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Tennessee High School Graduation Rate Hits New High Under More Rigorous Criteria Tuesday October 11, 2016

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced that the 2015-16 graduation rate of 88.5 percent is the highest on record since the state changed to a more rigorous calculation of graduation rates in 2011.

The latest statewide graduation rate was up nearly a full percentage point since last year and overall has increased three percentage points since the state implemented the more rigorous calculations. This year, nearly 60 percent of districts saw their graduation rates increase or stay the same when compared to last year’s rates.

12 districts improved their graduation rates by five percentage points or more. The districts with the most significant gains were Alvin C. York (18.1 percent), Tullahoma City (11.6 percent), Trenton Special School District (11.1 percent), and Grundy County (10 percent).

95 districts—over 70 percent of the districts in the state—have graduation rates at or above 90 percent, up from 81 districts last year. Fentress County, Alcoa City, South Carroll Special School District, Milan Special School District, Meigs County, and Crockett County all had graduation rates at or above 99 percent.

76 districts—roughly 60 percent of districts in the state—had graduation rates at or above 90 percent for both 2014-15 and 2015-16.

More information, such as graduation rates for individual subgroups, will be available on the State Report Card, which will be released later this fall.


More Money May Not Mean Raises
AP Tuesday October 11, 2016

A new report sheds lights on the millions of additional dollars announced earlier this year by the state for teacher salaries in Tennessee.

According to The Tennessean, the state Comptroller of the Treasury report explains that when Gov. Bill Haslam said in his State of the State address that he was putting $105 million into the Basic Education Program for teacher salaries, it didn't necessarily mean raises for educators statewide.

That's because the report says local school districts get to decide how to spend that money on positions, whether it be through employee raises or on hiring new staff.

The report states that because the BEP is a formula for funding education, rather than a spending plan, increases in BEP dollars don't necessarily mean larger paychecks for every teacher.


O'Brien dismissed from UT football team
WVLT Tuesday October 11, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Defensive lineman Danny O'Brien was dismissed from the Tennessee football team for violation of team rules, according to a UT spokesperson.

In a news release, officials said the dismissal was not related to the injury he suffered against Texas A&M.

If O'Brien needs additional medical care, a spokesperson said it would be provided by the University of Tennessee.

This is not the first time O'Brien has found himself in trouble for a violation of team rules. As a red-shirt Junior back in September of 2015, O'Brien was suspended for an unspecified violation of rules. The defensive tackle would serve a 2-game ban before regaining a spot on the UT roster. At the time coach Jones said he, " understands the parameters and guidelines."

O'Brien was seeing significant playing time on the interior of the Vol defensive line prior to getting hurt against the Aggies Saturday in College Station.

He flew back with the team Saturday night. On Monday coach Jones said the big thing was that we wanted to be there for him and for his family and that his status, from an injury standpoint, was day to day.

UPDATE! 4-year-old child at the focus of Fla. AMBER Alert found in Memphis

UPDATE! 4-year-old child at the focus of Fla. AMBER Alert found in Memphis
WVLT Tuesday October 11, 2016

CARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The 4-year-old child who was the focus of an AMBER Alert out of Florida was found in Memphis near Walnut Grove and I-240, WREG reports.

The TBI confirmed that Rebecca Lewis is safe. Officials reported that West Hogs is in police custody. The 31-year-old man is not related to the child.

Original Story:

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said early Monday morning it was utilizing its established AMBER Alert system in East Tennessee to expand the reach of an AMBER Alert out of Florida, after a credible, possible sighting of a missing child and her accused abductor in Campbell County.

The TBI said they received a report of a sighting of 4-year-old Rebecca Lewis and Wild West Hogs, 31, in Cove Lake State Park in Caryville. Anyone who spots these individuals or the vehicle in which they may be traveling should call 911.

Rebecca Lewis is a white female, three feet tall, 30 pounds, blonde hair, blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a pink dress. West Wild Hogs is a white male, 31 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 220 pounds, red hair, blue-green eyes. West Hogs has a scar shaped like the letter “L” on the left side of his head and a tattoo of a blue cross and another tattoo of a Chinese symbol. He was last seen wearing a light colored shirt and blue jeans.

They may be traveling in a 2012, silver Nissan Versa, Alabama handicap tag number 4JL26. The vehicle has a magnetic animal rescue paw on the driver side portion of the trunk. If you have any information on the whereabouts of this child, please contact the Polk County (FL) Sheriff's Office at (863) 298-6200 or 911.


Tuesday, Oct. 11 is Registration Deadline to Vote in Nov. 8 Election in Tennessee
Peg Broadcasting News Monday October 10, 2016

If you haven't registered to vote in the November 8th election, you have only until Tuesday, Oct. 11th, to get registered in Tennessee. For more information on voter registration call the Cumberland County Election Commission 931-484-4919,

Early voting will take place October 19th through November 3rd at the Cumberland County Election Commission located at 2 South Main Street, Suite 105 in Crossville, just across from the Cumberland County Courthouse.

Voters in Cumberland County will vote for President of the United States, the U.S. House of Representatives 6th Congressional District and Tennessee House of Representatives 25th Representative District.

In Crossville, two seats are up for bid on the City Council.

The Town of Pleasant Hill will also vote on two council seats.

The City of Crab Orchard will elect a Mayor.

Election Day is November 8th.


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