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The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) announced that the number of Tennessee Promise students who enrolled in college for the first time grew in the program’s second year while the majority of the scholarship’s first class of students re-enrolled for a second year of college. The Tennessee Promise scholarship was the first in the nation to offer graduating high school seniors two years tuition-free at a community or technical college.
A total of 33,081 students have taken advantage of Tennessee Promise since students began enrolling in 2015. In Fall 2016, the second cohort included 16,790 students who enrolled through the scholarship program, an increase of almost 500 students from the prior class. Among students in the first Tennessee Promise class, who began in Fall 2015, 10,236 students, or about 63 percent of the cohort, re-enrolled in college for a second year.
The growth in enrollment for the second cohort and the retention rate for the first cohort indicate that not only is Tennessee Promise increasing first-time student enrollment in the state, but that those students are staying enrolled at strong rates. Among Tennessee Promise students at Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs), 83 percent returned for a second year. At community colleges, 58 percent of Tennessee Promise students re-enrolled, compared to 42 percent of non-Tennessee Promise students.
Tennessee’s groundhog, Chattanooga Chuck, does not agree with Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil. Early Thursday morning, from his stump at the Tennessee Aquarium, Chuck predicted an early spring while Phil at Gobbler's Knob said there will be six more weeks of winter. It seems the south stuck with the south and the north stuck with the north. Georgia’s groundhog, General Beauregard Lee, sided with Chuck and also predicted an early spring, while Ohio’s Buckeye Chuck agreed with Phil and predicted six more weeks of winter. The official first day of spring is Monday, March 20.
A lawsuit claiming “gross negligence” has been filed in the fiery November crash that killed three people and injured one on I-40 in Cumberland County. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 44-year-old Erik New, was driving a tractor-trailer for Rock Island Express when his vehicle left the eastbound lanes, crossed the median, and went into the westbound lanes. The big rig hit a car driven by 50-year-old Nancy Tooley and then struck a semi hauling vehicles driven by Noel Feliciano. Both vehicles burst into flames. The crash killed New, Tooley, Feliciano and seriously injured Tooley’s passenger, 66-year-old Jack Tooley. The suit filed against Rock Island Express on behalf of the Tooley’s estate says the trucking company did not properly train its employees or maintain its vehicles. The lawsuit seeks monetary compensation and a trial by jury.
The City of Crossville could hire a new City Manager as early as next week. The City Council will hold a Special Called Meeting on Tuesday, February 7 at 6:30 p.m. for discussion and action on the City Manager selection. The Council has pared the list of potential candidates to three: Dennis Sparks of Virginia, Greg Wood of Florida and Steve Foote of Georgia. The candidate chosen will be offered a three-year contract. Tuesday’s meeting will be held at City Hall and is open to the public.
The Crossville Police Department, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol Cookeville District are partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to enhance impaired-driving enforcement during the Super Bowl weekend. The THSO’s Booze It & Lose It campaign is a statewide mobilization to prevent impaired-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities.
During Super Bowl Sunday weekend last year, there were 76 crashes and 8 fatalities relating to impaired driving across Tennessee.
Troopers will be out in force combating excessive speeding, restraint usage, and impaired drivers.
Cumberland County Sheriff Casey Cox reminds motorists that a single DUI conviction can cost an individual $5,000, in addition to jail time. An offender could also be required to attend drug and alcohol treatment or to install an ignition interlock device inside his/her vehicle.
The Crossville Police Department will be conducting areas of saturations along the highways within our jurisdiction. These saturations will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, February 3, and will until Sunday, February 5, at 11:59 p.m.