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Bill would increase fine for texting while driving to $250
WVLT Thursday March 12, 2015

A bill before the Tennessee State Legislature would increase the fine if you're caught texting behind the wheel. The current fine for texting while driving is $50. Senate Bill 443, introduced by Sen. Jim Tracy, would bump that ticket up five times to $250. Local 8 Now reports that authorities say drivers are six times more likely to be in a distracted driving crash than a crash involving a drunk driver. Just glancing down at your phone to read a text message takes your eyes off the road for two to three seconds. That's enough time to travel hundreds of feet. The same bill would also increase the fine for not wearing a seat belt to $250.

SMHS FFA Livestock Judging Team Placed 2nd Overall at UT

SMHS FFA Livestock Judging Team Placed 2nd Overall at UT
Submitted: Lance Kennedy Wednesday March 11, 2015

The Stone Memorial FFA Livestock Judging Team placed second overall at the University of Tennessee Block & Bridle Roundup held Saturday March 2, 2015. Pictured from left to right: Andy Carey, Logan Adams, Andrew Swaw, Courtney Turner, Jenna Beaty and Jacie Beaty.


Tennessee Civil Air Patrol to Install First Female Commander
News Channel 9/AP Wednesday March 11, 2015

The Tennessee Wing of the Civil Air Patrol will make history this month when it installs its first female commander of the state organization. Lt. Col. Arlinda Bailey of Johnson City, TN will be promoted to full colonel and succeed Col. Bill Lane as wing commander during the wing's conference at Middle Tennessee State University on March 28. The patrol is the volunteer civilian auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. News Channel 9 reports the 64-year-old Bailey joined in 1998 to help her son serve as a cadet in CAP's youth program. CAP's Tennessee Wing is best known for its emergency services, which make up 90 percent of the nation's inland search and rescue missions. Besides its cadet program, the wing is also well known for its aerospace education outreach.

Man convicted of 1986 double murder killed in Morgan Co. Correctional Complex

Man convicted of 1986 double murder killed in Morgan Co. Correctional Complex
WVLT Wednesday March 11, 2015

A man convicted for murdering two people in 1986 in Sevier County has been found dead at the Morgan County Correctional Complex in Wartburg. Local 8 Now report that Edward Harris, also known as “Tattoo Eddie” died after a fight with another inmate, a release from the prison said. The 58-year-old was serving a life sentence for killing two people at the Rocky Top Inn in September 1986. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)


State Only Excuses 3 Snow Days for Cumberland County
Submitted: Donald Andrews, Cumberland County Schools Superintendent Wednesday March 11, 2015

Superintendent of Schools, Donald Andrews, reports that Cumberland County has been granted a waiver from the Tennessee State Department to excuse 3 of 17 snow days. This still leaves school days to be made up. As previously reported, March 13th and May 21st will now be converted to “regular instructional” days on which students are expected to attend. Superintendent Andrews also notes that there may be additional changes to the calendar to make up for remaining days missed due to snow and ice. Mr. Andrews said he will notify students and parents of any further changes to the Cumberland County School Calendar and he thanks everyone for their patience.


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