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BOE Special Called Meeting Wednesday, June 15
Peg Broadcasting News Tuesday June 14, 2016

The Cumberland County Board of Education will have a Special Called Board Meeting for Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of our meeting is to discuss the 2016-2017 Budget and adjustments for a second meeting with the County Commission Budget Committee. We request the second meeting due to the fact that the Cumberland County Budget Committee voted (5-1) to allot the state minimum for the Cumberland County Schools for 2016-2017. The meeting will be held at the Central Services and is open to the public.

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Hamilton Co. Sheriff's Deputy Rescues Elderly Woman From Burning Car
AP/Peg Broadcasting News Monday June 13, 2016

Photos are going viral of a horrific car fire in the parking lot of Erlanger Hospital and a Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy is now being called a hero. In a Facebook post Monday morning, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office posted that while Deputy William Valenzuela was working an extra security job at Erlanger early Monday morning, he saw an elderly woman pull up at the Emergency Room entrance with her car on fire. Deputy Valenzuela quickly helped the woman to safety, notified the Chattanooga Fire Department, and then attempted to put the fire out using a fire extinguisher until fire personnel could arrive on scene. He also used his patrol car to block traffic to keep others from getting injured or driving near the vehicle. Dean Bowen, a paramedic, also assisted in putting out the fire. The Sheriff’s department did not report what if any injuries the woman suffered and the cause of the blaze is under investigation.

Orlando shooting victim was a La Vergne High School graduate

Orlando shooting victim was a La Vergne High School graduate
WVLT Monday June 13, 2016

WVLT/WTVF) -- According to CBS-affiliate WTVF, one of the victims who was killed in a mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub was a graduate of La Vergne High School in Middle Tennessee.

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo graduated in May 2015, WTVF reports. He was 20-years-old at the time of his death.

A GoFundMewas set up to help his family cover funeral costs.

You can read the original report from WTVF on

He died in a mass shooting at Pulse Nighclub in Orlando. Fifty people, including the gunman, were killed and another 53 were hurt. It is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

The FBI is investigating the mass shooting as a terror attack. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)


No Change in Prison Shift Schedule
AP Monday June 13, 2016

State prison officials say they are keeping a controversial shift schedule that critics have blamed for understaffing and violence.
Correction Department spokeswoman Neysa Taylor says the 28-day schedule won’t change, although facilities may now use 12-hour shifts or 8.5-hours shifts, depending on their needs.

Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield in October told the Senate Corrections Subcommittee the department would survey workers about schedule preferences after an audit recommended changing to a 14-day schedule with 12-hour shifts.

The Correction Department requested the audit following a public outcry over violence that workers blamed on understaffing tied to the 28-day schedule. Previously correction officers worked regular seven-day, 40-hour weeks.

The 28-day schedule was intended to control costs by reducing overtime, but an auditor said it was leading to low morale, stress and turnover.


Marion County quarantined for emerald ash borer
Submitted: TN Dept. of Agriculture Monday June 13, 2016

NASHVILLE— An infestation of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has inched further across the state.

Officials have detected EAB in the Kimball area of Marion County, prompting a county-wide quarantine prohibiting the movement of ash trees and ash tree products. This quarantine has now reached 48 counties in Tennessee. EAB is a destructive forest pest that was introduced from Asia into the United States in the 1990s. It was first detected in Tennessee in July 2010. EAB beetles can kill an ash tree within three years of the initial infestation.

The insects are transported mainly by humans through infected ash nursery stock, firewood, unprocessed saw logs, and other ash products.

Citizens should report any symptomatic ash trees to TDA and follow these simple rules:

• Don’t transport firewood, even within the state.

• Use firewood from local sources near where it will be burned.

• If you purchase firewood, make sure that it is labeled and certified to be pest free.

• Watch for signs of infestation in your ash trees.

Visit for a symptoms checklist and a map of quarantined counties.

Marion County is approximately 71 miles southeast of Cumberland County and adjacent to Hamilton County.

TDA’s Division of Forestry estimates that there are 261 million ash trees on public and private land in Tennessee, potentially valued as high as $9 billion.

For more information about EAB and other destructive forest pests, as well as tips for infestation prevention, visit


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