Looking ahead to March 4, 2016 – Clara Edwards Retrial, National Guard Security & UT’s Diversity Office

(WDEF)  The Catoosa County woman accused of killing her foster child may stand trial again for murder. Last month, jurors found Clara Edwards guilty of cruelty to children, but *not* guilty of malice murder… and they failed to reach a verdict on a felony murder charge. Now, prosecutors want a judge to hold off on sentencing Edwards so they can try her again. Edwards was caring for two-year-old Saharah Witherspoon and her brother in December of 2013… when the little girl died from head injuries. Edwards claimed Saharah fell down the stairs.

Legislation to strengthen protections at National Guard facilities in Tennessee passed the state House. Money would be provided to add security features like electronic entry, video cameras and special film over glass windows. The bill comes after the July 16th terror attack in Chattanooga — and heads to the Senate for consideration.

A state Senate Education Committee voted to defund the U-T Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The Office riled several lawmakers over the past year when it recommended that gender-neutral pronouns be used on campus… and that religious references be stripped at holiday parties and events on campus.

Categories: Catoosa County, Crime, Local News, Regional News, State News-Tennessee