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Lawsuit Claims Age, Sex Discrimination by UT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Lady Vols media director Debby Jennings has filed a lawsuit against the University of Tennessee and athletic director Dave Hart alleging that age and sex discrimination led to her forced retirement from the school where she had worked for 35 years.
Hart and other athletic officials wanted to remodel the athletic department as a “good ol’ boys” club while replacing her with a younger man, Jennings charges in the lawsuit filed Thursday with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. Jennings was 57 years old when she left her job in May as the university worked toward consolidating the men’s and women’s athletic departments.
The suit also alleges that Hart forced former Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt to step down at the end of last season. David Burkhalter, the lawyer representing Jennings, said the university retaliated against his client when she protested that Summitt’s early onset dementia protected her under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
Summitt, who remains on staff as the Lady Vols’ head coach emeritus, indicated during the April news conference announcing her retirement that the move was her own decision.

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Flags on State Buildings Lowered in Honor of Slain Soldier

Here’s an email sent to state government offices statewide, as provided by Gov. Bill Haslam’s office:
By order of the Governor, in honor of Private First Class Frank P. Jennings, a Tennessee solider who died in Korea, whose body has been returned home after 61 years, the flags over the State Capitol and all State office buildings shall be flown at half-staff on Friday, April 13th ,2012. The flags should be lowered at 9:00am and raised again to full staff at 4:00pm. Thank you.
News release from governor’s office:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder joins Tennesseans today in remembering Private First Class Frank Primm Jennings who has been missing in action for nearly 61 years. The Korean War Veteran’s remains arrived at the Nashville International Airport this morning.
Private Jennings was serving with “E” Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division in the United States Army when he went missing in South Korea on April 25, 1951. Jennings was posthumously promoted to Private First Class and awarded the Silver Star as well as the Purple Heart for his gallantry in action.
“It is comforting to know PFC Jennings will finally be laid to rest and his family will have the closure they deserve,” Grinder said. “We hope there will be a day when all of our service members currently missing in action will be recovered and brought back home.”
The Decaturville native graduated from Parsons High School and was only 19 years old when he went missing in South Korea.
According to the Jennings family, a Republic of Korea Army unit discovered a set of skeletal remains in October, 1986. However, relatives did not receive confirmation on the identification of PFC Jennings until December, 2011.
PFC Jennings will be buried at Jeanette Cemetery on Saturday April 14, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. CDT.
Jennings is survived by his sister Emily Ann Vise of Decaturville and brother Dr. William G. Jennings of Parsons as well as several nieces and nephews.

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