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Tennessee Students Hit Five-Year High on ACT
tn.gov Wednesday August 26, 2015

For the third straight year, Tennessee public high school students improved on the ACT, administered to all students statewide. The average composite increased from 19.3 last year to 19.4 this year, adding to what has been a three-year pattern of growth for the state. Though this increase is incremental, Tennessee continues to be a state making steady gains while the national average has remained stagnant. In addition to overall growth, more Tennessee students than ever before are scoring college ready in all four subjects (math, English, reading, and science), showing a four percent increase from 2011. Even with this growth, only 27 percent of students met the college ready benchmark in math, 35 percent met the benchmark in reading, and 17 percent met the benchmark in all four subjects. Beginning this school year, TNReady will serve as the new and improved TCAP test for math and English language arts in grades 3-11. TNReady is designed to assess true student understanding, not just basic memorization and test-taking skills. Tennessee is one of 13 states nationwide that require all students to take the ACT.

 


Farmers Reminded of Upcoming Crop Insurance Sales Closing Dates
USDA Wednesday August 26, 2015

Cumberland and Bledsoe County Christmas tree and strawberry growers are reminded September 1, 2015, is the final date catastrophic-level insurance under the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) can be purchased through the Farm Service Agency for the 2016 crop. In addition, November 15, 2015, is the deadline to purchase insurance for the 2016 crop of grapes, peaches, apples, and plums and December 1, 2015, is the deadline for honey producers to purchase coverage. For more information, contact Cumberland/Bledsoe County FSA office at 931-484-6520, toll free at 1-855-216-2802, or visit the FSA website at fsa.usda.gov. Producers may also contact the staff by e-mail to inquire about the administrative fee or buy-up coverage at Denesa.Jolley@tn.usda.gov or Maria.Turner@tn.usda.gov.

 
Celebration in Wartburg for champion fisherman


Celebration in Wartburg for champion fisherman's return home
WVLT Wednesday August 26, 2015

The city of Wartburg welcomed home one of their own in style Tuesday night. Dozens turned out for Brad Knight, a Morgan County native, as he came back to his small hometown after winning the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup. Knight won a $500,000 prize with twenty bass weighing 51 pounds, 12 ounces. Local 8 News reports that Knight will use some of his prize money for his daughter's college education. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)

 
White County Man Faces Reckless Homicide Charge


White County Man Faces Reckless Homicide Charge
TBI: Susan Niland Tuesday August 25, 2015

An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and deputies with the White County Sheriffs Department has resulted in the indictment of a Spencer man charged with reckless homicide in the death of his wife. At the request of 13th District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, TBI Special Agents joined investigators with the White County Sheriffs Department and the DAs office in investigating the death of Jerrica Simmons on March 11th. Law enforcement officials were notified that an injured female was brought to a local emergency room by her husband, Joshua Brandon Simmons. During the course of the investigation, Agents learned that Simmons reported his wife Jerrica jumped out of the passenger door of his truck while he was driving, and was run over by the back tire. Jerrica, 23, later died from her injuries. On Monday, the White County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Joshua Brandon Simmons, 34, with one count of Reckless Homicide in the death of his wife. Simmons was arrested Monday at his home in Spencer and was booked into the White County Jail on a $50,000 bond. (Photo Courtesy TBI)

 


Minor Earthquake Reported In West Tennessee Tuesday
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday August 25, 2015

A minor earthquake happened just before 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning(8/25/15) in west Tennessee, not far from the Arkansas line. The 3.5 magnitude quake was centered about six miles northwest of Covington about an hour from Memphis and did not cause any major damage. Small quakes are not uncommon in the area, which lies in the New Madrid seismic zone. However, there have been much larger quakes in the area. Reelfoot Lake in upper west Tennessee was formed when the region subsided during the New Madrid earthquakes of 18111812. The earthquakes resulted in several major changes in the landforms over a widespread area with shocks being felt as far away as Quebec.

 

 
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