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More Tennessee Promise Students Fulfill Requirements
Wednesday August 16, 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) today announced more than 800 high school students fulfilled their "Tennessee Promise" community service requirements at Tennessee State Parks in June, a nearly 40 percent increase over 2016.
Outgoing high school seniors helped mulch flower beds, build trails, paint signs, install playground equipment and worked on various other projects to help beautify nearly all 56 Tennessee State Parks on "Tennessee Promise Saturday" - an annual volunteer event organized by the parks system. Tennessee State Parks saw its biggest turnout since the program began in 2015 with a total of 835 soon-to-be college students getting their hands dirty.
Students are encouraged to volunteer in their field of interest to gain relevant experience for college and beyond, but all time contributed to a nonprofit or public service organization is eligible. Students must submit eight hours prior to each academic term.


Teen Suicides Increase
WBIR Wednesday August 16, 2017

A new study by the Centers for Disease Control found that teenage suicides rose nationwide in 2015, and girls between the ages of 15 and 19 hit a 40-year high.
Mental health experts in Tennessee say they are seeing a similar pattern.
The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network says there are many signs that teenagers are dealing with depression or suicidal thoughts. Some of those include a withdrawal from family, friends or social gatherings, a loss of interest in hobbies and a loss of interest in personal appearance.
While the news is concerning, there are ways a teen can get help, but parents and loved ones play a big role.
For a list of signs and ways to get help, go to the Tennessee Suicide Prevention System's website at


Fire Destroys Home
Jay Walker Wednesday August 16, 2017

An historic home on West Main Street was destroyed by fire late Monday night. The house, owned by John and Shirley Douglass, was located next to Hardees.
McMinnville fire officials say about half the structure was already fully engulfed in flames when they arrived on the scene. It took firefighters about an hour to an hour and a half to get the blaze under control.
No one was inside the house as it was no longer used as a residence. The owners reportedly used it for storage.
Fire officials say the cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.


Eclipse Glasses
Wednesday August 16, 2017

With the much-anticipated solar eclipse just a few days away, NASA is reminding everyone to make sure to get the correct glasses with which to view the eclipse. Some glasses that were handed out or sold locally were recalled and have since been replaced with the proper ones.
NASA says you should only purchase glasses that have an ISO icon and reference ISO 12312-2.
Also, inspect your solar filter before use. If it is scratched or damaged, discard it. And always supervise children using the solar glasses.
Main Street McMinnville and the Chamber of Commerce will have glasses available at the Blackout event Monday on Court Square. The event will begin at 11am. Many out-of-town visitors are expected to travel to McMinnville to view the eclipse.


Motlow Fall Convocation
Tuesday August 15, 2017

All Motlow State Community College campuses will be closed Thursday, Aug. 24, to permit faculty and staff to attend fall convocation. All campuses will reopen and resume normal business hours on Friday, Aug. 25.
Faculty and staff from all Motlow campuses will meet on the Moore County campus for the annual assembly, during which presentations are made for the fall semester, including recognition of faculty and staff accomplishments, presentation of service awards, and faculty discipline meetings.
The final day that applications will be accepted for the fall 2017 semester is Aug. 21. Regular classes on all campuses begin Monday, Aug. 28. To apply, visit the Motlow website ( and click the "Apply Now" tab.


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