Oneida Schools To Offer Free Breakfast To All Students In January

December 2, 2010

Oneida, TN (2010-12-02) When students in the Oneida School System return to class after the Christmas holiday break, they will have an extra incentives to get to school early—free breakfast. Beginning in January, all students enrolled in the Oneida Special School District, regardless of grade or socioeconomic standing, will be eligible to receive a free breakfast meal at either of the school’s cafeterias.  “Our county is hurting,” commented S. Henry Baggett, Director of the Oneida Special School District. “Parents will be able to provide their children with a hot, nutritious meal without having to worry about paying for it,” he added. In addition to the economic benefit to parents, studies have shown students can greatly benefit from a good breakfast. “Research has shown students that eat breakfast are less likely to be tardy, have fewer discipline problems and are more interested in learning,” Baggett told the Oneida Board of Education.  Most recently, a study showed eating a nutritionally sound breakfast could help with the childhood obesity problem. Currently, only about one in four Oneida students eat breakfast at school.  “If we can achieve 40% participation, it will pay for itself,” Baggett remarked.  “We would love to have at least 3 out of 4 students participate,” he added. In other business Thursday night, the board: ·        Approved a contract with Have Garbage Will Travel for trash collection in 2011.  While the total bid price wasn’t publicly disclosed, the contract will reportedly save the district about $1200 annually.  The system’s current provider, Scott Solid Waste, was the only other bidder.  “We haven’t had a problem with (Scott Solid Waste’s) service, commented Baggett.   However, the district has been looking for ways to save money; ·        Accepted the resignations of Jenny Shoemaker, Rachael Moore, and Amy E. Ellis; ·        Announced the hiring of three new employees: Carrie Kidd, middle school music teacher, Stephanie King, elementary school teacher; and John Ray, elementary school custodian; ·        Amended several board policies to coincide with new state laws; and ·        Announced Going the Extra Mile (GEM) awards for Trebby Hicks, middle school guidance counselor; and Paul Lowe, middle and high school maintenance worker.

Traffic Fatalities Increase Over Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

December 1, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-12-01) Preliminary reports indicate 12 people were killed during the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, compared to 10 fatalities during last year’s Thanksgiving Day holiday period.  Statistics for the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday reflect the time period from 6 p.m., Wednesday November 24, 2010, to midnight Sunday, November 28, 2010. In 1983, the fewest number of Thanksgiving holiday period motor vehicle fatalities were recorded with seven, according to the Tennessee Department of Safety.  The highest number of people killed during a Thanksgiving holiday period happened in 1966, when 34 people were killed in crashes on Tennessee roadways. In 2008, there were 10 fatalities during the four-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend and 13 fatalities were recorded in 2007. Twelve people were killed in 10 fatal crashes during the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday period.  Seven of the victims were not wearing seat belts. The 10 crashes occurred in Campbell, Davidson, Grainger, Hamilton, Lawrence, Marshall, McNairy, Rutherford, Shelby, and Union counties. The crash in Lawrence County was a double fatality that killed two teenagers, ages 15 and 17. Neither victim was wearing a safety restraint. As of December 1st, preliminary statistics indicate that 967 people have died on Tennessee roadways in 2010, an increase of 55 deaths compared to 912 fatalities at this same time a year ago.

Four Arrested For Making Meth At Local Motel

December 1, 2010

Huntsville, TN (2010-12-01) Four persons have been arrested following an investigation by local authorities into allegation of meth making at a local motel. Floyd Dean Morgan, 45, of Oneida, Jamie L. Wallace, 38, of Oneida, Misty L. Ferguson, 32, of Helenwood, and April I. Edwards, 21, of Georgetown, KY were arrested late Wednesday night by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department. According to Scott County Sheriff Mike Cross, narcotics officers from the Sheriff’s Department went to the Galloway Motel at around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday night to investigate a possible meth lab.  Officers found more than they bargained for.  Authorities allegedly found not one, but two meth labs.  Officers reportedly recovered an active so-called one pot “shake and bake” meth lab, along with an undisclosed amount of finished methamphetamine inside one room.  The meth, stated authorities, had been packaged for resale. In a neighboring room, officers allegedly found a variety of meth related items in what has been described by hazmat cleanup crews as “the most toxic meth lab in Scott County history.” Morgan, Wallace, Ferguson, and Edwards were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, initiating the process to manufacture methamphetamine, promotion of the manufacture of methamphetamine, felony possession of more than 0.5 grams of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Civil Rights Lawsuit Against Scott County Continued

November 30, 2010

Knoxville, TN (2010-11-30) With attorneys from both sides alluding to a possible settlement, a U.S. District Judge in Knoxville has agreed to postpone a former Scott County woman’s federal lawsuit against Scott County. On November 22, 2010, U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford Shirley, Jr. granted a continuance in the civil rights lawsuit lodged against Scott County by Edwina Gail Allred, a former inmate in the Scott County Jail that filed suit claiming authorities withheld her medication, which ultimately impaired her eyesight. In response to a joint motion to continue the case, Judge Shirley reasoned, “…the parties state that they are prepared to go to trial but that they believe the matter could be resolved through mediation.”  A mediation hearing has been scheduled for December 13, 2010, the day the case was set to be heard in federal court. In her original complaint, Allred sought $18 million, including $9 million in compensatory damages and another $9 million in punitive damages. In the event the parties are unable to settle the suit, Judge Shirley reset the trial for February 22, 2011.   .  

