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As part of construction of State Route 462 (Northwest Connector), Northside Drive will be closed to thru-traffic. The closure will begin Monday April 7, 2014 (6 am CDT) and extend for approximately two (2) weeks. Lojac Enterprises and TDOT appreciate your patience and cooperation.
Crossville City Councilman Pete Souza brought up an issue at Tuesday’s City Council work session. Souza stated that he felt some people were being allowed to speak longer than others and some were allowed to use profanity while others were not. The Councilman stated that it was unfair and needed to stop. Councilman Danny Wyatt asked Souza to cite any example in which Councilmembers were allowed to use profanity, or were cut off. Souza stated that he felt a time limit should be set where it would be fair to all. Souza stated that he had been cut off by Crossville City Mayor JH Graham III, but was unable to cite any examples of profanity. Souza himself has been warned for using offensive language at City Council meetings in the past. Mayor Graham stated that they would try to be fair to all.
University of Tennessee Head Basketball Coach Cuonzo Martin is staying with the Vols. Officials with the University announced that they were “working on modifications to Cuonzo's current contract and will release details of those adjustments when finalized." Martin says Tennessee is where he wants to be and that he is excited about the future and remains honored to be the head basketball coach at Tennessee.
Authorities have added a charge of witness coercion against a man accused of kidnapping and killing Tennessee nursing student Holly Bobo. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says agents served an arrest warrant on the new charge against 29-year-old Zachary Rye Adams yesterday. Adams has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and especially aggravated kidnapping charges in the Bobo case.
A proposal that would prohibit standardized test scores from being tied to teacher licensing is advancing in the House. The Tennessee Department of Education recommended the new licensure policy, and the state Board of Education voted in August to support it. However, the board changed its stance in January. The legislation would prevent the policy from taking effect if the board approves it. The Tennessee Education Association has long argued that the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System data shouldn't be relied upon because it is a statistical estimate and could lead to a flawed evaluation of a teacher