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The City of Crossville will hold a public hearing tomorrow (Tuesday, March 11) at 5:30 p.m. to present a proposed grant application for funding of the first phase of a greenway connecting Centennial Park and Obed River Park. The public is invited to attend and comment.
The Crossville City Council will meet at 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday) at Crossville City Hall, and it should be interesting. Crossville City Councilman Pete Souza is expected to address an explosive report from the District Attorney General Randall York’s office detailing a Grand Jury’s finding that there were no findings of any wrong doings on behalf of any past or present members of the Crossville City Council members or those with whom they had been dealing with. Councilman Souza had made serious and repeated allegations against Mayor JH Graham III, several Councilmembers and City Attorney Kenneth Chadwell regarding illegal dealings and unethical conduct. When asked to comment on the findings, Councilman Souza explained that he would be addressing the issue at the City Council meeting, refusing further comment. As always, Council meetings are held at Crossville City Hall on Main Street, and they are open to the public.
Kroger officials have announced that they will be closing the West Town Plaza store in White County. The closure will mean job losses for 62 store employees as of March 28th. Store officials say they will be working with employees to assist them as they transition into the workforce, placing them into other Kroger stores, if at all possible. The Sparta Kroger has been operating in White County for more than 64 years.
Your kids may have to learn how to read and write in cursive. A measure before the Tennessee House of Representatives would require all public school students in Tennessee to learn how to read and write in handwriting around the third grade. State Rep. Sheila Butt authored the bill after being told by parents and teachers that kids today couldn't read their handwritten notes
Parents and teachers across Tennessee are watching closely as major changes could be on the way for the state Board of Education. Legislation being debated in the General Assembly would have voters decide on some or all board members in regular elections. Tennessee Education Association president Gera Summerford says currently all are appointed by the governor to five-year terms and can be re-appointed. In addition to the bills seeking elections for the State Board of Education, others have proposed taking the power to appoint members away from the governor and giving it to the speakers of the state House and Senate. The TEA would like to see a bill passed that would require one-half of the state board to be licensed educators. The State Board of Education is composed of nine members, one from each of the state's congressional districts, along with a student member