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Cumberland Mountain State Park and Fall Creek Falls State Park are both on the list of state parks are being considered for possible privatization. Officials say approximately 350 people are employed at the 11 state parks which are on the proposed list, and officials with the Tennessee State Employment Association fear that if the parks are privatized, some of those jobs might be lost. Officials on the other side say this is very early in the process, and the state is simply in a “research phase” right now.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation arrested a former volunteer with the Fentress County Fire Department on one count of Theft over $1000. According to officials with the TBI, the Department began an investigation of 33 year-old Michael Edward Nicholas after the Fentress County School Board donated a truck to the Fentress County Fire Department. Officials say Nicholas, who was a Captain of the fire department at the time, took the truck and registered it in his name. Nicholas later traded the same vehicle to another person for his own personal gain. Nicholas turned himself into authorities and was given a bond of $5000
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The Stone Memorial High School Panthers won the Region 3-AAA Basketball Tournament as they posted a 72-54 win over the Walker Valley Mustangs at Cookeville High School on Thursday. The Panthers, now 27 and 6 on the season, never trailed and scored 13 of the first 15 points in the game. Three Panthers were named to the All-Tournament Team: Justin Simmons, Luke Matthews and Tyler Yoder. SMHS will host a State Sectional (Sub-State) game on Monday as they host the Blackman Blaze. The Blaze, now 24 and 6, fell to Siegel 59-52 in the Region 4-AAA title game.
The Panthers advance to the Championship game Thursday at 7:00, pre-game at 6:55, where they'll take on the Walker Valley Mustangs in Cookeville. Catch that game on 102.5 WOW Country and online at www.1025wowcountry.com
Doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center say lone star ticks are to blame for an increasing number of people being diagnosed with a severe food allergy which leaves them unable to eat red meat. Doctors say a growing number of people across the mid-south are becoming plagued by an 'Alpha-Gal' allergy they develop after being bitten by a lone star tick. While not all people who get tick bites develop the condition, doctors note that it one of the issues that can develop as a result of tick bites, and is one more reason to be diligent in the prevention of tick borne illnesses. Doctors say Tennessee appears to be at the the epicenter for this outbreak simply because of the high number of ticks found throughout the state.