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Rani Patel Elected As FCCLA 2017-18 State President

Rani Patel Elected As FCCLA 2017-18 State President
Submitted by Rachel Shoemaker - CCHS FCCLA sponsor Tuesday April 18, 2017

Last year Rani Patel, a junior at Cumberland County High School, was elected as the Tennessee FCCLA Vice President of Finance & Membership. She served with a goal to increase membership across the state and to make a stronger connection between the state organization and the local chapters. Rani’s positive experience encouraged her to run for a second term on the FCCLA state executive council. This past month she was voted in as President and began her journey as the 2017-2018 Tennessee FCCLA State President. FCCLA stands for Family, Career and Community Leaders of America where the central focus in on the family and family unit. Rani exemplifies this central focus. As president, she will be required to attend meetings, plan & present workshops to fellow members, organize and run the State Leadership Conference, and lead the executive council. She will continue to be involved in community outreach programs. One of the most rewarding this past year was packing hygiene bags to go to underprivileged and homeless children. In the upcoming year, Rani will have opportunities to advocate for both FCCLA and CTE. She will travel to Washington D.C. this next fall where she will meet with Tennessee’s elected officials to raise awareness of CTE programs like Family and Consumer Sciences and FCCLA. Later in January she will travel to Nashville to again speak about the importance of CTE and Family & Consumer Sciences Education. Rani is excited to represent Cumberland County and to begin her journey as State President.


Effort to ban open alcohol containers in cars dead for year
AP Tuesday April 18, 2017

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to ban open alcohol bottles or cans in vehicles traveling on Tennessee roads has failed for the year. Tennessee currently bans drivers from drinking alcohol while at the wheel, but does not extend that prohibition to passengers. That conflicts with federal open container guidelines, which causes about $18 million in federal road money to be redirected toward drunken-driving enforcement. Haslam called for changing the law so the lost funds could be spent on road and bridge projects across the state, and pledged to find funding for previously dedicated to prosecutors from other sources. But Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris says he abandoned the bill because of lack of support from his colleagues and because it was a “distraction” to the governor’s larger transportation funding proposal.


Chief Ledbetter Named Interim Sheriff in Fentress County
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday April 18, 2017

The Fentress County Commission on Monday night named Chief Deputy Gary Ledbetter the Interim Sheriff of Fentress County. This comes after Chucky Cravens resigned from the post amid a TBI and FBI investigation into alleged impropriety. Authorities have been tight-lipped regarding the probe, however, Ledbetter previously stated that the investigation is focusing on Cravens and not the Fentress County Sheriff’s Office. Cravens' resignation goes into effect on April 28. The Fentress County Commission is scheduled to address the issue on May 1.


Gas Prices
Tuesday April 18, 2017

Gas prices seemed to find level ground over the weekend after increasing for more than two weeks. Before the weekend, gas prices rose an average of 12 cents in 19 days nationwide, and 14 cents in 20 days in Tennessee. AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said gas prices rode the wave of rising oil prices last week, pushing pump prices slightly higher in some regions before eventually stalling out over the weekend. Jenkins said motorists should expect more volatility at the pump throughout the next couple of months, as prices are poised to gain another 30 cents by the summer. The national average price of a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.40. Tennessee's average is $2.17, up 3 cents from a week ago and an increase of 13 cents from a month ago.


Tennessee Urges Reinstatement of Travel Ban
AP Tuesday April 18, 2017

Tennessee is joining more than a dozen other states in urging an appeals court to reinstate President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, a Collierville Republican considering a bid for governor next year, lauded Attorney General Herbert Slatery's office for filing a brief with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The states argue the ban falls within the president's authority to block foreigners from the U.S. They also reject the argument that it targets Muslims.
Norris last year sponsored legislation to allow the General Assembly to hire its own attorneys to file a legal challenge seeking to halt the federal refugee resettlement program in Tennessee after Slatery and Gov. Bill Haslam declined to sue over the issue.


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