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Since a statewide initiative began in 2014 to make new parents and hospital staff members aware of the "ABCs of Safe Sleep," Tennessee has seen a 25 percent reduction in sleep-related deaths of infants. It's been a joint effort of the Tennessee Department of Health, the Charlie's Kids Foundation and Tennessee hospitals. The ABCs of Safe Sleep are A-Alone: always let the baby sleep alone, never with another person where the infant could be smothered and never with pillows and blankets; B-Back: always put a baby to sleep on their back, and Crib: always put your child to sleep in a crib with only a firm mattress and tight-fitting sheet.
The University of Tennessee's athletic director addressed the media Thursday regarding a Title IX lawsuit against the university. Eight women claim they are victims of rape and sexual assault by UT athletes and that a culture at the university makes it easy for athletes to get away with such crimes. AD Dave Hart expressed his empathy and sympathy for the alleged victims and encouraged any victims of rape to come forward. Hart also said he trusts football coach Butch Jones completely. A new complaint added to the lawsuit accuses Jones of telling a player he "betrayed the team" by helping an alleged rape victim. Jones has since denied this, calling the accusation "absolutely false."
Crossville Mayor Pro-Tem Pamala Harris and Councilmember Danny Wyatt have called for the City Council to meet in Special Session this Friday, February 26, 2016 at 3 p.m. at City Hall to discuss suspending City Manager David Rutherford. No particular reasons for Rutherford’s removal have been revealed. The Council will also discuss and take action on appointing an Interim City Manager. And the Council will discuss and act on discontinuing monthly regular work sessions. Friday’s Special Called Meeting is Open to the Public and will begin at 3 p.m. at City Hall.
The Cumberland County Board of Education meets tonight and one item on the Agenda pertains to the 7th grade Social Studies textbook on the subject of the Koran. In a letter to the BOE, Howard Burnette states that the textbook is not accurate in its portrayal of Islam. Mr. Burnette thinks that Cumberland County Schools should be teaching from a more accurate textbook. The BOE meets tonight at 6 p.m. in the Central Services Board Room. The meeting is Open to the Public.
The opposition appears to be growing regarding the attempted ouster of City Manager David Rutherford. While Mr. Rutherford himself has chosen not to comment on the issue, several others are being very vocal on his behalf. They describe Mr. Rutherford as professional, politically neutral, fair and honest. Mr. Rutherford’s supporters credit his leadership with helping to build a stronger relationship between City and County government.
While not stating exactly why he wants to fire Mr. Rutherford, Councilman Danny Wyatt expressed in the Crossville Chronicle that he wants to “slow it down”, which the opposition interprets as a return to the “Good Ole Boy” system and the death knell of Progress.
Crossville Mayor Pro-Tem Pamala Harris and Councilmember Danny Wyatt have called for the City Council to meet in Special Session this Friday, February 26, 2016 at 3 p.m. at City Hall to discuss suspending City Manager David Rutherford. Councilman Pete Souza will be absent due to a prior commitment. That essentially leaves Mr. Rutherford’s fate in the hands of Councilman Jesse Kerley.
However it pans out, Friday’s meeting should prove quite lively as the call has gone out to hundreds of people in both the City and County to attend the meeting to show support and possibly speak on behalf of David Rutherford. It’s been suggested those attending should arrive at 2:30 to grab the best seats. The Crossville City Council Special Called meeting begins at 3 p.m. and it is Open to the Public.