- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015
Report: Child care agency given top marks despite violations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A newspaper reports a for-profit child care operator with centers in Kentucky and Indiana was allowed to open more facilities in Middle Tennessee despite safety violations in the other states stretching back more than a decade.

The Tennessean (https://tnne.ws/1WGZ1oj) reports Never Grow Up Inc. operates 12 child care centers in Middle Tennessee under The Academy and Holly Tree brands, adding an investigation found the agency continued to violate health and safety rules.

In one case, an unsupervised 5-year-old child suffered a shock to the hand and burns after inserting a bobby pin into an electrical outlet, the paper said. It added that violation records posted online by the Tennessee Department of Human Services also describe an incident at another Never Grow Up facility where discipline administered by caregivers was said to have been “frightening and potentially injurious” and to have “caused bodily pain.”

However, in spite of these and other violations, DHS gave all but one of the Never Grow Up facilities with violations in Davidson, Williamson and Sumner counties a two- or three-star rating, the newspaper reported. Three stars is the highest quality rating the state confers on child care centers.

In total, Never Grow Up operates nearly 30 child care centers. The report said that in Kentucky and Indiana inspectors have documented cases of insect and rodent infestations, infants put to sleep with potentially suffocating blankets and bibs, and multiple instances of unsupervised children, including a 4-year-old girl left forgotten on a cot under a basement stairway for up to 30 minutes before she woke up “shaking and crying.”

In comments to The Tennessean about the reported violations, Never Grow Up owner and operator Dwight Derringer said: “I think that, as with everything, when we find an issue we report, we go forward, we terminate, we retrain and we address.”


Tornadoes possible in Arkansas, Missouri, other states

A storm brewing in the Pacific Ocean has forecasters warning of possible severe weather, including tornadoes, in the nation’s midsection on Wednesday, with Arkansas and Missouri the most likely targets.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said Sunday that the fast-moving storm is currently expected to collide with moisture and humidity rising from the Gulf of Mexico, creating unstable weather conditions that could lead to tornadoes as strong as EF3, which include winds of 136-165 mph and are capable of severe damage.

“It’s a pretty potent system,” SPC meteorologist John Hart said.

Hart said Sunday that it is difficult to predict with precision exactly where the systems might meet.

“If the system slows down it would be in the Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas area. Then, if it sped up it, might be all east of the Mississippi (River) on Wednesday,” Hart said. “But everything right now is pointing to that Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri and Kentucky area.”

An SPC map on Sunday showed the most threatened areas include most of Arkansas and Missouri and portions of southern Illinois, western Kentucky, western Tennessee and northwestern Mississippi.


Man charged with murder after shooting confession

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Authorities say a man who called police after fatally shooting another man in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, has been charged with murder.

According to WSMV-TV in Nashville (https://bit.ly/1Hlap1Z), police say officers were sent to a Hopkinsville residence late Friday night after receiving a phone call from 29-year-old David Markle, who told them he had just shot someone.

When the officers arrived on the scene, they found Markle and the body of 27-year-old Justin Fish. Police say Fish had been shot multiple times. A handgun was also found at the scene.

Markle was arrested and charged with first-degree murder. He was being held Sunday at the Christian County Jail on a million dollar bond.

Online court records do not show if Markle has a lawyer who can comment on the case on his behalf.

The case remains under investigation.



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