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Students Facing Deadline
AP Monday July 6, 2015
Only one in four students signed up for the Tennessee Promise program have completed the volunteer work needed to remain eligible.
If students in the Tennessee Promise program do not complete and submit their hours by August 1st, they will no longer be eligible for the scholarship program. It offers new high school graduates a tuition-free ticket to community and technical colleges.
The Tennessean reports that the approaching deadline has triggered a campaign of constant communication from officials.
Tennessee Promise executive director Mike Krause says he and his staff are flooding the more than 31,500 eligible students with text messages and emails encouraging them to finish the community service.
Dunlap Man Wants Monument
AP Monday July 6, 2015
A former Dunlap mayor wants to create what could be the largest image of the Confederate flag in the South to preserve what he says is an important part of American history and his own heritage.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Carson Camp wants to use the side of Fredonia Mountain in the Sequatchie Valley to paint the flag, which would be as large as two football fields.
Camp's family owns several hundred acres on the Cumberland Plateau.
Cooke Fighting Extradition
Saturday July 4, 2015
Authorities say 39 year old Bryan Cooke is still in jail in Jacksonville, Florida, accused of murdering Gary and Gail Dodson last Monday morning. Cooke is said to be fighting extradition back to Warren County to face charges of criminal homicide.
Cooke was arrested in Jacksonville last Monday night. He had checked into a hotel and a hotel employee called police when she became suspicious at Cooke's behavior. Police broke into Cooke's room and found him unresponsive. He was hospitalized, but has since been released from the hospital and is being held in the Jacksonville Jail. Authorities say he has refused to make any statements.
According to a published report, extradition proceedings could take up to 30 days.
July 4th Activities
Jay Walker Friday July 3, 2015
July 4th activities are planned for downtown McMinnville Saturday morning, weather permitting.
The pancake breakfast will be served beginning at 7am at the First Methodist Church. The Stars and Stripes Fun Run and Walk will begin at 7:30.
The patriotic salute will take place at 9:00 and the Silver and Gold Band will perform at 9:30. There will also be entertainment by the Pioneerettes and Paula's Dance Academy. The Yankee Doodle Childrens' Parade will be held at 10:30.
The Park Theater will be showing the movie, Yankee Doodle Dandy at 10am and 1pm free of charge.
There will also be a recognition ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Hebe Statue on Court Square.
Independence Day activities are also taking place in outlying communities.
Horses Die in Fire
WJLE Friday July 3, 2015
Three horses died in a barn fire in DeKalb County Thursday and another horse was injured.
It happened Thursday morning on Game Ridge Road.
Authorities say the cause of the fire is unknown but it swept through the barn quickly and was well underway when firefighters arrived on the scene.
Three of the four horses died in the fire. The other horse suffered burns.
The barn and its contents, including hay and farm machinery were destroyed in the fire.