Last month, a biracial student filed suit against Bledsoe County's Department of Education, saying she was unfairly suspended for 365 days earlier this year for punching a white peer who called her a racial epithet. On Monday, the district's attorneys denied anyone used a racial epithet on "the day in question" and said the minority student assaulted her peer without provocation. Attorneys for Bledsoe County denied many of the claims the student put in her lawsuit in Chattanooga's U.S. District Court. One of those claims involved her white peer's family posting a picture of a since-deleted noose on Facebook after the fight. "These defendants deny that the calendar year suspension was grossly excessive and aver that this action was consistent with Tennessee law," attorneys Scott Bennett and Mary DeCamp wrote in their seven-page response. Bennett is also the Hamilton County Board of Education attorney. Bennett and DeCamp admitted the parents of the white student "posted various … [Read more...] about Bledsoe County school district denies many claims in racial discrimination complaint
Survivorship empowerment class Tuesday CHI Memorial will host a survivorship empowerment class at 2 p.m. Tuesday. The free class is open to all cancer survivors, regardless of where they received treatment, and their caregivers. Participants will learn about the role of exercise and nutrition in improving quality of life and reducing the chance of cancer recurrence. There will be a cooking demonstration and food sampling with dietitians from the Rees Skillern Cancer Institute. For more information and to register, call 423-495-7778. Stop the Bleed program comes to Bledsoe County In the last five months, more than 700 students and faculty across Bledsoe County Schools have been trained on bleeding control through Erlanger Health System's "Stop The Bleed" program. Participants are taught how to recognize life-threatening bleeding and what steps to take to stop it, including direct pressure, tourniquet application and wound packing. Erlanger offers Stop the Bleed classes free of … [Read more...] about Area Health News: Hundreds of Bledsoe students, faculty trained to ‘Stop the Bleed’
A biracial student says Bledsoe County Schools suspended her for 365 days earlier this year after she punched a white pupil for calling her a racial epithet. Not only was that an overly harsh punishment, the student and her mother say, but it actually was retaliation for reporting "years of racially demeaning comments." According to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Chattanooga's U.S. District Court, the student received a harsher punishment than her peers because of her race. Instead of fixing the systemic racism that caused the fight, Bledsoe County Schools officials took it out on the student, the suit says. The suit does not list a desired amount of damages but asks for a jury trial. It names Bledsoe County Schools and its director, Jennifer Terry, who said Tuesday afternoon she had not yet been served with a copy. According to census data in the lawsuit, 6.7 percent of the population in Bledsoe County is black, or fewer than 1,000 people in the roughly 15,000-person … [Read more...] about Lawsuit: Bledsoe County Schools suspended student for 365 days because of her race [document]
NaKayla Sullivan, 25, charged in Bledsoe County with criminal homicide. NaKayla Sullivan, 25, charged in Bledsoe County with... Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. A 25-year-old Van Buren County, Tenn., woman is charged in the death of a Bledsoe County man who had been reported missing last week until his body was found Tuesday in a barrel along Valley View Road north of Pikeville. NaKayla Sullivan was transferred from the Van Buren County Jail to Bledsoe County custody on Thursday to face charges of criminal homicide in the death of 30-year-old Thomas Rogers, who had been reported missing April 19, Bledsoe County Sheriff Jimmy Morris said Thursday. Morris said Rogers' mother hadn't seen her son since a couple of days before the report. "We started looking," Morris said. "Officer Jack Durham found him on Valley View Road, north of Big Springs Gap Road." Morris said there are few homes on the road where Rogers' body was found in a plastic or … [Read more...] about Woman, 25, charged in Bledsoe County, Tenn., homicide case
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Steve Kornacki April 12, 2018 THE REFEREE HELD UP HIS HANDS a few inches apart, and the Ericsson Stadium faithful — what dozens of them remained — let out something meekly resembling a cheer. The visiting New England Patriots were just short of the marker, and now head coach Bill Belichick had a choice. It was fourth down and they were sitting at their own 45 yard line, with just inside of two minutes left, both in the game and in this dispiriting season. If nothing else, dignity was at stake here. The book said to punt. Instead, Belichick looked out at Drew Bledsoe and told his quarterback to stay on the field. Why not just put an end to it with one play here? On the CBS telecast, the announcers perked up. Advertisement “Belichick wants to roll the dice!” play-by-play man Don Criqui exclaimed.Bledsoe lined up … [Read more...] about What if Tom Brady had never stepped in for an injured Drew Bledsoe in 2001?