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New tour buses and buses that provide service between cities must be equipped with seat belts starting in late 2016 under a new federal rule. It's a safety measure sought by accident investigators for nearly a half-century. Beginning in November 2016, all new motor coaches and some other large buses must be equipped by manufacturers with three-point lap-shoulder belts. The rule does not apply to school buses or city transit buses. An average of 21 people in large buses are killed each year in crashes and nearly 8,000 others are injured. The safety administration says seat belts could reduce fatalities and injuries by nearly half.
Schools in Coffee County were placed on lockdown Wednesday after the school system received a possible threat in an email, which stated that there was possibly a man with a gun on campus. No specific campus was mentioned. As a proactive measure, all Coffee County schools were put on lockdown. School officials say the email appeared to have originated from Rutherford County. Director of schools Dr. LaDonna McFall says at no time was there a direct threat to any of the students or staff. The Coffee County Sheriff's Department and Manchester Police are investigating.
The GED testing service is easing up on the rules for retaking the test to help people trying to pass before the current version expires on December 31st. Normally test takers are limited to taking the GED test three times a years. But people who have taken all three versions of the GED this year can retake the test or parts of it as long as 60 days have passed. The GED is being revised, and all scores will expire at the end of this year. Test takers who haven't passed every section will have to start over with the new test or the alternative test called HiSet.
Superintendent of Cumberland County Schools Donald Andrews has scheduled a press conference for 10am this morning (Thursday) to address traffic and safety concerns at South Cumberland Elementary School. A You-Tube video showing a South parent being arrested for disorderly conduct has received national attention this week. The parent is seen in the video asking school officials to release his children so he can walk with him, when the discussion becomes heated. Officials say there is more to the story than the video shows.
The Cumberland County High School basketball teams posted a pair of home wins over Cleveland Tuesday night. The Lady Jets, now 4 and 0 on the season, outscored the Lady Blue Raiders 26 to 5 in the second quarter and rolled to an 80-39 win. The Jets picked up their first win of the season as Logan Parsonís steal and lay-up with 3.4 seconds remaining lifted Cumberland County to a 56-54 victory over Cleveland. CCHS will host Clarkrange Friday.
The Stone Memorial Lady Panthers and Panthers split games at Clarkrange on Monday. The Lady Panthers fell to the Lady Buffaloes and are now 2 and 2 on the season. The Panthers improved to 3 and 1 this year with a 17-point win at Clarkrange. The Lady Panthers will see action in the Bobcat Thanksgiving Classic next week at Oliver Springs and the Panthers will play in the Siegel Thanksgiving Classic.