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DHS Announces 2nd Annual No Tennessee Child Hungry Excellence Awards for the 2016 Summer Food Service Program Sponsors
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday October 12, 2016

The Tennessee Department of Human Services announced the 2nd annual No Tennessee Child Hungry Excellence Awards for sponsors who participated in the 2016 Summer Food Service Program. The program is intended to ensure that children who benefit from free and reduced price meals during the school year have access to nutritious meals during the summer months.

The Department is requesting nominations for the No Tennessee Child Hungry Excellence Awards until 5 p.m. CST on October 28, 2016.

The 2015 Trailblazer Award was presented to Cumberland County Highs School which demonstrated innovated ideas when implementing the Summer Food Service Program such as using a mobile feeding site bus. CCHS has been a program sponsor since 2013.

Chasey Chase em Trackdown ,Looking for Dannie Curtis Turner, Wanted Person #25

Chasey Chase em Trackdown ,Looking for Dannie Curtis Turner, Wanted Person #25
LT. Brian Eckelson Crimestoppers Coordinator-Public Information Officer/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday October 12, 2016

The Crossville-Cumberland County Crimestoppers is looking for Dannie Curtis Turner who is wanted for Failure to Appear on DUI, Drug Paraphernalia, Driving on a Revoked License and Violation of Probation. Dannie Curtis Turner is a 29-year-old white male known to the frequent the Rock Quarry Road area of Cumberland County. If you know where he is hiding out, please call the Crimestoppers Tip Hotline at 931-200-1173. There will be a minimum $200 payout for information leading to the arrest of this individual. For more information, you can go to the Crimestoppers Facebook page.

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Cumb. Co. Rescuers Assist With Recovery of Dale Hollow Drowning Victim
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday October 12, 2016

Rescuers from Cumberland County assisted crews from Clay, Overton and Barren Counties in the recovery of a drowning victim on Dale Hollow Lake. Officials say that a man and his son were swimming in the lake on Saturday near the Kentucky state line and Trooper Island when the father went under the water and never resurfaced. The son was rescued by a passing boat. The fathers body was not found until Monday afternoon following and extensive search by divers. The victims names were not immediately released.


TBI Responds to Criticism For Not Immediately Issuing Amber Alert for Missing Florida Girl
TBI/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday October 12, 2016

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday addressed the criticism it has received for not immediately issuing an AMBER Alert for a missing Florida girl. That girl, 4-year-old Rebecca Lewis was found Monday in Memphis along with the man who allegedly took her. At issue is that the TBI refused to send out a statewide alert on Sunday after being contacted by officials in Florida.

In its defense, the TBI says when it receives such a request from another state it must have credible information that the suspect is planning on bringing the child to Tennessee. The TBI claims that Florida authorities said they did not have any reason to believe that Rebecca Lewis and her alleged abductor West Hogs were headed to Tennessee. Florida authorities also said that Hogs had no known criminal history. The TBI says under the circumstances an AMBER Alert could not be issued, however, the Bureau says that state law enforcement were immediately notified to be on the lookout for the man and child.

An AMBER Alert was issued Monday after a credible sighting in Campbell County. The little girl was later found unharmed in Memphis on Monday afternoon.

The TBI points out that Tennessee was not the only state to make the decision not to issue an AMBER Alert when first asked. Additionally, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York were asked to issue an AMBER Alert. Based on the information relayed at the time, those states also denied the request.

But not everyone is satisfied with the TBIs explanation for not immediately issuing the alert. In a press conference on Monday, Polk County, Florida, Sheriff Grady Judd said, Heres a news flash, Tennessee. She was there.


Tennessee High School Graduation Rate Hits New High Under More Rigorous Criteria Tuesday October 11, 2016

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced that the 2015-16 graduation rate of 88.5 percent is the highest on record since the state changed to a more rigorous calculation of graduation rates in 2011.

The latest statewide graduation rate was up nearly a full percentage point since last year and overall has increased three percentage points since the state implemented the more rigorous calculations. This year, nearly 60 percent of districts saw their graduation rates increase or stay the same when compared to last years rates.

12 districts improved their graduation rates by five percentage points or more. The districts with the most significant gains were Alvin C. York (18.1 percent), Tullahoma City (11.6 percent), Trenton Special School District (11.1 percent), and Grundy County (10 percent).

95 districtsover 70 percent of the districts in the statehave graduation rates at or above 90 percent, up from 81 districts last year. Fentress County, Alcoa City, South Carroll Special School District, Milan Special School District, Meigs County, and Crockett County all had graduation rates at or above 99 percent.

76 districtsroughly 60 percent of districts in the statehad graduation rates at or above 90 percent for both 2014-15 and 2015-16.

More information, such as graduation rates for individual subgroups, will be available on the State Report Card, which will be released later this fall.


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