New Family Healthcare Clinic Opening In Oneida

November 30, 2010

Knoxville, TN (2010-11-30) Healthy Life Clinic, a Knoxville based healthcare provider, is opening a new family healthcare clinic locally to assist the medically underserved communities of Scott County, TN, and Southern Kentucky.  A public ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the new clinic at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 6, 2010. “I see this location as a perfect opportunity to serve others who are in need of personalized medical attention,” commented Gary Bickford, Ph.D., FNP-BC, President of Healthy Life Clinic.  The clinic is located at 20403 Alberta Street and shares the building with Dr. Trent Cross, who serves as clinic Medical Director. Cynthia L. Claywell, MSM, ARNP-BC, we be the healthcare provider at the new clinic.  “Cindy is an experienced nurse practitioner and we are so proud to have her” said Dr. Bickford. Healthy Life Clinic serves the medical needs of patients over one year of age. The clinic accepts most insurance, including TennCare, Medicare, and self-pay patients with a mission of providing quality family healthcare that focuses on healthy living. For more information about Healthy Life Clinic, Inc. visit or by call (423) 286-4040.

Oneida Pair Arrested On Theft Charges

November 29, 2010

Oneida, TN (2010-11-29) Two Oneida men were arrested last week following an investigation into a theft at discount store in Oneida. According to arrest warrants filed by Cpl. Gerry “Greasey” Garrett of the Oneida Police Department, Jacob Justin Slaven, 27, and Adam J. Norris, 23, both of Oneida, were arrested on November 23, 2010 following an investigation into the theft of a laptop computer from Wal-Mart SuperCenter in Oneida on Saturday, November 20, 2010. Slaven, stated the warrant, was linked to the theft following his arrest on Sunday, November 21, 2010 on separate theft charges.  Oneida Police Chief Darryl Laxton reportedly identified Slaven from video surveillance footage from the store.  In the video, Norris is allegedly seen helping Slaven remove the laptop from a display in the store.  Slaven, stated the warrant, was the person who actually carried the computer out of the business. Slaven and Norris were both charged with theft of property valued at more than $500.

More Than 1300 Shoe Boxes Donated Locally

November 29, 2010

Oneida, TN (2010-11-29) Thanks to the generous efforts of Scott County residents, over thirteen hundred suffering children worldwide will enter the New Year with new hope.  Scott County residents joined Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse, to pack 1335 shoe boxes with simple items most people take for granted, including toothpaste, toys and school supplies (923 were collected at the Scott County Collection site while 412 were collected at other collection centers from Scott County organizations).  The shoe boxes will soon be hand-delivered to hurting children around the world using whatever means necessary—sea containers, helicopters, boats, camels…even dog sleds! “In spite of the unstable economic climate, people gave generously to the world’s largest Christmas project has an ongoing tally of over a million shoe box gifts being collected from caring U.S. families, schools, churches and community groups,” stated Jessica H. Chambers, local organizer for the event.  “On behalf of our community, I would like to thank the local collection sites, volunteers and everyone who packed an Operation Christmas Child shoe box gift,” she added.  “These simple gift-filled shoe boxes communicate to hurting children that they are loved and not forgotten,” Chambers concluded. Though the Scott County drop-off location is closed until November 2011, shoe boxes are still being accepted.  Gifts are received year-round at Samaritan’s Purse, 801 Bamboo Road, Boone, N.C., 28607.  To get involved, you may go online to or call (423) 539-1112.

Scott County Pair Picked-Up On Probation Violation

November 27, 2010

Huntsville, TN (2010-11-27) Thanksgiving is usually a time of rest and relaxation, but his holiday weekend, the Scott County Sheriff’s Department took the opportunity to turn up the heat on a couple of repeat offenders that were on the lam. Jesse Dwayne Perry, 26, of Oneida and Joseph D. Winnie, 25, of Pioneer, were both taken into custody early Saturday morning by the Scott County Sheriff’s Department on outstanding warrants.  Winnie, stated authorities, had been on the run for months, while Perry had failed to appear in court on theft charges lodged against him in October. According to an arrest warrant from the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, Winnie was wanted for violation of probation on several charges, including domestic assault and evading arrest (two counts), which dated back to May 2008.  Since that conviction, Winnie has allegedly eluded authorities on several occasions, failed to appear in court on evading arrest charges, and failed to report to his probation officer.  The court issued a capais warrant for his arrest for failure to appear on March 10, 2010.  Later that month, his probation officer petitioned the court for revocation of his probation. Since then, Winnie had been on the run.  Winnie is being held in the Scott County Jail without bond. Authorities allege Perry, along with two others, burglarized an Annadale home in October.  The trio allegedly took and sold several pieces of jewelry.  Perry was picked-up on outstanding charges of aggravated burglary and theft of over $1,000.  He is being held in the Scott County Jail under a $25,000 secure bond.

