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Loudon County in the News

By: Pat Hunter

January 16, 2009

We read good and bad news in the newspapers but newspapers have a responsibility to cover all news, pleasant or un-pleasant.

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On January 14, 2009, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation issued a PRESS RELEASE of an arrest and an allegation of a man raping and neglecting a mentally disabled man "who was in his care for more than a year."

Subsequently, an article appeared in the Knoxville News Sentinel, Jan. 15th State Briefs captioned "Monroe can charged with rape, neglect."

This news was also covered by the Monroe County Advocate and Democrat, "TBI picks up Monroe County man for raping disabled man."

The Monroe County Advocate Democrat is the sister newspaper of the Loudon County News Herald. But when I tried to find a similar news article on the News Herald website using key search words from TBI press release,  I had no luck.

Using key search words from the following sentence produced no news article, "TBI said McKee was working as a host and companion for Adult Community Training when the abuse occurred between 2005 and 2007 when the alleged victim was living with the suspect." Instead, the key words produced past news articles about the Adult Community Training facility, which involved  fund raising articles and the names of prominent people and politicians but nothing about the TBI Press Release.

There is still a need for newspapers to report the news especially from a legitimate law enforcement agency. We depend on reporters and publishers to keep the public informed and when they drop the ball, can't find space, look the other way, or bow to the pressure of politicians or advertisers, expect bloggers and others on the web to share information and opinions.