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A bill that would require seat belts on Tennessee school buses has advanced barely as a child who was injured in a deadly Chattanooga bus crash looked on.
Canasia Williams, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at Woodmore Elementary, hugged her grandmother after lawmakers voted 9-7 to advance the bill.
Williams hurt her hand and suffered a concussion when she was thrown to the floor during a school bus crash in November last year that killed six Chattanooga children.
Costs and fear of restraints trapping kids in a burning bus or one that had been submerged in water were part of the debate during the House Transportation Committee meeting Tuesday.
The bill would require that all new school buses after July 2019 be equipped with safety belts.
The Crossville City Council approved a motion by Mayor James Mayberry to accept a revised contract leasing property at the former location of the city landfill to Crossville Shooting Sports Park, Inc. The motion passed in a 5-0 vote, with Mayor Pro Tem JH Graham expressing concerns about the condition of Albert Frye Road leading to the park. Revisions to the contract, to be executed by April 10th, include the addition of property near the road to provide an additional buffer.
The Crossville-Cumberland County Crimestoppers is asking the public for help in locating Joshua Edward Britton who is wanted for Failure to Appear on Theft Over $1,000, Simple Possession, Public Intoxication and Drinking Below the Legal Age. Joshua Edward Britton is a 21-year-old white male, known to frequent the McLean Cut are of Rockwood, TN. If you know where Joshua Edward Britton is hiding out, please call the Crimestoppers Tip Hotline at 931-200-1173. There will be a minimum $200 payout for information leading to the arrest of this profiled person! To see Mr. Britton’s photo, go online to the Crossville-Cumberland County Crimestopper’s Facebook page or your favorite Peg Broadcasting station website.
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A new plan released by the Tennessee Department of Education will make schools more accountable and give parents a better idea of how to evaluate their neighborhood schools.
Under the plan released Tuesday, every public school in the state will get a letter grade from A to F, making it easier for parents to evaluate how their local schools are doing.
Last year the Legislature passed a bill that called for schools to be given letter grades. But the new state education plan goes even further.
The plan is Tennessee's way of complying with a federal education law called the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Parents will be able to see how their local schools got graded under the new measurements beginning in fall 2018.
A legal fight over the estate of actor-politician Fred Thompson has ended.
The Tennessean reports that Dan Thompson and Tony Thompson dropped their lawsuit that claimed their father's widow, Jeri Thompson, had made changes to his will at a time when he "lacked the requisite mental capacity."
The adult sons from a previous marriage said in a statement Monday that documents turned over in the discovery process had satisfied them that their father's final wishes had been followed.
Jeri Thompson said the only changes were to ensure the couple's two young children were entitled to a part of the estate.
Fred Thompson was a Tennessee-trained lawyer, counsel at the Watergate hearings, movie and TV actor, U.S. Senator and presidential hopeful. He died in 2015 at the age of 73.