A group of about 20 Graves County High School math and engineering students visited the Eddyville Riverport site where Hall Contracting is constructing a new span for the US 68/KY 80 Eggners Ferry Bridge. Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 1 Chief Engineer Jim LeFevre explained the process and answered questions concerning the construction process, load calculations, and computer designs. Hall Contracting has a $7 million contract to replace the missing span and get it open to traffic by Memorial Day weekend before a $50,000 per day penalty becomes enforced.
Governor Bill Haslam's plan to lift a cap on class size averages is meeting resistance from educators, but the Republican calls the proposal a key element of his effort to allow school districts to raise teacher pay. Haslam told reporters after a visit to a Maury County middle school this week that Tennessee is alone in setting both maximum total and average class sizes. Removing the average size requirement would allow schools to have larger classes, meaning the total number of teachers could drop. Haslam stressed that the maximum class size limits would remain in place, but some educat