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More Than $750,000 Awarded to Tennessee Colleges to Support Student Veterans Broadcasting News Tuesday July 11, 2017

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) announced Monday that 13 colleges and universities in Tennessee will receive additional funding and program support to serve veterans and service members and help them earn postsecondary degrees as part of Governor Bill Haslam?s Drive to 55.

THEC will award $760,781 in total Veteran Reconnect funds to support programs and services for student veterans at campuses across the state.

Veteran Reconnect will provide funding from August 1, 2017 until January 31, 2019. The current round of funding marks the third time THEC has awarded Veteran Reconnect grants to institutions.


Former Vol A.J. Johnson arrested, charged with DUI
WVLT Tuesday July 11, 2017

Former Tennessee Vol linebacker A.J. Johnson was arrested early Saturday morning and charged with driving under the influence, WVLT reports. Johnson had bloodshot eyes, and smelled like alcohol and marijuana, according to a KPD report. After allegedly failing a field sobriety test, Johnson was arrested and charged with first offense DUI, failure to exercise due care, implied consent and simple possession. He is awaiting trial for charges of aggravated rape.


Tennessee parents charged in hot car death of 11-month-old
AP Monday July 10, 2017

A Tennessee couple has been charged in the death of their 11-month-old daughter, who authorities say died after being left in a hot car. News outlets report 30-year-old Travis McCullough was charged with criminal homicide and aggravated child neglect and 24-year-old Jessica Tollett was charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect. Court documents say McCullough left their three children in a car while working at his father's business on Saturday, when temperatures exceeded 80 degrees. A woman called police after McCullough yelled for help and handed her the infant, before driving away. Chattanooga police say the two surviving children showed signs of neglect and malnutrition and were hospitalized. They will be placed in Child Protective Services' custody.


TN National Guard Program Helps Teens Earn High School Equivalency Diploma
AP Monday July 10, 2017

Gov. Bill Haslam has opened an alternative residential program operated by the Tennessee National Guard that gives some teens a chance to earn a high school equivalency diploma outside a traditional school setting. The governor's office said in a news release that the Tennessee Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy is located at the site of the former Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville. The first class is beginning this week and will have approximately 100 cadets.


Tennessee to Receive Historic Battlefield Preservation Grant
AP Monday July 10, 2017

West Virginia and Tennessee are among the states receiving part of $7.2 million in grants to help identify, preserve and protect historic battlefields. The National Park Service said in a news release the projects include 19 battlefields threatened by urban and suburban development in nine states. The release said the projects cover nearly 1,200 acres of battlefield land as part of the American Battlefield Land Acquisition Grants program.


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