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The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department is continuing to ask your assistance in locating a man who disappeared last week. 42 year old John Richard Brown was last seen by family members on October 22nd. Brown, who is legally blind, is described as 5'10" with brown hair and blue eyes. He weighs approximately 130 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cumberland County Sherriff's Department at 484-6176
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says it plans to increase patrols to protect trick-or-treaters on Halloween. The THP says Halloween is one of the top days for pedestrian injuries. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates children are four times as likely to be struck by a vehicle on Halloween as any other day.
Officials at the University of Tennessee said a new tuition model that charges new students for 15 credit hours instead of 12 is paying off in more ways than one. Vice provost for academic affairs Sally McMillan, says more freshmen have signed up this year to take 15 credit hours per semester. She said the tuition model change stems in part from a desire to see students graduate in four years. In addition, UT is gaining extra revenue, which makes it possible to add sections to popular "bottleneck" courses such as English 101 and Psychology 110.The change applies only to new students.
After gas prices jumped with the announcement of the end of the government shutdown, they quickly became to go back down. AAA says gas prices will likely move lower this week and may continue the downward trend into November. The national average price of regular unleaded gasoline is $3.29, six cents less than the previous week. Tennessee's average of $3.14 also decreased four cents from last week
According to documents released yesterday, (Monday) a former fundraiser for the University of Tennessee plans to plead guilty to child pornography charges. More than 20,000 pornographic images of children were found on the computer of former UT Foundation executive Bruce Downsbrough after his arrest in May. Downsbrough has faced sex crime charges before. Officials say charges involving two children in Colorado were brought against Downsbrough in 1986. One of those charges was dismissed.