugees coming to Bedford County to apply for jobs at the Tyson Foods poultry plant. Law enforcement were...
  • Tyson workers revote; Labor Day brought back

    08/08/2008 12:31:34 PM PDT · by radu · 109 replies · 281+ views
    Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | August 8, 2008 | Bbrian Mosely
    Members of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) and Tyson Foods workers at the poultry processing plant in Shelbyville overwhelmingly voted to overturn a union contract provision that replaced Labor Day as a paid holiday with the Muslim festival of Eid al-Fitr, it was announced this morning. The new agreement will increase the number of paid days off for workers in the current calendar year to include both Labor Day and the Muslim observance as paid holidays for workers in the Shelbyville plant. The agreement amends the existing contract negotiated last year, according to a press release from...
  • Tyson 'regrets' public reaction

    08/06/2008 8:23:57 AM PDT · by radu · 146 replies · 309+ views
    Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | August 6, 2008 | Brian Mosely
    Tyson Foods says that Labor Day is still a holiday, but not for the union employees at the Shelbyville poultry processing facility, who will be taking off the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr instead. Meanwhile, the union that negotiated the controversial contract at the Shelbyville plant has removed the original press release announcing the holiday change from its web site, and the union president has described the backlash to the decision as "bigotry." The union had stated in a June 19 press release that 700 Muslims worked at the plant, while Tyson repeated Tuesday that there are only 250 Somalis...
  • Tyson drops Labor Day holiday for Eid al-Fitr

    08/02/2008 1:41:53 AM PDT · by radu · 127 replies · 330+ views
    Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | Friday, August 1, 2008 | Brian Mosely
    Workers at Tyson Foods' poultry processing plant in Shelbyville will no longer have a paid day off on Labor Day, but will instead take the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr in the fall. A recent press release from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) stated that a new contract at the Shelbyville facility "implements a new holiday to accommodate the ... Muslim workers at the plant." The RWDSU stated that "the five-year contract creates an additional paid holiday, Iidal Fitil, a Muslim holiday that occurs toward the end of Ramadan." read full article at Times-Gazette

    09/19/2006 7:13:41 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 12 replies · 680+ views
    The Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | 19 September 2006 | Clint Confehr
    A Harris Middle School student has told Bedford County's Juvenile Court judge that he took a gun to school on Sept. 11 and on Monday he accepted state probation among other requirements for the act which would have been a felony had the boy been an adult. Assistant Public Defender Cathy Hickerson entered a guilty plea for the eighth-grader before Judge Charles Rich, who imposed substantially the same sentence on the boy as one who appeared in court five days earlier. The only difference is 24 hours of public service work. Monday's defendant told county officials he found a gun...
  • African Drug Found in Shelbyville (Khat)

    07/23/2006 12:18:23 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 43 replies · 2,004+ views
    The Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | 14 February 2006 | David Melson
    One of the first Shelbyville confiscations of the African drug khat occurred early Sunday morning. "Approximately 11.26 grams of a green leafy substance believed to be khat" were found in a coat pocket of Mustaf Shire Abdi, 21, Anthony Lane, Officer Tracey Nelson said. Abdi tried to pull away as Officer Benjamin Burris was checking the pocket and was immediately handcuffed, Nelson said. "Khat use is most prevalent among immigrants from Somalia, Ethiopia and Yemen," a May 2003 National Drug Intelligence Center bulletin said. "These individuals use the drug in casual settings or as part of religious ceremonies. "The use...

    07/22/2006 1:57:09 PM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 40 replies · 956+ views
    The Shelbyville Times-Gazette ^ | 22 July 2006 | Beth Rucker
    NASHVILLE (AP) -- Federal immigration officials here say they simply do not have enough agents to process every person assumed to be in the country illegally. At the request of Gov. Phil Bredesen, representatives of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, met Friday with state and local law enforcement officials to improve communication among all agencies in handling illegal immigration. "Our biggest issue is manpower," said Katherine Molyneux, who represented ICE. "It would be impossible to handle every single (illegal immigrant)." Bredesen said he wants to determine what kinds of criminal offenses need to take priority with immigration officials...
  • Tunica-Memphis monorail to be studied

    03/30/2006 10:11:46 AM PST · by Willie Green · 14 replies · 575+ views
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. Mid-South gamblers may be able to knock back a few more drinks in Tunica, and then take the train home. The Mississippi Legislature Monday approved a transportation bill that includes $500,000 for a feasibility study of a monorail network that would link casinos to one another as well as connect to the Tunica Airport and Southaven. The light rail line could even reach into Shelby County, connecting to the proposed Memphis rail system that is to link Midtown with Memphis International Airport. The bill is now on the desk of Mississippi...