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The Cumberland County High School vs. Jackson County High School basketball games scheduled for Tuesday, February 2nd, have been cancelled.
Chattanooga Chuck agreed today with Punxsutawney Phil. There will be an early spring. The groundhog who makes his home at the Tennessee Aquarium did not see his shadow. Bad news for snow lovers but good news who are hoping for warmer temperatures to continue in Tennessee.
Cumberland County High School honored the Top Ten Students of the Class of 2016 at their annual banquet at Forte’s on the Square. Principal Jon Hall and School Counselor Dr. Leslie Eldridge presented students with their top ten rankings along with announcing the Valedictorian and Salutatorian. Leann Standefer is the Valedictorian for the Class of 2016 and Anna Holt Shaw is the Salutatorian. The rest of the Top Ten is as follows: 3. Shawn Mitchell, 4. Seth Randall, 5. Alex Pribanich, 6. Lindsey Sherrill, 7. Alli Graham, 8-T Jacob Hayes, 8-T Jonathon Hayes and 10. Alli Hyder. Photo courtesy of Eldridge. Pictured (Front Row L-R: Sherrill, Standefer, Graham, Hyder. Back Row: L-R Pribanich, Jacob Hayes, Jonathon Hayes, Shaw, Mitchell and Randall)
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Monday night delivered his 2016 State of the State and Budget Address before a joint session of the 109th General Assembly, unveiling a balanced $34.8 billion proposal that makes the largest investment in K-12 education without a tax increase in Tennessee’s history. The governor’s Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget proposes 261 million in new dollars for Tennessee public education, including $104.6 million for teacher salaries. Additionally, Haslam proposed funding the 12th month of health insurance for teachers and doubling the state’s recurring contribution for technology needs at schools. The governor’s proposal also puts $100 million into the state’s Rainy Day Fund, bringing it to an estimated $668 million on June 30, 2017; $60 million for salary increases for state employees; and another $36 million for market rate adjustments for state employees making less than $50,000 annually.
Starting in the 2016-17 season, women's teams at UT will wear a commemorative patch on their uniforms to honor the legacy of the Lady Vols. The patch will include the Lady Vols logo.
After that season, athletes can choose whether or not to wear the patch.
UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said this is a compromise "that is in the best interest of all parties to continue to honor the Lady Vols." He said UT leaders worked with the Knox County legislative delegation to agree on the new patch.
Women's basketball will not wear the patch because they will continue to use the Lady Vols name. This will be used as a tribute to Coach Pat Summitt.
This comes after the athletics department made the decision to brand all teams, except for basketball, under the Power T.
"We realize there have been differences of opinion with the choice to use the Power T for all of our women's athletics teams, except for basketball," said Cheek. "A new branding effort and a combined athletics department, however, will never erase history and tradition. We want to focus on being stronger financially, improving facilities, and training and supporting all of our student-athletes and their programs."
Cheek made the decision after the state legislature recently had talks about a bill concerning the brand change.