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Tennessee passes sign language bill
AP Wednesday April 26, 2017

The Tennessee Legislature has passed a measure that allows students to take American Sign Language and get credit for their foreign language requirements.

Sen. Becky Massey, a Republican from Knoxville who sponsored the Senate Bill, said Tennessee passed a law allowing kids to take ASL for credit back in the early ’90s. But Massey said lawmakers never made sure it got implemented. She said the new bill assures that it will.

Massey said there are approximately 500,000 Tennesseans who are deaf or hard of hearing and many use ASL to communicate.

The bill still has to be signed by the governor.

Russell Rosen, an assistant professor at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York, says more than 40 states have passed similar measures.

 


High School Basketball
Submitted Tuesday April 25, 2017

The All Herald-Citizen girls’ basketball team was recently announced and four county players have been recognized. The only sophomore in the Upper Cumberland to be named to the first team; Gracee Dishman from Cumberland County High School. Lady Jet Destiny Carlton and Stone Memorial Lady Panther Alex Eldridge were named to the third team and Cumberland County’s Klaire Varney received Honorable Mention.

 


Pickett State Park Opens New Archaeology Museum and Research Station
TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation Tuesday April 25, 2017

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park has unveiled a new Archaeology Museum and East Tennessee State University (ETSU) field research station. The new facility is a working museum that will display artifacts unearthed on-site from the park, Pogue Creek Canyon State Natural Area and surrounding areas.

The museum boasts archaeological artifacts from 400 to up to 13,000 years ago. An active site excavation is located within a mile from the city. Evidence at the site dates back to the Upper Cumberland Plateau area’s first inhabitants up to 12,500 years ago.

The facility opening also coincides with Tennessee State Parks’ 80th anniversary and marks just one of the events being held statewide to showcase the natural beauty and educational opportunities at Tennessee’s 56 state parks.

In the same facility as the museum, a team of ETSU Anthropology undergraduate students will live and conduct research at the facility on a regular basis year-round.

Pickett CCC Memorial State Park lies within the 19,200-acre Pickett State Forest, and is adjacent to the massive 120,000 acre Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. For more information, visithttp://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/pickett.

(Photo courtesy TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation)

 


Rhea County Woman Arrested, Charged in Husband’s Murder
TBI Tuesday April 25, 2017

Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have arrested and charged a Rhea County woman in connection to the death of her husband.

At the request of 12th District Attorney General Mike Taylor, TBI Special Agents began investigating the death of Thomas Richard Wilkey, Jr. Monday, shortly after deputies from the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department found the body of the man (DOB 12-9-65) in his home in the 1200 block of Walkerton Road in Dayton. During the course of the investigation, Agents, working alongside investigators from Rhea County, developed information leading to Wilkey’s wife, Patricia Kaye Wilkey, as the individual responsible for the crime.

This evening, Agents arrested Wilkey (DOB 4-4-67) and charged her with one count of Criminal Homicide. At the time of this release, she was being held without bond in the Rhea County Jail.

(Photo courtesy TBI)

 


Tennessee lawmakers give final OK to Haslam's roads bill
AP Tuesday April 25, 2017

The Tennessee House has voted to put the finishing touch on months of work on Gov. Bill Haslam's bill that increases the gas tax to fund roadwork and cuts other taxes.
The House cast a 67-21 final favorable vote Monday, which lets the Republican governor soon sign the bill into law.
Both chambers passed the bill Wednesday, but left a property tax break for disabled veterans unresolved.
Senators amended the legislation to increase property tax relief to disabled veterans to up to $175,000 in property value, from the current $100,000.
The House adopted that change and passed the bill a final time Monday.
The bill also cuts sales tax on groceries, corporate taxes on manufacturers and tax on earnings from stocks and bonds.

 

 
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