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Schools Closing for Eclipse
Jay Walker Friday August 18, 2017

The Warren County School Board has decided to close schools Monday for the solar eclipse. The decision came one week after it had been decided to keep schools open and use the eclipse as a teaching tool.
But since last week's announcement, Director of Schools Bobby Cox said feedback from parents and concerns about safety and liability prompted him to recommend closing schools on Monday.
Among the concerns were the number of teachers and staff who would be off that day, leaving substitutes, who may not have had access to viewing guidelines, in charge of supervising many children. The viewing glasses will be sent home with students on Friday.
The day will be treated as a snow day and school personnel will be paid.
With the decision, Warren County joins several other county school districts in Tennessee, including DeKalb and Rutherford, that will be closing for the eclipse.


Sterilization Lawsuit in White County
AP Friday August 18, 2017

A federal lawsuit claims the White County sheriff and a judge violated inmates' constitutional rights by reducing their jail time if they underwent birth control procedures.
Mike Donovan, whose group Nexus Services Inc. is funding the lawsuit, said during a news conference Thursday that White County, Sheriff Oddie Shoupe, Deputy Donna Daniels and Judge Sam Benningfield pushed a policy that amounts to eugenics.
The lawsuit says Christel Ward and other misdemeanor-level White County Jail inmates were offered 30-day sentence reductions for free sterilization procedures. Men were offered vasectomies and women were offered a birth control implant, which lasts three to five years.
Benningfield rescinded the program last month.
The lawsuit says officials denied Ward the promised jail-time reduction after her implant.


Tennessee July Unemployment
Friday August 18, 2017

Tennessee's unemployment for the month of July again made history with a 3.4 percent rate. This exceeds the previous month's revised rate of 3.6 percent, which was the all time low.
Over the past year, Tennessee's unemployment rate fell one and four-tenths of a percentage point from 4.8 to 3.4 percent. The national rate declined from 4.9 percent to 4.3 percent, a six tenths of a percentage point change during the same 12-month span.


Pioneer Football
Jay Walker Friday August 18, 2017

The 2017 high school football season gets underway Friday night as the Warren County Pioneers will host the DeKalb County Tigers at Nunley Stadium.
This border battle always draws a packed house.
Kickoff is at 7pm. The game will be broadcast live on 1230 WAKI.


School Board
Jay Walker Thursday August 17, 2017

The Warren County School Board will meet Thursday in a special called session to discuss closing school on Monday for the solar eclipse.
The meeting will begin at 4pm at the Central office.



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