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Officials at Nashville's International Airport say a security lapse occurred after a flagged passenger disappeared and got onto his flight before being found last month. Sources said Transportation Security Administration agents flagged the man in a security checkpoint for an additional search, but somehow he left for his gate before that could happen. TSA agents waited to contact airport police "regarding a subject that was improperly screened and was considered an access control issue" 49 minutes after the incident. Officials say it was too late to find the man by that point, as he had already on a flight that had departed to Atlanta. Security officers tracked the man in Atlanta and determined he did not pose a threat.
A new report shows Tennessee students are leading the nation in academic growth. According to a report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, students in Tennessee had the largest growth of any state from 2011-2013, with a 22-point growth across all subject areas. For fourth grade students, Tennessee went from 46th to 37th in math and from 41st to 31st in reading. State officials say the improvement is partially due to education reforms over the last few years.
Authorities are working to identify a body that was found earlier this week in the Scott's Gulf Wilderness area near Virgin Falls in White County. The body is said to be that of a male subject. The case is being investigated by the White County Sheriff's Department, the TBI, the District Attorney's office and the TWRA. Anyone with information about a man on a bicycle in the Scott's Gulf /Virgin Falls area, you are asked to call the White County Sheriff's Department
The Stone Memorial High School Panthers, 6 and 4 on the season, will travel to Ooltewah Friday to take on the 8 and 2 Owls of Ooltewah High School. The kick-off is scheduled for 6:00 with live coverage beginning at 5:45 on Mix 99.3. SMHS is one of four District 6-AAA teams in action on Friday; White County plays host to Cleveland, Rhea County entertains Lenoir City and Cookeville plays at Sevier County.
Two men have been arrested after Crossville police were notified that one of them was trying to cash forged checks at a local bank. According to reports, when police arrived, they found 35 year old David E Cross of Potato Farm Road in a truck that had been listed as stolen. After giving a false name, police quickly determined Cross' true identity, and arrested him on several charges. Meanwhile, Cross' passenger identified as Andrew Pankhurst, was arrested by a second officer after he attempted to flee the scene. Pankhurst was wanted on 2 probation violation warrants, and is now facing felony evading charges as well. Both men were transported to the Cumberland County Justice Center for booking