- Associated Press - Thursday, August 21, 2014
1 killed in plane crash in West Tennessee

PARSONS, Tenn. (AP) - One person has died in West Tennessee where a crop dusting plane went down.

Decatur County Emergency Management Director Kevin Cagle says the plane crashed about 3 p.m. CDT Wednesday in the Bible Hill community in the northern part of the county, about five miles north of Parsons.

Cagle says the person killed was piloting the plane and was the only person aboard. The person’s identity hasn’t been released pending notification of family.

Cagle says the cause of the crash hasn’t been determined, and the Federal Aviation Administration dispatched someone to investigate.


Governor promotes free tuition plan in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday urged students to take advantage of his program to cover a full ride at two-year colleges for any high school graduate.

The Republican governor has been visiting several schools throughout the state and wrapped up his trip on Wednesday at Antioch High School in southeastern Davidson County.

Haslam told a packed auditorium of students that he doesn’t want affordability to be a reason why a person doesn’t attend college.

“We don’t want anyone to say, ‘I’d like to go to college, but can’t afford it,’” he said.

Called “Tennessee Promise,” the free tuition plan requires students to work with a mentor and complete eight hours of community service a year.

The program is a cornerstone of Haslam’s “Drive to 55” campaign to improve the state’s graduation rates from the current 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025 in order to help improve overall job qualifications and attract employers to the state.


Dyer student in trouble for saying ‘bless you’

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) - A Dyer County High School student was sent to the principal’s office on Monday morning after saying “bless you” to another student who sneezed.

Seventeen-year-old Kendra Turner told the State Gazette (https://bit.ly/1z2xcpo) the phrase was on a list of things students were not allowed to say in that class, including “my bad,” ”hang out,” ”dumb,” ”stupid” and “stuff.”

Assistant Principal Lynn Garner on Tuesday said he could not discuss the specifics of what happened, but he said there are “two sides to every story.”

Garner also said teachers can set their own classroom rules as long as they are reasonable.

“If a teacher asks his or her students to do something reasonable to avoid a distraction in the classroom, then we expect the students to follow the rules,” Garner said. “If it’s not a reasonable request, then we’ll sit down and talk about it to get it right.”

According to Turner, after she said “bless you,” the teacher stood up and asked who had spoken.


Warren County teenager jailed for gun at school

McMINNVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Warren County High School student has been charged with bringing a gun to school.

Warren County Sheriff’s Department Chief Investigator Marc Martin said officers went to the school at about 10 a.m. Wednesday after students reported another student was displaying a handgun in class.

The accused student was questioned and admitted to bringing the gun, which he had stored in a locker in the band room. Martin said the .22-caliber handgun was in a small box along with a loaded clip, but the clip was not in the gun.

The teenager was jailed on charges of unlawful possession of a firearm on school property. On Wednesday afternoon, he was awaiting transfer to a juvenile facility. Authorities have not named the student because he is a juvenile.

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