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2030 Vision Meeting Tuesday, July 7th at CHA
Monday July 6, 2015

The Crossville Housing Authority will host the next 2030 Crossville-Cumberland County Vision meeting on Tuesday, July 7th starting at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is invited to participate in the conversation on what our community is doing today to prepare for tomorrow. The Crossville Housing Authority is located at 67 Irwin Avenue. Everyone is asked to enter on the left of the building.

 


One person dead and several injured in Oak Ridge incident
WVLT Sunday July 5, 2015

Officials with the Oak Ridge Fire Department confirm one person died and several others were hurt when they were walking back to their cars after a fireworks show. Local 8 Now reports it happened at the Oak Ridge Convention and Visitors Bureau Saturday night. A pick up truck went into reverse hitting several cars. The crash killed one person, no exact number on how many people were injured. No charges have been filed, police are looking into what exactly caused the truck to reverse.

 


Tennessee Scholarship Application Deadline August 1st
Sunday July 5, 2015

Over 31,500 students in Tennessee may soon find out they are no longer eligible to participate in the Tennessee Promise scholarship program, which provides new high school graduates free tuition to technical and community colleges. The reason is that one in four students in the program have not completed or submitted their required volunteer work hours. Students who do not submit those hours by August 1st will not longer be eligible for the scholarship program.

 
Morgan County woman charged with attempted second degree murder


Morgan County woman charged with attempted second degree murder
WVLT Saturday July 4, 2015

A woman from Morgan County was charged with attempted second degree murder on Friday night. Local 8 Now reports the incident took place at a home on Morgan County Highway in Sunbright, Tennessee. Officials were called to the scene around 5:00 p.m. to find Leroy James Smith Jr., 61, with a gunshot wound. The Sunbright Police Department, Morgan County Sheriff's Office and TBI Special Agents all responded to the scene. Police believe the person responsible for the incident was Jennifer Darlene Smith, the gunshot victim's wife. Jennifer, 39, was charged and is being held in Morgan County Jail on a $100,000 bond. Leroy was transported to UT Medical Center for treatment and his condition is currently unknown. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)

 


New Laws Went into Effect July 1st
WATE News(AP) Saturday July 4, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A mandate for a 48-hour waiting period before an abortion is one of many new Tennessee laws [took effect Wednesday].

The abortion measure affects all seven of the state’s abortion clinics. Another law [now] require abortion facilities performing more than 50 abortions a year be held to the same health and safety standards as other outpatient surgical facilities.

The 48-hour requirement would be waived if there’s a medical emergency.

Both measures aim to restore abortion laws that were struck down by a state Supreme Court decision in 2000.

In that ruling, the justices threw out the waiting period, along with requirements that clinics provide detailed information about the procedure and that all but first-term abortions be performed in hospitals.

The latest abortion measures came after voters approved a constitutional amendment in November giving state lawmakers more power to regulate abortions.

Last week, a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order to two abortion clinics after they said they wouldn’t be able to be licensed as ambulatory surgical treatment centers before July 1.

Hedy Weinberg, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, said her group opposes the abortion laws because “they interfere with a woman’s ability to make personal, private health care decisions.” She said the requirements interfere with the doctor-patient relationship, are burdensome for women and interfere with women’s health and safety.

Another new law boosts the state’s efforts to combat human trafficking. The Legislature has approved multiple bills over the past several years addressing the problem after a 2011 Tennessee Bureau of Investigation report showed 73 of the state’s 95 counties have reported the crime within their borders.

The new law gives authorities more training to identify, investigate and prosecute human trafficking. The TBI has hired four new agents to help train local law enforcement on how to recognize human trafficking.

“The large part of human trafficking is changing the culture from a law enforcement perspective to understand that these are not prostitutes on the street corner trying to make money,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn. “These are many times young girls who have pimps somewhere that’s abusing them, that’s giving them drugs, that’s coercing them, and they’re being forced to do this. That’s trafficking and we need to stop it.”

Two other new laws pushed by Gov. Bill Haslam aim to encourage Tennesseans to get a postsecondary education.

Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect were launched as part of Haslam’s “Drive to 55″ initiative, which aims to increase the percentage of Tennesseans with a degree or certificate beyond high school, help improve overall job qualifications and attract employers to the state.

Of the state’s 74,000 high school graduates, as many as 18,000 are expected to utilize Tennessee Promise in the fall, according to Mike Krause, who oversees Tennessee Promise. The program offers free tuition at any of the state’s 13 community colleges and 27 colleges of applied technology.

“Previously, a lot of students said because we don’t make very much money I’m not going to be able to attend college,” Krause said. “Tennessee promise has changed that conversation.”

Tennessee Reconnect allows adults to attend one of the state’s 27 colleges of applied technology for free by paying tuition and fees not covered by existing grants and scholarships. So far, nearly 11,000 Tennesseans have applied to the program.

 

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