Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman told the Tennessean newspaper yesterday that he’s going ahead with his plans to have the fastest-improving schools in the nation by 2015 and his next focus is special education.
Last November, Tennessee's Fourth District Congressman Scott Desjarlais coasted to a 12-point victory over Democratic challenger Eric Stewart in Desjarlais' first re-election campaign. That's despite revelations that the pro-life physician had participated in sexual relations with some of his patients and had encouraged one to get an abortion.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is coordinating seminars across the state to explain the Reform Act's impact. Presenters will also provide information on ways to better handle accidents if they happen. The Worker’s Compensation division and Tennessee OSHA will also provide information on ways to avoid workplace injuries.
Some Tennessee students will get more than a typical serving of fresh fruits and vegetables in class this year. Tennessee received $3.3 million dollars in federal funds to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to schools with the most kids in free and reduced lunch programs. Students in participating schools will get fruit like kiwis or peaches or a vegetable like broccoli or peppers during the school day as a snack outside of regular meals. Schools receive $50 dollars per enrolled student to cover the price of the fresh produce; each school decides how to deliver the snacks.
Officials from Pilot/Flying J announced today the Knoxville-based truck stop chain has offered to settle and consolidate several of the lawsuits filed against the company by trucking clients who claim Pilot's sales staff shorted them on promised fuel rebates. According to documents filed in an Arkansas courtroom, the company has agreed to pay back all rebates owed with 6% interest. This will extend to all accounts held the Pilot Flying J, not just those named in the class action lawsuit.
This week, a small Sevier County clinic expects to see around 100 patients over two days. Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic is partnering with the James H. Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University to offer free physical exams.The clinic offers these free physicals twice a year, usually in January and July.
Director of Fund Development Ashley Justice says these events give clinic staff a chance to see many more patients than they may typically see over the course of a regular day.