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Cumberland County Student Places 2nd In Annual State Civics Essay Contest
Steven Craig Monday December 18, 2017

The winners of the 2nd Annual Civics Essay Contest have been announced by the Secretary of State's office. Among the few winners statewide, Asa Cullity, of South Cumberland Elementary School, has placed second in the third-fifth grade division. According to Secretary of State Tre Hargett, more than 1,000 students from across Tennessee submitted essays. Winners will receive a TNStars 529 College Savings Program scholarship and a trip to the State Capitol this spring. First place winners receive a $500 scholarship, with second and third place winners receiving $250 and $100 respectively.

 


Cookeville Teen Charged With Attempted Homicide After Drive-by Shooting
Peg Broadcasting News Monday December 18, 2017

A Cookeville teen has been charged with attempted homicide following a drive-by shooting in Cookeville over the weekend. Authorities say that around 2 a.m. Saturday, 19-year-old Jonathan R. Dees fired from a vehicle into a home on West 5th Street. Two men reportedly fired back and Dees sped away. During the exchange of bullets, a natural gas meter was hit and began to leak. Officials had to evacuate the immediate area while repairs were made. Dees was later apprehended during a traffic stop in White County. He was booked into the Putnam County Jail on charges of attempted criminal homicide, four counts of reckless endangerment, along with violation of bond conditions. Authorities believe the shooting was related to domestic violence.

 


GAS PRICES RETURN TO PRE-HURRICANE HARVEY LEVELS
AAA/Peg Broadcasting News Monday December 18, 2017

The December discounts keep flowing at the pump. AAA reports that gas prices have declined for 5 consecutive weeks, as refineries flood the market with more gasoline than is consumed. This helped prices return to levels not seen since August 30, when gas prices surged in response to Hurricane Harvey's impact on Gulf Coast refineries. Gas prices for the year-end holidays should be on par with - if not lower than - last year. The state average is falling at a rate of one cent per day. If that trend continues, pump prices would drop another 8 cents before Christmas Day. Tennessee gas prices averaged $2.23 on Sunday - the lowest since August 30, AAA reports. The state average declined 3 cents during the past week. Tennessee gas prices are 10 cents less than a month ago, and 18 cents more than this time last year.

 


Two Women Charged With TennCare Fraud in Middle TN
tn.gov/Peg Broadcasting News Sunday December 17, 2017

Two women have been charged with TennCare Fraud in Middle Tennessee. The Office of Inspector General reports that Sara Beth Wilmoth, 38, of Section, Alabama has been arrested for TennCare fraud and theft of services over $10,000 while she was a resident of Putnam County. Authorities say she falsely reported her household income to the state in order to obtain TennCare healthcare insurance benefits for herself and her family, even though they were not eligible for the program. Wilmoth was extradited back to Putnam County where she was served with these charges.
An Overton County woman has also been charged with TennCare fraud in connection with selling prescription drugs she obtained using TennCare healthcare insurance benefits. Cecilia A. Wright, 61, of Livingston reportedly used TennCare benefits to obtain the painkiller Oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, and later sold a portion of the drugs.
TennCare fraud is now a Class D felony punishable by up to four years in prison. Theft of services over $10,000 is a Class C felony that carries a maximum sentence of six years in prison. To date, 2,932 people have been charged with TennCare fraud.

 


High School Basketball
Vince / Steve Saturday December 16, 2017

In games aired live on 102.5 WOW COUNTRY Cumberland County posted a pair of wins over York Institute Friday night at CCHS. The Lady Jets improved to 11 and 0 this season with a 59-40 win over the Dragonettes. The Jets improved to 7 and 4 as they recorded their third straight win a 62-60 decision over the Dragons.

At Stone Memorial High School in games heard live on Mix 99.3 the visitors from Bradley Central posted a pair of close wins. The Bearettes got past the Lady Panthers 52-46. The Panthers trailed by 18 at the start of the final quarter and sliced the lead down to three, but could get no closer and fell 54-50.

Monday SMHS will host CCHS with the girls game set to begin at 6:00. Live coverage will air at 5:55 on Mix 99.3.

 

 
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