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State ACT Average a Record High
Wednesday October 11, 2017

Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said Tennessee public school students set a new record, earning an average composite score of 20.1 on the ACT. It's an improvement from the 2016 average score of 19.9, with more than 3,500 additional students taking the exam this year. The results also show that about 1,800 more Tennessee public school graduates became eligible for the HOPE scholarship by earning composite scores of 21 or higher.
Students improved in every section of the ACT by increasing their average score in English, Math, Reading and Science.
White County students posted the largest gain in the state from 2016 to 2017, raising its average composite by 1.7 points to 20.3.

 


Scam Alert
Jay Walker Wednesday October 11, 2017

Officials at McMinnville Electric System are warning local business and residential customers of a scam that is being reported.
Someone claiming to be an MES representative is calling MES customers asking them to purchase a pre-paid debit card at Walmart to pay their late or overdue bill to avoid disconnection. MES officials say this is a scam. MES does not advise customers to purchase a card or be disconnected. Customers are urged to always check with MES if you are suspicious. The staff there will inform you regarding the status of your account. If you receive such a call, hang up.

 


THP Cracks Down on Distracted Driving
Tuesday October 10, 2017

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is cracking down on distracted driving.
From Oct. 9 to Oct. 12, THP is partnering with local law enforcement agencies for the state's second statewide bus tour.
THP and law enforcement rode around in large, black and tan buses with THP logos Monday. Officers on the buses told officers in patrol cars on the road of any traffic violations they see.
Officials say distracted driving continues to be a major threat to the safety of our highways.
Tennessee's first bus tour yielded more than 200 traffic citations, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol.

 


High Court Suggests Help for Lawyers Aiding Poor
AP Tuesday October 10, 2017

Tennessee's Supreme Court is suggesting changes to help poor people get proper legal representation.
A court news release recommends a bump from a $40 or $50 hourly pay rate for appointed lawyers to a $65 hourly rate. It would be the first increase in two decades.
Additionally, the court seeks a $500 boost to today's $1,500 lawyer pay cap in indigent cases.
The court suggests new public defender appellate and conflicts divisions, the latter to ensure public defenders are used instead of private attorneys.
Judges would have to explain public defender conflicts before appointing private attorneys.
A new state commission would oversee indigent representation issues.
The court says it will bill periodically, instead of after cases, to ensure lawyers are paid more quickly.
Many of the suggestions require legislative approval.

 


Twitter Shuts Down Blackburn Ad
AP Tuesday October 10, 2017

Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn's Senate campaign announcement ad is being blocked by Twitter over a statement the abortion rights opponent makes about the sale of fetal tissue for medical research.
Blackburn in the ad boasts that she "stopped the sale of baby body parts." Twitter found that statement to be inflammatory and "likely to evoke a strong negative reaction."
A Twitter representative told Blackburn's vendors that they would be allowed to run the rest of the video if the flagged statement is omitted.
While the decision keeps the Blackburn campaign from paying to promote the video on Twitter, it doesn't keep it from being linked from YouTube and other platforms.
Blackburn took to Twitter to urge supporters to re-post her video and join her in "standing up to Silicon Valley."

 

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