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About 100 soldiers returned to their families at Fort Campbell, Kentucky on Tuesday after a deployment to aid in the fight against Ebola. WSMV reports that 700 Fort Campbell troops were sent to Liberia late last year with a mission to build 17 treatment units for Ebola patients. The 98 troops who returned Tuesday have actually been stateside for three weeks. They have been in monitored containment for 21 days at Fort Bliss. This was Fort Campbell's second homecoming from Liberia in this deployment, with more to come as all 700 soldiers are eventually brought home. (Photo Courtesy WSMV)
The Cumberland County Board of Education wants your input on the 2016-2017 School Calendar. There are three calendar options to choose from. To make your preference known, go to the Cumberland County School’s Facebook page and click on the link provided. The Calendar Option Survey is also available at cumberlandcounty.schoolinsites.com
Fall Creek Falls State Park received the East Tennessee Excellence in Customer Service Award at the 2015 Tennessee State Parks Management meeting. Parks nominated for this award have demonstrated exceptional customer service throughout their park or within a specific operation of the park. Fall Creek Falls State Park is one of Tennessee’s most visited state parks and is located on the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Knoxville, about 65 miles north of Chattanooga. Fall Creek Falls State Park was used as one of the primary filming locations for the Disney live action movie “The Jungle Book” and the comic science fiction film “Dr. Otto and the Riddle of the Gloom Beam”, starring Jim Varney. Scenes from the 1986 movie “King Kong Lives”, starring Linda Hamilton, were filmed in the area of Cane Creek Cascades and Cane Creek Falls.
Cumberland County traveled to Cookeville for District games on Tuesday. The Lady Jets improved to 19 and 4, 6 and 1 in District play, with a 78-60 victory over the Lady Cavs. The Cookeville Cavaliers recorded their 20th win of the season as they got past the Jets 68-53.
At Stone Memorial High School the Panthers picked up another District win and posted their second win of the season over the Rhea County Golden Eagles, 64-58 the final. The visiting Lady Eagles slipped by the Lady Panthers 54-49 in the girls game.
Stone Memorial will hold their basketball homecoming Friday as they play host to White County; catch the broadcast on Mix 99.3. Cumberland County steps outside the District with home games against Knoxville Halls on Thursday and will return to District play with road games at Rhea County on Friday. The CCHS District games Friday will air on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY beginning at 4:55.
A jury has convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players of raping a former student inside a dorm room. Local 8 Now reports the jury deliberated for about three hours before finding Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey guilty. They face decades in prison. Prosecutors say Vandenburg brought an unconscious 21-year-old woman he had been seeing back to his dorm room after a night of drinking in 2013 and the assault occurred as he took pictures. Defense attorneys say Vandenburg took "deplorable" photos but did not take part in the assault. Batey testified that he was so drunk he didn't remember what happened until he later saw cellphone photos and video. The alleged victim testified she didn't remember the alleged assault. Two other former players are facing charges. Their trials have not been set. (Photo Courtesy WVLT)