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Emergency crews in Hamilton County responded to the scene of plane crash in the Ooltewah Wednesday afternoon. Officials say the flight departed from McGhee-Tyson and was headed for Jackson, Mississippi when the crash occurred. Authorities have confirmed that the plane carried only the pilot, who lost his life in that crash. The pilot’s identity has not been released.
A federal judge has ruled that the state must hold hearings for people who have waited months to learn whether they qualify for Medicaid coverage because of delays in processing applications. According to The Tennessean, U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell granted class-action status to the lawsuit, meaning possibly thousands of Tennesseans could also become plaintiffs in the case. The judge specifically stopped TennCare from refusing to provide hearings within 45 days after one is requested about a delayed determination of Medicaid eligibility.
Governor Bill Haslam, House Speaker Beth Harwell and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey are convening a summit to discuss education changes in Tennessee. The September 18th event titled "Progress of the Past, Present and Future" will involve elected officials and representatives from 24 organizations focusing on K-12 and higher education. Haslam said the meeting is meant to review the ongoing education overhaul in Tennessee and plan for the future.
Flu vaccines are already out and being advertised at pharmacies across Middle Tennessee, even though the flu season doesn't actually begin for another month. Medical experts say the strains that were active last year are going to be active this year. The vaccine is similar, so the manufacturers were able to make it very quickly. That's why the flu vaccine is showing up earlier than usual. Officials say anyone over the age of 6 months should get a flu shot. Women who are pregnant or planning to become pregnant should also get vaccinated.
The Phoenix School and Stone Elementary have been named to the list of “focus schools” according to the Tennessee Department of Education. Focus Schools are the 10 percent of schools in the state with the largest achievement gaps between groups of students, such as racial and ethnic groups, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, students with disabilities and English-language learners. Both schools were singled out for needing improvement in the economically disadvantaged subgroup, while Stone was also in need for improvement for black, Hispanic and Native American subgroup achievement