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Senator Alexander against overtime changes
WVLT/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday May 25, 2016

A Tennessee lawmaker is saying a new federal overtime rule could mean higher tuition and possible layoffs. Under the rule, the annual salary threshold at which companies can deny overtime pay will double from $23,660 to $47,476. According to WVLT, Sen. Lamar Alexander, (R) Tenn., said that means full-time workers could see hours slashed or a job changed to part time. He said employees won't be able to come in early or stay late, it will be harder to take time off, or find a new job. Another concern of Alexander's: Tennessee colleges and universities. In an op-ed he mentioned that six colleges estimate the rule could increase operating costs by more than $1 million each year. Alexander is working to block the rule. He said he is not against gradually increasing the overtime threshold, but calls this plan too "radical."


THEC Releases Snapshot of Higher Education Data for 2015-16 Academic Year Wednesday May 25, 2016

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) has released the redesigned 2015-16 Higher Education Fact Book, providing a snapshot of higher education as Tennessee moves toward the goals of the Drive to 55.

Among the highlights of the report’s data snapshot:

Public higher education in Fall 2015 enrolled 244,572 students across all sectors, including full-time and part-time students:
- 19,796 students at Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCATs)
- 87,890 students at community colleges
-136,886 students at public universities

For the fourth year in a row, the percent of students requiring learning support has decreased, even as enrollment has increased during that timeframe

Average tuition and mandatory fees:
- $3,554 at TCATs
- $4,121 at community colleges
- $8,625 at universities

Total headcount at community colleges and universities has grown by over 24,000 students in the past decade

The 2015-16 Tennessee Higher Education Fact Book is available on THEC’s website and a summary of notable data is also available.


TWRA: Life jacket would have made a difference in Cherokee Lake drowning
WVLT Wednesday May 25, 2016

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- TWRA agents say a life jacket would have made a difference in the drowning death of James Bradley Campbell, 23, Talbott.

Campbell was fishing on Cherokee Lake with a friend, Johnathon Derrick Jones, on Monday. Campbell's kayak overturned and Campbell fell overboard. Agents say Campbell was not wearing a life jacket.

Jones jumped into the water, but could not find Campbell. He flagged down a passing boater, who called 911 for help.

Hamblen County Rescue Squad members were able to retrieve Campbell's body at 7:36 p.m. TWRA continues to investigate the incident.


Tennessee State Parks to Host National Trails Day-Free Guided Hikes Statewide on Saturday, June 4 Wednesday May 25, 2016

NASHVILLE – Tennessee State Parks will celebrate National Trails Day with free, guided hikes at all 56 parks on Saturday, June 4.

The variety of ranger-led hikes will include historical tours, waterfall viewing, trail building and much more. With more than 1,000 miles of trails ranging from easy, paved paths to rugged backcountry trails to scenic waterways, there’s a hike for everyone.

“Tennessee is home to some of the most beautiful hiking trails in the country and you won’t be disappointed at any one of our state parks,” said Deputy Commissioner for Parks and Conservation, Brock Hill. “From an experienced hiker to someone new to the outdoors, all are welcome to enjoy the day with us out on the trail.”

This event is hosted annually on the first Saturday in June in coordination with the American Hiking Society. The purpose is to promote and celebrate the importance of trails in the United States.

Tennessee State Parks will also host a photo contest on National Trails Day. Hikers can submit their photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #findyourtrailTN. Submissions are required to incorporate the National Trails Day sticker, which will be available to hikers at all Tennessee State Parks for no charge on June 4 while supplies last.

Participants are encouraged to bring water and food, and wear long pants and appropriate footwear. To find a hike near you, visit

The National Trails Day hikes represent the third in a series of statewide hiking events for 2016. Additional statewide hiking events include First Hikes in early January, Spring Hikes in March, National Public Lands Day Hikes in September and an After-Thanksgiving Day Hike in November.

Tennessee’s 56 State Parks offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families or groups. State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses. There is a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in the state, offering a variety of recreational, lodging and dining choices.


Submitted: LT. Brian Eckelson, Crimestoppers Coordinator/Public Information Officer Wednesday May 25, 2016

The City of Crossville Police Department is proud to announce the introduction of this city’s first ever V.I.P. (VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING) program. This exciting new program will allow citizens to become even more involved in partnering with the Crossville Police Department, to give back to their community!

Some of the duties volunteers will be able to perform include:
· Neighborhood Patrol and Canvass

· Bicycle Patrols in Parks and other areas of the City of Crossville

· Traffic Control and School Crossings

· Performing Home Checks when home owners are away on vacation

· Helping with daily operations of the Police Department’s Office

All volunteers will attend a specially designed training program that will introduce patrol techniques, report writing, radio procedures, finger printing and many other aspects of police operations. Some of the requirements for potential volunteers will be:
· 18 years or older with NO criminal record

· Possess a valid TN driver’s license with a safe driving record

· Pass our academy curriculum

If you are interested and would like to participate in the V.I.P. program, please fill out an application from the City of Crossville website: APPLICATION FOR VOLUNTEERS IN POLICING or stop by Crossville City Hall to pick up an application. For more information on the V.I.P. program, call the Crossville Police Department at 931-484-7231 and ask to speak with Kristi Cook!


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