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In a special called session on Thursday and with one member absent, the Crossville City Council voted to table further action on continuing building inspection for the County. Council member Danny Wyatt did not want to move forward on the matter until the full council was available. Council member Pete Souza, while against continuing inspections for the county, felt the matter deserved to be addressed by the full council as well and made the motion to table. In other action, the council approved the second reading of changes to rules at Meadow Park Lake that will include allowing swimming at the lake.
The U.S. Department of Education has approved Tennessee’s waiver request from certain provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act. Critics have complained there is too much testing and the law is too punitive for schools deemed to be failing. Seven other states were given the waiver approval Thursday, but Tennessee is the only one receiving an additional four years of flexibility. “With the state’s current waiver set to expire this summer and no final action on federal ESEA reauthorization, the waiver renewal is crucial to Tennessee’s ability to establish and implement a state-specific accountability system and avoid the rigid Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) model established by NCLB”, the State Department said.
Statewide county unemployment rates for June 2015 show the rates increased in 94 of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Only Overton County saw a decrease in the unemployment rate with June’s 7.5% compared to May’s 7.7%. Cumberland County’s jobless rate rose 0.7% up from May’s rate of 6.9 to June’s 7.6%. Williamson County had the state’s lowest unemployment rate at 4.6%; Hancock County had the highest at 12.7%.
Former Vol and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has set up a charity to aid the families and honor those slain in the Chattanooga shootings. It’s called the Chattanooga Heroes Fund and it is being managed through the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. The fund will help those who will struggle financially due to the loss of their loved one. To make a donation online go to cfgc.org.
A lucky Powerball player is holding a ticket purchased in Nashville now worth a cool $1 million after last night’s drawing. This makes the 18th win of $1 million or more this year, and the 171st such win since the Lottery began selling tickets January 20, 2004. No additional information is known until the prize is claimed. If the player had used the “Power Play” option for an extra $1, the prize would have been doubled to $2 million.