Just over 200 miles to the east of Clarksville, a Tennessee man was pulled over by police officers for speeding. Knox County law enforcement officers arrested the man on a far more serious charge than a traffic violation, however.
The 33-year-old Knoxville man is accused of drug trafficking after officers said they found 50 pounds of marijuana stashed in a plastic bin in the backseat of his 1996 Pontiac Grand Prix.
Police say they expect to formally charge him will selling and distributing a Schedule 6 drug.
A media source reports that officers said that after they pulled the Grand Prix over, they could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. So they called one of the department's K-9 units to the arrest scene. The dog then apparently sniffed around the vehicle and indicated that drugs were to be found inside.
Officers wrote in their police report that the marijuana was bundled in five bags, each containing 10 pounds of pot.
The estimated value of the marijuana is between $40,000 and $45,000.
In an unrelated incident about 100 miles further east, a Johnson City TV weatherman was reportedly shot during a break-in with a bolt from a crossbow.
The intruder allegedly fired a gunshot as well at the broadcaster before leaving the residence. The bullet missed, the weatherman said.
A 53-year-old man was arrested after the alleged 4 a.m. altercation at the weatherman's home, police said.
Officers said they found the suspect at a nearby boat dock with a gun in his hand. The weatherman says his assailant had until recently been his roommate.
The defendant has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated burglary and violation of an order of protection.
Source: Knoxnews.com, "50 pounds of pot found in car during Knox stop," June 1, 2012
Source: Associated Press, "Former roommate arrested in crossbow attack on Tennessee weatherman," June 5, 2012