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Assessment Scores Incorrect
AP Tuesday October 17, 2017

Tennessee education officials believe nearly 10,000 assessment tests across the state were scored incorrectly.
The Commercial Appeal reports that about 9,400 of the approximately 600,000 TNReady tests that were taken in the last school year were incorrectly scored.
Once the errors were corrected, officials say about 1,700 of those 9,400 incorrectly tallied tests actually ended up with a different overall score.
State spokeswoman Sara Gast says the errors did not affect the statewide results.
Because TVAAS teacher assessment scores partially rely on student test results, the scores for about 230 educators statewide will need to be recalculated.
Questar Assessment, the company that administers and scores TNReady tests apologized for the errors in a statement.
Gast says the scores are due to Questar incorrectly updating its scanning software.


Safety Improvements Planned for Court Houses
WSMV Monday October 16, 2017

The State Administrative Office of the Courts is taking steps to improve security at courthouses all across Tennessee.
Officials have approved new minimum security standards for courtrooms, which include more training, armed guards in court and extra protection on the bench.
Improvements will begin in Coffee County, where last summer an inmate grabbed a deputy's weapon and shot two officers before running from the courthouse. He eventually ran to nearby house and turned the gun on himself.
Officials say rural counties need the most work. It will all be a part of a one-time $2 million grant approved by Gov. Haslam. Officials are asking for another $2 million to complete the project.
The Administrative Office of the Courts has extended its deadline for court security applications to Nov. 17th.


Grundy Cancels Game in Wake of Allegations
Monday October 16, 2017

Grundy County High School was forced to cancel their football game with Upperman Friday night after five Grundy County players were charged with attempted aggravated rape on Thursday.
The five players are accused in the attempted rape of a freshman teammate Wednesday morning during workouts at the team's field house.
The players were placed under house arrest with ankle monitors and are scheduled to appear in Juvenile Court today.
Punishments for juveniles could range from probation to jail time up until their 19th birthday.
Officials say it could be months before a judge makes a ruling in the case.
Meanwhile, the Grundy County School Board will meet tonight to decide if the team will be allowed to compete any more this season.


Warren County Commission
Jay Walker Monday October 16, 2017

The full Warren County Commission will meet Monday night for its monthly session.
Commissioners will appoint two members to the E911 Board and one member to the Hearing panel for Overgrown Vegetation Violations, and will approve budget amendments.
Monday night's meeting will begin at 6:30pm at the Administrative Building.


Opioid Arrests Down, Heroin Arrests Up
WKRN Friday October 13, 2017

The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services works closely with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to track law enforcement data involving opioid crime.
According to the department, since 2011, every year in Tennessee more than 6,000 people are arrested for crimes related to prescription opioids. Prescription opioids are pain killers, such as hydrocodone.
This number of arrests equates to more than 16 people getting arrested every day in Tennessee.
In 2016, 1,516 people were arrested for heroin offenses, which is an average about four Tennesseans arrested per day.
That number is significantly up since 2009, when only 169 arrests were recorded.
Drug seizures of prescription opioids have steadily dropped in recent years, from 6,858 seizures in 2012 to 4,585 in 2015. However, law enforcement seizures of heroin are rising.


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