TN Low On The List For Kids

(NASHVILLE) — Tennessee remains ranked 35th in an annual child well-being study for a second-straight year.

The 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that more than 60 percent of 3- and 4-year-olds in Tennessee lack access to pre-school.

It also says 12 percent of high school students don’t graduate on time. The study finds over 9 percent of Tennessee babies were born less than 5 pounds.

Repair Work at Chautauqua Auditorium in Shelbyville

Landmarks Illinois has awarded $5,000 to the Shelbyville Chautauqua Auditorium Preservation Committee. The money will be used to shore up the southeast corner of the Chautauqua Auditorium in Forest Park.

Report of Shots Fired on West Decatur St.

Decatur Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 800 block of West Decatur St. and found shell casings. Officers say no one was injured. The investigation continues.

Decatur Adds Jobs – Unemployment Rate Down

Decatur’s unemployment rate in Feb. was 4.9% – down 1.4% from a year ago. The number of jobs in Decatur was 300 more than in Jan. – the largest increase was in manufacturing. Illinois’ statewide unemployment rate for Feb. was 5%.

Man Wanted for Arson in Charleston Arrested

Chicago Police arrested Brian Griffin, who was wanted for arson in connection with a fire at Mother’s Bar in Charleston. Griffin also faces a charge of battery in Coles County.

Decatur Neighborhood Wants to Change its Name

The Near Westside Restoration and Preservation Society wants to change the name of the Decatur neighborhood to Millikin Heights. In order for the name change to become official it would have to be approved by city council.

Pet Dies in Mahomet House Fire

Crews responded to a house fire on North Turner Dr. in Mahomet. One dog died in the fire, another was rescued. The home sustained light smoke damage.

Man Found with Lots of Unstamped Cigaretts

When Champaign Police pulled over Vershawn Bussell, 21, of Chicago, on I-57, they found up to 1,000 unstampted cigaretts in his car. He was sentenced to a year of conditional discharge after pleading guilty.

Man Pleads Not Guilty to Violating Sex Offender Rules

A convicted sex offender has pleaded not guilty to violating the sex offender registration status. Michael Valentine, 27, is accused of visiting Mount Zion Grade School in Decatur on multiple occasions.

Shots Fired In Decatur; No Arrest

Decatur Police called to West Decatur stree wednesday night about somebody shooting. They found shell casings — but no shooter and no one was hit by the gunfire. No suspects — police continue to investigate.