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A petition has been posted to change.org calling on the Cumberland County Board of Education to change its decision to extend to the school day to make up for snow days. Last Thursday, the BOE voted to extend the school day by 1 hour beginning April 13th through April 29th to make up for two school days. The change.org petition titled “Change your decision to extend the school day for make up snow days” had gotten 719 signatures by early Monday (3/30/15) morning. Candice Wine, author of the of petition posted, “The decision to add an extra hour to the school day for 13 days is simply not fair to the students, teachers, or parents of Cumberland County. Adding this extra hour every day would mean some children would not get off the school bus until 5 or 6pm!” Wine added, “The residents of this county had NO control over this so these make up days should be excused. As a mother and resident of this county, I strongly feel that the Board of Education needs to reconsider this decision, keeping the best interest and well being of our children in mind when doing so.”
What is your vision for the future of the City of Crossville and Cumberland County? You’ll have an opportunity to express your opinions and ideas at the Crossville-Cumberland 2030 meeting on Tuesday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cumberland County High School. A second meeting will be on Thursday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Stone Memorial High School. The meetings will last about 90 minutes and will cover such topics and jobs, education, cultural and recreational opportunities and more. To register for the event call 931-787-1684, but even if you do not register you are is encouraged to attend these meetings to share your vision of the future for the City of Crossville and Cumberland County.
Tennessee farmers who grow organic crops and have become USDA certified can now qualify for a cost share reimbursement for the costs of their certification. Certified organic producers can apply to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture for a 75 percent cost share up to a maximum of $750 to help defray costs related to receiving and maintaining organic certification, including inspection costs. Organic operations that have achieved certification since October 1, 2014 meet the time qualification to seek reimbursement, as do organic operations that become certified between now and September 30, 2015. Organic certification typically costs small farm producers between $600 and $1,000 annually. Costs increase based on product and sales volume. For more information go online to tn.gov.
The bill proposed by State Rep. Joe Armstrong earlier this year will reportedly not be passed anytime soon. This bill would equip Tennessee school buses with seatbelts. Armstrong proposed this bill after the devastating bus wrekc in Knox County that killed a teacher’s aide and two students. The state calculates that it would cost about $5 million a year to implement this program, and the bill will be sent to a summer study panel to discuss funding for the proposal.
The University of Tennessee announced today that it has terminated its employment agreement with head men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall for cause. The decision was made based on information the university received during the NCAA’s investigation of another institution. The university concluded that Tyndall is highly likely to be found responsible for serious (e.g., Level I and/or Level II) violations of NCAA rules that occurred during his tenure as head men’s basketball coach at another institution. “It is disappointing that we have to take this action,” said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart. “It is highly likely that Coach Tyndall will face significant penalties at the conclusion of the NCAA’s infractions process. We believe that this decision is in the best interests of the University of Tennessee.”