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"Smokey" Mascots Trainer Passes Away
AP Thursday June 29, 2017

Earl Hudson, who owned and trained Tennessee's live canine "Smokey" mascots for over two decades, has died. He was 91. Since 1994, Hudson and his wife had owned and trained the bluetick coonhounds that serve as Tennessee's live mascots. That responsibility now falls to Hudson's son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Cindy Hudson.


Robertson County Inmate Dead, Deputy Critically Injured
AP Thursday June 29, 2017

Officials say a Tennessee inmate has been killed and an officer wounded inside a medical clinic. Nashville police told The Tennessean that two Robertson County deputies were escorting a prisoner inside a medical office complex when he grabbed a deputy's gun and fired. The other deputy returned fire. The inmate is dead and a deputy is critically injured.


Cumb. Co. High School Report Card Pick-up Dates
Submitted: BOE Wednesday June 28, 2017

High school End of Course grades have been received from the state and final student report cards for high school students are now ready for distribution. Phoenix High School students can their report cards on Thursday, June 29 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CCHS, SMHS students can get their report cards on Friday, June 30 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Pheonix School report cards may be picked up this Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other dates that High school students may pick up their 2016-2017 report cards at their respective schools according to the schedules listed below.

Friday, June 30: 8:00 - 2:00
Wednesday, July 5: 8:00 - 2:00
Monday, July 10: 8:00 - 6:00
Tuesday July 11: 8:00 - 6:00

Friday, June 30: 8:00 - 2:00
Wednesday, July 5: 8:00 - 6:00
Thursday, July 6: 8:00 - 2:00

Phoenix High School
Thursday, June 29: 8:00 - 12:00
Friday, June 30: 11:00 - 2:00
Wednesday, July 5: 3:00 - 6:00


Body found in Ky. identified as Oak Ridge woman
WVLT Wednesday June 28, 2017

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office said a deceased female found Monday evening around 5 p.m. was identified as 28-year-old Tearsha Laws of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, reports Local 8 News.

The sheriff's office said the body was found in a wooded area over an embankment. An autopsy will be conducted in Frankfort in order to determine the cause of death.

According to Local 8 News an official with Oak Ridge said no missing person's report had been issued for a person of that name. Officials said they would need more information of the person's identity to determine her exact place residence.


Tennessee 8th in Nation For Hot Car Seat Deaths
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday June 27, 2017

Tennessee is 8th in the Nation for hot car seat deaths and that has Fred Sherrill, Law Enforcement Liaison for the Cumberland Region with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, very concerned for this July 4th and the rest of the summer. Sherrill says that since 1998 at least 23 children have died in Tennessee after being left in hot vehicles. With all the distractions the Independence Day weekend can bring, Sherrill warns everyone to be especially mindful about not leaving their kids behind in the car. Even a few minutes are far too long. If it is 60 degrees outside, your vehicle can heat up to well above 110 degrees inside. And cracking a window or parking in the shade is just not enough to cool a vehicle sufficiently to prevent heat stroke or death. Sherrill says parents should place items like cell phones, laptops, and purses in the back seat so they will have to look in the rear of the vehicle before leaving it and, therefore, be more likely to see a child who is still strapped in a car seat. Parents can also put alarms on their phones to remind them to check the back seat. As Law Enforcement Liaison Fred Sherrill said, "This holiday weekend, check the back seat, don't text and drive, don't drink and drive, so we all arrive alive."


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