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No Free Tuition for Undocumented Students
Saturday November 15, 2014

Undocumented high school students will not be able to take advantage of Tennessee Promise, the state's new free community college program.
Before getting state funding, students must apply for federal financial aid. But undocumented students are not eligible for it.
Some immigrants had hoped it would be different. The governor's speech introducing Tennessee Promise said "every student" would be able to attend two years of community college or college of applied technology for free.
A spokeswoman for the governor said he was referring only to eligible students.
Tennessee has about 6,000 high school students who are undocumented, according to the Migration Policy Institute.

 


Whooping Cough Numbers Up
Saturday November 15, 2014

Health officials say the number of cases of whooping cough, which is known medically as pertussis, is up significantly in Tennessee for 2014.
The Tennessee Department of Health reports 238 cases so far this year compared to 179 cases for the same period last year.
The Department of Health says that under a doctor's care, vaccination is the best form of preventing pertussis.
It says newer vaccines developed after 2000 are safe, but not as long-lasting, so some people may need booster shots.


 


Revenue Collections Up
Saturday November 15, 2014

Tennessee Finance Commissioner Larry Martin says the state's revenue collections for October were more than $15 million over what was expected.
Martin said the state's sales tax collections recorded the strongest first -quarter growth since 2011. They were more than $17-million above the estimate for October.
The state's general fund exceeded expectations by more than $10 million.
However, corporate franchise and excise taxes for October were $26.8 million, which is $19.2 million below the budgeted estimate.

 


Child custody report: Tennessee receives D
National Parents Organization Friday November 14, 2014

The National Parents Organization announced Thursday the release of its 2014 Shared Parenting Report Card, an inaugural report issuing state-by-state grades in the nationís first comprehensive review of child custody statutes as they relate to shared parenting in instances of divorce and separation. Tennessee received a D as did 22 other states. The Organization's local affiliate, National Parents Organization of Tennessee, has been involved in efforts to reform child custody laws, and as state leaders look to the next legislative session, the organization hopes the report becomes an important part of the conversation. Alaska and Arizona received the highest grades, but even they received only a B. The worst custody statutes were found in New York and Rhode Island..

 


Tennessee to Check for Livestock Traceability Compliance Starting Jan. 1, 2015
TN Dept. of Agriculture Friday November 14, 2014

NASHVILLE Ė The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will conduct routine compliance checks beginning Jan. 1, 2015 for the federal Animal Disease Traceability rule. The rule went into effect last year and requires the identification of livestock being transported across state lines. Animal health documentation is still required by the state under certain circumstances for livestock being moved within Tennessee. Additionally, some states have documentation requirements that go beyond the federal rule. Producers should consult with their veterinarians to make sure that any livestock that is transported complies with all regulations. TDA is working to implement a user-friendly online system already adopted by 20 other states that will allow private veterinarians to submit and access documents electronically in order to help with compliance. Veterinarians interested in participating should contact the State Veterinarianís office at 615-837-5120 or animal.health@tn.gov.

 

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