Thursday, May 14, 2009

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State Representative Henry Fincher of Cookeville says legislation requiring Tennessee health care providers to release a minor child’s medical test results to their parents does not go far enough to protect children and to meet the requirements of federal law. Fincher offered an amendment that would have allowed physicians 10 days to comply with a records request and required parents to pay for obtaining documents. But that amendment failed by a 5-7 vote in the House Judiciary Committee, while the bill itself was passed on a 7-5 vote. The Senate version of the bill was deferred in a Senate committee to next week.

If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own business, a free seminar that will be presented this month by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center in Cookeville could help you turn that dream into a reality. "How to Start a Business" is the title of the seminar that will be presented from 2 to 4 p.m. next Tuesday, May 19, at Progressive Savings Bank, located on Interstate Drive. Led by Vicki Henley, the seminar will address topics of interest to potential entrepreneurs and new small business owners. Those topics include business startup basics, business structures, challenges for startups, business planning, cash needs, and financing options. Although admission is free, registration is encouraged and can be done by visiting the web site at or calling 372-3648.

Students and colleagues of Tennessee Tech University’s 2009 Outstanding Faculty Awards say the three are the tightrope walkers of their fields, displaying incredible balance in their teaching, research and service. Shannon Collins and Susan Gore, both assistant professors of curriculum and instruction, have been named recipients of the Outstanding Faculty Awards in Teaching. Jessica O. Matson, professor of industrial and systems engineering, has been awarded the Outstanding Faculty Award in Professional Service. The three award winners received cash prizes and plaques during TTU’s spring commencement ceremonies last week.

A recent tour of Tennessee Tech University gave students in Jackson County High School’s Future Business Leaders of America organization a glimpse of what it might be like to be a college business student. The idea originated from Cheryl Montgomery, a native of Jackson County who now works as the director of development in T-T-U’s College of Business.The tour brought sixteen students and club sponsor Kristy Chaffin to campus. They learned about the different degree concentrations within the College of Business, while having the opportunity to interact with and ask questions of faculty and student ambassadors. It was such a positive experience, according to Amy Jo Carpenter, coordinator of the Student to Career program in the College of Business and event organizer, that she hopes to see the event expand in the future to F-B-L-A clubs at other high schools.For more information, you can call Carpenter at 372-6198.

Authorities in McMinnville say the District Attorney will determine whether criminal charges should be brought in the deaths of two children who perished in a fire this week. Funeral services for the two will be held Saturday. Authorities are reportedly investigating allegations that the children's father and stepmother were not at home when the blaze broke out.

A school bus crash in Celina on Thursday afternoon sent seven students to local hospitals. Officials say it happened when a vehicle ran into the back of the school near the intersection of Highway 53 North and Mimosa Lane. The driver of the vehicle and several students were taken to the Cumberland River Hospital and Livingston Regional Hospital with non-critical injuries. Most of those aboard the school bus were elementary students from the Celina K-8 School.

A May 22nd arraignment date has been set for some two dozen people in DeKalb County, who were arrested this week after being indicted on drug charges. Authorities say the indictments came after an undercover investigation in which officers were able to by both prescription drugs and marijuana.Cumberland County Sheriff Butch Burgess is seeking the public's help to find an endangered runaway. 16-year-old Kellie Ann Lynn went missing Wednesday night. The sheriff's office reports Lynn had an argument with her aunt and uncle about boys before she disappeared. Anyone with information about her whereabout is asked to call Cumberland County sheriff's office.