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A passenger who was riding in a vehicle stopped by a Cumberland County Sheriff's deputy has been arrested on various drug charges. According to reports, 24 year old Timothy Steven Woodcock of Creston Road handed deputies a bag containing components commonly used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine when asked if he had anything illegal. He also was found to be in possession of pills believed to be pseudoephedrine and hydrocodone. Woodcock was placed under arrest and transported to the Cumberland County Justice Center.
Gov. Haslam has joined with health officials to encourage residents to get the flu shot. The governor, along with his wife, received vaccinations Thursday at the Knox County Health Department. Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner also received a flu shot. Gov. Haslam said he wanted to stress to Tennesseans how important it is to get immunized ahead of the flu season. Each year, an estimated 5 percent to 20 percent of the population can get the flu, and more than 200,000 can be hospitalized from the illness. Health officials encourage everyone above 6 months in age to get a flu shot.
The federal government has awarded the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Office of Children and Youth a four-year, $4 million grant. It will be used for a comprehensive plan for a statewide system of care for children and families. This statewide system of care expansion will build on existing infrastructure and state and local partnerships. It will also increase family access to mental health services and supports. Tennessee was one of just 15 states to receive the award in what was described as a very competitive process.
Tennessee's Education Department has been awarded a federal grant for more than $5.5 million to improve pay structures and provide greater professional opportunities to teachers in high-poverty schools. The money from the Teacher Incentive Fund award will help fund the state's Recognizing Excellence in Rural Tennessee project. It will build on recent efforts to implement a statewide educator evaluation system that ties student outcomes to educator effectiveness ratings.
The autopsy report has been released for the 20-year-old Lenoir City man who died after falling from the upper deck of the Georgia Dome during the Vols' season-opening football game. Isaac Grubb fell 35 feet from the upper deck of the Georgia Dome during UT's game against N.C. State in Atlanta. According to WBIR, the exact reason for how Grubb fell over the railing at the Georgia Dome is still under investigation. However, the autopsy reveals the exact cause of death. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's Center (FCMEC) in Atlanta, Georgia, conducted the autopsy. It concludes the death was an accident and was caused by blunt head trauma. The report lists a slew of injuries to Grubb's skull following the 35-foot fall. Grubb also suffered extreme trauma to his torso. The autopsy report indicated there were no signs of preexisting disease. The report is also noteworthy for what it did not find. Specifically, it says a vitreous fluid drug screen results were "negative for drugs of abuse and alcohol."