Walking horse trainer, stablehands to be sentenced
CHATTANOOGA (AP) - A walking horse trainer and two stablehands who were caught abusing horses in an undercover video are to be sentenced today in federal court in Chattanooga. Prosecutors have recommended five years' probation for Jackie McConnell, whose Whitter Stables in Collierville was the subject of the video. It shows McConnell and others applying caustic substances to horses' legs and hooves and beating the horses to make them stand...
Celebration punishes McConnell
The Celebration Board of Directors took decisive action Tuesday afternoon, condemning the actions of walking horse trainer Jackie McConnell, who pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges related to the conspiracy to violate the Horse Protection Act. The Celebration Board voted Tuesday to suspend McConnell for life from entering the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration Grounds for any and all events, regardless of the event's affiliation or ownership...
McConnell changes plea in HPA case
A Tennessee Walking Horse trainer charged with violations of the Horse Protection Act (HPA) announced Tuesday his intention to plead guilty to one of the charges. In a notice filed in federal court, Jackie L. McConnell, 60, stated he intends to plead guilty to a single count of conspiracy to violate the HPA...
May trial set for McConnell, co-defendants
A May trial date has been set for a prominent walking horse trainer and three others accused in a horse soring conspiracy. Jackie McConnell, 60, along with Jeff Dockery, 56; John Mays, 47; and Joseph Abernathy, 29, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge William B. Carter in Chattanooga for arraignment and to hear their conditions for bond...
New fire chief vows tradition of excellence will continue
Ricky McConnell has some big boots to fill and is looking forward to settling into his new job as Shelbyville fire chief. He was promoted to chief Tuesday by city manager Michael Dill after chief John Habel announced earlier this month he was retiring effective May 23 after 36 years with the department...
Longtime deputy chief promoted
Ricky McConnell was promoted to chief of the Shelbyville Fire Department on Tuesday. The former Deputy Chief was informed of the promotion by city manager Michael Dill, who said McConnell had "proven yourself with your hard work and dedication to the fire department and the citizens of Shelbyville over the past years."...
O say, can you sing? 'Star-Spangled Banner' is sometimes star-mangled
Recording artist Christina Aguilera has taken criticism for flubbing the words of the National Anthem before Sunday's Super Bowl, but Register of Deeds Johnny Reed, who is also a vocalist, can sympathize. Reed has sung "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the Celebration, the Spring Fun Show, and other local events...