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Free Tuition Not Always Enough
WBIR Thursday June 22, 2017

Tennessee is set to become the first state to offer free community college to all adults, but a new report shows free tuition alone may not be enough to encourage many Tennessee students to attend college.
The state-wide study, outlined by the nonprofit group, Complete TN, based its findings off conversations with education leaders at nine round-table discussions. It cites transportation issues, inflexible class schedules, and a lack of institutional support as some reasons why students may still not attend college.
The report also outlines a disparity between urban and rural areas. A much higher percentage of students in urban areas attend college than those in rural areas.
According to the report, participants expressed a need for high schools, colleges and employers to work together to expose students to regional career opportunities.


School Board
Jay Walker Thursday June 22, 2017

The Warren County School Board will meet Thursday evening in regular session at the Central Office.
The board will receive the Director of Schools' operations report and will get reports from committees.
The board meeting will begin immediately following the committee meeting, which begins at 5pm.


Committee Meetings
Jay Walker Thursday June 22, 2017

Two committees of the Warren County Commission have scheduled meetings for Thursday.
The Budget and Finance Committee will meet at 4pm to discuss budgets.
The Economic and Agricultural Development Committee will meet at 5:30 to discuss budgets and the fairgrounds lease.
Both meetings will be held at the Administrative Building.


Expunction Fee Reduced in Tennessee
WKRN Wednesday June 21, 2017

Potentially thousands of Tennesseans who paid their debt for low-level crimes are getting help with expunging their records.
A measure passed this session that reduces the felony expunction fee from $350 to $180.
The reduced expunction fee is not for just any past felon. The crime has to be non-violent, such as shoplifting or a drug arrest.
Those eligible for the lower expunction fee need to have made restitution and served time for a crime at least five years in the past.
Before the bill passed, Tennessee had the third highest fee in the country for expunging records. With that fee cut in half, potentially thousands of Tennesseans will get a little break after paying their debt to society.


Driver Saved from Burning Vehicle
Jay Walker Wednesday June 21, 2017

A rear-end collision on Lucky Road Monday evening caused an SUV to burst into flames, endangering the driver. Sheriff Jackie Matheny said Debra Foster was the driver of the SUV that was rear ended by a Chevy Tahoe, driven by Juan Torrez Soto. The collision happened when Foster slowed to make a left turn.
As smoke began to envelope the SUV, Soto and nearby residents pulled Foster from the burning vehicle.
Foster was injured in the crash and was reportedly airlifted.


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