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TN Promise is in Need of Mentors
Samantha Friday October 17, 2014

The Tennessee Promise program is in need of mentors. The mentors are key figures in helping guide students through the college admissions process and ensure they complete Tennessee Promise requirements in order to receive the scholarship. Mentors are tasked with contacting their assigned students every two weeks via email, phone or text as the teens transition from high school to college. They will receive training and will help enrollees sign up for classes and with required financial aid paperwork. This is about a one-hour commitment per month. The state originally hoped for 20,000 applicants, but as of now, over 35,000 have applied. The state has not yet reached its goal of 6,000 mentors.


TN Unemployment Rate Drop
Samantha Friday October 17, 2014

Tennessee Labor & Workforce Development Officials released unemployment numbers for the state for September Thursday. The rate in Tennessee fell from 7.4 in August to 7.3 percent in September. The U.S. preliminary rate for September was 5.9 percent, down from 6.1 percent in August. Tennessee's September unemployment rate declined to 7.3 percent after four consecutive months of increasing rates. The largest increases occurred in accommodation/food services, education/health services, and government.


Pre-order Starbucks
Samantha Friday October 17, 2014

Starbucks has created a way to place orders ahead of time on their smartphones. It will be released nationally next year, but will be available to customers in Portland later this year. The company has been trying to convince people to sign up for its mobile payment app, which helps Starbucks build customer loyalty. Customers who use this app earn reward stars for each purchase, which can be cashed in for free drinks or food. Starbucks will also reward customers who pay with the mobile app or a Starbucks card by selecting 10 such customers to win “Starbucks for Life”, which is a food or drink item every day for 30 years.


A Lenoir City woman had to serve jail time for having a messy yard.
Samantha/Local 8 News Friday October 17, 2014

A Lenoir City woman had to serve jail time for having a messy yard. Over the summer, the city sent her a citation, claiming her yard was not being properly maintained. Karen Holloway, who has been cited before by code enforcers while her husband was overseas in the military, admits that her yard is not the cleanest, but she says that with her husband going to school and working full time, her job, and only having one car as well as having two children still at home they’ve been trying their best but everything can’t be kept perfectly up to par, and so the yard work has been deflected at times. Holloway was handed a five-day jail sentence by Judge Terry Vann during a hearing a couple weeks ago. Karen said “Why would you put me in hail with child molesters, and people who’ve done real crimes because I haven’t maintained my yard?” She claims to have never had her rights read to her nor told she could have a lawyer present. Holloway appealed to Judge Vann, who reduced her sentence to six hours. She offered to do five days of community service, but was denied. Holloway reported to the jail at 5 pm on Tuesday October 14th. The judge has set a following hearing for November to check on the progress of getting the yard up to par, and suggested he might add more jail time if the city isn’t satisfied with the clean-up.

Crossville Man Arrested in Putnam County Meth Lab Bust

Crossville Man Arrested in Putnam County Meth Lab Bust
Putnam County Sheriff’s Department/Peg Broadcasting News Friday October 17, 2014

A Crossville man was apprehended Wednesday in Putnam County when Sheriff’s Deputies discovered a meth lab at a Cookeville home. The lab was discovered as deputies attempted to serve a warrant on 23 year old Tracie Davis of Monterey. That’s when they detected drugs in the house, which belongs to 36 year old Shane Newton of Cookeville. During the search, they seized several components used in the production of methamphetamine as well as a small amount of marijuana and some pills. Davis, Newton and 26 year old James Dillon Williams of Crossville were all charged with intent to manufacture methamphetamine and bond for each was set at $25,000. Williams is also being held on charges in Cumberland County. The trio is due in court on November 10th, 2014. The investigation into this incident continues. Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office at (931) 528-8484.


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