Top 5 Things You Should Know Today (01-14-19)

Police Searching For Gunmen Who Shot And Killed A Man During An Armed Robbery In East Nashville

In the second homicide of the year in Nashville, a man died after being shot during an apparent robbery in the 1300 block of Pennock Avenue. The victim has been identified as 32-year-old Broderick Porter-Baugh. Porter-Baugh, his girlfriend, and four children arrived at their residence on Saturday night. Two gunmen approached the car and demanded money. One of the gunmen then forced Porter-Baugh’s girlfriend and the children inside the home at gunpoint while the other remained outside with the victim. After a bit of time passed, Porter-Baugh’s girlfriend reported hearing a gunshot, after which both suspects fled in the victim’s vehicle, a 2012 white GMC Terrain. This vehicle was later located unoccupied on Adlai Street. Porter-Baugh was shot in the leg and was transported to Skyline Medical Center where he later died. The suspects are described as young men one with should-length dreadlocks. They were both wearing camouflage cloth over their faces. Anyone with information on the identity of the gunmen is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.


TSA Nashville Holds Hiring Event Amid Shutdown, Officers Quitting Across Country

This weekend, as the government shutdown likely stretches on to become the longest in American history, the Transportation Security Administration in Nashville will hold a hiring event for officers to work at Nashville International Airport. Because the country’s some 50,000 TSA security officers are considered essential employees, they’ve had to work regardless of whether they get paid. Portions of the federal government ground to a halt Dec. 22 over a budget and border wall impasse. Now, in Nashville, they will work — without pay — on Saturday in hopes of recruiting others to come work with them at the agency that handles airport screening and security. Dozens of positions are up for grabs at the “fast track” hiring event at the Sheraton Music City Hotel. Starting pay for the positions, according to TSA, is $15.63 an hour. Or at least will be once appropriations have resumed.

“This is a unique opportunity to learn how to be on the front lines of aviation security,” Wesley Henderson, TSA assistant federal security director for the Nashville airport said in a statement.

“This event helps to speed up the hiring process for qualified individuals who are interested in joining our team in Nashville in advance of the busy spring and summer travel seasons.”


Passenger Carries Firearm Through TSA Screening At Atlanta Onto Delta Flight

A traveler carrying a firearm boarded a flight from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and flew to Tokyo Narita International Airport on January 3, according to a statement from the Transportation Security Administration. Standard procedures were not followed and a passenger did in fact pass through a standard screening TSA checkpoint with a firearm at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on the morning of January 3,” the release states. Delta Airlines also issued a statement to CNN, saying that “upon the customer’s disclosure, the airline reported the incident to the TSA.” However, the TSA dismissed suggestions the government shutdown contributed to the security lapse and said a normal amount of staffers were working that day. The TSA noted that it will “hold those responsible appropriately accountable.” About 51,000 TSA agents are among the 800,000 government employees working without pay or on furlough during the shutdown.


Federal Employees May Be Eligible For Unemployment Benefits

Federal workers affected by the government shutdown may receieve temporary unemployment benefits, the United States Department of Labor said. The USDOL reports the state of Tennessee has received applications for unemployment benefits from more than 400 workers since the shutdown began at the end of December. The state estimates the shutdown is affecting more than 25,000 Tennesseans. The USDOL has strict requirements that claimants must meet to get aid. For example, a furloughed worker that is free to work meets the requirements. However, if you a federal worker who remains on the job without getting paid, you are ineligible. Once the shutdown ends, the USDOL reminds claimants that if they are reimbursed any salary for the time they were furloughed, they must pay back the unemployment benefits. The maximum weekly benefit in the state of Tennessee is $275, and is subject to federal income taxes. The first payment comes to the claimant two weeks after filing.


16 YEAR OLD FOUND

Police have been searching for 16-year-old Dyamond Ricketts, who was reported missing on Friday, January 11, 2019. She was found!!! Her mother, Duana Neal, posted on her Facebook that her daughter was found and she was on the way to the hospital to get her baby. A $2,700 reward was being offered to anyone who brings information forward that leads to her safe return home to her family.

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