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On Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, Lee University will host its annual Lee Day, 30 hours of excitement and information geared toward prospective students and their families. Over the course of the event, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in over 40 different activities, offering a glimpse into the unique mixture of clubs, people, cultures, and opportunities that the university comprises.

Registration will begin on Friday at 9 a.m., along with campus tours and the Residence Hall Open House. Prospective students will then have the opportunity to sit in on one of the many featured classes to get a firsthand look at the classroom experience. Early Class Selection starts at 10 a.m., during which students can meet one-on-one with an academic advisor to register for classes, discuss academic plans, and create a full schedule for the fall semester.

Many other evens will take place during the two-day period.

For more information or to register, call (423) 614-8500 or visit www.leeday.live.

From the Chattanoogan…

The Senate Education Committee chairman said Monday he believes county commissioners should sock away money to prepare for the effects of a new K-12 funding formula on local taxes.

Senators are trying to figure out the effect of a $9.5 billion funding formula shift on local governments, which are to be held harmless for three years, meaning the portion they pay in a 70-30 percent split will not force them to pay a greater share until the fourth year.

In a two-hour presentation from Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn, senators also concluded if they wanted to add $100 million to the base portion of the formula for teacher pay, they would have to pony up a total of $250 million because of the requirements attached to the factors or “weights” attached to the formula.

Governor Bill Lee wants to change the state’s funding formula to make it more clearly reflect the amount state and local governments pay for each student. It would include a base amount of $6,860 and then take into consideration several factors, pushing expenses much higher for some students.

Sen. Mike Bell, a Riceville Republican, said Monday he has heard concerns raised from several groups about the amount of rule making that could be contained in the legislation and “implied authority” the commissioner would have.

Bell, though, said he believes the Government Operations Committee, which oversees rule making, should provide the proper oversight and take comments in public hearings.

From the Cleveland Daily Banner…

Tim Siniard reports: Cleveland Utilities said Wednesday, March 16, that its customers are targets of a telephone scam.

The most recent incident follows one reported by the utility earlier this month.

CU on Wednesday said it had received reports from  customers informing them scammers were calling and threatening to disconnect utility services if payments were not made over the phone.

The utility said the calls were coming from a 1-800 number and when the “number is called back, it even has CU’s automated system recording.”  

CU says this is a scam. Hang up and remember to never give your personal/banking information out to someone who calls you.

As a reminder, CU said it never demands payment over the phone.

In addition, CU said its customers should be aware “callers can spoof their number to make it look like they are calling from Cleveland Utilities.”