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Black Doctor Arrested Driving To Hospital To Deliver Baby

Dr.  Terry Wynn
Dr. Terry Wynn

By Ben Hall
Investigative Reporter

PULASKI, Tenn. - The city of Pulaski has called in an outside law firm to investigate the arrest of a black doctor by a Pulaski police officer.

Police clocked Dr. Terry Wynn's car going 46 in a 30-mile-per-hour zone last Wednesday night. Wynn is an OB/GYN who was on the way to the hospital to deliver a baby.

Pulaski Police Chief John Dickey
Pulaski Police Chief John Dickey

She pulled over, and told Pulaski officer Chad Estes she needed to get to the hospital.

Police said she then left the scene and drove less than a mile to the hospital. Officer Estes followed Wynn and arrested her in the hospital parking lot.

"When she took off or sped away, and left him there, that constitutes under Tennessee law, evading arrest in a motor vehicle, which is a felony," said Pulaski Police Chief John Dickey.

The arrest has sparked outrage in Pulaski and even led to a debate online about who was right.

"They didn't look at her as a doctor. They looked at her as a woman of color, and they didn't believe that she was a doctor," said resident Georgia Paige-Peterson. "If they will do that to her I can't imagine what they have done to others."

Immediately after the doctor's arrest, a relative of the woman in labor called the Pulaski police chief and urged him to get the doctor out of jail so she could deliver the baby. Chief Dickey called the jail and had her released before she was officially booked.

"The issue that most concerned me is there was a patient that needed care," said Dickey.

The chief says it's too early to say whether or not his officer did anything wrong. He is waiting for the outside investigation to be finished, but he was adamant that race was not a factor.

"Nothing has surfaced with any of these officers or anybody in this department that we have anything like that going on here," said Dickey.

NewsChannel 5 Investigates discovered this is isn't the first time Officer Estes has been involved in a racially charged arrest. Terra Hollis sued him for violating the civil rights of her 17 year old son.

Trey   Hollis
Trey Hollis

"To me, it says he's out of control," said Hollis.

Video obtained by NewsChannel 5 Investigates from 2008, shows Trey Hollis leaving a crowded McDonalds as police arrived to break up a fight. Trey was not involved in the fight, but officer Estes grab him and push him against a table.

"They slam him on the table," said Hollis. "They throw him out the door. They slam him on the police car."

Hollis is a basketball player on track to graduate this year. Police also arrested Hollis' grandmother and aunt.

"I was told to shut up and go to my car or I would be arrested," said Hollis.

All charges against the family were dropped. The lawsuit claims the arrests were racially motivated, which Chief Dickey denies.

"People have their opinion and their perception of things and I respect people's feelings, but that doesn't mean I agree with them," said Dickey.

He said the TBI investigated, and a grand jury did not indict officer Estes or anyone else.

Terra Hollis believes if Estes had been disciplined after her son's arrest, the latest incident may not have happened.

"I'm very sad it happened because in my mind I think the incident could have been prevented," said Hollis.

Dr. Wynn could still be charged with evading arrest and, at this time, she is not commenting. Everyone is waiting for the outside investigation to be finished.

The baby's family released a statement saying the baby is healthy. The family said the police officers involved in the arrest of Wynn used bad judgment, and they hope the city takes appropriate steps to keep it from happening again.


Pictures show dogs in China made up to look like tigers, pandas

Tiger dog

Ruff cut ... Dog grooming in China. Pic. Austral Source: The Daily Telegraph

Panda dogs

Ruff cut ... Dog grooming in China. Pic. Austral Source: The Daily Telegraph

IF THIS strange creature growled at you, you wouldn't know whether to run from his sharp claws or pat him on the head and give him a biscuit.

From a distance, its striped orange and black coat makes it look like a particularly odd tiger.

But it's actually a dog, a victim of the latest craze among owners in China to dye their pets to look like other animals.

One young pup even found itself turned black and white to masquerade as a baby panda.

The Chinese are always quick to embrace bizarre trends and it is not unusual for owners to take their dogs to grooming parlours where they are not only given a shampoo and trim, but a multi-coloured dye job as well.

Quite what the animals might think about it is another matter.

The Deepest Sea Diving Suit Is A 40-Year Old Sci-Fi Human Submarine

Posted by Alex_Pasternack

Above: a KQED video on oceanographer Sylvia Earle and her JIM Suit dive. See 3:11

In case you’re wondering why BP has turned to robots to stop the Deepwater Horizon oil leak 5,000 feet (1,500 m) underwater: the deepest humans have ever gone walking underwater is only 381 meters.

And that was in 1979.

