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Transportation Commissioner John Schroer says the state won't be able to start any new highway projects if it loses federal funding next year. Schroer told Governor Bill Haslam that money from a measure President Obama signed in 2012 to extend federal highway and transit funding will end on October 1st, 2014 and if Congress doesn't extend it, then that would mean a loss of over a billion dollars for Tennessee. The commissioner said the state would likely be able to maintain current construction projects but not take on new ones.
Acclaimed vocalist and local girl, Mandy Barnett will meet with fans at the Crossville Cracker Barrel on December 1st from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Barnett will be signing copies of her latest album, I Can’t Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson, which can be purchased onsite. The CD features 12 classic songs, and fulfills a promise Barnett made to her friend, Gibson, that she would one day record an album of his music. It celebrates the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s legacy and coincides with the 10th anniversary of Gibson’s death on Nov. 17, 2003. The album was produced by Barnett and recorded in Nashville.
Pleasant Hill 4th grader Jonna Williams has won a new bike thanks to an essay she wrote for a contest sponsored by the Rotary Club. Jonna’s essay detailing one of the 4 points that create character -honesty, fairness, friendship and being beneficial to all, won her the top spot for her school. Jonna chose to focus on “friendship.” The Rotary visits each elementary school in September where they stress the importance of "good character" by giving the students an Andy and Elmer Coloring/Activity Book and explaining the Rotary Club's 4-Way Test. Students can then submit an essay, with the winner being awarded a bike, and the 2nd and 3rd place winners receiving gift cards from Walmart. Jonna is the daughter of Peg Broadcasting Office Manager Kendra Williams and Derek Williams.
A senior at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is among 32 U.S. men and women who have been named Rhodes Scholars and will enter Oxford University next October. The Rhodes Trust says Lindsay E. Lee of Oak Ridge was one of the winners selected from 857 applicants endorsed by 327 different colleges and universities. The scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the prestigious university in England. According to the Rhodes Trust, Lee majors in mathematics and Spanish at the University of Tennessee. She has done research at the National Institute of Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, at Vanderbilt Medical Center and at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory
While victims of last year's fungal meningitis outbreak say they don't hold out much hope that they will receive compensation for the deaths and illnesses caused by tainted steroids traced to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, some hope they will find justice if criminal charges are brought against the company's executives. A federal grand jury in Boston has been investigating the Framingham-based New England Compounding Center for more than a year. A press conference is scheduled for later today (Monday) by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (SHOO'-tee) and Boston U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz to discuss a development in the investigation. The FBI recently asked anyone who received one of the tainted steroid shots to fill out a questionnaire about the injections and their illnesses which sickened more than 750 people and killed 64 in 20 states including Tennessee