Sexton / Woodard Tapped For East – West Football Clash

November 26, 2010

Jefferson City, TN (2010-11-26) A Scott High football standout has been tapped to play in the annual East-West All-Star football classic.  A prolific Oneida running back has been chosen an alternate for the game. Scott High School’s Jacob Sexton was among the top high school seniors chosen to play in the fourth annual Toyota East vs. West All-Star Classic at Carson Newman College on December 11, 2010.  Sexton, best known for his prowess at quarterback for the Highlanders, was selected to play for the East team; however, Sexton will be catching passing instead of throwing them. Sexton, a 6-2, 185 pound senior, is one of six players chosen to play Wide Receiver in the game.  Sexton will share playing time with Desmund Horne (5-11, 175), of Maryville; Steven Isom (6-2, 180), of Alcoa; Keenan Hale (6-2, 185), of McCallie – (SYRACUSE); Ron Durbin (6-2, 190), of Gatlinburg Pittman; and Kelvin Clay (6-1, 171), of Red Bank.  Parrish Gaines (6-3, 185), of Smyrna was chosen an alternate. Sexton wasn’t the only local player mentioned.  Oneida’s Sam Woodard was also chosen an alternate for the East team, an outstanding honor for the AA player.  In the event any of the other three players chosen for the team are unable to make the game, Woodard, a 6-2, 195 senior will be tapped to play Safety. This year’s list of players includes three Duke commitments, six players committed to sign with Southeastern Conference schools and a number of other Division I schools including Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech and Syracuse. Nearly a dozen players who were finalists for Mr. Football Awards have agreed to play in the game. “We’re very excited about the list of players who have committed to play in this year’s game,” said Bill Marbet, executive director of the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association, the event’s sponsoring organization. “Coaches and players alike all across the state consider this to be the premier game of its kind in Tennessee and we’re extremely proud to have such an outstanding list of players who have accepted an invitation to play in our game,” he added. Besides the early commitments and Mr. Football finalists, several other outstanding players have agreed to play in the prestigious game. Anderson County QB Tanner Williams, who has virtually rewritten the record book for passing yardage, and C.A.K.’s Quinn Epperly will battle for signal caller duties on the East team.  Williams had a banner senior campaign with more than 3,700 yards through the air for the Mavericks. Epperly threw for 2,324 yards as a senior. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for Saturday, December 11, 2010 at 12:30 (EST).  It will be carried live by WVLT-8 in Knoxville.

Scott Jobless Rate Remains State’s Highest

November 24, 2010

Nashville, TN (2010-11-24) Once again, the percentage of unemployed people in Scott County is greater than any other county in the state.  While still high, the jobless rate did decline in October; however, it remained 3.5 percent higher than the county with the second highest rate. According to the latest statistics from the Tennessee Department of Workforce and Labor Development, the unemployment rate in Scott County for October was 19.0 percent, an 0.8 percentage point reduction from the September revised rate of 19.8 percent.  Of the county’s labor force of 8,060 people, 6,530 had jobs in October.  The balance, 1,530 were looking for a job.  A year ago, the jobless rate in Scott County was 17.6 percent. In those east Tennessee counties that border Scott, two reported higher rates, two remain unchanged and one decrease.  Anderson and Morgan counties each reported slight increase in joblessness in October.  Anderson County’s unemployment rate inched up 0.3 percentage point last month, rising to 8.4 percent.  In Morgan County, the jobless rate climbed 0.2 percentage points to 10.5 percent.  Campbell and Pickett County’s unemployment rates remained unchanged over the month; staying at 11.2 and 13.0 percent respectively.  Fentress County had the only decline in joblessness, reporting an October rate of 10.5 percent, a 0.3 percentage point decline. County non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for October showed that the rate decreased in 43 counties, increased in 38 counties and remained the same in 14. Lincoln County registered the state’s lowest county unemployment rate at 6.1 percent, up from the September rate of 6.0 percent. Scott County had the state’s highest, followed by Marshall County at 15.5 percent, down from the September rate of 15.6 percent.  Hardeman County was third with a jobless rate of 14.7 percent.  Lauderdale County and Maury County rounded out the top five, reporting October rates of 14.4 and 13.7 percent respectively.  Others in the top ten included:  Henderson County, 13.7; Carroll County, 13.5; Perry County, 13.4; Hancock County, 13.3; and Lawrence County, 13.2 percent. Knox County had the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate of 7.0 percent, down from 7.1 percent in September. Hamilton County was 7.8 percent, unchanged from the previous month. Davidson County was 8.7 percent, down from 9.1 percent, and Shelby County was 9.8 percent, up one-tenth of a percentage point from September.

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