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The Cumberland County Jet Cheerleaders are headed to the T-SS-AA state championship in Sevierville after being named Overall Grand Champions at Tennessee Tech. The team represented Cumberland County well, as they placed first in Small Varsity Co-Ed, Game Day Cheer, first and second in Jumps, first, second and third in “longest libs”, first in Individual Stunting and Best Cheer. The state finals in December are an important next step as the ladies set their sights on the national competition at Disneyworld in February.
Thousands of students in five states, including Tennessee, will be spending more time at school. But instead of spending more time on typical course work, many will use the extra 300 hours a year for things that usually don't fit in a regular school day, such as using personalized software or learning about world cultures, healthy living and even scrapbooking. Schools in Tennessee making the change include Nashville and Memphis
Two men have been arrested on various drug charges after they were stopped for speeding. According to reports, Crossville police stopped the vehicle driven by Jasen Kirby. During the investigation, officers discovered Kirby was driving on a suspended license. He then told officers he would not consent to a vehicle search, because he didn’t have time. Officers continued to investigate and question both Kirby and his passenger, Matthew Alcorn. As they searched the men and the vehicle, officers uncovered a gun as well as drugs and various paraphernalia. After their arrest, a strip search revealed more than 25 grams of methamphetamine on Alcorn’s person. The pair are now facing several charges including possession and intent to sell.
City Councilman Pete Souza says the City’s current policy of employing the City Attorney as the City’s Ethic Officer should be changed. City Manager David Rutherford stated that any citizen can use several avenues to express ethics violations that they believe have occurred. City Attorney Kenneth Chadwell stated that he believes ethics are important and stated that there were numerous channels to report violations, including the State Comptroller’s office. While Souza requested that the Council be allowed to choose a different attorney to investigate ethics violations, Chadwell said the City already had that right and privilege. Mayor Pro Tem Danny Wyatt read from the ethics code which backed this claim up, and the motion by Souza failed on vote.
City Employees will not be facing a higher deductible for health insurance. The City Council debated passing on part of a rate increase by raising the employee’s family deductible from $2500 to $5000 a year. The Mayor stated that he wanted the City to absorb the more than 9% increase, which would leave the deductible as it currently is, as a way to show employees how much the City appreciates and values them. The rest of the Council agreed with the Mayor, and the motion passed unanimously.