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Governor Bill Haslam has signed legislation that ends Tennessee cities' ability to annex by ordinance. The law now requires that cities annex by consent of a landowner or through referendum votes approved by the majority of the landowners to be annexed. To protect farmers, land used primarily for agricultural purposes can't be annexed unless the farmer agrees.
Grant Parrett went 2-3, sparking Cumberland County Jets to an 8-4 victory over Cookeville on Wednesday at Jet Park. He singled in the first and third innings. Matt Ledbetter (pictured) recorded the win for Cumberland County Jets. Ledbetter allowed four runs over seven innings, struck out nine, walked three and surrendered nine hits. Other Jet Hitters included Ryan Burgess 2-4; David Elliot 1-3, 2 RBIís; Matt Ledbetter 1-4; Morgan Richards 2-3; Justin Shipe 1-3 and Nathaniel Wyatt 2-3 with 3 RBIís. CCHS is 15-9 (7-4 District) and travel to Greenville Thursday, Cocke County on Friday and play at Knox Carter Saturday.
A Sparta man has been arrested for shooting another man at Wallace-Smith Park. According to reports, officers were called to Highlands Medical Center to interview a man who was being treated for a gunshot wound to his leg. The victim told authorities that he had been in an altercation with the suspect, identified as Robert Leftwich. Investigators then interviewed Leftwich and placed him under arrest.
Early voting begins today in Tennessee. Voters in Cumberland County can vote at the Election Commission Office located on Main Street, across from the courthouse. The Commission is open for voting weekdays from 8 to 5 and on Saturdays from 8-12 through May 1st. The office will be closed this Friday, in observance of Good Friday. The May primary election will be held on Tuesday, May 6th.
Governor Bill Haslam's signature proposal to create a program that would cover tuition at two-year colleges for any high school graduate is headed to his desk. The House approved the plan Tuesday, a day after the Senate approved the legislation. If finalized, the plan will go into effect with students graduating in 2015