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Gov. Bill Haslam has signed into law a measure to tighten enrollment requirements at privately run online schools. According to WVLT, the administration legislation allows beginning online schools to start with an enrollment of 1,500 and continue to expand as long as they meet performance requirements. If they fail to do so for three consecutive years, then the state education commissioner can cap enrollment, or direct the local school board to close it. The measure passed the Senate 27-2 and the House approved it 66-29. Haslam's initial proposal sought to cap online school enrollment at 5,000. Critics have pushed for capping enrollment following the low performance of Tennessee Virtual Academy, the state's only privately operated virtual school. Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman called its first-year test results "unacceptable."
The Stone Memorial High School graduation ceremony for this evening (Friday, May 17) will be held in the gymnasium. Overflow crowd will view the event in the auditorium via live video feed. The gymnasium will be opened starting at 4:30 for seating. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 pm.
A 70 year old Morgan County man has been arrested after he walked into the County Courthouse with a loaded gun in his back pocket. According to the Morgan County Sheriff's Department, Johnny Swint told officers that he had forgotten that he had the weapon on him. Authorities say they do not believe Swint had any intentions of causing harm, but they say these security measures are in place to prevent dangerous incidents. Swint was charged with possessing a loaded handgun. Authorities say he does not have a handgun carrying permit
Tennessee's unemployment rate for the month of April was 8.0 percent. The April rate is an increase over the March rate of 7.8 percent. The national unemployment rate for April was 7.5 percent, which is a slight decrease from the previous month. The 2013 April rate is the lowest April rate since 2008.
U.S.Senator Lamar Alexander said the Senate passed his legislation that would immediately ban the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from implementing fishing restrictions for two years. Thursday's action had the unanimous support of the Senate, and it would stop the Corps from enacting any existing or new fishing restrictions for the next two years, while also delegating enforcement to state wildlife agencies. The measure now goes to the House for consideration.