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SMHS and Homestead honored by Governor Haslam
A VanWinkle Tuesday August 28, 2012

Congratulations to Stone Memorial High School and Homestead Elementary Schools. Both schools were recognized yesterday afternoon by Governor Bill Haslam via satellite as a Reward School! They were recognized for being in the 5% highest performing schools in Tennessee. This is measured by overall student achievement levels. In addition to achievement levels, the achievement gaps for subgroups mush meet the state expectations.


Iphone returned thanks to inphone GPS-man arrested
WOWNews Tuesday August 28, 2012

A built in GPS device helped Crossville police recover an Apple Iphone and put the thief behind bars. According to reports, the incident began when officers were approached by the victim who was tracking the device with her daughter's phone, after it was stolen out of her car. Officers travelled to the last place the phone had been tracked to-where they spotted the suspect, identified as 40 year old Farley Allen Ward of Old Highway Rd in Sparta. Officers spotted the man with a phone matching the description of the victim's. When asked where he got the phone, the man told police that he had found it, and was surprised when police told him that they knew he had it for approximately an hour, had turned it off and on several times, and that it had an internal GPS that had tracked him down. Officers arrested Ward on charges of theft as well as public intoxication. The phone was returned its owner.


VEC will be closed on Monday, September 3rd for the Labor Day holiday.
VEC Monday August 27, 2012

Volunteer Energy Cooperative (VEC) will close all nine of its customer service centers and Corporate Offices on Monday, September 3rd for the Labor Day holiday. Crews will be on hand to answer phone calls and to respond to emergencies as needed.


Two private organizations are hoping to buy waterfall near Sparta
TWRA Monday August 27, 2012

Two private organizations are hoping to buy a unique waterfall on the state's behalf and preserve it from future development. TWRA has committed $300,000 to the purchase of the Virgin Falls State Natural Area near Sparta. The Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation has raised over $85,000. The project is also expected to receive $1.5 million from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Virgin Falls is privately owned and leased by the state of Tennessee. The state natural area contains more than 1,100 acres, located along the western border of the Bridgestone-Firestone Centennial Wilderness


New laws in place for state plaza demonstrations
AP Monday August 27, 2012

The state department that oversees the plaza where Occupy Nashville members camped out for months has filed new rules for the use of that space. The rules from the Department of General Services allow free public use of the War Memorial Plaza and Courtyard, next to the state Capitol, but prohibit camping there overnight.That prohibition has little practical impact since the General Assembly already passed a bill this year prohibiting camping on state land not specifically designated for the purpose. That bill established a legal basis for removing Occupy protesters from the plaza. The new rules go into effect on November 30th.


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