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Tennessee health care volunteers were flooded with a last-minute surge of consumers hoping to sign up for health coverage by yesterday’s (Monday's) deadline. For many, Monday was a day of waiting and frustration because the federal government's website for choosing a health plan came to a halt as people seeking coverage created heavy demand. Federal officials set a deadline of March 31st, but said anyone who started the process but was not able to get enrolled because of technical glitches will have a little extra time.
A traffic stop on Potato Farm Road ended up being the break needed to solve multiple theft cases. According to Cumberland County Chief Investigator Casey Cox, investigators attempted to pull over 2 individuals for reckless driving when a pursuit began. The pursuit ended as the driver turned into a drive located on Potato Farm Road and fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit the driver, 38 year old Kerry Dishman was taken into custody. As deputies left the residence a passenger van was discovered abandoned at the intersection of Potato Farm Road and Wattenbarger Road. According to witnesses two male subjects left from the van on a cruiser style motorcycle with loud exhaust. It was discovered that the van had been reported stolen from Cumberland Fellowship Church. . A short time after the recovery of the van, a motorcycle matching the suspect description was spotted, and a pursuit ensued until the suspect, 38 year old Scotty Ingram, attempted to flee on foot. Once apprehended, it was discovered that not only was the motorcycle stolen, but there were other items missing from the owner’s home and outbuilding as well. As these items were being discovered, authorities were alerted to another burglary on Muddy Branch Lane, where deputies discovered and recovered three seats which belong to the van which had been stolen from Cumberland Fellowship Church. The investigation is currently ongoing and charges are pending against subjects involved regarding this matter.
ESPN is reporting that UT Head Basketball Coach Cuonzo Martin has been meeting with officials at Marquette about their head coach opening. Martin has just completed his third season at Tennessee. The Vols have increased their win total in each of the years he has coached in Knoxville. The Vols lost to Michigan 73-71 in the Midwest Region semi finals on Saturday.
A new U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study reveals that Tennessee leads the nation in the share of workers being paid at or below the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. The study estimates that 7.4 percent of Tennessee's workforce-or 117,000 workers-was paid minimum wage or less last year. That's well above the national average of about 4.3 percent of the workforce. Tennessee is one of only five states without its own minimum wage law, which means the state defaults to the federal minimum standard.
The success of the Lady Vols in the South Eastern Conference has raised over 22,000 dollars for the Pat Summit Foundation through a pledge drive started by the Lady Vols’s assistant coach Kyra Elzy. Elzy promised 100 dollars to the foundation for every SEC win this season and 200 for every SEC tournament win. 52 people joined Elzy in pledging various sums of money. Tennessee went 13 and 3 in SECplay and won the conference tournament, raising over 22,000 dollars for the Pat Summit Foundation. Former Lady Vols coach Pat Summit started the foundation to fight Alzheimer’s disease.