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The House and Senate have approved Gov. Bill Haslam's nominations for new boards for six public universities.
The new boards are part of the Republican governor's initiative to spin six four-year public universities out of the Tennessee Board of Regents system. Each board will control budgets, tuition and the selection of university presidents.
The schools involved are Austin Peay in Clarksville; East Tennessee State in Johnson City; Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro; Tennessee Tech in Cookeville; Tennessee State in Nashville; and the University of Memphis.
Haslam's appointments include former Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey; NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore; retired Army Gen. Gary Luck; former University of Memphis interim president Brad Martin; and Democratic fundraiser Bill Freeman.
Education Commissioner Candice McQueen announced today that 25,977 students in the state’s high school class of 2017 participated in the department’s first ACT Senior Retake Day last fall. Of those, nearly 40 percent increased their overall score, and 1,331 seniors raised their composite above a 21—creating access to HOPE Scholarship funds that provide up to $16,000 to help students pay for college. Tennessee is the first state to offer the retake opportunity on a statewide scale.
There were several highlights in the results. In addition to the students who raised their overall composite, thousands of students raised individual subject test scores, which will help them be more competitive at institutions that allow for students to “superscore,” where they take the highest individual subscores across multiple ACT tests. The ACT retake also resulted in more students hitting the ACT college-readiness benchmarks in all four subjects. In Knox County Schools, for example, 25 percent of students who retook the ACT hit all four benchmarks during their junior year. The retake resulted in 32.1 percent of these students hitting all four benchmarks. Statewide, the percentage of retake students in the class of 2017 who met all four benchmarks increased from 21.5 percent to 26.8 percent.
Additionally, over a third of school districts increased their district-wide ACT average, with the best gains in Maryville City, which increased its composite average by a full point.
Today’s results also point to areas where the state can target future efforts to maximize this investment. For example, the department is encouraging districts to focus on ensuring that the students whom its research indicates will most benefit from a retake—typically those who were lower-performing—take advantage of this free opportunity. A review of the data show that students who generally earned higher composite scores participated in the retake day last fall, while those who scored below a 17 were far less likely to do so. However, those students scoring in that lower range increased their composite score the most on average.
Flu season is here with seasonal flu activity reported across Tennessee. The highest number of influenza cases in Tennessee is typically seen in January and February each year. Tennessee is currently among the states with the highest levels of flu activity according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Tennessee Department of Health says flu shots have been proven to save lives. You can get your flu shot for free at the Cumberland County Health Department weekdays during normal business hours. No appointment needed and walk-ins are welcome!
Charges are pending against three Crossville residents following an in-depth investigation and undercover narcotics operation. A Press Release from the Crossville Police Department states that on Monday, February 13, 2017, Crossville Police Department Narcotics Detective’s efforts led to a raid and search warrant service on a residence located at 1039 Browns Creek Drive, in Crossville, TN. Authorities say that upon completion of the narcotics investigation, Grand Jury Indictments will be sought for 50-year-old Timothy Barnes Sr., 45-year-old Shirley Barnes and 23-year-old Angela Barnes who all reportedly lived at the home. The Press Release did not reveal just what authorities found during the raid. All charges are pending the outcome of the completed investigation. Assisting with the operation were Crossville Police Department, Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office, 13th Judicial Drug Task Force, and the HIDTA / TBI Drug Task Force.
(Photo Courtesy Crossville Police Dept.)
Cumberland County and Stone Memorial High Schools are well represented on the All-District 6AAA Basketball Teams announced earlier this week.
The Girls All-District squad includes three CCHS Lady Jets: Gracee Dishman, who was named Player of the Year; Destiny Carlton and Klaire Varney. Stone Memorial’s Alex Eldridge was named to the team and Emily Boyd and Tessa Johnson received Honorable Mention. Cumberland County’s Radhika Miller and Rhea County’s Darvin Gill were named Co-Coaches of the Year.
The Boys All-District team includes a pair of Jets and a pair of Panthers and a Panther also received Honorable Mention. Named to the team were Cumberland County’s Silas Clark and Josh Dykes and Stone Memorial’s Tristan Norman and Brett Newcome. The Panthers Justin Headrick received Honorable Mention. White County’s Pierce Whited was named Player of the Year and Cookeville’s Kevin Bray was named as the Coach of the Year.