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The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is now giving students who left high school before graduating the opportunity to earn their high school equivalency diploma at no cost. The state of Tennessee offers two test options to earn a high school equivalency diploma. The HiSet is managed by the nonprofit organization Educational Testing Service, and the GED is administered by Pearson Education. The HiSet’s original cost is $75 compared with $125 for the GED. In order to reach as many potential graduates as possible, the HiSet will be the only test offered at no cost by the Adult Education program. Once a student passes either the HiSet or GED, an official state high school equivalency diploma is issued that does not make reference to which test was taken. According to the American Community Survey, approximately 700,000 Tennesseans have less than a high school diploma.. Anyone interested in earning their Tennessee High School Equivalency Diploma should contact their local Adult Education office to get started. Free preparatory classes are available throughout the state of Tennessee and online resources are also available. For more general information on eligibility and testing, visit Adult Education’s website at tn.gov/workforce/topic/high-school-testing or call 800-531-1515 for assistance in finding a local program.
Authorities have released the names of two people who were found shot to death inside a Clay County home. The bodies of Michael Hoff and Annette Clark were discovered Tuesday night at a residence on Arcot Road in Celina. Authorities have not revealed how the pair died from gunshot wounds, however, TBI spokesman Josh DeVine stated they do not believe that a suspect is on the run.
More information has come out about Tuesday’s attack on a Morgan County Correctional Officer. According to Local 8 News, Officer David Garrett is now home, but will have a long road to recovery ahead of him. He has broken bones in his face and will need surgery on his eye socket. His wife said he could have been killed if another guard had not intervened. The inmate who attacked Garrett is reportedly a former MMA fighter and serving time for attempted murder. Some predict such attacks are going to get worse since the state switched prison employees from a traditional 40-hour week to a 28 day cycle, meaning 6 days on, three days off with rotating days. Officers don’t get overtime pay until they reach 171.1 hours. Because of this, numerous guards have quit the prison system, leaving prisons short staffed. And many guards who have stayed say they are exhausted from the long work schedule. Meanwhile, the State Department of Correction says staff assaults have decreased by 293%.
The next Crossville/Cumberland County 2030 Vision meeting will be held at Pine View Elementary Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. EST. Everyone is invited to come out at join in the conversation about community goals for the future. Upcoming Vision Meetings will be held at Brown Elementary, Monday August 24th at 5:30 p.m CT. Homestead Elementary, Tuesday,August 25th 5:30 pm CT and at Stone Elementary on Tuesday, September 1st 5:30 pm. CT.
The American Red Cross will host a blood drive at Crossville First United Methodist Church this Friday, August 21, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Church is located at 69 Neecham Street. While all blood type donations are welcome, the American Red Cross is facing an extreme shortage of O negative, B negative and A negative blood to give now to prevent an emergency situation. Walk-ins are welcome and encouraged to donate. You can also make blood donation appointments by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS.