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Driver Testing Center Reopens
Jay Walker Tuesday October 18, 2016
The McMinnville-Warren County Driver Testing Center was officially reopened Monday following months of negotiations between local and state officials.
The state closed the center in May as a cost saving measure. Since the state announced it was closing the center, Mayor Jimmy Haley and Warren County's state representatives and Senator have been working to get the center reopened.
The City Board and County Commission each agreed to split the cost of the rent on the building for the remainder of the fiscal year. Officials believe the state will take steps to keep the center open in the future.
Officials gathered Monday morning to celebrate the official reopening of the center. Several customers were already taking advantage of the center being open as the ceremony was taking place.
ACT Retake Set for Saturday
Monday October 17, 2016
The statewide ACT Senior Retake will be next Saturday, October 22 for students who met the September 16 registration deadline.
The retake provides every eligible high school senior, meaning any public school student who took the ACT as a junior, the ability to retake the ACT free of charge.
With more Tennessee students than ever before taking the ACT, Tennessee public high school students this year held steady at a 19.4 average score, whereas nationally scores declined as more students participated.
Nearly 1,300 more Tennessee public school students became eligible for the HOPE scholarship in 2016 by achieving composite scores of 21 or higher. Additionally, Tennessee improved its national standing in 2016 among the 18 states that require students to take the ACT, climbing to seventh in the nation when looking at the average composite of both public and private school students.
Haslam Names Astronaut to Tech Board
AP Monday October 17, 2016
Gov. Bill Haslam has named the new boards of Middle Tennessee State University and Tennessee Tech, completing his appointments to six four-year colleges that the Republican has spun out of the Tennessee Board of Regents system.
Haslam's appointments to Tennessee Tech include NASA astronaut Butch Wilmore, an alumnus and member of the school's sports hall of fame for his time on the football team. Joining him on the panel are Barbara Fleming, Trudy Harper, Tom Jones, Millard Oakley, Purna Saggurti, Johnny Stites and Teresa Vanhooser.
The governor's appointees at MTSU are Andrew Adams, J.B. Baker, Pete Delay, Darrell Freeman Sr., Joey Jacobs, Chris Karbowiak, Stephen Smith, and Pamela Wright.
Haslam previously named new boards for East Tennessee State University, Austin Peay, Tennessee State and the University of Memphis.
Test Scores Could Dip
AP Monday October 17, 2016
State education officials are asking educators and parents not to be discouraged if students' test scores are lower this year.
That's because officials are increasing the threshold for test scores as part of the state's move to create tougher grading standards.
The Tennessean reports that test program TNReady will release scores for high school students within the next few weeks. This year, the scores are set up to align closer to the standards seen on the ACT test.
Education Commissioner Candice McQueen says that the scores shouldn't be compared to the previous year's tests because the new tests measure different levels for different subjects.
McQueen says the scores will give officials a better understanding of where students stand.
Warren County Commission
Jay Walker Monday October 17, 2016
The full Warren County Commission will meet Monday night to consider a very light agenda.
Commissioners will consider budget amendments for the drug fund and general fund and will approve departmental reports.
Monday night's meeting will begin at 6:30 at the Administrative Building.