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Prison guards in Tennessee could be fired if they are caught taking their employee rosters outside of the prison. According to “The Tennessean”, West Tennessee State Penitentiary Warden James M. Holloway sent an email to two prison officials stating that officers who take scheduling information off prison grounds pose a security threat that could help an inmate escape. So far, no guards have been detained but they do face the threat of being fired if they are caught with information regarding their work schedule. Ever since the state did away with the traditional 40-hour work week for prison guards, media has used employee work schedule information to emphasize the dangers that guards face when they work extra long hours.
The Lady Jets Volleyball team opened up district play hosting the Lady Warriors of White County. Cumberland County managed to sweep the Lady Warriors 3 sets to 0, giving the Lady Jets a 1-0 district record. Leading the scoring for Cumberland County was Cheyanne Frazee, Maddie Bernabei and Alana Hicks scoring 6 kills each, Brianah Castleberry had 5 kills, Shelby Kilby had 2 kills, and Becca Jones with 1 kill. Serving was led by Cheyanne Frazee with 8 aces, Brianah Castleberry with 4 aces, both Becca Jones and Alana Hicks scored 2 aces each. Defense was led by Maddie Bernabei with 4 blocks, Becca Jones 2 blocks, and Shelby Kilby with 1. Lily Barnes and Julia Hively made huge impacts with passing and key digs. The win was a total team effort. The Lady Jets improve to 5-0 on the season. Cookeville will be traveling to Cumberland County Thursday August 27th for the Lady Jets next match-up.
For the third straight year, Tennessee public high school students improved on the ACT, administered to all students statewide. The average composite increased from 19.3 last year to 19.4 this year, adding to what has been a three-year pattern of growth for the state. Though this increase is incremental, Tennessee continues to be a state making steady gains while the national average has remained stagnant. In addition to overall growth, more Tennessee students than ever before are scoring college ready in all four subjects (math, English, reading, and science), showing a four percent increase from 2011. Even with this growth, only 27 percent of students met the college ready benchmark in math, 35 percent met the benchmark in reading, and 17 percent met the benchmark in all four subjects. Beginning this school year, TNReady will serve as the new and improved TCAP test for math and English language arts in grades 3-11. TNReady is designed to assess true student understanding, not just basic memorization and test-taking skills. Tennessee is one of 13 states nationwide that require all students to take the ACT.
Cumberland and Bledsoe County Christmas tree and strawberry growers are reminded September 1, 2015, is the final date catastrophic-level insurance under the Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) can be purchased through the Farm Service Agency for the 2016 crop. In addition, November 15, 2015, is the deadline to purchase insurance for the 2016 crop of grapes, peaches, apples, and plums and December 1, 2015, is the deadline for honey producers to purchase coverage. For more information, contact Cumberland/Bledsoe County FSA office at 931-484-6520, toll free at 1-855-216-2802, or visit the FSA website at fsa.usda.gov. Producers may also contact the staff by e-mail to inquire about the administrative fee or buy-up coverage at Denesa.Jolley@tn.usda.gov or Maria.Turner@tn.usda.gov.
The city of Wartburg welcomed home one of their own in style Tuesday night. Dozens turned out for Brad Knight, a Morgan County native, as he came back to his small hometown after winning the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup. Knight won a $500,000 prize with twenty bass weighing 51 pounds, 12 ounces. Local 8 News reports that Knight will use some of his prize money for his daughter's college education. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)