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Former Cumberland County teacher Stephanie Cole will be back in court on September 18th for an arraignment hearing in the shooting death of her on-again, off again boyfriend, Louis Tammaro Junior. The Cumberland County Grand Jury formally indicted Cole in Tammaroís death on Monday, charging her with first degree premeditated murder. Cole is being held at the Cumberland County Justice Center without bond
Mistakes in Governor Bill Haslam's office caused 79 bills to become law without his signature and another 67 measures to be backdated to meet constitutional deadlines. The governor must either sign or veto bills within 10 days of receiving them from the Legislature, or they become law without his signature. Haslam's top legal advisor blamed a clerical error for the signatures to be dated after the window had passed for 67 of the bills. Aides have asked Secretary of State Tre Hargett to return those bills so the signature date could be changed. An addendum clarifying the effective date of the other 79 bills was added under Haslam's signature.
Although vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death for teens, fewer new drivers are participating in driver education, since state funding and requirements for these programs have declined over recent decades. New research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reveals that teens that skip driver's education are involved in more crashes and receive more traffic convictions compared to their peers who took driverís education. The study also determined that teens that completed driver education not only scored higher on the driving exam, but also demonstrated modest increases in knowledge over their peers who did not take any formal training
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that doctors in many hospitals are unnecessarily prescribing multiple antibiotics for several days when just one would do the job. Health officials say overuse of antibiotics is helping to breed dangerous bacteria that are increasingly resistant to treatment. Faced with an unknown infection, hospital doctors often prescribe a couple of antibiotics. But once the bug is identified, doctors are supposed to drop any unnecessary second antibiotic. The research found that didn't happen in three-quarters of the 500 hospitals included in the research.
An agenda item from City Councilman Pete Souza to ask for an independent counsel in regards to allegations of workplace harassment by city officials has failed. Crossville City Mayor JH Graham III turned the meeting over to Mayor Pro Tem Danny Wyatt as the item was in response to a confrontation that occurred earlier this summer between a water department employee and the Mayor. Souza stated that his agenda item was simply for clarification on an issue that had never been addressed. Souza proposed a motion, which was seconded by Councilman Jesse Kerley to go forward with the hiring of an independent body to review harassment allegations made against Mayor JH Graham III by Water Department head Jerry Kerley. Mayor Pro Tem Wyatt stated that he felt that it was more of a management issue and it was something he did not recall ever happening in the past. Crossville City Manager David Rutherford stated that the personnel policy did have holes concerning complaints regarding city officials and the city manager. He suggested that the Council allow the City Attorney and himself review the situation and possibly alleviate those issues.