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A lengthy agenda was before the Board of Education on Thursday. Board members heard from legal counsel regarding a lawsuit filed by Hamilton County and 6 other school systems, against the state. The suit claims that the state has breached its duty under the Tennessee Constitution to provide a system of free public education for the children of this state. Counselor Patton was not asking the local board to participate, but wanted to bring it to their attention. The board did not move on the issue, but reserved judgment for a later time. In other action, board members voted to instruct the Athletic Committee to pursue the creation of a county-wide Athletic Director position.
The Cumberland County Board of Education recognized and honored county-wide teachers during their session on Thursday. Stacy Moody was chosen as the K-4 Teacher of the Year. In the 5-8 category, Kim Smith was recognized, and in the 9-12 category, Tracy Sinclair was chosen as the recipient of the honor.
The controversial dress code for students passed on 2nd and final reading during Thursday's Board of Education meeting. The new code, to go in effect in the upcoming school year, narrowly passed in a 5-4 vote.
Crossville police are investigating the theft of items from two semi trucks that were parked at J & K Truck Repair on Tabor Drive. A Crossville man reported that someone had broken the passenger side window to gain entry to his big rig. Taken were Cobra CB radio and a Cobra GPS. Loss and damage was estimated at $800. The passenger side window was broken out of another semi on the lot and a CB radio amp was stolen. That truck is reportedly owned by an Arkansas man. Loss and damage was estimated at $700.
The recent winter storms were hard on Tennesseeís landscape. Heavy ice brought down limbs and trees across the state. Brush pile burning is one of the best ways for landowners to clean up woody debris from the storms. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry is reminding citizens that outdoor burning requires a permit through May 15. If you are burning a leaf or brush pile that is smaller than 8 feet by 8 feet in size, log on to burnsafetn.org to secure a permit. For a larger burn, apply for a permit by calling your local Division of Forestry burn permit phone number Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Phone numbers can be found by visiting burnsafetn.org. Burn permits are free. Residents should check with their city and county government for any local restrictions. In 2014, debris fires that got out of control were the leading cause of wildfires in Tennessee, burning 5,366 acres statewide. Burning debris without a permit is a Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine and jail time.