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Homeless Student Report shows startling numbers

Homeless Student Report shows startling numbers

School systems across the state are seeing more students come through their doors without basic necessities, according to new report from the Tennessee Comptroller's Office of Research and Education Accountability.

The Homeless Students in Tennessee Public Schools report shows startling numbers of students classified as homeless.

In our viewing area, two school systems stood out as having especially high numbers of homeless students.

Cumberland County reported 696 homeless students in the 2010- 2011 school year. Hamblen County reported 649.

Rutledge Middle students donate DVDs to Children's Hospital

A group of students got the chance to take a break from class on Thursday and get a sense of accomplishment at the same time.

Students and teachers from Rutledge Middle Schools went to Children's Hospital to make a special delivery. They dropped off hundreds of DVD movies for patients to enjoy.

It's part of a club called RMS Pride that focuses on community service.

Rutledge Middle students collected more than 500 DVDs.

Students help restore mussels to East Tennessee river

Students help restore mussels to East Tennessee river

A collaborative effort is underway to restore the health of the Powell River and save endangered species.

Sara Collins is one of the Lincoln Memorial University students who helped map the Powell River to find the best spots to release thousands of mussels.

"I'm hoping with this we bring back some of the mussels that used to be here and that they can thrive and make the river better," Sara Collins said.

Union Co. director of schools back on job after suspension

Union Co. director of schools back on job after suspension

Union County's director of schools is back on the job.

Wayne Goforth was suspended last October amid budget issues. The board of education accused him of neglecting his duties.

Earlier this year, the board voted to dismiss Goforth. He later sued the four school board members who voted for his suspension, arguing they violated the Open Meetings Act when they met with an attorney before the vote.

At Monday night's meeting, the school board voted to reinstate Goforth.

Second half strikes again; Vols lose to Gators at Neyland

Second half strikes again; Vols lose to Gators at Neyland

Right up until the second half Saturday night, the incredible momentum that energized Knoxville for the past week seemed like it might be enough to carry the Tennessee Volunteers to a victory against the Florida Gators for the first time in eight meetings.

The Vols were up 14-10 in front of a sell-out crowd of more than 102,000.

 

But then the 2nd half happened to a team that's had some memorable 2nd half meltdowns in the past few years.

Then the Gators scored 27 points.

LMU rolls out bike borrowing program

LMU rolls out bike borrowing program

An East Tennessee just rolled out a new program to convince students to ditch their cars and ride some bikes.

It's happening at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate.

Kristi Blaisdell is a junior from Chicago who has always biked.

She brought her own bicycle to campus her first two years but this time she left it at home.

"Being that the bikes are here I decided not to bring my bike down and I'm actually going to use Turner's bikes," she said.