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Gov. Haslam announces next phase of plan aimed at improving Tennessee safety (Memphis, TN): Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced last week the next phase of his administration’s multi-year, comprehensive action plan to improve safety in Tennessee.
Source: Bristol Herald Courier    Date: January 19, 2016

Knoxville former rival gang members unite to ‘Heal the Land’ (Knoxville, TN): As people celebrated Dr. King and his peaceful protests, there was an unlikely show of solidarity among former rival gang members, all hoping to re-enforce a message of peace in Knoxville.
Source: WATE 6 News    Date: January 18, 2016

How bad is Knoxville’s gang problem? (Knoxville, TN): The Knoxville Police Department has in the past denied there was a gang problem in Knoxville, but after the tragic shooting death of Fulton High School football player Zaevion Dobson, in December, that has changed.
Source: WATE 6 News    Date: January 14, 2016

10Listens: Answering your questions about gang violence (Knoxville, TN): On Wednesday afternoon, WBIR sat down with community leaders and listened to their thoughts on the impact gang violence is having on young people in Knoxville. The conversation was part of our 10 Listens special. The conversation has been spotlighted following the slaying of 15-year-old Zaevion Dobson.
Source: WBIR 10 News    Date: January 13, 2016

Knox County mom says recent violence is due to gang initiation season (Knoxville, TN): Recent violence is all because it's initiation time for gangs in Knoxville. That's what people in East Knoxville told Local 8 News. Police and many parents say the gang problem in Knox County begins in schools. It may start much younger than you think.
Source: WVLT 8 News    Date: January 12, 2016

North Knoxville woman says she witnessed gang initiation outside her home (Knoxville, TN): A north Knoxville woman said she's scared to walk outside her home in fear of coming in contact with a gang. This woman asked Local 8 News not to use her name in fear of her safety. She said late Tuesday afternoon, she watched a gang initiation from her window in the North Ridge Crossing community.
Source: WVLT 8 News    Date: January 11, 2016

Chief Rausch: More officers in inner city to get guns off streets (Knoxville, TN): Knoxville Police have a warning for gang members. The chief says his officers are on the streets looking for them. For the first time, the Chief of Knoxville Police is admitting we have a gang problem. National attention falling on Knoxville after the shooting death of 15 year old Zaevion Dobson.
Source: WVLT 8 News    Date: January 8, 2016

Lonsdale community responds to KPD's plan to stop gang violence (Knoxville, TN): Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch is adding traffic stops to areas where gang violence has been increasing. However, some residents plagued by violence say that alone won't do the trick.
Source: WVLT 8 News    Date: January 8, 2016

Stop the Violence: A community conversation on gang violence (Knoxville, TN): WVLT partnered with other news outlets in Knoxville to facilitate a community conversation on how to stop the increasing gang violence in the area.
Source: WVLT 8 News    Date: January 8, 2016

Knoxville gang member describes life in a gang (Knoxville, TN): In the past few months, gang violence, some deadly, has rocked Knoxville, leaving many people asking, why join a gang? Under the promise of anonymity, a current gang member told Local 8 News why he calls his gang a brotherhood and a way of life.
Source: WVLT 8 News    Date: January 4, 2016

More correctional officers fired after gang affiliations exposed (Nashville, TN): Termination letters obtained by the Channel 4 I-Team show two additional correctional officers were fired late last month for having gang affiliations.
Source: WMC 5 News    Date: January 4, 2016

Youth violence surged in Nashville in 2015 (Nashville, TN): Da'Vontae Ziegler stepped out onto his family's front porch on a brisk, cloudy day in March, near the end of a cold Tennessee winter. An overturned green bicycle lay on its side in the yard and children played in the neighborhood as the 15-year-old began to shovel the driveway's freshly fallen snow.
Source: The Tennessean    Date: January 2, 2016

Former gang member seeks to curb gang violence in Knoxville (Knoxville, TN): Kwabena Miller knows what it's like to start from scratch. For the past decade, he's been rebuilding his life. "I caught my first charge at the age of eighteen," says Miller. "From 18 until 31-years-old, I was only in the free world for a total of fourteen months." But even then, he wasn't free. Miller says he was a member of the Bloods.
Source: WVLT 8 News    Date: January 1, 2016

Attorney: Violent gangs have ties in Knoxville (Knoxville, TN): In the wake of several shootings in Knoxville, a defense attorney said two of the most dangerous street gangs in the nation exist in the city. "They are young guys. They start a group together. They have, for the backbone of their gang, some of the national gangs: the Crips and the Bloods," said Phil Lomonaco, who has represented gang members in the past.
Source: WVLT 8 News    Date: December 31, 2015

Police chief worked with pastor on community meeting on gangs (Knoxville, TN): As part of an extraordinary community meeting held Wednesday night in which both past and current street gang members were invited in the wake of a spate of shootings that left two people, including a Fulton High School football player dead, the Knoxville Police Department issued a stand-down order to its officers.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: December 31, 2015

FBI weighs in on gangs in Knoxville (Knoxville, TN): Special Agent Rich Calcagno says Knoxville has ties to nationwide gangs like the Crips and the Bloods as well as locally based neighborhood gangs. "Gangs feel they need to protect certain areas of a town and they also wear certain colors for gang identification," says Calcagno.
Source: WVLT 8 News    Date: December 31, 2015

Knoxville police stand down for ‘extraordinary’ meeting amid rise in gang violence (Knoxville, TN): Two decades ago, Knoxville police stepped up enforcement to try to combat inner-city gang violence as shootings claimed innocent lives.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: December 31, 2015

Victim's mom wants to combat gang violence in Knoxville (Knoxville, TN): Zaevion Dobson and Sidney Maurice Jackson Jr. are two teens killed by gun violence in Knoxville in the last two months. Police said a random, gang-related shooting killed Dobson, 15, after he used his body to shield his friends from the gunfire on Dec. 17.
Source: WVLT 8 News    Date: December 29, 2015

Former gang member finds redemption (Knoxville, TN): Four shootings in a matter of hours left two people dead, one hurt, and police in a battle against gangs. Kwabena Miller didn't always read the bible, didn't always have a respectable job, didn't always do the right thing.
Source: WVLT 8 News    Date: December 22, 2015

Knox County D.A.: ‘Knoxville does have a gang problem’ (Knoxville, TN): The topic of gang violence is at the front of many people’s minds after a Knoxville teen was randomly shot. Zaevion Dobson, 15, died saving three of his friends by using himself as a shield.
Source: WATE 6 News    Date: December 21, 2015

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