NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A task force appointed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has skipped over the question of whether to create a school voucher program. Instead, the panel's most spirited debate earlier this week was about how soon vouchers could begin to be offered in Tennessee.
Jerry Winters is a spokesman for the state’s largest teacher’s union, the Tennessee Teacher’s Association. He’s attended four of the task force meeting and says it’s clear the panel members have already made up their minds to recommend a voucher program.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There were new developments Thursday afternoon in the Bedford County farmhouse fire that apparently claimed four lives.
Investigators quickly located the bodies of 72-year-old Leon McClaran and his 70-year-old wife, Molli, following the Sunday night blaze. Officials also expected to find the bodies of two of the McClaran's grandchildren in the rubble, but haven't been able to find them.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. is ordering a review of internal police procedures following repeated cases of alleged officer misconduct, including an off-duty officer's involvement in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old boy.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — University of Tennessee Police have cited a dozen people for underage consumption of alcohol after a fraternity member was treated at the UT hospital for alcohol poisoning.
According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, those cited included 11 members of the campus Pi Kappa Alpha chapter and one guest.
Mark Broughton says his son, Alexander, was released from the hospital Sunday and is now back in class. The 20-year-old UT freshman ended up in the ER Saturday night with a blood alcohol level of 4.0, several times the legal limit.
Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder
Credit State of Tenn.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and state Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder have declared this week as Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Recognition Week.
Commissioner Grinder is a military veteran herself, having served most recently in Afghanistan. She says she recently had opportunity to attend a luncheon meeting of Tennesseans who are former POWs.