The Nashville juvenile detention center where 30 teens escaped under a fence Monday night has a long history of violence, sexual abuse and previous attempts to break out.
All but seven of the teens from the Woodland Hills Youth Development Center in Nashville were taken back into custody on Tuesday, a day after they escaped. Officials said they had kicked out metal panels under the windows in common areas of their dorms to reach the courtyard and slipped out under a weak spot in the perimeter fence.
The facility was the site of a 2004 breakout attempt in which more than a dozen teens injured 16 staffers before they were dispersed by police. In 2010, the Department of Justice ranked the facility as 13th in the country for reports of sexual abuse by staffers.
ACT test scores for high school graduates in Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana all saw improvement this year.
The company that administers the test is calling the gains in Kentucky and Tennessee particularly promising.
Every high school graduate in Kentucky and Tennessee and nine other states takes the ACT as part of statewide assessment. This year, both Tennessee and Kentucky saw a 0.3 percent gain in composite score as compared to 2013.
The composite score in Kentucky was 19.9, while Tennessee students scored a 19.8.
Meantime, Indiana’s average composite score was 21.7, but only 40 percent of Indiana students took the test.
Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 8:45 am
Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander defeated state Rep. Joe Carr on Thursday, marking the close of a winless Senate primary season for Tea Party groups that hoped to unseat a longtime Republican incumbent.
With 93 percent of precincts reporting, The Associated Press called the race for Alexander, the last veteran GOP senator facing a credible Tea Party-backed primary challenge this year. He won 50 percent to 40 percent for Carr.
George Flinn, a self-funding radiologist from Memphis, captured 5 percent, while four other little-known candidates captured the rest of the vote.
Originally published on Wed July 16, 2014 12:37 pm
There are less than 2,500 Komodo dragons — the world’s largest living lizards — left in the wild.
The venomous beasts can spend hours in one spot, waiting for a deer, boar, goat or anything sizable and nutritious. By the time the reach adulthood, they can be over 10 feet long and more than 350 pounds.
Originally published on Thu July 10, 2014 10:27 am
News that a Nashville developer is paying $4.4 million for a half-century-old recording studio has sparked a battle in Music City. On one side is singer-songwriter Ben Folds, inspired by the musical history made in that studio. On the other, a trailblazing musician who made that history.
A law limiting the purchase of cold and allergy medicines used to make illegal methamphetamine is among those taking effect Tuesday in Tennessee.
The anti-meth law requires a prescription to obtain more than 28.8 grams of pseudoephedrine per year, which is the equivalent of about five months' worth of the maximum dosage of medicines like Sudafed.
According to the governor's office, 268 children were removed from their homes last year because of meth-related incidents and nearly 1,700 meth labs were seized.
Also taking effect on Tuesday is a measure that requires more disclosure from the Tennessee Department of Children's Services, as well as a statute that allows the state to use the electric chair to execute death row inmates.