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Blount County Student Teacher Charged with Statutory Rape on Wednesday
Thursday September 10, 2015

23 year old Jordan Lorenzo Harris of Maryville was arrested Wednesday for involvement in a sexual relationship with a minor. Harris was charged with statutory rape: these charges stem from a relationship Harris was engaged in with a female minor while he was a student teacher at a local school in the 2014-2015 school year. He posted bond and was released from Blount County Jail, and he is scheduled to appear in court on September 22nd.

 


Car Burglaries and Vandalisms Reported in Deer Creek
Thursday September 10, 2015

Crossville Police are advising those in the Deer Creek neighborhood to lock car doors and not leave any valuable items in cars. Several break-ins have been reported, with thousands of dollars’ worth of items such as cash, personal items, and electronics stolen from the vehicles. Also, extensive damage was done to the vehicles. If you have any information regarding these break-ins, please call Crimestoppers at (931)-200-1173 or (931)200-1147 or the Crossville Police Department at (931)-456-6176.

 


Some Colleges are Dropping Standardized Test Requirements
Thursday September 10, 2015

SAT and ACT test scores often determine whether or not students get accepted to certain colleges, however, lately some colleges and universities are taking a new approach to the admissions process, and that number is growing. Already, more than 850 institutes of higher education nationwide no longer require such test scores. Those who advocate the loosening of requiring mandated test scores say it will help the schools become more diverse and well-rounded. They also believe it gives schools more accurate assessments of the true abilities of students. Some of the schools in Tennessee who have dropped test requirements include: ETSU, MTSU, Knoxville College, South College, and Martin Methodist. For a complete list of the colleges that have dropped standardized tests, please visit the National Center for Fair and Open Testing website at http://www.fairtest.org/university/optional/state

 


Security Changes at Neyland Stadium
Thursday September 10, 2015

There are going to be some changes involving security at Neyland Stadium for the 2015 football season. No longer will backpacks of any kind or size be allowed in the stadium, nor purses or bags that are larger than one foot high, wide, or deep. This is to get in line with Homeland Security recommendations. Prohibited items will not be allowed to be stored at the gate for pickup, either. Prohibited items will include: Backpacks (of any size), Alcoholic beverages, Cans, bottles, coolers, Outside food, snacks, beverages, Radios without headsets, Open umbrellas, Selfie sticks, Video cameras, Professional cameras or cameras with detachable lenses, Unmanned aircraft, Stadium seats with arms, Large bags or parcels, including backpacks and larger purses, Weapons, including pocket knives, Artificial noisemakers, Smoking — including e-cigarettes — is prohibited in Neyland Stadium at all times, Bag sizes greater than 12x12x12 (except for medical or diaper bags, which will be searched), Strollers.

 


TDA Reminds Livestock Haulers of Federal Traceability Requirements
Submitted: TDA Monday September 7, 2015

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture is reminding haulers that anyone transporting livestock across state lines is subject to compliance checks under the federal Animal Disease Traceability rule. The ADT rule requires all livestock, including cattle, equine, sheep and goats, swine and poultry, being moved interstate to be officially identified, unless specifically exempted. Livestock must be accompanied by an interstate certificate of veterinary inspection or other documentation, such as owner-shipper statements. Brands, tattoos and brand registration can also be used as official identification when accepted by the shipping and receiving states. Back tags are accepted as an alternative to official ear tags for cattle moved directly to slaughter. Animal health documentation is still required under certain circumstances for livestock being moved within Tennessee. Additionally, some states have documentation requirements that go beyond the federal rule. Producers should consult with their veterinarians to make sure that livestock that is transported complies with all regulations. In order to help with compliance, TDA has implemented a user-friendly online system already adopted by 20 other states that allows private veterinarians to submit and access health papers electronically. Veterinarians interested in participating can contact the State Veterinarian’s office at 615-837-5120 or animal.health@tn.gov.

 

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