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The Cumberland County High School Jets scored with 6-seconds to play in the first half to tie the game and outscored the Bobcats in the second half 14-0 to record a 28-14 road win at Oliver Springs. CCHS will open at home against the Kingston Yellowjackets on Friday, August 28th. Pre-game coverage on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY begins at 6:15 with the kick-off scheduled for 6:30. Kingston claimed a victory over Harriman in game one, 21-6.
The Stone Memorial High School Panthers rolled to a 54-18 road win over the Dragons at York Institute on Friday. The Panthers scored on 8 of 10 possessions with four different players finding the end zone for the winners. SMHS will host the Tigers of DeKalb County in the home opener on Friday, August 28th. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:00 with the pre-game on Mix 99.3 at 6:45. DeKalb County posted a 23-14 win over Warren County in game one.
Three people in Tennessee have tested positive for West Nile virus. The Tennessee Department of Health announced Thursday that one case is in East Tennessee, while the other two are in West Tennessee. 10 batches of mosquitoes have tested positive for the disease in Nashville this year. Possible symptoms include high fever, headache, disorientation, convulsions, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. Residents are asked to manage mosquito populations around their homes by eliminating standing water where mosquitoes lay eggs, repairing broken door screens and cleaning rain gutters.
Morgan County Executive Don Edwards is asking Governor Bill Haslam and the Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Corrections, Derrick Schofield, to conduct an internal investigation after allegations of understaffing have been made by staff at the Morgan County Correctional Complex. According to WVLT, Edwards says that he is very troubled by the allegations that Morgan Countian Woody Garrett, the prison guard who was injured in the vicious attack on Tuesday, was the result of staffing deficiencies which seem to be a consequence of the 28 day work cycle aka, the 6 on 3 off shift strategy. In a letter, Edwards also challenges claims by TDOC in Nashville that attacks on prison guards have declined. He says TDOC, "has been downgrading the categorization of staff assaults to a lesser offense which undermines the respect which the inmates must have for the correctional staff." Edwards is asking Gov. Haslam and Commissioner Schofield to let the staff speak freely and honestly, and take corrective measures immediately. In a release to WVLT, Edwards also shared letters dating back to last year which express concern for the 28 day work cycle and a resolution asking the schedule be dropped.
A Rutherford County social worker has been charged with solicitation of a minor. Brandon Micheal Sopko, 27, of Murfreesboro was arrested Thursday by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. TBI Agents responded to an advertisement on a social media website posted by an individual indicating he was looking for a teen-aged girl for the purpose of sex. During the course of the investigation, an Agent, posing as a minor female, communicated with this individual and the two arranged to meet early Thursday morning in a Murfreesboro parking lot. Thatís where agents apprehended him. Sopko, a Murfreesboro social worker, was booked into the Rutherford County jail on a $7,000 bond. (Photo Courtesy TBI)
State education officials say a new assessment in math and English for students in grades 3-11 will provide a better measurement of their progress and make sure they're on track to succeed after graduation. Education Commissioner Candice McQueen and members of her staff met with reporters on Thursday to discuss TNReady, which is part of the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program, or TCAP. TCAP includes grades 3-8 achievement tests and end-of-course exams for science, social students, math and English. Officials say the new test in math and English is designed to "assess true student understanding," not just memorization and test-taking skills. The new test will also be given online, which officials say will further help prepare students for life in the real world.