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Several vehicles burglarized during CCHS graduation
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday May 25, 2016

Several persons filed reports of vehicle burglaries following the Cumberland County High School graduation ceremonies. According to City Police, windows were shattered on three vehicles and some personal belongings were taken. Police are investigating and reviewing surveillance footage from the incident.

 


City Council approves lawsuit settlement
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday May 25, 2016

During a special called session of the Crossville City Council, council members approved a settlement in a lawsuit regarding property taken during the construction of the Northwest connector. Council voted 3-1 with one member abstaining to accept the settlement of $45,000 to compensate John and Wynell Turner. The Turners had filed suit against the City after a portion of their land was taken and were originally seeking $109,000. Council also approved a request for connection to city sewer for the Crossville Dragway. The drag strip, located outside the city limits, will be billed at outside rates and will be responsible for all costs.

 


Senator Alexander against overtime changes
WVLT/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday May 25, 2016

A Tennessee lawmaker is saying a new federal overtime rule could mean higher tuition and possible layoffs. Under the rule, the annual salary threshold at which companies can deny overtime pay will double from $23,660 to $47,476. According to WVLT, Sen. Lamar Alexander, (R) Tenn., said that means full-time workers could see hours slashed or a job changed to part time. He said employees won't be able to come in early or stay late, it will be harder to take time off, or find a new job. Another concern of Alexander's: Tennessee colleges and universities. In an op-ed he mentioned that six colleges estimate the rule could increase operating costs by more than $1 million each year. Alexander is working to block the rule. He said he is not against gradually increasing the overtime threshold, but calls this plan too "radical."

 


THEC Releases Snapshot of Higher Education Data for 2015-16 Academic Year
tn.gov Wednesday May 25, 2016

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) has released the redesigned 2015-16 Higher Education Fact Book, providing a snapshot of higher education as Tennessee moves toward the goals of the Drive to 55.

Among the highlights of the reports data snapshot:

Public higher education in Fall 2015 enrolled 244,572 students across all sectors, including full-time and part-time students:
- 19,796 students at Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs)
- 87,890 students at community colleges
-136,886 students at public universities

For the fourth year in a row, the percent of students requiring learning support has decreased, even as enrollment has increased during that timeframe

Average tuition and mandatory fees:
- $3,554 at TCATs
- $4,121 at community colleges
- $8,625 at universities

Total headcount at community colleges and universities has grown by over 24,000 students in the past decade

The 2015-16 Tennessee Higher Education Fact Book is available on THECs website and a summary of notable data is also available.

 


TWRA: Life jacket would have made a difference in Cherokee Lake drowning
WVLT Wednesday May 25, 2016

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- TWRA agents say a life jacket would have made a difference in the drowning death of James Bradley Campbell, 23, Talbott.

Campbell was fishing on Cherokee Lake with a friend, Johnathon Derrick Jones, on Monday. Campbell's kayak overturned and Campbell fell overboard. Agents say Campbell was not wearing a life jacket.

Jones jumped into the water, but could not find Campbell. He flagged down a passing boater, who called 911 for help.

Hamblen County Rescue Squad members were able to retrieve Campbell's body at 7:36 p.m. TWRA continues to investigate the incident.

 

 
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