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A man wanted on rape charges in Putnam County has been arrested in Virginia. Allen R. Proulex, of Wise, Virginia, was indicted by a grand jury in 2011 for the crime and has been on the run ever since. Detectives in the case say they believed the man was in Virginia for some time, but he had eluded capture. That all changed on Tuesday when he was arrested and transported back to Putnam County. Proulex is expected to be back in court on December 13th
A Wartburg man has entered a guilty plea federal court to sex crimes involving an infant. 29 year old Tommy Lee Waugh is facing up to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to crimes involving the sexual abuse of a 6 month old baby girl. This is not Waugh’s first run in with the law. Waugh was on probation for a 2009 incident in Roane County concerning sexual exploitation of a minor. Waugh is set to be sentenced in April of next year
There was a standing room only crowd at Thursday’s Cumberland County Board of Education meeting. While the board discussed procedural issues, it was clear that most in attendance were there to hear discussion regarding South Cumberland Elementary’s new parent pick up policy. The parent is making national headlines after filming an encounter with South’s Student Resource Officer was given 3 minutes to speak on the issue. During his time James Howe cited legal cases to support his position that he was in the right as a parent to pick up his child at any time. Howe was followed by a second South parent, D.L. Smith, who stated that no child at South had ever been “shot, kidnapped, or killed” during his 30 years in the County. Smith said he believed parents should have been consulted before making changes to the system. School Superintendent Donald Andrews outlined the new policy, which he says came from discussion from the school’s PTSO. Andrews documented the notice parents were given in advance of the changes, and reiterated that the schools were not dictatorships, parents are allowed to pick up their children at any time, however guidelines are in place to assure the safety of all involved.
Tennessee's unemployment rate for both September and October is 8.4 percent, which is one percentage point lower than the August rate. The national unemployment rate for October was 7.3 percent, which was up slightly from September. Total nonfarm employment increased 8,000 jobs from September to October.
Cumberland County School Superintendent Donald Andrews says he was not contacted by South Cumberland Elementary parent Jim Howe prior to Howe’s arrest for disorderly conduct. Andrews says he cannot comment on the video which shows Howe and SRO Deputy Aytes disagreeing when Howe attempted to pick up his child. Andrews states that the now viral video does not show the “whole story, or the events leading up to” the taping beginning. Andrews says he defends the actions of Aytes, but states that he was “disturbed” by the actions of both parties. Andrews says parents are always allowed to pick their children up, but says there are guidelines in place in order to ensure the safety of the students. One parent who attended Thursday’s press conference says he is frustrated with the new system of parents waiting in their cars, in a line, to pick up their children. He notes that parents are lining up more than an hour in advance and says he personally has been told he cannot pick up his children during a certain time frame, a policy that he strongly disagrees with.