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Cumberland County Sheriff's Office to Offer Eddie Eagle Gun Safety Program
Submitted: Gary Howard, Cumb. Co. Sheriffs Dept. Tuesday February 9, 2016

Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox announced that the National Rifle Association has awarded the Cumberland County Sheriffs Office an Eddie Eagle costume to assist in teaching Cumberland Countys youth about gun safety. Our office is excited to have been awarded this costume and very happy to partner with the National Rifle Association for this terrific cause, said Sheriff Cox. We feel it will greatly enhance our offices education efforts of gun safety to our countys children. Plan to see Eddie Eagle present at many of our community events.

Sheriff Cox began working with the NRA last year on a grant to purchase the Eddie Eagle costume and materials for teaching the Gun Safe program. This effort was pursued so the classes could be taught without adding expense to Cumberland County taxpayers. The Sheriffs Office has been involved with teaching gun safety for some time but this grant will expand the program into all county schools, daycares, churches and groups that have Pre-K through 3rd grade age children and are interested in sponsoring a presentation. Presentations will include a Parents Guide to Gun Safety that will be given to each child.

Eddie Eagle Gun Safe program is a gun accident prevention program. Eddie Eagle teacheschildren not to play with firearms with a simple, memorable four-part plan: If you see a gun,STOP! Dont Touch! Leave the Area! Tell an Adult!

Federal officials estimate that there are over 200 million firearms in the United States with studies suggesting they are kept in approximately half of all households.

The goal of the Eddie Eagle Program is merely to prevent accidents and keep children safe. The program is available to your group at no charge. If you are interested in Eddie Eagle and his Wing Team presenting to your childrens group from Pre-K through 3rd Grade contact Gary Howard at (931) 484-6176 or (931) 246-9882.

(Photo Courtesy Cumb. Co. Sheriffs Dept. pictured L-Eddie Eagle, R-Sheriff Casey Cox)


TNReady Not Quite Ready
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday February 9, 2016

TNReady, the states new online testing program, was not quite ready when it launched Monday. The site crashed across the state. The TNReady exams will eventually replace the current TCAP's (Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program).


Drug testing for benefits yields few positive results
AP Tuesday February 9, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Officials say less than 0.2 percent of people who have applied for welfare since July 2014 have failed a drug test mandated for some.
Citing data provided by the Department of Human Services to The Tennessean, the newspaper reports that 65 of 39,121 people applying for Families First cash assistance benefits tested positive for drugs since the law was implemented. Since the law started, 609 people have been asked to take a drug test, with 544 testing negative. An additional 116 refused to participate in an initial drug screening questionnaire, automatically disqualifying them from benefits. State Rep. Sherry Jones, a Nashville Democrat, says the program's $23,592 cost so far is too much to rationalize spending on the tests. Nashville Republican Rep. Glen Casada says the law is working.


Authorities Crackdown on Sex Trafficking
AP Monday February 8, 2016

Authorities said more than 20 people have been arrested on charges related to sex trafficking and online exploitation of children in Tennessee and Georgia.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Friday that law enforcement officers conducted "Operation Watchful Guardians" this week in the two states. Agents conducted simultaneous operations that investigated and prosecuted people accused of being sex traffickers and online predators.

Agents arrested 16 men attempting to purchase sex from a prostitute and four women who were advertised as prostitutes. Victims of sex trafficking were identified and offered housing, counseling and addiction treatment.

In addition, three men were arrested for attempting to use the Internet to find underage girls for sex.

2016 SMHS Basketball Homecoming Court

2016 SMHS Basketball Homecoming Court
Submitted: Lance Kennedy, SMHS VP/AD Monday February 8, 2016

Reese Stover (Freshmen rep.), Hayley Tollett (Soph. rep.), Lexi Hinch (Junior rep.), Madison Wilson (Senior Queen Candidate), Megan Finley (Senior Queen Candidate), Haley McNeal (Junior rep.), Jessica Tabor (Soph. rep.), Lindy Livesay (Freshmen rep.) NOT PICTURED: Alli Crain (Senior Queen Candidate).

Homecoming ballgame will be Friday, 2/12/16 vs. Warren County

Homecoming ceremony will be halftime of the boys game at approximately 8:00pm.
(photo courtesy SMHS)


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