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Gas prices are on the rise again. But despite the recent jump in pump prices, AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins says gas prices are more than 40 cents less that they were this time last year. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.41, 6 cents more than last week. Tennessee's average of $3.19 rose 2 cents from last week.
Governor Bill Haslam says he has no plans to change his free tuition proposal to include children of people living in the country illegally. Haslam wants to create the country's first free community college program for all high school graduates by using state lottery reserves to cover the difference between tuition costs and all available aid. The governor's proposal would require students to exhaust all possible support by filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, which requires a Social Security number.
A bill that would raise the minimum wage for workers who are not offered health insurance has failed in a House subcommittee. The proposal was killed by the Tennessee House Consumer and Resources Subcommittee. Tennessee is one of five states that do not have their own minimum wage law. The bill would have raised the wage to $8.25 from $7.25 an hour for workers whose employers don't offer health insurance.
The Cumberland County High School Lady Jets dropped a 76-72 overtime decision to the Bearettes of Bradley Central in the Region 3-AAA Championship game Wednesday evening in Cookeville. The Lady Jets trailed by six at the half, 35-29, but outscored the Bearettes 22 to 11 in the third quarter and carried a five point lead into the final quarter. The Bearettes clawed their way back and at the end of regulation the teams were tied at 65. Bradley Central never trailed in the extra frame and earned a home game in the Sub-State Saturday. The Lady Jets will travel for their Sub-State game Saturday as they take on the top team in the Nation according to the USA Today Super 25, the Lady Blaze at Blackman; game time is 7:00. Three Lady Jets were named to the Region All Tournament Team: Destiny Carlton, Gina Dick and Makenzie Iles.
The Stone Memorial High School Panthers meet the Walker Valley Mustangs in the boys Region 3-AAA Title game tonight (Thursday). The tip at Cookeville High School is set for 7:00. The Panthers claimed the District 6-AAA Tournament title and the Mustangs captured the District 5-AAA Tournament championship.
Brandon Cole from Bryan College in Dayton, TN has been named the NAIA National Division II Men's Basketball Player of the Week. Cole, was selected based on his performances from the week of February 17, where he recorded three-straight double-doubles. The sophomore forward is a former Stone Memorial Panther standout and the son of Karen and Tim Cole of Crossville.