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Cumberland County Schools could lose up to $400,000 next year due to federal budget cuts. The Crossville Chronicle reports that Federal Programs Director Dan Schlafer said his priority will be funding salaries and benefits for employees. “Equipment, supplies and technology requests will have to become secondary until we can get our arms around what the final budgeted numbers will be,” he told the Chronicle.
Female state inmates picking up trash along Highway 111 in Sequatchie County made a gruesome discovery just before noon on Thursday; a badly decomposing body. Authorities say it had decomposed beyond recognition and did not state whether they thought the victim was male or female. The Sequatchie County Sheriff’s Department and the TBI are investigating.
The TAD Center/ Victims Impact Panel of TN, partnering with other local emergency agencies, sponsored a Mock DUI presentation at Stone Memorial High School on Thursday. All participating students were encouraged to sign a pledge sheet to not drink and drive on Prom night this weekend. Each of the students who signed were then entered into a $75 prize drawing. The winner was Kimberly Cox. The SMHS prom is this Saturday.
(Photo submitted Shane Wyatt. (from left) are Kelly Smith (SMHS Vice Principal), Student winner Kimberly Cox, and TAD Activities Director Shane Wyatt)
Prom and graduation celebrations should be enjoyable, safe experiences for everyone. The Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) is partnering with the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), and AAA – The Auto Club Group to promote teen driver safety during prom and graduation season. According to the Tennessee Integrated Traffic Analysis Network (TITAN), there were 83 alcohol-related crashes involving a teen driver this time last year, three of which were fatal. This year, the THSO joins the TABC, SADD, and AAA to reduce teen crashes, injuries, and fatalities through increased enforcement, education, and awareness.
Now and throughout May,special agents from the TABC are stepping up their Underage Sales Tennessee Operation Plan (USTOP) program statewide. USTOP is an initiative to reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic crashes by conducting minor compliance checks and re-checks to prevent alcohol sales to minors. The TABC encourages citizens to report any licensed establishment that serves alcoholic beverages to minors. To file a complaint on a licensed establishment (restaurant, bar, hotel and/or retail store) that is selling to minors, please visit www.tn.gov/abc or call 615-741-7583.
The Stone Memorial High School prom is this Saturday in Cumberland County.
The 1st and 2nd District will have a Community Meeting with their representatives serving on the Cumberland County Board of Education and County Commission. The Community Meeting will be held at the Board of Education Meeting Room at the Central Office on Monday, May 8 at 6 p.m.
1st and 2nd District BOE members Jeff Freitag and Robbie Safdie along with 1st and 2nd District County Commissioners Tracey Scarbrough, Sue York, Tom Isham, and Nancy Hyder will host the event. Everyone is welcome to attend.