TBI School Crime Study Shows Improvements, Continued Challenges

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its annual “School Crime Report” on Tuesday. The study compiles crime data involving schools, as submitted by the state’s law enforcement agencies to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System in 2013. 

Among the report’s findings:  

Overall, the number of crimes occurring at schools decreased 11.5 percent from 2012 to 2013. 

Simple assault was the most frequently reported offense at 3,496 (35.9 percent) in 2013. 

The month of April had the highest frequency of school crimes. 

Males were more likely to be offenders and/or arrestees, while females were most often reported as victims of school crimes.   

Marijuana greatly outnumbered all other seized drugs at schools in 2013, accounting for 79.2 percent of documented drug seizures. 

“Schools should be among the safest places in our communities,” said TBI Director Mark 
Gwyn. “We hope this study will help law enforcement, school administrators, and government officials enhance their safety plans to continue the work to address crime issues in our schools.”  

The full report is available for review online at http://www.tbi.tn.gov/tn_crime_stats/stats_analys.shtml.


Attic Of House Near Graysville Road Catches Fire

The attic of a house near Graysville Road caught fire on Friday evening. At 6 p.m. the Chattanooga Fire Department responded to a residential structure fire at 8709 Oak View Dr.. Fire crews arrived at 6 :07 p.m. T he homeowner stated that everyone was out of the house and that there was a fire in the attic. The homeowner said that they had smelled something burning ... (click for more)

Corker’s Bipartisan Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act Becomes Law

Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after the president signed the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 into law. The bill, which passed the Senate 98 to 1 and the House of Representatives 400 to 25, requires congressional review of any final nuclear agreement with Iran before the president can waive sanctions ... (click for more)

Don't Make A Mockery Of Memorial Day - And Response

We're told Memorial Day is the day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice in order that we, as Americans and others around the world, might live free, unshackled (invisible or otherwise) and without oppression. But how is that so when so many in America continue to be denied those freedoms? Others whose family and friends made the ultimate sacrifice? Their surviving families ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Chincoteague Mourns ‘Dude’

In the span of a person’s life, there are some things that simply can’t be explained to be totally understood. And of all the spectacles I have ever personally witnessed, one of the best is that day in late July when they “pen the ponies” at Chincoteague Island, Va. I’m serious. Over 50,000 people watch every year as volunteer “Saltwater Cowboys” swim the wild ponies to the mainland ... (click for more)

Baylor Beats GPS 6-4 For D-II Softball Title

MURFREESBORO – Oh, what a difference a year makes. The GPS Bruisers came through the losers bracket a year ago and beat Baylor twice after losing the first five times they played, but those two were the biggest as it gave the team in blue a state D-II softball championship. The situation was similar a year later, but the results a bit different as the Lady Red Raiders beat ... (click for more)

Dickson County Ousts Ooltewah, 6-5, In Epic 12-Inning Thriller

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – For Ooltewah, more heartbreak followed heartbreak. After a tough loss to Wilson Central on Thursday, the Lady Owls fought furiously with Dickson County in an epic 12-inning marathon Friday before the Lady Cougars’ Keely Buchanan laced a game-winning single up the middle to end  the game and Ooltewah's masterful season. Dickson County, which lost ... (click for more)