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Monday, November 23rd

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From NewsChannel 9…

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the region, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced expanded hours to help accommodate testing demands in 35 counties across the state.

Today, operating hours at 35 county health departments will extend from 7:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time.

In Southeast Tennessee, those expanded hours will apply to McMinn, Bradley, Rhea and Franklin counties.

In news today…

High school ACT results for 2020 are in. In the Cleveland City School System, Cleveland High School had a total of 358 tests for a 92% participation rate, with an average composite score of 20.1. In the Bradley County School System, Bradley Central High School had 361 total tests for a 100% participation rate, with an average composite score of 18.6. North Cleveland GOAL Academy had 27 tests for a 100% participation rate, with an average composite score of 14.3. Walker Valley High School had a total of 332 tests, with a 99% participation rate, and an average composite score of 21.1. Bradley County Virtual School had a total of 22 tests for a 100% participation rate, and an average composite score of 18.9.

From the Tennesseean…

The average ACT score for Tennessee students dipped slightly in 2020 — falling short of the state’s goal to hit a statewide average composite score of 21 by this year.

This year is also the second year in a row the statewide average dropped since students set a record high score in 2018.

A total of 62,564 students among the class of 2020, or 97% of eligible students, scored an average composite of 19.9 on the ACT, according to data released Friday by the Tennessee Department of Education. 

The composite score dropped just a tenth of a point from 2019’s average and is down from 20.2 in 2018.

About 1,265 fewer students took the ACT in 2020, ending a year-over-year increase in participation since the state put in a place a free ACT retake opportunity  for Tennessee’s students under former Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander said Friday that while there is a “right way” to contest an election such as seeking recounts or taking vote fraud allegations before courts, he thinks President Donald Trump and his allies are crossing a line in trying to persuade election officials or lawmakers to reverse the outcome of the election.

It’s the strongest statement Alexander has made so far regarding the ongoing efforts by Trump and allies to nullify results showing Democratic nominee Joe Biden has won a majority of electoral votes in key states with Trump and others raising unproven allegations of widespread fraud.

The Associated Press earlier Friday reported Trump summoned a delegation of Republican lawmakers from Michigan, including the state’s Senate majority leader and House speaker, in an apparent extension of his efforts to convince judges and lawmakers in the state to set aside Biden’s 154,000-vote margin of victory and grant Trump the state’s electors.

Also on Friday, U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, tweeted that “having failed to make even a plausible case of widespread fraud or conspiracy before any court of law, the President has now resorted to overt pressure on state and local officials to subvert the will of the people and overturn the election.”

Romney, Republicans’ 2012 presidential nominee, also said “it is difficult to imagine a worse, more undemocratic action by a sitting American President.”

Former Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker of Chattanooga weighed in earlier on Friday, saying on Twitter, “While the president has the right to legitimate legal challenges, responsible citizens cannot let the reckless actions by him and his legal team stand. Republicans have an obligation when the subject is of such importance to challenge demagoguery and patently false statements.”