Whether or not to mandate prescriptions for cold medicine used to make methamphetamine is a debate being revived in the Tennessee legislature, which reconvenes this week. The latest study suggests lawmakers may have to go with their gut.
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Tennessee outpaced the national average in terms of one ripple effect of the recession. From 2007 through 2010, the number of public school students known to be homeless increased by 74 percent. The national figure was 38 percent. Even so, Tennessee’s official count may be too low.
A new report from the Tennessee Comptroller’s office describes a tangled web of fraud, misspending and outright lies at the Upper Cumberland Development District. The agency’s director used a million-and-half dollar assisted living facility near Cookeville as her personal home and cash cow.
A state investigation of the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency has turned up 2 million dollars in questionable spending.
Tennessee’s Comptroller is warning a pair of programs used to fund education may be in a – quote- “risky situation.”
Most of the 31 task forces charged with coordinating drug enforcement efforts across Tennessee are keeping good records, according to an annual audit by the state Comptroller’s office. But the report shows one in far northeastern Tennessee is riddled with problems that local officials agree can only be fixed by a change in leadership.
There’s been a significant drop in how much money is missing from local governments in Tennessee, but the total amount is still in the six figure range.
District Attorney Torry Johnson says he’s asking the state to look into possible wrongdoing by Davidson County Clerk John Arriola. A Channel Five investigation questioned whether Arriola placed someone on his payroll who doesn’t actually perform a job for the clerk’s office. Those reports also said Arriola charges for officiating at weddings.
For the third year in a row, theft from local governments is on the rise.
Federal stimulus money meant to help poor people weatherize their homes is being mismanaged.
For the second year in a row, a state report shows hundreds of thousands of dollars are missing from Tennessee’s counties. Some shortages are the result of sloppy accounting, but more often it’s been stolen by government officials or employees.
Continued monitoring of Tennessee’s pre kindergarten classrooms shows no significant change after students complete the 2nd grade. The study gives the legislature no clear reading on Pre K’s effectiveness.
The positive effects of Tennessee’s pre-Kindergarten program seem to only last a few years.