Governor Bill Haslam has appointed an ad-hoc committee to nominate candidates for the state’s court system. The Tennessee General Assembly decided to let the state judicial nominating commission die at the end of June. But Tennessee voters won’t decide how to proceed until November 2014, creating uncertainty in the legal community over how the state would pick new judges to replace those who step down or die in office. Governor Haslam says his decision to create a temporary committee is necessary to keep the state’s judiciary alive.
The Knox County Health Department is educating some area schools and day-care center about viral meningitis following a cluster of several cases connected to a local daycare.
Mudpies and Music day-care center in Powell is closed for the rest of this week after several cases of viral meningitis were connected with the facility. Owner Kara McKamey said she’ll reopen the center on Monday.
On Tuesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced the state will commit nearly a quarter of a million dollars to re-open the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Wednesday. Blount and Sevier Counties will contribute an additional $60,000. However, the money will run out quickly and the deal only guarantees the park will be open through Sunday.
The clock is ticking today for approximately 3600 employees at the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge who will be furloughed without pay on Thursday if Congress and the President can’t reach an agreement on the federal budget.
“Just like most of Middle America, we’ve got folks who live paycheck to paycheck,” says Steve Jones, President of the local Atomic Trades and Labor Council. “They’re wondering how they’re going to make their mortgage payments and how they’re going to pay their bills.”
When teachers apply for jobs, a new study reveals many apply to higher-achieving schools, leaving high-needs schools to draw from a smaller pool of applicants.
Vanderbilt Assistant Professor Mimi Engle’s says it’s not a new concept, but it is the first time research has documented how teachers apply to schools. Engel used Chicago Public Schools to test her theory. She found when school districts hire for an entire school system, prospective teachers tend to gravitate to higher-achieving schools, leaving disadvantaged schools struggling to fill spots.