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WCHS Basketball
Jay Walker Saturday January 31, 2015

The Warren County High School basketball teams were swept by Cookeville Friday night in a District 6aaa doubleheader at Cookeville.
In the girls' game, it was Cookeville 51 Warren County 35.
In boys action, Cookeville prevailed 53-33.
Warren County plays at Rhea County Tuesday night starting at 5pm CST.

 


Hodges Caught
Jay Walker Friday January 30, 2015

A fugitive who ran from police last week. prompting a lockdown of two schools has been captured in White County. 40 year old Jeff Hodges was picked up without incident Wednesday at a relative's house in White County.
Sheriff Jackie Matheny said Hodges had contacted the Sheriff's Department earlier in the week and said he planned to turn himself in. When he did not, officers learned of his whereabouts and surrounded the home in White County, with the help of White County officers.
Last week Hodges was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over by deputies. Hodge was wanted on burglary warrants. Hodges jumped from the car and ran from officers. It happened near WCHS and officials quickly placed the high school and Hickory Creek on lockdown. It was quickly determined that Hodges was no longer in the area and the lockdown was lifted.
Hodges now faces charges of burglary, theft, vandalism and evading arrest.

 


Education Proposal
AP Friday January 30, 2015

Tennessee lawmakers are asking Congress to help them put the brakes on Common Core education standards.
They've proposed a resolution urging Congress in part to "end decades of federal intrusion in state and local education policy decisions."
In November, controversial legislation was filed to repeal Tennessee's Common Core standards that are intended to provide students with the critical thinking, problem solving and writing skills needed for college and the workforce.
That proposal and the resolution are among several anti-Common Core proposals expected to be filed this session.

 


THP Checkpoints
Jay Walker Friday January 30, 2015

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting a seat belt checkpoint in Warren County Friday night on Yager Road.
The THP says a high number of vehicle occupants killed in fatal crashes were unrestrained, so the Highway Patrol has elected to create an enforcement campaign aimed at drastically reducing the number of unrestrained drivers and passengers.
Troopers will also be on active patrol observing for unrestrained drivers and occupants.

 


Dec. County Unemployment
Jay Walker Friday January 30, 2015

County unemployment numbers for December 2014 show the rate decreased in 20 counties, increased in 64 counties, and remained the same in 11 counties.
Warren County's unemployment rate for December was 6.5 percent, a slight increase from the November rate of 6.4. One year ago, the rate was 7.5 percent.
White County's unemployment rate for December was 7.8 percent, up slightly from the November rate of 7.7. One year ago the rate was 9.7 percent.
Van Buren County's unemployment went from 8.8 to 9.5 percent. Coffee County went from 5.7 to 5.6 percent. DeKalb County went from 6.0 to 6.1 percent. Grundy County went from 7.6 to 8.2 percent. Cannon County went from 5.4 to 5.6 percent.
Lincoln County had the state's lowest unemployment rate at 4.4 percent, while Scott County had the highest at 13.1 percent.

 

 

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