News release from Tennessee Bureau of Investigation:
Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today released its annual “Crime in Tennessee 2012” report which showed a 2.8% decrease in overall crimes reported in Tennessee in 2012 compared with 2011. This is third year in a row that reported offenses decreased when compared with the previous year.
For the 2012 calendar year, 566,601 Group A offenses were reported compared with 583,022 in 2011. The largest majority of crimes reported were committed against property at more than 57% which is a decrease of 5.8% from the previous year. Crimes against persons also decreased nearly 1% however, crimes against society increased 6.3%. With an estimated population of more than 6.4 million people, Tennessee has seen crime drop a total of approximately 3.5% since 2010.
“Crime in Tennessee 2012” Fact List
· The reported number of murders increased by approximately 1.5%. This is the second year in a row Tennessee has seen an increase in its number of homicides.
· A total of 29,093 people were arrested for DUI in 2012 which is an increase from 2011. There were 162 juveniles arrested for DUI in 2012.
· Domestic violence offenses made up more than 51% of all crimes against persons.
· Reported number of aggravated assault offenses increased by almost 8%.
· Of the 168,929 arrests made for Group A offenses across the state about 70% of the arrestees were male compared with 30% female.
· Juveniles comprised 8.2% of total arrests — a decrease of more than 15% in Group A offenses since 2010.
· 18-24 year olds accounted for nearly 35% of drug/narcotic violations.
TBI strongly discourages the use of crime data to compile rankings of individual jurisdictions due to the many underlying factors that cause crimes to occur such as population density, climate, cultural conditions and strength of law enforcement. It is also important to note that attitudes of citizens toward crime can affect the reporting practices of residents, and therefore, affect crimes coming to the attention of law enforcement.
To view “Crime in Tennessee 2012” in its entirety, click here to go to the TBI’s Statistical Analysis Center webpage. Up-to-date 2012 statistics can also be accessed at www.tncrimeonline.com.
The number of abortions performed in Tennessee declined even as the state remained a destination for out-of-state women traveling here to end their pregnancies, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported by The Tennessean.
Tennessee mirrored the nation in the declining abortion trend. Nationally, abortion rates that had remained steady for several years dropped 5 percent to an all-time low in 2009, according to the data released last week.
In Tennessee, the number of abortions fell 4 percent from 2008 to 2009 — from 18,253 to 17,474 — after several years in which they climbed slightly.
But Tennessee remained a standout as a destination for abortions, with 23 percent of all abortions performed here in 2009 sought by women who lived elsewhere. Only three other states and the District of Columbia saw a larger share.
…In 2014, driven by a decade of activism by pro-life advocates, Tennessee voters will decide whether to amend the constitution to strip away the abortion protections that have made Tennessee a standout state for abortion rights in an increasingly abortion-hostile South.
Changes are already under way that could affect Tennessee’s future as an abortion-friendly state.
In August, the Volunteer Women’s Medical Center in Knoxville closed after 38 years, citing a new state law that requires doctors to hold admitting privileges at local hospitals.
Statewide pro-choice advocates have begun to organize for the ballot fight ahead. A loose coalition of abortion clinic operators, women’s rights activists and others held an organizing meeting in October.
State pro-life advocates have focused their energies on supporting pro-life candidates in the recent election, but have said in the past that the 2014 ballot fight is their No. 1 priority.
News release from TBI:
Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation today released its annual study dedicated to crime in Tennessee’s schools. Produced by TBI’s Crime Statistics Unit, the study spans a three-year period between 2009 and 2011 and is based on numbers submitted by Tennessee law enforcement agencies to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS). The state’s first ever school crimes study was released in May of 2009.
The reported number of crimes that occurred at schools decreased by 5.5% from 2010 to 2011 and there was an overall decrease of 6.7% between 2009 and 2011. There were 12,435 crimes reported at schools in 2011 compared to 13,155 in 2010. This report is based on incidents submitted by law enforcement agencies and excludes offenses reported by colleges and universities. Those statistics are compiled in TBI’s “Crime on Campus” report that was released earlier this year.
