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Mayor J.H. Graham, III in his final regular meeting of the Crossville City Council last night, presented Mayor-elect James Mayberry with a gavel and challenged Mayberry and the new council to keep Crossville the best city in Tennessee. City Manager David Rutherford and Mayor Pro-Tem Danny Wyatt later presented service award plaques to Graham and outgoing councilmember George Marlow. Mayor Graham wrapped up 18 total years on the council, 16 of those as Mayor, while Marlow finished up a 4 year term.
A proposal by Council member Danny Wyatt was approved last night during the regular meeting of the Crossville City Council. $100,000 has already been budgeted to implement a pilot program for curbside pickup of recyclables. According to City Manager David Rutherford, pickup would be made 3 times a week by City employees and the City would provide bags for collection. The pilot would run from January through April of 2015. Council member Wyatt said “we have too much garbage and it’s costing too much to dispose of it.” The program will be in place initially in the Holiday Hills and surrounding areas. Council hopes to expand the program after studying the pilot’s results.
Coinciding with the 2015 campus branding transition and its own 2015 transition to NIKE, the University of Tennessee athletics department will implement a branding restructure that will feature the Power T logo utilized for all programs except for women's basketball. As such, beginning with the 2015-16 academic year, all sports other than women's basketball will compete under the name, "Tennessee Volunteers." The women's basketball program was excluded from this transition because of the accomplishments and legacy of the championship program built by Coach Pat Summitt and her former players. The Lady Volunteers nickname and brand will continue to be associated with the Tennessee women's basketball team. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)
Protestors rallied across from the state Capitol on Monday, calling on Gov. Bill Haslam to expand Medicaid in Tennessee. A petition with over 47,000 signatures was sent to the Governor’s office. Haslam says he is in talks with Washington and will try to make a decision on Medicaid expansion before the legislative session begins in January. Last year, Haslam turned down $1.4 billion in federal funds because of the terms under which the money was offered. That money would have covered about 180,000 uninsured Tennesseans.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam unveiled Monday a report by the Governor’s Veterans Education Task Force outlining ways to improve higher education opportunities for returning veterans. Recommendations made by the task force are: support standardized, statewide training for campus leaders on veteran education practices; provide opportunities for colleges and universities to compete for funding veteran-focused initiatives; and establish a comprehensive veteran education web-portal. Haslam said, “these recommendations will improve veterans’ access to higher education and help Tennessee toward the goals of Drive to 55.” The governor’s “Drive to 55” initiative is aimed at increasing the number of Tennesseans with a certificate or degree beyond high school. By 2025, 55 percent of the jobs in Tennessee will require a post-secondary credential, and currently only 33 percent of Tennesseans qualify.