- Associated Press - Friday, July 25, 2014
Veterans cemetery planned for Parkers Crossroads

PARKERS CROSSROADS, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee’s next veterans’ cemetery is planned for a location in Parkers Crossroads.

Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday that the Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery will serve more than 45,000 veterans and their families in 17 West Tennessee counties.

The governor said the state has purchased the property and is waiting to hear from the federal government about construction funding. Construction costs are estimated at $5.5 million.

Parkers Crossroads is located in Henderson County. It was the site of a Civil War battle on Dec. 31, 1862.

The veterans’ cemetery would be the state’s fifth. There are two in Knoxville, one in Nashville and one in Memphis.

Counties within a 75-mile radius include Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lewis, McNairy, Madison, Perry, Wayne and Weakley.

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Virtual Academy asked to limit enrollment

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The state has given the Union County school system until Friday to decide whether it will enroll an additional 626 students into an online school that has been heavily criticized for its low student scores.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1z8y5hR) reports that state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman recommended in a recent letter to schools superintendent Jimmy Carter that the district consider limiting enrollment to students previously attending the Tennessee Virtual Academy.

Huffman said for the third consecutive year, students in the program have shown low achievement in testing.

“As we have discussed, a close examination of the data shows the school’s challenges rest primarily with the school’s ability to demonstrate effectiveness with first-year students,” Huffman wrote.

“While the school has improved its performance with students attending the school for multiple years, it has not yet demonstrated the capability to have a positive educational impact on new students, which creates a mutual concern and I believe leads both of us to consider the best options for the district, the school and its students going forward.”

In 2011, Union County Schools contracted with K12 Inc. to create the academy for students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade across the state. K12 Inc., a national provider of online school programs, provides the curriculum.

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