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A former postal worker from Memphis who prosecutors say took prescription painkillers from packages intended for veterans has been sentenced to 18 months in prison. The U.S. attorney's office said in a news release Friday that 50-year-old Patricia F. Baker was also ordered to spend three years on supervised release, forfeit $4,000 and pay $2,720 restitution. Baker was indicted in March on 21 counts, and she pleaded guilty in July to one count of mail destruction, one count of mail embezzlement and one count of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance. Prosecutors said Postal Service Office of Inspector General agents investigated complaints about missing parcels and that Baker told agents she had stolen pain medication and electronics. The news release said a search of Baker's home recovered electronics and Veterans Administration prescription medications.
Nearly two-thirds of Tennessee’s high school seniors have applied for Tennessee Promise, the new scholarship program that guarantees to cover the cost of a two-year college degree. For many students, attending college without this program would be difficult, if not impossible. Gov. Bill Haslam has visited high schools around the state to promote Tennessee Promise. He hopes the program will help boost the number of Tennesseans with two- or four-year degrees to 55 percent, up from 33 percent now. The deadline to sign up for the program is November 1st.
The Stone Memorial High School Panthers won their third straight game as they beat the White County Warriors Friday night at SMHS 32 to 7. The Panthers improve to 6 and 3 overall and are now 3 and 1 in District play. SMHS travels to Rhea County Friday, October 31st to take on the Golden Eagles. Action begins at 6:30 with live coverage on Mix 99.3 at 6:15.
The Cumberland County High School Jets came from 22 points down in the second half to tie their game with the Yellow Jackets at Grundy County High School, but the home team scored with just over a minute to play and recorded a 44-36 win. CCHS travels to McMinnville Friday, October 31st to take on the Warren County Pioneers. Live coverage begins at 6:45 on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY; the kick is set for 7:00.
During Thursday’s Cumberland County Board of Education Meeting, the BOE approved the Schools Policy Committee’s recommendation to change the payroll procedure for new employees. To help ease the workload on Payroll future school employees will be paid in 24 installments per year. There are 13 current school employees who will grandfathered in at 20 installments per year.
The Cumberland County Board of Education approved the Schools Policy Committee’s recommendation to raise the age limit for substitute teachers at Thursday’s BOE meeting. In the past, some Cumberland County students have dropped out of school, obtained their GED, and then were hired as substitute teachers. That opened to the door for substitutes to be teaching students who are their age or older. To encourage the county’s youth to stay in school, the Policy Committee is recommending that substitute teachers must be at least 21 years old with a high school diploma or equivalency unless they are currently enrolled or graduated from an accredited college program.