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Cumberland County School Superintendent Donald Andrews says he takes many factors into consideration before making the decision to delay or cancel school. Andrews says he works closely with meteorologists both here in Cumberland County as well as with the National Weather Service in order to make the most informed decision regarding whether or not to open or delay schools. Andrews says he has to be mindful of the fact that some busses operate in the Eastern Time zone in Cumberland County, and the County is very large and the weather and conditions can change quickly. Andrews says he favors making a decision much sooner rather than later, so parents can best make arrangements for the care of their children in the event that schools are not in session.
Cumberland County School Superintendent Donald Andrews says the schools have used all 10 snow days allocated for the year plus 3 administrative days that could be used as reserve dates. Andrews states any additional missed dates would begin to be pulled from Spring Break. Andrews states that ideas are being discussed regarding the possibility of proposed snow routes for upcoming years so that similar situations could be avoided in the future.
The TBI has arrested a former Van Buren County Deputy following a lengthy investigation into allegations of theft and tampering with evidence. 34 year old Conner Wardlaw of Sparta was arrested last June. The investigation revealed that Wardlaw made numerous drug arrests during which he seized drug evidence, money, personal property and vehicles in accordance with police procedures. However, on many occasions he would return the seized property to the owners in exchange for a cash donation to the Van Buren County Drug Fund. But those donations were not entered into the drug fund. Wardlaw allegedly withdrew money from the drug fund and there was no documentation. The investigation also revealed that various official documents and case files disappeared when Wardlaw left the Sheriff's Department. He was arrested without incident Wednesday and taken to the Van Buren County Jail, where bond was set at $175,000. The investigation is ongoing.
The Nashville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans a $1 billion project to improve hydroelectric generators at dams in the region. Work could begin this year at Center Hill Dam, where plans call for three aging generators to be renovated. Officials say the refurbished generators will mean more low-cost energy is on the market. Most of the dams were built more than five decades ago. The generators are designed to have a useful life of about 35 years. Hydroelectric power is the cheapest source of energy compared with sources such as coal, nuclear and natural gas.
Governor Bill Haslam would have to get state lawmakers' approval before expanding TennCare under legislation sent to the floors of the Tennessee House and Senate. The bills do not tie the governor's hands on TennCare expansion. But they are meant to ensure lawmakers have the final say on whether to offer TennCare to approximately 175,000 more Tennesseans. A spokeswoman for Governor Haslam says he is comfortable with the legislation because he already plans to seek legislative approval to expand TennCare