- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014
Tennessee board rejects appeal for charter school

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee education officials have rejected an appeal to open a charter school in Springfield, but also noted the need for such a school in Robertson County.

The State Board of Education on Friday turned away Exalt Academy of Springfield’s bid.

State Board of Education member Wendy Tucker told The Tennessean on Friday (http://tnne.ws/1zmTMNShttp://tnne.ws/1zmTMNS ) she saw a clear need expressed by the community for a quality choice for schools.

In April, a Springfield steering committee teamed with Arkansas-based charter school group Exalt Education to submit an application for the school, designed to prepare low-income students in Springfield for competitive colleges and advanced careers.

The application requested an opening date for Exalt Academy in 2015.

The application by Exalt Academy was denied twice by the Robertson County Board of Education.

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Appeals court turns down 2nd hearing for judge

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal appeals court has turned down a second hearing before the full court for a Tennessee judge convicted of bought drugs.

The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati issued an order on Friday turning away former Knox County Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner. He was convicted in October 2012 of five charges of lying to cover up his purchase of prescription painkillers from a mistress.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported (http://bit.ly/1pbR6PZhttp://bit.ly/1pbR6PZ ) that the court’s order stated that despite the 2-1 decision issued in September, the remaining panel members believe the case was properly decided.

Baumgartner’s drug abuse while on the bench led to new trials for two suspects in the high-profile murder of a young Knoxville couple in 2007. Both were convicted again..

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.comhttp://www.knoxnews.com

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Woman awaiting sentencing escapes, rearrested

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Clarksville woman awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to stealing wallets and purses at church and funeral services has been charged with escape.

The Leaf-Chronicle reported (http://leafne.ws/10aJQYxhttp://leafne.ws/10aJQYx ) that 49-year-old Paula Diane Mullens failed to return to jail after a furlough on Oct. 20.

Mullens pleaded guilty in October to several counts of felony theft, misdemeanor theft, shoplifting and forgery.

Mullens told a judge she stole hundreds of dollars from the wallets and purses of women attending services at churches and funeral homes.

Before being sentenced, she was allowed to attend a six-month rehabilitation program. Police say she failed a breathalyzer test and was discharged from the program and was supposed to return to jail.

She was booked in the Montgomery County Jail Friday on a $50,000 bond.

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Police: Escaped inmate responsible for shooting

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Police in Nashville say one of the teenagers who broke out of Woodland Hills juvenile lockup in September is being sought for a shooting that injured two students near the Tennessee State University campus.

Officers told multiple media outlets on Friday that they are looking for 18-year-old De’Mario Fisher.

Fisher is the only one of 32 juveniles who is still at large after a Sept. 2 breakout from Woodland Hills. That escape was the first of three major incidents at the facility in September. There also was a riot in the yard and another breakout in which 13 teens escaped.

In the campus shooting, two female students were returning to campus from a nearby fast-food restaurant when they were accosted at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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