“School Crimes Report” Quick Facts
2.2% of all crimes reported in the state occurred at a school.
Simple assault was the most frequently reported crime at 4,593 offenses.
Crimes against persons decreased by 4.3% and crimes against property decreased by 8.2%.
More crimes occurred on Friday than any other day of the week and most resulted in no injury to the victim.
47% of the time, the relationship between the offender and victim was acquaintance.
The most reported arrestee gender was male at 73%.
It is important to understand the characteristics surrounding school crime and its offenders and victims. This understanding will help schools, policy makers, law enforcement and the public learn how to better combat crime that occurs at these institutions. To view the “School Crimes Report” for 2011 in its entirety, go to the TBI website at www.tbi.tn.gov. Click on “Crime Statistics” from the homepage, then click on the “Statistical Analysis Center” fly-out. The study is listed under “Specialized Reports” on the Statistical Analysis Center webpage.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Site Selection magazine lists Tennessee as having the eighth best business climate in the country this year — the state’s lowest ranking since 2002.
The ranking is based on taxes, new and expanded business facility activity and a survey of corporate site selectors. Ahead of Tennessee, in order, were Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Indiana and Louisiana.
The magazine gave the state the nation’s second-best rating in 2010, the last year of Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen’s two terms in office. He was succeeded by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam in January.
The magazine provides expansion planning information to 44,000 executives. The ratings were announced Tuesday and are published in the November issue.
Tennessee placed 15th in 2002, the last year of Republican Gov. Don Sundquist’s administration.
By Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Prosecutors on Tuesday offered a plea deal to Rep. Curry Todd on charges of drunken driving and carrying a loaded handgun while intoxicated.
The Collierville Republican’s attorney, Worrick Robinson, said “nothing’s been decided” about the unspecified deal after the initial meeting with prosecutors outside a Nashville courtroom.
“A five-minute conversation with the district attorney’s office is not going to be enough to gauge that,” said Robinson.
Todd’s lawyer and the district attorney’s office declined to divulge details of the plea offer.
Todd made a statement to assembled reporters after a brief court appearance to set the next hearing date for Jan. 10 — the same day the Legislature convenes for the second session of the 107th General Assembly.
“Everybody’s capable of making a mistake,” he said. “Those who know me know this is uncharacteristic of me.”
Todd apologized to his family, friends, constituents, legislative colleagues and the governor.
“And that’s it,” Todd said in wrapping up his brief remarks. “I will move on from this and make a better person of myself and my life.”
The Tennessee Journal’s current issue has a lengthy analysis on the decline in political influence of Tennessee newspapers.
Meanwhile, Frank Gibson, who heads the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, has written a piece for the Tennessee Press Association under the headline, “In Legislature, target was on the backs of newspapers.”
The Journal piece begins thusly:
It used to be accepted political wisdom that one should never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel. But in the 2011 legislative session, state lawmakers were quite willing to take on the newspaper industry.
Some of the fights involved access to public records, and some pertained to public notices, an important source of advertising revenue for papers big and small. Bills of both sorts have been common in recent years.
What was unusual this year was the volume. Newspapers found themselves in multiple battles. Among the threats to transparency and prosperity were proposals to deny public records to parties suing the government and let local governments publish notices on the Internet.
In the end, most but not all of the bills either failed, were deferred, or passed with amendments that made them more palatable to the industry. Some of the fights, and likely new ones, will wait until 2012.
A common explanation for the rash of bills is the big Republican takeover. Republicans, it is theorized, are less friendly to the media because they perceive the media, sometimes accurately, as less friendly to them than to Democrats. Thus, they turned their fire on newspapers in the same way they shot at the Tennessee Education Association, though on a much smaller scale.
Reasons for newspaper loss of political clout listed range from decline in number of newspapers and readership to fallout over media pushing for open government and corporate ownership of papers as opposed to the past tendency toward them being owned and operated by local folks well plugged into the community.
Jackson Baker has reproduced a couple of charts on newspaper circulation decline from the Journal article and thrown in some of his own commentary HERE.
Gibson’s TPA piece is reproduced below.