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The Cumberland County Board of Education voted to retain a tenured Stone Elementary teacher during Wednesday night’s Special Called Meeting. The vote was 8 to 1 against dismissing CDC teacher Jessie Inman. The dissenting vote came from 8th District BOE member Jim Blalock. A laundry list of policy violations was cited including an incident where Inman allegedly failed to report to work on time. Other reported infractions included not keeping sensitive documents and money in a secure location and failure to create a permission slip for a scheduled field trip. BOE Chairman Dan Schlafer noted the seriousness of the charges but he stated he saw “lots of room for another side to be presented.” Board member Shirley Parris said “there are always things we can do better. As busy as teachers are, why are [they] called on the carpet for one little incident”. That sentiment was echoed with many on the Board agreeing that the charges against Ms. Inman were issues that almost every busy teacher could face. Chairman Schlafer and Board members David Bowman and Don Hassler all expressed that they did not see a record of where Inman had been given a chance to make improvements. In the end, the board voted against the recommendations of the Superintendent of Schools and Stone’s Principal to dismiss Jessie Inman.
Cumberland County School bus drivers will soon be reimbursed for the cost of obtaining their Commerical Driver’s License. The Board of Education approved the measure at the request of Transportation and Maintenance Supervisor Bob Scarbrough. The Cumberland County school system currently has 61 bus drivers but Scarbrough would like to bring that number up to 70. Scarbrough indicated that some bus driver candidates could not afford the $300 fee and the reimbursement incentive for new bus drivers may entice more people to apply for the positions.
A Cookeville salesman who mistook the brake for the gas pedal left a gaping hole in the front wall of the Outdoor Connection hunting, fishing and outdoor sporting goods store on Miller Avenue. The wreck happened just after 1 p.m. Wednesday, October 1st. Lance Attanasio, of Cookeville, told Peg Broadcasting that he was attempting to park his Ford Explorer to make a sales call, when he accidentally hit the gas instead of the brake. The vehicle jumped the sidewalk and traveled through the wall of the store, taking out a window and at least the first row of merchandise. It could have been worse. Greg Hoskins, owner of Outdoor Connection, said had he been standing in the area where the vehicle came to a stop just 15 seconds before the crash. No word yet on the amount of damage to the store and fortunately there no injuries. Customers who frequent the Outdoor Connection will be happy to know that the bunny who stays by the window the Explorer took out is fine, and Matilda the Outdoor Connection dog is okay too.
Human skeletal remains found in the North end of Cumberland County may be those of 47-year-old Nina Karen Owens, who has been missing from her home on H & B Farms Drive off Highway 127 North since August 10th, 2014. On Sunday, September 28th, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputies and Investigators began searching a large, secluded, wooded area off Pugh Cemetery Road. On Monday, September 29th authorities found human remains which they believe to be those of Nina Karen Owens. Following the discovery, Investigators contacted the State of Tennessee Medical Examiner’s Office, the Middle Tennessee State University Anthropology Department and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to assist in the collection of the remains and a further investigation. The investigation is currently ongoing and Sheriff Casey Cox stated that the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case as a homicide. However, Investigators are currently awaiting an official report on the cause of death from the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Tennessee wide receiver Josh Smith will miss a second straight game Saturday against the Florida Gators due to a high ankle sprain. Receiver Von Pearson, who also has a high ankle sprain, "practiced a little bit" Tuesday. Pearson has missed two games. His status for Florida remains uncertain. Offensive tackle Jacob Gilliam also is practicing again after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in Tennessee's season opener. Coach Butch Jones said "there is a chance he could play again this year." Quarterback Justin Worley practiced Tuesday with a padded sleeve on his right elbow and said he plans to wear the sleeve Saturday. Worley hurt his elbow last week and left a 35-32 loss to Georgia for three series before returning. . Vol Network coverage of Saturday's game begins with the Kickoff Call In Show at 9:30am and kickoff is set for 11. Hear all the action on your home for the Vols, 102.5 WOW Country!