It may not be terribly surprising in an era when we’re better at flying to space than fixing an oil leak. But the technology that made that dive possible is a forty years old sci-fi-esque suit. The JIM atmospheric diving suit, a system that maintains one atmosphere despite external pressures, was built by DHB Construction, and originally envisioned for use by the British oil industry (which notably did not contribute to the suit’s development). It was named after Jim Jarrett, the chief diver of suit designer J. Peress. Motherboard contributor Chris Hatterhill reports at Vice:

Developed in the late 1960s, the JIM Suit took deep-sea diving to a whole new level – both depth-wise and stylistically. Based on earlier old-school diving suits that wouldn’t look out of place in a Captain Nemo lithograph, the JIM updated the all-in-one with a dose of clean 60s sci-fi design. Paving the way for what became known as Atmospheric Diving Suits, the JIM was effectively a one-person submarine. Instead of dealing with complicated gas mixtures, freezing cold water and decompression sickness, you could breath regular air, surface quickly and dress casually inside, with a thick wool jumper being the garment of choice among users.

The original suit, measuring 6’6” and featuring eight movable joints, first saw action in 1974, when it was used to recover lost oil tanker chains in the Canary Islands. Two years later, it was used on an extreme dive in the Arctic, working on an oil well at a depth of 275 meters for six hours.

The Deepest Dive
It was in 1979 that American oceanographer Sylvia Earle (video above — see 3:11) set a world record in the JIM Suit, descending to a depth of 381m before detaching from the ship to walk across the sea floor. For two and a half hours, she strolled along the bottom untethered, browsing a gorgeous array of mysterious undersea life. It was the deepest such walk before or since. The experience inspired Earle to work on mini-submarines with one of JIM’s engineers, Graham Hawkes.

The JIMs were still in use during the 1980s, including in the recovery of a Wellington Bomber from Loch Ness in 1986. But they were soon overtaken by its more advanced successor, the WASP suit.

By 1990, the JIM suit had gone out of commercial operation (DHB had been acquired by undersea engineering firm Oceaneering), and today resides mainly in museums. It was also committed to celluloid twice, once in the James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only”, and again in the 1989 sci-fi/horror film DeepStar Six.

Sylvia Earle exploring the ocean in the JIM Suit

What's Inside 5-Hour Energy Shots

By Brendan McGinley


The makers of 5-Hour Energy Shot claim it delivers all of the rush with none of the crash that accompanies high-sugar energy drinks. So what's in there to keep you alert?

Showdown: iPhone 4 vs. HTC Evo 4G

Updated to include more information on Qik

Apple’s new iPhone 4 is the company’s biggest update yet for the handset and it will have you drooling.

The phone is a snazzily slim, glass-backed slab that boasts some impressive specs: dual cameras, a big operating system update and video chat, among other things.

Apple introduced the phone at its developer conference Monday and said it will be available on AT&T’s network starting June 24.

But when the iPhone 4 hits retail shelves it will have to battle a gaggle of Android devices for consumer attention — the most significant of which is the HTC Evo. The Evo has one big advantage that Apple can’t beat. It runs on Sprint’s 4G network, while the iPhone is stuck on AT&T’s 3G service. Sprint 4G, though, is not available in most major cities, including San Francisco and New York.

If you are considering upgrading to the latest version of the iPhone or getting an Android device, take a look at how the iPhone 4 and HTC Evo 4G compare:

iPhone 4HTC Evo 4G
Display3.5 inch display with 960 x 640 pixel resolution4.3 inch screen with 800 x 480 pixel resolution
ProcessorApple A4 chip, speed unknown1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon
Size4.5 inches in height, 2.3 inches wide, 0.37 inches thick.4.8 inches in height, 2.6 inches wide, 0.5 inches thick.
Weight4.8 ounces6 ounces
Operating systemiOS 4Android 2.1
Cellular access3G4G
Storage capacity
16 or 32 GB flash drive8 GB microSD card included, supports up to 32 GB.
Dual cameras. 5-megapixel primary camera. Front-facing secondary camera (resolution unknown).Dual camera with 8-megapixel primary camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing secondary camera.
Video Recording
720p, up to 30 frames per second. Built-in video editing.720p at 25 frames per second.
Video Conferencing
Yes. Native support through FaceTime application, via Wi-Fi only.Available through Qik app that costs $5 a month for premium features and higher-than-VGA quality. Basic app is free. Can be used over 3G or 4G wireless.
Three-axis gyro, digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, GPS.Digital compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, GPS.
Battery Life
Talk time of up to 7 hours on 3G and 14 hours on 2G.Up to 6 hours of talk time.
$200 for 16 GB version, $300 for 32 GB (both with a two-year contract).$200 (after a $100 mail-in rebate) with a two-year contract.
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50 Welcome Signs From 50 States

See the original image at Here are 50 welcome signs from 50 states. Some of these actually make you feel like a persona non grata. Maybe you guys can push your local governments to brighen up these road hags and present a really hospitable feeling.

Click here for the Gallery and Slideshow: 50 Welcome Signs From 50 States (PICS)