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Governor Bill Haslam says he has asked U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to make a counter-proposal to Tennessee's efforts to carve out a special deal for Medicaid expansion. The Haslam administration has said expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law would cover about 180,000 uninsured Tennesseans.
The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touch down in Coffee County last Thursday. The National Weather Service reports the tornado touched down along Interstate-24 about three miles northwest of Pelham. Several trees were uprooted and roofs were blown off of barns. The tornado's path was 1.2 miles long and it was 250 yards wide, and winds were reported up to 90 miles an hour. This was the only tornado that has been reported after severe storms swept through Middle Tennessee Thursday night.
The Cumberland County High School Lady Jets picked up their 28th victory of the season Monday night as they rolled to a 84-54 win over the Lady Cherokees of McMinn County in the semi-finals of the Region 3-AAA Tournament at Cookeville. The Lady Jets held a 14 point lead after one quarter and extended the lead to 48-19 at the half. CCHS will take on Bradley Central in the Championship game of the Region Tournament Wednesday at 7:00 at Cookeville High School and will also advance to the sub-state. The Bearettes beat White County in Monday's first semi-final game, 52-33.
The Stone Memorial Panthers will take on the Cleveland Blue Raiders Tuesday at 7:30 in the Region 3-AAA Tournament semi-finals at Cookeville High School. The Panthers posted a win over Ooltewah in the first round and Cleveland got past White County. Bradley Central meets Walker Valley in the first semi-final Tuesday at 6:00.
SMHS games air on Mix 99.3 and CCHS games are on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY.
The City of Crossville will be closing a portion of Interstate Drive closed to thru traffic on Tuesday February 25th beginning at 6:30am for utility work. Interstate Drive will be closed from the intersection of Old Jamestown Road to the intersection of Dunn Avenue. The road is expected to reopen at approximately 11:30am Tuesday. Please use caution while travelling in the area.
The Class of 2016 hosted the 52nd annual Sweetheart Pageant Saturday, February 22, 2014. There were 4 new queens crowned that evening. The new CCHS Sweetheart is Miss Balie Houston (Top Right). The Wee Miss Sweetheart is Miss Ryleigh Street (Bottom Right) of South Elementary, the new Little Sweetheart is Emma Dykes (Bottom Left) of South Elementary and the new CCHS Princess is Miss Callie Piper (Top Left) of Pleasant Hill Elementary. Congratulations to all the winners along with all the young ladies who participated in the events Saturday evening. Picture courtesy of Bekki Atkinson.