Education commissioner visits West Tennessee

MAURY CITY, Tenn.-Education Commissioner Candice McQueen made a visit to Maury City Elementary School Wednesday morning. McQueen’s visit is part of her ‘Classroom Chronicles’ tour, where she hopes to visit 10,000 teachers across the state. “It’s ultimately become an opportunity for us to take back information successes, challenges, things that we are seeing on the ground in terms of implementation…

New supermarket set to open in Milan, accepting applications

MILAN, Tenn.-A new supermarket chain, set to open in Milan, gets closer to opening day. Ruler Foods began construction back in October in the old E.W. James building. Officials said although there is no grand opening date set just yet, the store is expected to open sometime next month. The store is currently accepting applications for various positions.

Job listing for TN ready test causes controversy

JACKSON, Tenn.-A job advertisement from the company that oversees the troubled TN Ready test is raising eyebrows. The Tennessee Education Association said Measurement Inc. posted a job listing on Craiglists asking for “no experience necessary” workers to help grade their standardized tests. The listing has since been taken down. The TEA calls it troubling for teachers across the state. “This…

Police ask residents to be vigilant after recent burglary arrest

MEDINA, Tenn.-Following an arrest in a recent string of burglaries near Medina, officers are asking residents to take some precautions. Police arrested a man, Monday, connected to three burglaries in Medina and 10 others in the county, but police said their area has been targeted by others as well in recent weeks. Officers said although some things may seem like…

Police: Drug dealer’s attempt to intimidate officer fails

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Nashville police say a suspected drug dealer’s attempt to intimidate two Gang Unit detectives, by firing his gun repeatedly in the air, has landed the man in Jail. Police say the two detectives were conducting surveillance when they saw 23-year-old Mohammed B. Al-Khafiy engage in an apparent drug deal. Authorities say he knew he was being…

Police: 2 wounded, officer hurt in shooting in Tennessee

RIPLEY, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into an officer-involved shooting in Ripley, where two people were wounded by police and an officer was injured. The TBI says a preliminary investigation shows the shootings took place, about 55 miles northeast of Memphis, after officers stopped a vehicle while in search of a man on the TBI’s…

Jack Daniel’s Distillery announces $140 million expansion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The historic Jack Daniel’s Distillery is planning a $140 million expansion project to help meet global demand for prized Tennessee Whiskey. The investment announced by Gov. Bill Haslam on Wednesday will be used to construct two new barrelhouses, expand the bottling facility and support the increasing number of visitors to the facility. Officials say more than…

Former Memphis sergeant charged with road rage

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – A Memphis police sergeant accused in a road rage incident has been indicted on aggravated assault charges. The Shelby County District Attorney says David Meskenas is accused of pointing a gun at a motorist and flashing his badge while driving an unmarked van last year. Meskenas, who is 48 and is now retired from the force,…

Tuition freeze for public colleges advances in Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bid to freeze tuition at public colleges and universities and colleges in Tennessee is advancing in the state Senate. The Senate Education Committee voted 9-0 in favor of the measure sponsored by Sen. Dolores Gresham of Somerville on Wednesday. Under the bill, students would pay the same tuition for all four years in college. And…

Ash Wednesday services mark start of Lent

JACKSON, Tenn. — With Mardi Gras over, Christians around the world are observing Lent. Worshipers attended services Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church to begin the Lent season of 40 days, not counting Sundays, beginning on Ash Wednesday. For Christians, Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter.