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Governor Bill Haslam's proposal to create a community college program for all high school graduates is advancing in the House. The proposal would cover a full ride at two-year schools for any high school graduate, at a cost of $34 million per year. It would use state lottery reserves to cover the difference between tuition costs and all available aid. The plan is the cornerstone of Haslam's Drive to 55 campaign to improve Tennessee graduation rates from the current 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025
The Stone Memorial High School Panthers played host to the Blackman Blaze in the Sectional Round of the TSSAA State Basketball playoffs Tuesday before a capacity crowd. The Panthers got off to a quick start and scored the games first eight points, by the end of the quarter the teams were tied and at the half the road team held a 34-28 advantage. Blackman improves to 25 and 6 and advanced to the State Tournament with a 69-55 victory. The Panthers finish their campaign with a 27 and 7 record and claimed both the District 6-AAA and Region 3-AAA tournament titles and advanced to the round of 16.
A White County Man who robbed the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy at gun point last September has received 11 years in prison. Judge David Patterson issued the sentence to 57-year-old Thomas Samuel Copeland yesterday (Monday) in Cumberland County Criminal Court. Copeland was arrested in record time after police received an excellent description of the suspect and his vehicle. When officers captured Copeland, they recovered the weapon and prescription drugs stolen from the crime scene.
Tennessee is seeing an increased demand for the latest edition of the state's Blue Book, which is dedicated to former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt and includes a special orange version. The Blue Book, which comes out every two years, is Tennessee's definitive manual on state government. Secretary of State Tre Hargett said the state is releasing over 50,000 blue versions of the book and 22,000 copies in Tennessee orange. At a dedication ceremony Friday, Summitt received her own orange Blue Book signed by Governor Haslam and all the state's constitutional officers and state lawmakers.
Gas prices finished February with the largest increase since July. The national average rose 21 days in a row reaching 17 cents per gallon over the course of the month. The nation's gas prices averaged $3.34 a gallon in February, the cheapest monthly average since 2011. AAA is forecasting the price of gas will continue to rise well into March and April.