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The Lady Vols host LSU on Thursday, February 2 in Knoxville. Pre-game coverage begins at 5:30 p.m. and the ball tips at 6 p.m. CT. Hear all the action from Thompson-Boling Arena on your Home for Lady Vols Basketball, Mix 99.3
The Cumberland County Board of Education has released a revised version of next year's school calendar.
Cumberland County High School held their annual Top Ten Banquet on Monday, January 30, 2017 at Forteís on the Square in Crossville. The Top Ten students for the graduating class of 2017 were announced by Principal Jon Hall and presented with their award by Senior School Counselor Dawn Shaw. Each of the top ten students and their families and guests were present for the dinner and the awards presentation at the event. In the official Top Ten, two students tied for the third position and two students tied for the ninth position. CCHS Top 10 Class Picture courtesy of Dawn Shaw.
Listed below are the CCHS Top Ten for 2017:
1 Brandon Keith Stubbs - Valedictorian
2 Sydney Fasha Clark - Salutatorian
3 Demetra Drainas
3 Joshua Eunchong Han
5 Kassandra Elizabeth Looschen
6 Corey Tyler Brooks
7 Kaitlyn Brooke Lee
8 Dasa'n Parker Fant
9 Jaxson Tyler Norris
9 Katherine Michelle Torrance
In Mondayís State of the State Address, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam outlined his plan to raise $278 million a year in new transportation funding and to begin tackling a more than $10 billion backlog in road and bridge projects in the state. Called the IMPROVE Act, Gov. Haslamís transportation funding plan calls for a 7 cent tax hike on gasoline and a 12 cent tax increase on diesel. In exchange for that hike, Haslam is proposing tax cuts totaling $270 million on groceries, income from stocks and bonds and for manufacturing locating in the state. That would reportedly save Tennesseans $55 million annually on their grocery bills.
In a report generated on January 24, 2017, TDOT cited 12 road and bridge projects in just Cumberland County that are on Gov. Haslamís list of project needs. Those projects come with an estimated price tag of $165,209,000 and include improvements on I-40, US 127, US 70, the Northwest Connector in Crossville, Wightman Road Bridge over Duncan Creek, and the Browntown Road Bridge over Pokepatch Creek.
Tennessee Department of Transportation Community Relations Officer, Jennifer A. Flynn, reports that Tennesseeís flat gas tax of 21.4 cents per gallon has not been revised since 1989. Flynn says that without additional funding, it would take TDOT 50 years to complete its current list of projects, and many cities and counties will be forced to raise property taxes to pay for transportation.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation reports that most of the 127 road projects are on hold at this time and being reevaluated. The Departmentís main focus is the section of U.S 127 between Lowe Road and Little Road in Clarkrange. The State recently added 0.6 mile to that section, which will take it from SR-62 through Clarkrange to Little Road. TDOT will be revising the right-of-way plans which will submitted to Headquarters by mid-March. TDOT anticipates beginning the right-of-way process for this section of U.S. 127 by May 2017. The project is funded for the right-of-way phase, but not yet funded for construction. The estimated cost to completion is $46.6 million.