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The Tennessee Department of Agriculture says a walnut tree killing disease has been found in Morgan and Rhea counties. The counties are now under quarantine due to Thousand Cankers Disease, which is transmitted by walnut twig beetles. Residents are not allowed to move walnut tree products and hardwood firewood outside the quarantined counties. Cumberland, Bledsoe, Fentress, Hamilton and Meigs counties are now considered buffer regulated counties. Products from buffer counties can be moved into a quarantine county but not taken back out. The Division of Forestry estimates 1.38 million black walnut trees in Tennessee's urban areas are potentially at risk from the disease.
Officials at Nashville’s International Airport say a security lapse occurred after a flagged passenger disappeared and got onto his flight before being found last month. Sources said Transportation Security Administration agents flagged the man in a security checkpoint for an additional search, but somehow he left for his gate before that could happen. TSA agents waited to contact airport police "regarding a subject that was improperly screened and was considered an access control issue” 49 minutes after the incident. Officials say it was too late to find the man by that point, as he had already on a flight that had departed to Atlanta. Security officers tracked the man in Atlanta and determined he did not pose a threat.
A new report shows Tennessee students are leading the nation in academic growth. According to a report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, students in Tennessee had the largest growth of any state from 2011-2013, with a 22-point growth across all subject areas. For fourth grade students, Tennessee went from 46th to 37th in math and from 41st to 31st in reading. State officials say the improvement is partially due to education reforms over the last few years.
Authorities are working to identify a body that was found earlier this week in the Scott's Gulf Wilderness area near Virgin Falls in White County. The body is said to be that of a male subject. The case is being investigated by the White County Sheriff's Department, the TBI, the District Attorney's office and the TWRA. Anyone with information about a man on a bicycle in the Scott's Gulf /Virgin Falls area, you are asked to call the White County Sheriff's Department
The Stone Memorial High School cross country girls team finished 20th at the state race. Hailey Coudriet was in the top twenty until another runner stepped on her heal causing her to fall. Hailey recovered, and led the Lady Panthers by finishing 39th with a time of 20:13. Stone had one boy running in the state race. Jordan Schroeder finished 138th with a time of 18:38.