How do Tennessee schools compare to other states?

Jul 29, 2015

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new study suggests Tennessee schools are of average quality, and that may be something of an achievement in a region of the country where schools are generally rated poorly.

WMOT reporting partner is out this week with a report rating education in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Analysts looked at  13 metrics, including student to teacher ratio, standardized test scores, drop-out rates and safety.


MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Police say a Murfreesboro man has admitted raping a woman as she lay unconscious on the ground.

Murfreesboro Police say they arrested 50-year-old Gary W. Leathers on Monday, charging him with Aggravated Rape.

An incident report says police were called to an area near S. Walnut and Hillard Monday afternoon for what was initially thought to be a case of indecent exposure.

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Authorities say a Collierville attorney has been indicted on charges he twice tried to hire a hitman to kill his wife.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 39-year-old Fred Auston Wortman III was indicted by a grand jury in Fayette County on two counts of solicitation to commit first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder. He is being held in Fayette County Jail on $15 million bond.

FORT OGLETHORPE, Ga. (AP) — Mourners gathered to line the procession route for a Navy officer who was fatally shot in attacks on military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The private funeral for Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Scott Smith was held Tuesday afternoon at the First Baptist Church of Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia — just south of the Tennessee line.

Crowds gathered after the service as Smith was driven along I-75 and a state highway to be buried at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. (AP) — A Bradley County deputy has killed a man who investigators say attacked her outside her home.

The Daily Banner reports Tiffany Oakley is being treated at SkyRidge Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries after the Tuesday morning struggle. The confrontation happened as the deputy arrived home at about 2 a.m.

Sheriff Eric Watson says the man pinned Oakley to the ground and tried to cover her nose and mouth. Oakley used a stun gun on him to no avail, so she shot him with her service weapon. He died at a local hospital.