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New figures are out on bullying in Tennessee schools. The state Department of Education tracks reports of bullying in every school system in Tennessee. According to the latest data from the 2013/2014 school year, the total number of cases reported state-wide was 10-thousand-160. That included 101 cases of bullying in Cumberland County schools.
The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development partners with Tennessee Craft once again for the 2016 Tennessee Craft Week. It takes place October 7th through the 16th at all 14 Tennessee Welcome Centers throughout the state. Craft demonstrations in fiber, painting, metal and wood will be conducted by craft artists who share their creative process and skills with Welcome Center visitors. You can find out more at tennesseecraft.org.
In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Tennessee State Parks, State Natural Areas and Friends Groups invite you to take part in ranger-led hikes, volunteer projects and interpretive programs across the state on Saturday, September 24th. In recognizing the importance of building partnerships that combine a love of the outdoors and volunteering, Governor Bill Haslam has declared the 24th to be Tennessee Public Lands Day. On that day at Cumberland Mountain State Park, you'll be able to walk Byrd Lake on a two-mile, easy hike with a beautiful swinging bridge
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is asking for the public's assistance in its investigation into an alleged child rapist. The TBI is looking for information regarding Toby Willis, who was arrested on charges of child rape in Greenville, Kentucky on Friday. Authorities believe the former star of the TLC reality show The Willis Family hitchhiked to Kentucky from Nashville to avoid being arrested. The TBI is trying to find two drivers who may have given him a ride.
The cause of a house fire that killed nine people in Memphis is believed to have been a malfunctioning power cord. Three adults and six children--ranging in age from 61 to three--died in the fire that happened at a home on Severson Avenue Monday morning. Another child was hospitalized in critical condition. A person inside the home called 911 and said they had no way of getting out of the home which had burglar bars on the windows.