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Driver Injured in Crash
Wednesday April 6, 2016
A woman escaped serious injury Tuesday when her vehicle slammed into a guardrail in the Fairview Community.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 54 year old Mary Michelle Johnson was driving northbound on Beersheba Highway when the car hit the guardrail in front of the Fairview Community Center. The passenger side of the vehicle was actually impaled on the guardrail.
The driver was taken by ambulance to St. Thomas River Park Hospital for treatment of her injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.
Jay Walker Wednesday April 6, 2016
The Rhea County Golden Eagles made it a 3-game district sweep of the Warren County Pioneers Tuesday with a 12-2 win in five innings.
Rhea County scored ten runs in the first two innings, two coming on a home run by Braxton Dieckhaus. The Pioneers were held to only four hits.
Warren County plays in a tournament in Knoxville this weekend, facing teams from Bearden, Knox Grace and Harland County, Ky.
The next district action is next Monday night at Cumberland County.
Testing to be Scaled Down
AP Wednesday April 6, 2016
Tennessee's top education official has announced that students will be spending less time taking standardized tests next year.
Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen told news outlets over the phone on Monday that TNReady's math and English tests will be shortened. The state has not yet made a decision about the length of the social studies test or whether the tests will be online or on paper.
Launched this school year, TNReady replaced the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program.
Educators and parents in many school districts have criticized TNReady for months, saying the test robs students of valuable instructional time and is developmentally inappropriate. Delays in the administering of the tests also forced schools to change schedules several times this spring.
Authorities Ask for Help to Solve Burglaries
Wednesday April 6, 2016
Authorities in Coffee County are investigating a recent rash of residential burglaries around the Summitville, Rutledge Falls and Ragsdale areas of the county.
A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons involved in these burglaries.
If anyone has any information, you are asked to contact Investigator Jason Dendy with the Coffee County Sheriff's Department at 931-570-4427. All calls will remain anonymous.
Nashville Leads State in Growth
Tuesday April 5, 2016
Nashville and its surrounding areas are leading the state in population growth.
According to the Tennessee State Data Center, the Nashville metropolitan statistical area, which includes Murfreesboro and Franklin, had a 2015 population of more than 1.8 million people. That’s about 28 percent of Tennessee’s total population of 6.6 million.
Nashville ranked 36th out of 412 metropolitan statistical areas nationally for one-year growth from 2014 to 2015. The top 10 fastest-growing counties in Tennessee were either located in or bordered the Nashville area. They were Rutherford, Williamson, Wilson, Maury, Montgomery, Sumner, Dickson, Bedford, Davidson and Smith counties.
The Tennessee State Data Center is a partner to the U.S. Census