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Federal Lawsuit Filed Against White County Sheriff and Others for Offering Inmates Birth Control
AP/Peg Broadcasting News Thursday August 17, 2017

A federal lawsuit claims a Tennessee sheriff and judge violated the constitutional rights of inmates by reducing jail time if they underwent free birth control procedures. The suit alleges that White County, Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, Deputy Donna Daniels and Judge Sam Benningfield pushed a policy of eugenics by offering inmates a 30-day jail time reduction for vasectomies or three-to-five year birth control implants.


PRESS RELEASE: Fairfield Glade Community Club
Submitted / Mary Jo Paige Thursday August 17, 2017

Fairfield Glade Community Club has been notified by Amazon that the purple prepackaged eclipse glasses sold by the club could not be verified as safe for use. The club will issue refunds on these specific glasses until Monday, August 21st at noon. Please note: the black and orange glasses from Rainbow Symphony that were also sold, have been verified by the NASA website as an approved vendor.

On Monday from 12pm - 3pm, we will set up viewing stations with approved eclipse glasses so everyone will have an opportunity to view the eclipse. Stations will be set up at the Square, Stonehenge Grille, Dorchester and the Druid Hills Pool.

Baxter Seniors Win Upper Cumberland Senior Brain Game Competition

Baxter Seniors Win Upper Cumberland Senior Brain Game Competition
Submitted: UCDD Thursday August 17, 2017

Each year, local senior center teams participate in a battle of the wits to be named Upper Cumberland Senior Brain Games champions and for a chance to challenge other seniors in the state in their trivia knowledge. This year, three Baxter seniors took home that title and will advance in the competition to represent the region in the Middle Tennessee Senior Brain Games.
The Baxter Senior Center's team known as the Baxter Busy Bees I became the district champions after battling against five other teams in the trivia-based competition hosted by the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability (AAAD) on Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
The district game, held at South Fentress Elementary School, included a total of six senior center teams: Baxter Busy Bees I, Baxter Busy Bees II, Fentress Banner Belles, Fentress Fossils, Smith County Whipper Snappers and Smithville Under Eighties.
"We look forward to the Senior Brain Games each year," Patty Ray, director of AAAD said. "The games are challenging, and this year's group did an excellent job. We?d also like to thank South Fentress Elementary School and principal Linda Hodgen for providing an excellent facility for us to hold the program."
As district champions, Baxter Busy Bees I team members Dianne Elmore, Karen Brown and Ralph Short will represent the Upper Cumberland region as they go head-to-head against two other Middle Tennessee teams in the semi-final regional competition to be held at the Coffee County Senior Center in Tullahoma on September 15th.
If the Baxter Busy Bees I win the semi-final competition, they will represent Middle Tennessee in the Senior Brain Games state championship to be held October 19th in Jonesborough, Tennessee.
Sponsored by the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability, in partnership with the Upper Cumberland Area Agency on Aging and Disability, the Senior Brain Game initiative is designed to help keep seniors mentally active, provide an opportunity for social interaction, and get some healthy competition going among senior communities throughout the state.
Under the adopted format, teams of three players each work together to answer the questions presented, pooling their knowledge base. There is also the added element of risk, as the team bases point values on the confidence of their answers in specific categories. The Senior Brain Games competition is therefore, both strategy-based and knowledge-based.
The Area Agency on Aging and Disability(AAAD), a division of the Upper Cumberland Development District, connects older adults and adults with disabilities in the 14-county Upper Cumberland region with services and resources to improve their quality of life. Find AAAD on the web at www.ucdd.org and at facebook.com/UCDDconnect.owledge-based.

Pictured: Baxter Busy Bees I team members Dianne Elmore, Karen Brown and Ralph Short


BREAKING NEWS! Cumberland County Schools Will be CLOSED on Monday, August 21
Peg Broadcasting News Thursday August 17, 2017

Cumberland County Schools will be CLOSED on Monday August 21. Students and staff will be offered a pair of viewing glasses to watch the Great American Eclipse with their families.


Confederate Monument Vandalized in Knoxville
AP Thursday August 17, 2017

A 1914 monument honoring fallen Confederate soldiers in Tennessee has been splattered with paint, and opponents are signing a petition to have it removed from a neighborhood near the University of Tennessee campus. The Knoxville News Sentinel said police received no reports about the crime, which happened after a deadly car attack during protests over a Confederate monument in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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