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Nicole Graham named SMHS Cheer Coach
L Kennedy Wednesday April 9, 2014

The Stone Memorial High School cheerleaders have a new coach. According to Vice Principal and Athletic Director Lance Kennedy, Nicole Graham has accepted the position as coach. Graham will begin her time with the Panthers beginning with a cheer clinic, April 21-22 and tryouts on April 23. The 1995 graduate of Cumberland County is in her sixth year of teaching at Stone Elementary School where she has been teaching Kindergarten and coaching varsity cheerleading for four years. Mrs. Graham is currently working toward a Masters in Elementary Education from The University of Tennessee in Chattanooga. Graham resides in the Crossville area with her husband Terry, daughter Emily, and son Ethan

 


Governor's Tennessee Promise bill advancing
AP Wednesday April 9, 2014

Governor Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to a full House vote. The Tennessee Promise program is part of Haslam's "Drive to 55" campaign to improve the state's graduation rates from the current 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025 and to help improve overall job qualifications and attract employers to the state. Haslam wants to pay for the program by using $300 million in excess lottery reserve funds and join it with a $47 million endowment.

 


Senate passes gun carry bill
AP Wednesday April 9, 2014

The state Senate has passed a bill to allow Tennesseans to openly carry guns without a state-issued permit. The measure would keep the background checks and training requirements in order to carry concealed firearms, but would allow anyone legally allowed to own a gun to carry it openly. The bill would also remove state restrictions on the location of ammunition when firearms are being transported in vehicles, and would allow guns to be removed from cars on school property for the purposes of storing them in another part of the vehicle.

 


Lawmakers considering bill that would allow prosecution of pregnant women who use drugs
AP Wednesday April 9, 2014

Tennessee lawmakers are considering a bill that allows pregnant mothers with drug addictions to face criminal punishment if the baby is harmed. The bill aims to change a previous law which eliminated the criminal penalty. The bills would allow a mother to be prosecuted for an assaultive offense or homicide if she takes an illegal drug while pregnant and the baby is addicted, harmed or dies because the drug use.

 


Gas prices continue to rise
AAA Wednesday April 9, 2014

Gasoline prices continued their spring push this week amid tightened supplies and increasing demand. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded is the highest since August of last year. Sunday's national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $3.58, 3 cents more than last week. Tennessee's average of $3.41 jumped 7 cents from last week.

 

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