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The suspicious death of a toddler in Morgan County has residents looking for justice. The TBI began investigating the circumstances around his passing after the coroner discovered signs of abuse. Cyndi Wicks says she babysat for Levi Beaty, and had concerns for his safety, even sharing those concerns with the Department of Children’s Services. Wicks is now one of the organizers of a campaign called “Justice for Levi.” A Facebook page, “Justice for Baby Levi” has been set up, with the administrators encouraging citizens to tie blue ribbons at their property or turn on their porch light to show support for Levi.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation is kicking off a yearlong celebration running up to the 100th anniversary of the agency. The centennial anniversary of the state law that first created what was first called the Tennessee Department of Highways and Public Works will fall on July 1, 2015.
The latest data shows Tennessee students made gains in the majority of the state's grade and subject level tests. Governor Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman announced that the biggest increases seen on the 2013-2014 TCAP results were in high school, where students made gains on five of seven high school tests. TCAP scores are used in the calculation of final grades for students primarily in grades K-8. According to the results, student scores held steady in those grades, with slight gains in most areas. The one area where improvement continues to be needed is in reading. Students this year were 49.5 percent proficient, compared to 50.3 percent last year.
Road construction shouldn’t slow you down over the July 4th holiday. The Tennessee Department of Transportation has suspended all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes until Monday July 7th at 6am. TDOT officials say may encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects. Reduced speed limits in work zones will still be in effect. Officials with AAA say to expect the roadways to be busy, though, with more than 740,000 Tennesseans hitting the roads for the holiday weekend.
The City of Crossville is once again hosting a 4th of July celebration at Centennial Park this year. The free community event begins at 5pm with inflatables and concessions opening, bluegrass music begins at 6:30, and the largest fireworks display on the Plateau is set for 9pm.