The woman hired to clean up Rutgers' scandal-scarred athletic program quit as Tennessee's women's volleyball coach 16 years ago after her players submitted a letter complaining she ruled through...Full Story >
The woman hired to clean up Rutgers' scandal-scarred athletic program quit as Tennessee's women's volleyball coach 16 years ago after her players submitted a letter complaining she ruled through humiliation, fear...Full Story >
Police say suspected Maoist rebels attacked a convoy of cars carrying local leaders and supporters of India's ruling Congress party in eastern India, killing at least 16 people and wounding 25 others.Full Story >
About 200 suspected Maoist rebels set off a land mine and opened fire on a convoy of cars carrying local leaders and supporters of India's ruling Congress party in the country's east, killing at least 28 people and...Full Story >
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:12 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:12:30 GMT
(RNN/KENS/CNN) - At least one person in San Antonio has died Saturday during heavy flooding caused by rain that dumped more than a foot of water on some parts of the area. Police confirmed a woman's bodyFull Story >
Firefighters in San Antonio are still looking for two missing people after heavy rain and flooding swamped the area and left thousands without power.Full Story >
MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) -
Portable classrooms are the latest thing to paint the landscape near schools in both the Rutherford County and Murfreesboro City districts.
The area is growing so fast, portable classrooms seem to be the best temporary solution to house the overflow of students.
"About half our schools are at capacity or near capacity," said James Evans, who is with Rutherford County Schools.
However, the overcrowding has some people concerned about students being in the portable buildings during severe weather.
"This particular area of town just grew faster than we could build another school building," said Lisa Trail, who is with Murfreesboro City Schools. "There was no other option. Scales [Elementary School] was at maximum capacity, but we still have students coming."
For the first time in recent years, Murfreesboro City Schools added portables to two of its elementary schools.
"Our administration and school board truly believe portables are a temporary fix and not a long-term fix," Trail said.
The problem is even worse in the Rutherford County School District, where there are 154 portables at 24 of the district's 46 schools, including 19 portables at Riverdale, 14 at Eagleville and 11 at La Vergne High to name a few.
"It's one of those things that we don't like," Evans said. "Our school board has said they want to get out of the portable business and build schools, but we are growing so quickly in such a widespread area that portables are one of those necessary evils."
Some residents say the portable classrooms raise safety concerns.
"Students have to be in portables, [but] it's better to know that they are all inside the school," said Murfreesboro resident Sheila Conquest.
Classes were not in session when a deadly tornado hit Murfreesboro on Good Friday in 2009, but leaders with both the city and county schools say they have a plan in place for severe weather.
"If it is a tornado warning and tornado watch, they will go inside," Trail said.
"Brick and mortar are going to be the safest environment for a child to be in, especially when you deal with weather. We do have plans in place that we use when the weather is approaching. We bring kids in outbuildings into the main building," Evans said.
Conquest said until more school buildings are constructed, the problem is going to get worse before it gets better.
"It's hard for the city and county to accommodate that many students, so we do have that problem," she said.
Murfreesboro City Schools is currently looking for land to build a new elementary school on the west side of the city, and Rutherford County Schools has a five-year plan to build three new schools in an effort to relieve overcrowding and do away with several portables.
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Saturday, May 25 2013 7:23 PM EDT2013-05-25 23:23:27 GMT
BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - K-9 Officer Jason Ellis, 33, was shot and killed on the ramp of Exit 34 from the Bluegrass Parkway to Highway 55 in Nelson County early Saturday morning. A 911 call from a womanFull Story >
K-9 officer Jason Ellis, 33, was the first Bardstown police officer killed in the line of duty.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:31:55 GMT
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. The six Cincinnati workers we have identified, who sent scrutinizing letters to conservative groups with wordsFull Story >
The claim that the ongoing IRS scandal is limited to low level employees is falling apart. Full Story >
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:17 PM EDT2013-05-24 02:17:47 GMT
Heads are starting to roll at the IRS. A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leaveFull Story >
A day after pleading the 5th and refusing to testify before Congress, Lois Lerner, the IRS Director of Tax Exempt Organizations was placed on administrative leave Thursday. We have learned more about Lois Lerner's connections to Cindy Thomas, the highest ranking Cincinnati employee in this IRS division.Full Story >
The Village of Morrow: 2013 Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 27, 2013 Participants must line up at 10 a.m. at the former Morrow Elementary School located on Pike St., the parade is to start at 11 a.m. ContactFull Story >
Friday, May 24 2013 10:11 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:11:14 GMT
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m. TheFull Story >
A pedestrian was hit and killed Friday evening in College Hill. Authorities say it happened at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and North Bend Road, a larger intersection in the area, around 9 p.m.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >