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The Stone Memorial High School Panthers posted a 59-57 win over the Cleveland Blue Raiders in the semi-finals of the Region 3-AAA Tournament Tuesday evening in Cookeville. Justin Simmons scored 27 points and hit two free throws with less than two seconds remaining, breaking a tie, and helping the Panthers advance to the Championship game Thursday at 7:00 where they'll take on the Walker Valley Mustangs. The Mustangs advanced with a 67-50 win over Bradley Central.
Wednesday at 7:00 the Cumberland County High School Lady Jets take on the Bearettes of Bradley Central in the Region 3-AAA Championship game at Cookeville High School. The Lady Jets are 28 and 4 on the season; the Bearettes are 24 and 5 and have won 14 straight games.
The Crossville Tree Board is celebrating Arbor Day on March 7th by distributing more than 1700 trees beginning at 9:30 in the parking lot of York and Bilbrey next to the Crossville City Hall. The event will begin with a proclamation read by Crossville City Mayor JH Graham III, announcing that the City has been given the Tree City USA designation. This year, 12 species will be distributed on a first come-first served basis. The day will conclude with the Tree Board joining students at all 3 area high schools as they plant trees at the schools.
A proposal that would protect schools from lawsuits for allowing traditional winter celebrations, or religious displays, has passed the state Senate. The legislation says schools can display scenes or symbols associated with such celebrations on school property, if the display includes more than one religion, or one religion and has at least one secular scene or symbol. Messages that encourage adherence to a particular religious belief are prohibited. The proposal also allows students and school staff to offer traditional greetings regarding the celebrations, such as Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays. The bill's sponsor said some groups have threatened to sue over such displays and greetings, and his bill would protect schools.
Governor Bill Haslam says he has asked U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to make a counter-proposal to Tennessee's efforts to carve out a special deal for Medicaid expansion. The Haslam administration has said expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law would cover about 180,000 uninsured Tennesseans.
The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-1 tornado touch down in Coffee County last Thursday. The National Weather Service reports the tornado touched down along Interstate-24 about three miles northwest of Pelham. Several trees were uprooted and roofs were blown off of barns. The tornado's path was 1.2 miles long and it was 250 yards wide, and winds were reported up to 90 miles an hour. This was the only tornado that has been reported after severe storms swept through Middle Tennessee Thursday night.