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The Tennessee Department of Children's Services says case workers can no longer remove children from homes without a hearing in court. The change comes on the heels of a pair of federal court opinions that said case workers must abide by a constitutional amendment that guarantees people the right against searches and seizures without a warrant. The move has received criticism from child advocates and juvenile judges, who say the safety of children is already being affected. Before the court ruling, case workers and their supervisors could decide on their own whether to remove a child, but had to petition a court to review their actions within 72 hours. The federal court found that practice was unconstitutional.
The Stone Memorial High School Panthers football team got the news Saturday morning that they will head to Ooltewah to take on the Ooltewah High School Owls in the first round of the State Playoffs on Friday night, November 8th. SMHS set a school record with 6 wins this season and their 6 and 4 record earned them a playoff berth. The Owls finished the season with an 8 and 2 record, their only losses coming to Siegel and Cleveland.
The Panthers are one of four District 6-AAA teams headed to the playoffs; White County will host Cleveland, Rhea County entertains Lenoir City and Cookeville travels to Sevier County.
City of Crossville property taxes are due by Saturday, November 30th. Interests and penalties will be calculated at a rate of 1.5 percent per month if not paid by the due date. Taxes may be paid at the City Hall at 392 North Main Street on Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 4:30pm.
The Cumberland County High School Jets trailed the Warren County Pioneers by 22 points at the half and were down by 15 at the start of the final quarter. CCHS rallied and outscored the visitors 27 to 6 in the final frame and claimed a 41-35 victory. A.J. Dick, Colton Dykes, Jordan Buckner and Zakk King scored the Jets touchdowns as 21 CCHS seniors ended their career with a victory. Warren County built the early 21-0 lead scoring on each of their first three possessions, but the Jets scored three times in the final seven minutes of the game to record their second win this season.
Stone Memorial High School fell to Rhea County Friday night 45-16. The Panthers finish the regular season with a school record 6 wins and now await word from the TSSAA on their match-up in the State Playoffs. SMHS seniors did the scoring against the Eagles: Nathaniel Clanton had a 2 yard TD run, Brady Wattenbarger hit Brian Frye with a 52 yard scoring strike and Patrick Robinson kicked a 32 yard field goal.