Former UT Women’s Track Coach Charged
Myrtle Ferguson, a former University of Tennessee women’s track coach was arrested last week on the charges she used a former UT athlete’s identity to steal nearly $5,000. Ferguson resigned as coach during the middle of April. Ferguson was charged by a Knox County grand jury with three counts of identity theft involving 25-year-old former UT All-American Kelli White. White competed at the school from 1996 until 1999.
Cutting to Hurt Schools
It is estimated that cutting more than 8,000 teachers and $373 million from K-12 education in Tennessee would set the state back at least 20 years and cause irreparable harm. That comment made by Education Commissioner Faye Taylor to the House Finance Committee. Lawmakers are currently reviewing a proposal that cuts $945 million in spending to balance the budget by July 1.
Two Men Arrested
Two Crossville men were arrested under suspicion that they were carrying contents to produce and manufacture methamphetamine in the Jeep Comanche truck they were driving. One of the two men had chemical burns on his feet and arms and was taken to Blount Memorial Hospital’s emergency room by Officer Ron Boruff. According to the Alcoa Fire Department, technicians were sent to the scene to offer suitable treatment for Alcoa officers who might have been exposed to the chemicals.
The ban on recreational vehicles staying the night in the Wal-Mart Super center parking lot has passed. The only person voting for the camping was Alderman Todd Holt who stated that he would like to see RVs banned only from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm.
Big Price Tag
It is estimated the legal costs of posting the Ten Commandments in three court buildings could reach over $80,000. The stone tablet-shaped plaques were removed by court order last month after the American Civil Liberties Union sued. The ACLU submitted a bill for more than $50,000, and outside legal fees might cost the county $30,000 to $40,000.
Dress for Success
Members of the Memphis school board stated that a new dress code would improve discipline, reduce gang activity, and make it easier to learn. The board approved a mandate by an 8-1 vote to change the dress code to put a ban on brand names, logos, over and undersized pants, and undersized or oversized tops. Jeans were even banned but yes, Khakis are allowed.