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7:30am

Fri December 19, 2014
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Governor proposes changes to the way Tenn. teachers evaluated

Gov. Bill Haslam and TEA President Barbara Gray
Credit tn.gov/teateachers.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Education will be a major focus of the next session of the Tennessee General Assembly, set to begin in mid-January, and Governor Haslam is trying to get out in front of that discussion.

The Tennessean reports that in a meeting with teachers earlier this month, Haslam proposed several changes to the way teachers relate to the standards.

Among those changes, Haslam wants to temporarily reduce the portion of a teacher’s evaluation tied to student test scores and he wants to more closely align assessment tests with the standards being taught.

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11:11am

Thu December 18, 2014
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Is Tennessee prepared for a public health crisis like Ebola?

Credit healthyamericans.org

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A new report by the highly respected Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says Tennessee is one of the states best prepared to deal with a public health crisis such as the ongoing Ebola epidemic.

Tennessee received top marks in eight-out-of-ten public health preparedness categories, tying with seven other state for the nation’s best scores.

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10:39am

Thu December 18, 2014
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Will court force Tennessee to reveal executioner's names?

Riverbend Maximum Security Prison, where Tennessee's Death Row is located.
Credit tn.gov

 

 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Attorneys for the state will try to convince Tennessee’s Supreme Court justices that they should not be forced to turn over the names of executioners to the attorneys for the state’s 11 death row inmates.

Attorneys for the inmates say they need the names in order to determine whether the people charged with carrying out executions are qualified. If they aren't, it would benefit the inmates' lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Tennessee's lethal injection and electrocution procedures.

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10:26am

Thu December 18, 2014
Politics

Haslam's new education commissioner has strong Common Core background

Gov. Bill Haslam and Tenn. Education Commissioner Candice McQueen
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Gov. Bill Haslam has named a top mid-state academic with extensive Common Core experience to be the next Tennessee education commissioner.

The governor has chosen Lipscomb University's Candice McQueen. She’ll replace Kevin Huffman, who announced last month that he's leaving for the private sector.

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9:51am

Thu December 18, 2014
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Tenn. mom driving van of kids pleads not guilty in chase

Police dash-cam video of the confrontation between Tennessean Oriana Ferrell and New Mexico State Police

ALBUQURQUE, NM (AP) — A Tennessee woman has pleaded not guilty in a chaotic 2013 traffic stop and chase during which a New Mexico State Police officer shot at her minivan full of children.

KOB-TV reports that 40-year-old Oriana Farrell of Memphis entered the plea Tuesday in the northern tourist town of Taos to fleeing and other charges filed last month by a grand jury. An appeals court dismissed previous charges, saying a prosecutor shouldn't have been involved in excusing a grand jury member.

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