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At Thursday night’s Cumberland County Board of Education Meeting, it was presented that the Tennessee Department of Health has proposed to bring Flu Vaccinations to our schools for both students and faculty, free of charge. Director of Schools Janet Graham said this would be an October/November event. The Board also voted to not adopt changes that would allow any student who has a parking pass on Cumberland County campuses to be included in the random, suspicion less drug-testing pool, as attorney Earl Patton said it could open the school system up to law suits.
Board members were elected to new positions at Thursday night’s Board of Education Meeting. Josh Stone took over as chairman, David Bowman reclaimed the title of Vice Chairman, Tom Netherton took over the title of Parliamentarian, Teresa Boston claimed the title of TLN Representative, and Mrs. Virgie remains the recorder. The Board also voted which committees they want to keep in place, and any they would like to add. They voted to keep the Athletics Committee, Safety Committee, and Building & Grounds Committee, and to add a Budget Committee. Board also directed attorney Earl Patton to mull over whether having a Litigation Committee is plausible, and bring his recommendation back at next month’s meeting.
Cumberland County High School Principal Jon Hall has announced that Sydney Clark has been named a Commended Student in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from CCHS and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by Mr. Hall to the this scholastically talented senior.
About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2017 competition for National Merit Scholarship Awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.
(Pictured: CCHS Principal Jon Hall and Senior Sydney Clark; photo courtesy CCHS)
County unemployment rates for August show the rates decreased in 26 counties, increased in 58, and remained the same in 11 counties.
Cumberland County’s August unemployment rate remained the same as July’s at 5.9 percent, down from the August 2015 rate of 6.5 percent.
Fentress County’s unemployment rate for August fell to 6.0 percent from July’s 6.6 percent.
Bledsoe County’s August unemployment rate fell to 6.6 percent from July’s 6.8 percent.
Morgan County’s August unemployment rate rose to 6.6 percent, up from July’s 6.4 percent.
Putnam County’s unemployment rate rose slightly to 5.3 percent for August, up from July’s 5.2 percent.
White County's unemployment rate for August was 5.4 percent, a slight increase from the July rate of 5.3 percent.
Roane County’s 5.9 percent August unemployment rate was up from July’s 5.6 percent.
Rhea County’s August unemployment rate also rose slightly to 7.6 percent from July’s rate of 7.5 percent.
Van Buren County's unemployment went from 6.3 to 5.8 percent.
Williamson County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 3.7 percent, while Hancock County had the highest at 8.0 percent.
Tennessee ranks 18th in the nation in overall highway performance and cost-effectiveness in the new 22nd Annual Highway Report published this week by Reason Foundation.
The state’s overall ranking has worsened, it was ranked 17th in the previous report.
Tennessee ranks 40th in fatality rate, 10th in deficient bridges, 16th in rural Interstate pavement condition, 19th in urban Interstate pavement condition, and 27th urbanized area congestion.
On spending, Tennessee ranks 22nd in total disbursements per mile and 24th in administrative disbursements per mile.