5 things to know from around Tennessee
Apr 28, 2013 at 8:05 PM
1) Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig arrested in Tenn.
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Jail records show that Los Angeles Dodgers prospect Yasiel Puig was arrested in Tennessee on charges of reckless driving, speeding and driving without proof of insurance.
Hamilton County jail records posted online show Puig was arrested Sunday by Chattanooga police. No further details were available in the records online, and a Chattanooga police spokesman reached after hours did not have further information about the arrest.
An officer reached at the jail confirmed Puig was released on his own recognizance.
Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement that the team takes Puig's arrest seriously and would handle discipline internally.
The 22-year-old Cuban defector began the regular season with the Dodgers' double-A affiliate in Chattanooga, the Lookouts, where he was hitting .333 with three home runs.
2) DHS to halt work on computer project
NASHVILLE — State officials are halting work on a computer system that was supposed to modernize how the Department of Human Services handles caseloads involving food stamps and Medicaid.
The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/162gOep) reports the move comes after missed deadlines and design problems since the multi-million dollar project began in 2005.
Department leaders say a contract with the software developer will expire in June and not be renewed.
It was unclear on Friday exactly how the department will proceed after the contract ends.
3) 170 Fort Campbell soldiers return from Afghanistan
CLARKSVILLE — Another 170 Fort Campbell soldiers have returned to the sprawling post on the Kentucky-Tennessee line after a 9-month deployment to Afghanistan.
The Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/ZDWopr) reports the soldiers who returned Friday afternoon were part of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, "Rakkasans," 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
Earlier in the week, 170 soldiers from the "Wings of Destiny" Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division also returned home.
While deployed, the mission of the 101st Airborne Division was to advise and assist the Afghan army, police and border police units.
4) CEO hopes to change charity's image, restore trust
NASHVILLE— The new CEO of a Nashville-based charity says he is taking steps to change its image and restore the public's trust.
Buddy Teaster told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/14SBztw) that the business model for Soles4Souls used to be $1 equals one pair of shoes. The problem was the slogan wasn't true.
"I wish it was easy as every dollar gets a pair of shoes on people's feet," he said. "That is nice and it is a very handy way to think about it. But it doesn't work."
Teaster says he wants to revamp the business model for the charity and improve its reputation.
Under the leadership of founder Wayne Elsey, Soles4Souls became one of the nation's fastest-growing charities but also came under fire because of its finances and its practice of selling shoes donated by the public.
Teaster says the organization will still give away new shoes and clothing its collects, but its primary focus will be microenterprise in the developing world.
5) Memphis needs fix for dead trees at airport
MEMPHIS — Officials are set to discuss options to replace dead landscaping at the doorstep of Memphis International Airport.
The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/10D4PTB) reports a plan to replace hundreds of dead trees and shrubs is expected this week at Memphis City Hall.
The landscaping project was installed at the airport in 2011— a joint effort of the Greater Memphis Chamber Aerotropolis committee and the Memphis Airport Area Development Corp. The city government then took over the project and appropriated $1.6 million for it.
Now, nearly 10 percent of everything that was planted is dead, including 300 trees, and the M-shaped raised planter that welcomes visitors is empty. The condition of the landscaping project is being blamed on a "multitude of mistakes."
Julie Ellis, a Butler Snow attorney working with the Greater Memphis Chamber Aerotropolis committee briefed City Council members this month on the project.
"We can't start something like this at the front door of our city and not finish it," Ellis said. "Time is of the essence. Mother Nature is out there continuing her work and it's going to be very clear that (the plants) are dead and not dormant."