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They're getting a free education, but it comes with a catch. They have to give back to the community. And time's running out. Across the state, students using the Tennessee Promise scholarship spent the weekend trying to grab those last minute service hours before next weekend's deadline. All students are required to get eight hours. The deadline to complete service hours is Saturday, August 1.
A former chief of an Overton County volunteer fire department has been indicted on a theft charge. Former Hardys Chapel Fire Chief Terry Lee Priest was charged with one count of theft over $10,000 following an investigation by the TBI and the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. In May 2014, the TBI began investigating a complaint of funds missing from the financial account of the Hardys Chapel Volunteer Fire Department in Cookeville. An audit of the department’s finances by the Comptroller’s office found a cash shortage of at least $37,496.11 from January 1, 2013, through May 31, 2014. Earlier this month, the Overton County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Priest who was arrested Thursday at his residence in Sparta and transported to the Overton County Jail, where he was booked on a $40,000 bond. (Photo Courtesy TBI)
The Crossville Police Department will be conducting Sobriety Checkpoints and Saturations throughout the Crossville area on Friday, July 24, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. The CPD will concentrate their efforts on Peavine Rd, Hwy 127, Hwy 70, Lantana Rd. and Genesis Rd in the Crossville area.
In a special called session on Thursday and with one member absent, the Crossville City Council voted to table further action on continuing building inspection for the County. Council member Danny Wyatt did not want to move forward on the matter until the full council was available. Council member Pete Souza, while against continuing inspections for the county, felt the matter deserved to be addressed by the full council as well and made the motion to table. In other action, the council approved the second reading of changes to rules at Meadow Park Lake that will include allowing swimming at the lake.
The U.S. Department of Education has approved Tennessee’s waiver request from certain provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. Critics have complained there is too much testing and the law is too punitive for schools deemed to be failing. Seven other states were given the waiver approval Thursday, but Tennessee is the only one receiving an additional four years of flexibility. “With the state’s current waiver set to expire this summer and no final action on federal ESEA reauthorization, the waiver renewal is crucial to Tennessee’s ability to establish and implement a state-specific accountability system and avoid the rigid Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) model established by NCLB”, the State Department said.