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I am writing to you for several reasons today. First of all, we have had a fantastic first semester. I am so proud of our students and staff, and I am so thankful to be a part of Williamson County Schools and this community.
The other reason is to let you know that it has been a difficult week for our district and for school districts across the country since the Sandy Hook incident seven days ago. You need to know that the school district's partnership with all local law enforcement agencies has never been stronger, and all agencies have pledged an increased presence in our schools. County Mayor Rogers Anderson has begun the process of securing school resource officers for our elementary schools and Middle College High. Sometime after the first of the year, we hope to have officers in place at all of our schools.
Unfortunately, this week we have also dealt with rumors of threats at some of our schools. These rumors were taken seriously and were investigated by administration and law enforcement. While there was no real threat in these situations, please know that we will take each threat or rumor of a threat seriously and investigate. I ask that you help us by sharing with your child that we will prosecute, to the fullest extent of the law, anyone who makes a threat of violence toward schools, staff or children. This includes threats made or implied through social media.
We ask that if you or your child ever hear of threatening rumors or see them posted on social networking sites, you report that to your school administrator, the Williamson County Sheriff's Department or other local law enforcement. Thank you for helping us keep our schools safe, and I wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday season.
Mike Looney, Ed.D
Friday, December 21 2012, 05:17 PM CST
Sheriff says deputy sneaked in drugs, smokes
May 22, 2013 18:50 GMT
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) -- The Rutherford County sheriff has fired a deputy who he said was sneaking in contraband to jail inmates.
Sheriff Robert Arnold terminated the employment of Deputy Keith Knowles on May 10. The sheriff said he was disappointed to find a deputy with a long career was supplying inmates with forbidden items.
The Daily News Journal (http://on.dnj.com/12MorCe ) reported the department launched an investigation earlier this month after receiving reports that an officer brought a cellphone and tobacco to inmates. Marijuana was also reportedly brought in.
Arnold said Knowles gave a statement that resulted in his firing.
The sheriff's office will turn over its investigation to the district attorney's office to determine whether charges will be filed.
Information from: The Daily News Journal, http://www.dnj.com
Bernanke signals Fed to maintain stimulus efforts
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Chairman Ben Bernanke is telling Congress that the U.S. job market remains weak and that it is too soon for the Federal Reserve to end its extraordinary stimulus programs.
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IN THE NEWS: TEENS MOVING TO TWITTER TO DODGE PARENTS, OTHER BORES
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- From bikinis to Hawaiian shirts -- it's time to gear up for the beach.