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Vanderbilt University has released the names of the four football players dismissed from the team for violation of team rules in June. According to University officials Brandon Banks, Corey Batey, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie and Brandon Vandenburg will not be a part of the 2013 roster. The students were also suspended from the university pending further investigation into sex crimes on the Vanderbilt University campus. Head coach James Franklin issued a statement regarding the incident, stating that ""For student athletes at Vanderbilt, it is a privilege, not a right, to be a part of the program. We insist on high standards of personal responsibility and integrity, and there are consequences when those standards are not met."
A couple of announcements for parents and students of Stone Memorial High School… SMHS will be handing out schedules for the 2013-14 school year on Monday, July 22nd in the front lobby from 8 – noon. In addition, SMHS will be hosting a Parent Information night on Thursday, August 8th beginning at 6:00 pm in the auditorium. All parents of Stone Memorial High School students are encouraged to attend. Schools resume August 7th in Cumberland County, with a 10am dismissal, a teacher in service day is scheduled for Thursday August 8th and the first full day of school will be Friday, August 9th.
Mediation begins today for 4 cases involving the Lake Tansi sewer system. All parties are expected to be present for the conference, which is an attempt to settle all of the cases. In addition to the parties to the 4 lawsuits, the Crossville City Council will be on hand for the session. The Council scheduled a work session for Monday and Tuesday to participate in the mediation at the request of District Attorney General Randall York. Mediation was set to begin at 8am Monday morning, and continue Tuesday.
One of the victim's in last week's fire on Dunbar Road has died from her injuries. According to reports, a 57-year-old female passed away at Vanderbilt Medical Center on Friday. A 58 year old male and 31 year old female are still listed in critical condition. Authorities say they believe the fire started in the kitchen. There were no working smoke detectors in the home at the time of the blaze.
A new Tennessee law aimed at cracking down on drunk driving is allowing offenders the chance to drive, if they are sober. State troopers expect the so-called "first-offender" law to help stop drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel impaired a second time. The law made ignition interlock devices mandatory for anyone convicted of DUI. The new law impacts drivers who were arrested and convicted of drunk driving on or after July 1st.