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A new tool is helping parents keep track of their children's daycare. The State of Tennessee is putting daycare inspection reports online. According to the Department of Human Services, each child care center gets a minimum of four to six unannounced monitoring visits each year, on which the violations are based. A link to list can be found on our website.
County employees could be seeing a pay increase. County commissioners voted to increase the wage scale for County Employees. Approximately $600 will be added to each level on the pay scale. The Commissioners agreed that a detailed look at the current pay scale needs to be looked at however; members passed the resolution since it has been several years since the pay scales have been increased. Two board members voted in favor after declaring a conflict of interest, as they are county employees. The vote passed the vote passed 12-5 with one member abstaining for personal reasons.
The Cumberland County Commissioners have approved the budget for the 2014-2015 fiscal year at $89.7 million. The funds are allocated with 62% going to the Board of Education, 26% to the county General and 3% for the Highway and Solid Waste Departments and the remainder to other operating expenses. Commissioners voted to keep taxes unchanged-$1.4975. Three full time positions were created in various departments after each agreed to reduce their part time budgets to help absorb the costs. Full time county employees will be getting a step raise, and part time employees will be getting a 20 cent per hour raise. Funds have also been approved for the School Resource Officer program. Commissioners expect to raise $19.9 million in net revenue, with an additional $10.5 million in revenue estimated to be generated from sales tax for the county in the new fiscal year.
The neighbor of an Oak Ridge woman who has been missing from her home at a marine base in California has been arrested after investigators found him in possession of a “destructive device.” According to the Desert Sun, authorities arrested Erin Corwin’s neighbor, 25 year old Christopher Lee. Court documents filed in the case state that Lee and Corwin had both told their spouses that they had planned to go the same location, for approximately the same amount of time, on the day of Corwin’s disappearance. Text messages sent from Corwin to a friend in Tennessee stated that Lee had planned on taking her on a “special trip” to celebrate her pregnancy. Lee has told investigators that he did go on the trip, but Corwin was not with him.
New student registration for grades 9-12 for students zoned for Stone Memorial High School will be Tuesday, July 22nd. This includes any new student to the area or any student who withdrew from SMHS and is returning. This does not include incoming 9th grade students from elementary schools zoned for SMHS. Students will register between 8 and 11 am.