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Board of Education votes to end SAT-10 testing
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday August 12, 2015

In a unanimous vote, the Cumberland County Board of Education approved a motion to end the use of the SAT-10 testing for grades K-2 after teachers expressed concerns that the test addresses items that are not part of the state’s academic standards. The board expects the state to develop a revised test to assess student progress, but meanwhile, teachers say they are working on alternate testing to continue assessment.

 
FELONY NARCOTICS / FELONY THEFT RELATED ROUND-UP:


FELONY NARCOTICS / FELONY THEFT RELATED ROUND-UP:
PRESS RELEASE: CROSSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT Tuesday August 11, 2015

Eight people have been arrested and or served with felony indictments, in a joint effort between the Crossville Police Department, the Cumberland & Putnam County Sheriff's Offices, and agents with the TBI, DEA, U.S. Marshals, as well as the 8th and 13th Judicial Drug Task Forces. Following months of investigations and undercover operations with the Crossville Police Department’s Detective Division, Cumberland County Grand Jury Indictments were issued for the arrest of:
• James M. Phipps, 48 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics / Felony Theft
• Freddie A. Staggs, 62 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics / Felony Theft
• Crystal L. Sturgill, 28 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics
• Dale R. Floyd, 48 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics
• Randy L. Floyd, 49 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics
• Hallie U. Jones, 77 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics
• Herbert L. Derrick, 49 of Sparta, TN – Felony Narcotics / Felony Theft
• Janet G. Collins, 57 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics
• Phillip D. Olmstead, 35 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics - INCARCERATED – FENTRESS CO.
• Adam N. Collins, 30 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics - INCARCERATED - COCKE CO.

Six additional people are still being sought in connection with this investigation. Police highly recommend that they turn themselves in. If you know any of these people or of their whereabouts, please contact the Crossville Police Department at 931-484-7231 or call Crimestoppers at 931-200-1173.

• Theresa M. Hamilton, 32 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics - STILL AT LARGE / WANTED
• George M. Leeds, 33 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics - STILL AT LARGE / WANTED
• Gary M. Dykes, 49 of Sparta, TN – Felony Narcotics / Felony Theft - STILL AT LARGE / WANTED
• William D. Carmack, 44 of Pleasant Hill, TN – Felony Narcotics - STILL AT LARGE / WANTED
• Christina L. Darville, 27 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics - STILL AT LARGE / WANTED
• Christopher B. Turner, 25 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics - STILL AT LARGE / WANTED

These sixteen people share a combined total of 238 previous bookings in Cumberland County alone. Fifteen of them have already been booked into the Cumberland County jail, at least once this year.
During the round up, a motorcycle, stolen out of Knoxville, was recovered and an illegal firearm was seized. Additionally, two more people were arrested:
• Brandon N. Webb, 23 of Crossville, TN – Failure to appear
• Jeffery W. Bell, 25 of Crossville, TN – Felony Narcotics / Resisting Arrest

 


Crossville Fire Dept. Responds to Church Fire Monday Morning
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday August 11, 2015

The Crossville Fire Department responded to a church fire on 10th Street shortly after 8 Monday morning. According to Fire Chief Mike Turner, the blaze broke out at the community building of the Old Fashioned Independent Baptist Church. The front portion of the roof was about 25% involved when crews arrived but due to the quick response of firefighters there was no damage to the interior of the structure and the flames were put out within minutes of the call. An investigation revealed cigarette material in the garbage can and that is believed to have started the fire. Chief Turner estimates damages around $7,000.

 
Crossville Christmas Parade Theme Contest Deadline Fri., Sept. 4, 2015


Crossville Christmas Parade Theme Contest Deadline Fri., Sept. 4, 2015
Billy Loggins Tuesday August 11, 2015

The City of Crossville is now taking entries for this year’s Christmas Parade Theme. The winning entry will receive a gift certificate from a local merchant. Crossville Christmas Parade Theme entries must be submitted by Friday, September 4, 2015. You can mail or deliver your entry to ATTN: Billy Loggins, 392 North Main Street, Crossville, TN 38555 or email to palace@crossvilletn.gov

 


Haslam Announces Veteran Education Grants
tn.gov Tuesday August 11, 2015

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has announced that 11 colleges and universities have been selected to receive the Veteran Reconnect Grant, a competitive grant focused on improving the success of student veterans enrolled in Tennessee colleges and universities. The combined total is $1 million for the Veteran Reconnect Grant.

Recipients of the Veteran Reconnect Grant include: Belmont University, $95,000 Chattanooga State Community College, $92,000 Columbia State Community College, $92,797 East Tennessee State University, $95,000 Jackson State Community College, $94,151 Lipscomb University, $80,415 Maryville College, $82,257 Middle Tennessee State University, $90,999 Northeast State Community College, $94,600 University of Memphis, $93,374 Volunteer State Community College, $89,104.

The Veteran Reconnect Grant is part of the governor’s Drive to 55 initiative aimed at increasing the number of Tennesseans with a certificate or degree beyond high school. By 2025, 55 percent of the jobs in Tennessee will require a post-secondary credential, and currently only 33 percent of Tennesseans qualify.

 

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