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Cumberland County School Superintendent Donald Andrews has offered his congratulations to the Board of Education’s newly elected officials. At Thursday’s regular BOE monthly meeting, Dan Schlafer was elected Chairman, Richard Janeway as Vice Chairman, Josh Stone as Parliamentarian, and Jeff Freitag as TLN Representative. Superintendent Andrews offered his congratulations to each one and expressed his desire to work with them for the betterment of our schools.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A death row inmate has been granted a reprieve from an Oct. 7 execution date. On Thursday, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled that Billy Ray Irick's execution should be put on hold pending a legal challenge to the state's lethal injection and electrocution procedures. Tennessee is the only state that allows itself to use the electric chair against an inmate's will, when lethal injection drugs aren't available. Irick was convicted of the rape and murder of a 7-year-old Knoxville girl he was babysitting. The 56-year-old is one of 11 death row inmates arguing in a lawsuit that the state has no way to ensure the purity and potency of the injection drug pentobarbital. The inmates also claim that use of the electric chair amounts to cruel and unusual punishment.
The Cumberland County Board of Education will have a Special Called Meeting on Wednesday, October 1st at 5:00 p.m. at the Central Office on 4th Street in Crossville. Among items on the BOE’s agenda is a matter pertaining to the dismissal of a tenured teacher.
Before a packed house at Thursday night’s Cumberland County Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Donald Andrews presented a plaque to the Dave Kirk Automotive Team for their ongoing dedication to Dave Kirk’s “Key To Success Attendance Program”. Every year Dave Kirk Automotive gives a new car or truck to a junior or senior with good attendance. To date, eleven GM vehicles have been awarded through the program, which has helped improve high school attendance in Cumberland County. Dave Kirk Automotive has also awarded numerous laptops, cash, and other prizes to at least 250 students over the years. Mr. Kirk, who has always been reluctant to be publicly acknowledged for the program, gives credit for the program’s success to the Dave Kirk Family of employees who work diligently each year to encourage teenagers to stay in school.
The Cumberland County Board of Education has a new Chairman. Dan Schlafer was elected to replace David Bowman during Thursday night’s BOE meeting. Schlafer said he is both humbled and excited and looks forward to serving as Chairman. Richard Janeway was elected Vice Chairman, replacing Josh Stone. Mr. Stone was named Parliamentarian by acclamation. Jeff Freitag will serve as TLN Representative.