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Cumberland County School Superintendent says that spring break will be on schedule, however, there are still 5 days to make up. Superintendent Andrews noted that they have requested a waiver due to natural disaster, but no decision has been made regarding the waiver. For the school year, Cumberland County students have missed a total of 15 days. The calendar allows for a maximum of 10 days.
The Board of Education approved the school calendar for the 2015-16 school year. Teachers will start on August 2nd with in-service while students will start on August 4th with a 10 AM dismissal. The first full day of school will be August 8th, 2015.
Cumberland County High School has been placed on a 2-year probation by the TSSAA for recruiting violations. Penalties will include a $500.00 fine for each year of probation and restrictions on pre-season and summer practice. Superintendent Andrews noted that they are looking into the possibility of a county-wide athletic director to better administrate the athletic programs.
Volunteers are needed in Monterey, TN to help with storm clean up and recovery efforts. Samaritan’s Purse is set up at the First Baptist Church in Monterey. Volunteers will primarily be cutting down trees, limbs and removing debris. If you would like to volunteer to help those in Monterey you can call 931-646-HELP.
Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit led a multi-agency investigation that has resulted in the arrest of a former Fentress County medical doctor. Authorities began investigating Vijaya Patibandla in August 2009. At that time, Patibandla was a medical doctor with a practice in Jamestown. A large percentage of Patibandla’s patients were TennCare recipients. The TBI says Agents found that from November 2007 through December 2010, Patibandla was writing illegal prescriptions for controlled substances and was charging TennCare for patients’ visits to get those prescriptions. Patibandla subsequently closed his Fentress County practice and moved to New York, where he has an active medical license. He voluntarily surrendered his Tennessee medical license in 2012. On December 11, 2014, a Fentress County Grand Jury returned indictments against Vijaya Patibandla, charging the 68-year-old with 40 counts of TennCare Fraud and two counts of Theft of Property. On Thursday, Patibandla was arrested at his home in Valley Stream, New York. He will be held on a $150,000 bond pending extradition to Tennessee.