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Daycare Violation Records Online
Wednesday July 23, 2014
A new tool is helping parents keep track of their children's daycare. Starting this month, the State of Tennessee is putting daycare inspection reports online.
The state already uses a three-star rating system for daycare centers. This new link shows specific violations for anyone to examine.
According to the Department of Human Services, each child care center gets a minimum of four to six unannounced monitoring visits each year, on which the violations are based.
To check specific childcare centers, you can visit the DHS website at www.tn.gov/accweb/, where it breaks down daycare providers by county.
Child Welfare Report
AP Wednesday July 23, 2014
The latest national ranking of the well-being of children shows Tennessee is among five states that made the biggest improvement in the last year.
The Kids Count Data Book, an annual report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, grades state on education, health care and poverty.
Tennessee moved from 39th to 36th this year. The state made strides on all eight scores for education and health.
In the case of education, more children met reading and math goals, preschool enrollments increased, and more teenagers graduate high school on time.
The state improved from 42nd to 37th in education, and from 33rd to 31st in health.
Escaped Inmate Captured
Jay Walker Wednesday July 23, 2014
Warren County Sheriff's officers captured an inmate who escaped custody Tuesday morning. Sheriff Jackie Matheny said Timothy Gay was about to enter the courthouse to face charges when he suddenly took off running. Matheny said Gay went to an apartment house on West Colville Street where he had friends residing. He was able to get out of his shackles and handcuffs and change clothes.
Officers took him into custody a short time later. Gay will face charges of escape. He was in jail for aggravated assault and aggravated robbery.
Warren County Commission
Jay Walker Tuesday July 22, 2014
The Warren County Commission Monday night approved the county budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The budget includes two new ambulances, new Sheriff's Department vehicles and a 50 cent per hour raise for county employees. It does not call for a tax increase.
Commissioners also approved a measure making appropriations to non-profit charitable organizations.
The commission met briefly in an executive session, during which spectators and media were sent out of the room while commissioners heard from legal counsel. Following the executive session, commissioners approved a measure to designate the county executive to take part in mediation in the county's court case against former County Executive Kenneth Rogers. The county is seeking money it had to pay FEMA for breaching a contract when Rogers was county executive. The case involves the relocation of a house that was supposed to have been demolished.
Defense attorneys have filed a motion for mediation to resolve the case.
You can hear Monday night's county commission meeting in its entirety Tuesday at 10am and 5pm on 960 WBMC or online at www.960wbmc.com.
Items Stolen from WCMS
Jay Walker Tuesday July 22, 2014
McMinnville Police are investigating the theft of numerous tools and other items from a construction project at Warren County Middle School.
The owner of the items told police someone stole a core drill and the bits that go with it, along with tool bags, a hammer drill, a drill driver, two chargers, two batteries a roll of electrical wire, a pressure washer and a concrete saw.
The loss of the items is estimated in the thousands of dollars.