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Lawmakers To Allow TDOC To Continue Running Prisons
WSMV Wednesday December 13, 2017

Lawmakers, frustrated with the Tennessee Department of Correction and the private prison company Core Civic, still voted to allow the agency to continue running prisons for another year.
The vote came after a legislative hearing where Core Civic was once again criticized by lawmakers and a former correctional officer.
The authorization by lawmakers also opens up the agency to further audits.
Ashley Dixon, a former corrections officer at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center, testified that she had to endure days of hearing one inmate weep for medication.
A scathing audit of the Trousdale prison was released last month.
TDOC Commissioner Tony Parker testified that his office is closely monitoring Core Civic's contract and is launching a re-audit of the Trousdale location.

New Concert Series Announced

New Concert Series Announced
Wednesday December 13, 2017

Bluegrass Underground has moved on, but it doesn't mean there won't be live music at Cumberland Caverns. Cumberland Caverns, along with RCS Productions, has announced a new concert series called Cumberland Caverns Live will kick off on February 3rd. At least six shows have already been booked from February through May. Additional shows will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets will go on sale on December 15th via .
Promoters are promising a smoother check-in experience, improved seating options and update menu items in the concession stand.
The Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns was the home of Bluegrass Underground for eight years until it was announced that promoted are moving the concert series to a new venue near Pelham in Grundy County.


Monday Night Crash
Jay Walker Tuesday December 12, 2017

A two-vehicle crash Monday night sent one person to the hospital by ambulance. It happened at the intersection of Smithville Highway and the Bypass.
According to McMinnville Police, a Honda Accura, driven by 47 year old Jerry Griffin, was turning right from Smithville Highway to the Bypass and pulled into the path of a Chevy Equinox, driven by 59 year old Jereal Hutchins.
Hutchins was transported to River Park Hospital. 45 year old Karen Griffin and the Griffins' teenage son were passengers in the Honda. They were not seriously hurt. Police say all occupants in both vehicles were wearing seat belts.
The crash is still under investigation.


Joint Committee Meeting
Jay Walker Tuesday December 12, 2017

Three committees of the Warren County Commission will meet in a joint session Tuesday evening. The Building and Grounds, Health and Welfare and Highway and Bridge Committees will meet to discuss a new exit road at the Warren County Animal Control and Adoption Center. Health and Welfare will receive reports from Animal Control and the Health and Sanitation Departments.
Tuesday's meeting will begin at 5pm at the Administrative Building.


Fall Creek Falls Inn Demolition Starts in April
Tuesday December 12, 2017

The Fall Creek Fall State Park Inn, restaurant and conference center are scheduled to close April 2nd as state officials proceed with plans to demolish the structures and build a new facility in an estimated $25 million project.
State officials last week met with employees to discuss the closure and how it would impact them.
Work at the park is expected to take one and a half to two years.
Officials say the project is part of an overall plan of reinvestment in the park's facilities that includes the cabins, pool, visitor center, village green, nature center, golf course, sewer upgrade and more.
Both structures that make up the Inn complex will be demolished and replaced with an 85-room facility. The park cabins and lodge and other facilities are expected to remain open.



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