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High School Basketball
Greg / Steve Friday November 22, 2013

The Cumberland County High School basketball teams claimed a pair of victories over visiting Clarkrange Friday evening. In a battle of two unbeaten teams the Lady Jets outscored the Lady Buffaloes 87-81. The Lady Jets improve to 5 and 0 on the season as the Lady Buffaloes drop to 6 and 1. The Jets, now 2 and 3, posted their second straight win as they downed Clarkrange 63-46. CCHS travels to East Hamilton on Tuesday; their next home action is set for December 19th.

The Stone Memorial basketball teams will be in Thanksgiving Classics next week. The 2 and 2 Lady Panthers will play in the Bobcat Classic at Oliver Springs and the Panthers, winners of three of their first four games, play in the Siegel Thanksgiving Classic. SMHS will be in action at home on December 3rd.


Man on run for rape charges captured in Virginia
Cookeville Herald-Citizen Friday November 22, 2013

A man wanted on rape charges in Putnam County has been arrested in Virginia. Allen R. Proulex, of Wise, Virginia, was indicted by a grand jury in 2011 for the crime and has been on the run ever since. Detectives in the case say they believed the man was in Virginia for some time, but he had eluded capture. That all changed on Tuesday when he was arrested and transported back to Putnam County. Proulex is expected to be back in court on December 13th


Wartburg man pleads guilty to rape of infant relative
Knoxville Sentinel Friday November 22, 2013

A Wartburg man has entered a guilty plea federal court to sex crimes involving an infant. 29 year old Tommy Lee Waugh is facing up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to crimes involving the sexual abuse of a 6 month old baby girl. This is not Waugh’s first run in with the law. Waugh was on probation for a 2009 incident in Roane County concerning sexual exploitation of a minor. Waugh is set to be sentenced in April of next year


Standing room only crowd at Thursday's BOE meeting
Skyler/stace Friday November 22, 2013

There was a standing room only crowd at Thursday’s Cumberland County Board of Education meeting. While the board discussed procedural issues, it was clear that most in attendance were there to hear discussion regarding South Cumberland Elementary’s new parent pick up policy. The parent is making national headlines after filming an encounter with South’s Student Resource Officer was given 3 minutes to speak on the issue. During his time James Howe cited legal cases to support his position that he was in the right as a parent to pick up his child at any time. Howe was followed by a second South parent, D.L. Smith, who stated that no child at South had ever been “shot, kidnapped, or killed” during his 30 years in the County. Smith said he believed parents should have been consulted before making changes to the system. School Superintendent Donald Andrews outlined the new policy, which he says came from discussion from the school’s PTSO. Andrews documented the notice parents were given in advance of the changes, and reiterated that the schools were not dictatorships, parents are allowed to pick up their children at any time, however guidelines are in place to assure the safety of all involved.


TN unemployment rate steady
Dept of Labor Friday November 22, 2013

Tennessee's unemployment rate for both September and October is 8.4 percent, which is one percentage point lower than the August rate. The national unemployment rate for October was 7.3 percent, which was up slightly from September. Total nonfarm employment increased 8,000 jobs from September to October.


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