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TDOT Grants $100K for Anti-Litter Musical Video

News release from Scenic Tennessee:
Mount Juliet, TN – December 11, 2012 – A Tennessee nonprofit best known for
promoting the state’s scenic qualities now wants to showcase Tennessee’s musical
heritage as well.
Scenic Tennessee has been awarded $100,000 by the Tennessee Department of
Transportation to produce a series of quick-paced videos that apply the power of
Tennessee music to the problem of Tennessee litter. Tentatively called
“Tennessee Speed Cleanups,” the project involves videotaping dozens of litter
pickups across the state, digitally accelerating the footage, then setting it to
original or traditional music performed by amateur as well as professional
musicians. Enhanced with captions, credits and images from 20 years of Scenic
Tennessee photo contests, the completed videos will be shared via traditional
media as well as sites like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. UT Knoxville’s
student environmental group SPEAK will oversee the social media side of the
project.
It’s all part of a new effort by TDOT’s beautification office to address litter
“beyond routine maintenance.” Scenic Tennessee, an affiliate of Scenic America,
is one of 15 grant recipients notified yesterday of their share in nearly $1
million provided by the state’s soft drink and malt beverage industries.
Grantees are required to provide a 20-percent match; for Scenic Tennessee, this
will come in the form of hundreds of hours of volunteer labor.

Meigs County Litter Officer Charged with Soliciting Murder

News release from TBI:
Chattanooga, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation yesterday arrested the Meigs County Litter Control Officer after he paid an undercover TBI Special Agent to commit a murder. The investigation was worked over the last week by TBI, the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office and the 9th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.
Jack “Jackie” Scroggins, 52, of Georgetown, Tenn. was charged with solicitation to commit first degree murder and booked into the Meigs County Jail without bond. Scroggins met with an undercover TBI agent twice to discuss details of the murder plot and paid him $1,000 as an advance payment and $100 for a gun to commit the murder. Scroggins was contracting to have his girlfriend’s ex-husband killed.
Scroggins has been employed with the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office for six years and was hired under the previous administration. He in is jail awaiting arraignment.