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Charges have been dropped against a former Coalfield baseball player who was captured on a cell phone taking a swing at an umpire last April, but the sanctions against his team remain. TSSAA officials say Coalfield remains banned from post season play for the 2015 season and the program will still have to pay a $3,000 fine following the incident involving 18 year old Brent Keener. Keener was charged in the incident following a game against Wartburg.
Crossville police are reviewing surveillance video taken from Lowes in the hopes that it will lead to the arrest of a man who exposed himself to a cashier. This is the second such incident in the past few weeks. Authorities say they are anxious to interview the suspect and get him off the streets, noting that there is no telling what he may be capable of.
Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman are hosting an event at the state Capitol to release data on the 2013-14 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program this morning (Tues). TCAP scores are used in the calculation of final grades for students primarily in grades 3 through 8. The Education Department said in April that the scores would be delayed because of a change in assessments but decided to release them after experts signed off on the validity and accuracy of the results. Due to the delay, school districts had the opportunity to choose a waiver option and not use the TCAP scores for final grades this year. Cumberland County Schools chose to take that option. Cumberland County School Superintendent Donald Andrews says parents should expect to see their studentís TCAP scores when school resumes in August.
Gas prices are beginning to decline as we approach the Independence Day holiday weekend. Itís believed more than 34.8 million Americans are expected to drive 50 miles or more- the most in the past 7 years. However, gas prices may be the highest since 2008. AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said motorists are likely to pay about 20 cents more for gas than they did during last year's July 4th weekend. The national average for a gallon of regular unleaded on Sunday was $3.67 a drop of one cent from last week. Tennessee's average of $3.46 is also a drop of one cent.
A law limiting the purchase of cold and allergy medicines used to make illegal methamphetamine is among those taking effect (today) Tuesday. The anti-meth law requires a prescription to obtain more than 28.8 grams of pseudoephedrine per year, which is the equivalent of about five monthsí worth of the maximum dosage of medicines like Sudafed. According to the governor's office, 268 children were removed from their homes last year because of meth-related incidents, and nearly 1,700 meth labs were seized.