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Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery has given his opinion about the controversial guns-in-parks law and according to him, guns are not allowed at private schools or church events. Slatery says local municipalities cannot pass ordinances that ban guns at large events, something many cities have protested. Slatery’s opinion was in response to a request by Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet. State lawmakers are expected to address the issue when they reconvene in January.
The Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds Tennesseans that if they smoke, they should always remain alert while smoking and use caution and care with all cigarettes. Fires caused by smoking materials have taken a heavy toll on Tennesseans and Tennessee fire departments. The National Fire Incident Reporting System shows that during a five-year period (2010-2014), Tennessee fire departments responded to 3,478 smoking-material fires. Those fires resulted in 71 civilian deaths, one fire service death, 91 civilian injuries, 22 fire service injuries and $37.2 million in direct property damage, records show.
Stone Memorial High School will be hosting the first Parent Teacher Student Organization meeting for the 2015-2016 school year on Thursday, October 1st, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in the Stone Memorial High School library. All parents and students are encouraged to attend.
A city in Putnam County is trying to prohibit cell phone use in school zones to increase safety and decrease distracted driving around school kids. The Algood City Council has proposed an ordinance banning drivers from using cell phones in school zones between 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Violaters would face a $50 fine. If the Tennessee Attorney General gives the green light, the Algood City Council could vote on the ordinance soon.
The Stone Memorial High School Marching Band competed at the Upper Cumberland Marching Band Festival this past weekend at CCHS. The SMHS Band competed at a very high level, receiving ratings of: Superior for Percussion, Superior for Colorguard, Superior for Drum Major, and Superior for Band. Of the nine bands that competed, the SMHS Marching Band took 2nd place Percussion, 2nd place Band, tied 1st place Colorguard, and took 1st place Drum Major. (Photo Courtesy SMHS)