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DCS Found Liable in Shooting Death of Teenager, Foster Father

DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) — The state Department of Children’s Services has been found liable in the deaths of a teenager and her foster father and the injuries to her foster mother after the biological father went on a shooting rampage.
Dyersburg resident Susan Randolph told The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/14n0BzY) that she and her husband, Todd Randolph, agreed to temporarily take in the 15-year-old daughter of neighbor Chris Milburn at his request on July 30, 2009.
Susan Randolph said Chris Milburn told her husband there was an accusation of inappropriate touching. Randolph said she thought that perhaps there had been some misunderstanding between Chris Milburn and his daughter, and she was never told the extent of the allegations.
It came out in court that Stevie Milburn had reported that her father had given her a black eye that kept her out of school for a week, a burst lip, a smack in the face, a punch in the face with a closed fist and a whipping with a belt. She also said he sexually assaulted her.
DCS also learned of an earlier domestic violence charge against Chris Milburn and a prior DCS report that included the notation that Milburn “acts like a pedophile and dominates his child.”

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Chattanooga Newspaper Editor Resigns

From the Chattanooga Times-Free Press:J. Todd Foster has resigned as executive editor of the Chattanooga Times Free Press for personal reasons.
Jason Taylor, president and general manager of the newspaper, made the announcement to the newsroom staff this afternoon.
Foster had been named executive editor of the Times Free Press July 1, 2010.
He had previously served as editor of the Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier and from 1985-89 had served as a reporter for the Chattanooga Free Press.

DCS Computer Glitch Causing Problems in Foster Care Payments

Foster-care agencies, as well as parents, owed millions The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services owes foster-care agencies and other contractors at least $2.5 million in back payments, largely due to problems with the department’s expensive new computer system, according to the Tennessean.
Last year, DCS launched the new system, called the Tennessee Family and Child Tracking System, or TFACTS, and immediately began experiencing problems accurately paying foster-care parents on time. For some parents, missed payments became such a concern that they considered returning their foster children to the state.
But TFACTS also has taken its toll on third-party providers that contract with DCS to place children in foster homes and provide services to special-needs youths.
Issues with TFACTS, which cost $37 million to install, have caught the attention of the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office and state lawmakers, who say they are concerned that late payments continue to be a problem one year after the system was put in place.
“I’m surprised that (DCS Commissioner Kate O’Day), coming from a background of working for a provider, has not addressed this issue after more than five months in office,” said Rep. Sherry Jones, D-Nashville.

Computer Glitch Blocks Foster Parent Payments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A computer glitch in a new $37 million computer system installed at the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services has led hundreds of foster-care parents to miss monthly room and board payments from the state.
A call log shows that foster-care and adoptive parents for more than 1,200 children across the state either received their payments late or the money never arrived last fall.
Back payments for foster care, adoption assistance and state-subsidized guardianship totaled nearly $600,000 between September 2010 and April, according to the call logs.
DCS spokesman Rob Johnson told The Tennessean that the agency is spending an additional $300,000 for help managing the financial-accounting component of the software.
DCS attributed payment problems to migrating data stored on multiple software systems to a single new system, called the Tennessee Family and Child Tracking System