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Former Cumberland County Mayor, Brock Hill, was recently presented with the “Good Scout” award by the Great Smoky Mountains Council of the Boy Scouts of America at the "Friends of Scouting" dinner held at Fairfield Glade. It is the Scout’s highest award. Master of Ceremonies Steven Douglas introduced Mr. Hill, commenting on Hill's many accomplishments while serving four terms as County Mayor. Mr. Hill graciously accepted the award and noted that all of the accomplishments listed were the product of the efforts of many, many people across the County and the State and that it was the joint efforts of these people that made things happen. Hill currently serves as the Deputy Commissioner of Parks and Conservation for the State of Tennessee and explained that there the State Park system works closely with Scouts across the state and benefits from the many projects performed by Scouts in and for the State Parks. In addition to the presentation of the "Good Scout" award those in attendance were made aware of the many scouting opportunities available in Cumberland County and the region and introduced to the scouts that presented the colors and discussed their scouting experiences. The Reverend Ben Welch of Pleasant Hill, TN was recognized for his 81 years of scouting, beginning as a scout in 1934 at twelve years of age. For more information about Scouting in Cumberland County please contact T.J. Williams at (423) 519-9750. (Photo Submitted by Steven C. Douglas: Brock Hill holds the "Good Scout" award presented to him by Steven Douglas on behalf of the Great Smoky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America on April 6, 2015 at the "Friends of Scouting" dinner held at Fairfield Glade, TN.)
PUTNAM COUNTY (WKRN) – Well-known hip hop artist Nelly was arrested in Putnam County on drug charges Saturday morning. It happened at 9:20 a.m. on Interstate 40 near the 275 mile marker. According to a release, a trooper pulled over Nelly’s motor coach bus because it did not have a U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and International Fuel Tax Association (IFTA) sticker on the vehicle. The trooper was about to do an inspection of the vehicle when he reportedly smelled marijuana. He along with another trooper then searched the inside of the bus. That’s where they found a plastic bag containing five colored crystal-type rocks that tested positive for methamphetamine, a small amount of marijuana and other drug paraphernalia. After a further search of the vehicle, the troopers reportedly discovered 100 small Ziploc bags commonly associated with the sale of narcotics, and numerous handguns, including a gold-plated 50-caliber Desert Eagle pistol, a 45-caliber Tarus pistol, and a 500 magnum Smith and Wesson. Forty-year-old Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes, was arrested and charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Five other people were also on the bus at the time of the traffic stop. One of whom included Brian Jones, a convicted felon who was in possession of a handgun. He is also facing charges. Authorities said the group was traveling to St. Louis, where Nelly is from.
Under a proposed Tennessee Supreme Court Rule that would regulate media coverage in the courtroom, reporters may soon have to get permission from a judge anytime they want to bring a cellphone, laptop, or other digital device inside a courtroom. Officials with the Administrative Office of the Courts said Friday that said permission would be required even if the reporter were not tweeting or streaming video from the courtroom; even if that reporter just wanted to use a laptop to take notes or have a silent phone on hand. Reporters would have to make a written request to a judge at least two business days in advance of any hearing they wanted to cover.
Under a measure sponsored by Republican Senator Todd Gardenhire, Tennessee students who are lawfully present in the US would be eligible for in-state tuition. Gardenhire’s proposal was approved by the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday with a 7-3 vote. It is now scheduled for a vote on the Senate floor. The students would be considered lawfully present through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. As of now, such students pay almost thrice (out-of-state prices) those born in the US pay for higher education, even if those students have lived in Tennessee for most of their lives. Gardenhire’s companion bill was also scheduled to be heard by the House Education Committee on Tuesday.
Tennessee forward Cierra Burdick has become the 25th student-athlete at UT to be named a Torchbearer, and only the second Tennessee women’s basketball player to receive this honor (the first of whom was Kara Lawson in 2003). Being named Torchbearer is described as the highest student honor given by the University. Burdick is a communications studies major, has a 3.86 GPA, a three-year member of the Southeastern Conference’s Academic Honor Roll, and a two-year member of the SEC Community Service Team. She averaged 11 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this season for the University of Tennessee.