News from around Tennessee
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2010 8:01 pm
Summer school is invitation only
NASHVILLE (AP) — With little money for summer school, Metro Nashville is making the program invitation-only this year.
The Tennessean reports guidance counselors will decide who gets to attend, but priority will be given to high school students in danger of missing graduation and students who will turn 15 while still in middle school. There will be no summer school for elementary students.
All instruction will be done on computer with teacher supervision.
High schools students can leave as soon as they’ve completed course work, opening up their seats for new students. Middle school students will attend the whole time.
District spokeswoman Olivia Brown didn’t know how many students attended summer school last year or how many could be left out this year.
Visitors can make their own art in Nashville
NASHVILLE (AP) — You can make your own art Thursday at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville.
As part of the center’s ninth birthday celebration, visitors will be able to create their art at 21 interactive stations for printmaking, painting, drawing and more.
Another special activity will allow visitors to shape aluminum foil to create sculptures.
Admission will be free. The downtown center is the former main post office for Nashville.
State Geographic Bee Friday in Nashville
NASHVILLE (AP) — One hundred students compete Friday in the Tennessee Geographic Bee.
The competition for students in grades 4 to 8 determines the state champion, who goes on to represent Tennessee at the National Geographic Bee in Washington, D.C., May 25-26.
Preliminary rounds will be Friday morning with the top 10 competing at noon at Tennessee State University’s downtown campus near the state Capitol. The state winner gets $100.
The national finals will air on the National Geographic Channel. The host will be Alex Trebek of “Jeopardy.”
Woman armed with pink-gripped pistol robs home
OAK RIDGE (AP) — Police have charged a woman with aggravated robbery after they say she stole prescription drugs and cash while armed with a pink-gripped handgun.
Oak Ridge Police Department Lt. Jack Mansfield told The Knoxville News Sentinel the woman broke into a house Thursday in Oak Ridge where an adult and two small children lived.
Police said the occupants of the house were acquaintances. They arrested 23-year-old Samantha Daniels without incident at her home about 1:30 a.m.
Mansfield said officers found the handgun and stolen prescription drugs but not the cash.
Daniels also is charged with aggravated burglary and possessing prescription drugs for resale.
Published in The Messenger 4.8.10