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Report Critical of DCS Child Abuse Investigations

Investigations into severe child abuse were left incomplete and failed to address the complicated needs of families, according to a new report by experts tasked with examining the “worst incidents of child abuse in Tennessee,” according to the Tennessean.
The Second Look Commission’s 2012 annual report recommends more training for child abuse investigators, including Department of Children’s Services caseworkers, mental health providers and police.
And those professionals must communicate better to close “gaping holes” in the child welfare system, which still misses opportunities to protect kids, including in cases in which abusive families are already known to officials, the report says.
“The SLC determined there are significant problems with the manner in which severe child abuse cases are being handled in Tennessee,” the report states. “It will take a concerted and sustained effort to peel away the many layers of this complex issue to get to the core.”

Some Looking Back at the Last Political Year

Highs and Lows for TN’s GOP Leaders
Andrea Zelinski has a 2012 reminiscence focused on the legislature and Gov. Bill Haslam’s doings. It starts like this:
Between the governor’s first veto and wild political backlash against Republican leaders, this was a year of firsts on Capitol Hill. It all started in January when Republicans took control over legislative redistricting for the first time.
The Sen’s Sizeup
Sen. Stacey Campfield,, in a blog post, put together a list of Tennessee superlatives for 2012. A couple of samples:
Tumble of the year – Scott Deejarleigh. OK. I may never get the spelling of his name down but one thing is for sure his political stock went down when his divorce proceedings came out.
Non news story of the year- Wine in grocery stores. Seldom has so much been said and reported about something that had so little to no chance of actual movement.

Elsewhere, briefly….
Nooga.com did a rundown on the year of Gov. Bill Haslam and another on U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais… along with some Hamilton County and Chattanooga city politics.
The News Sentinel’s list of top East Tennessee stories included two political items – Tim Burchett’s campaign finance/divorc troubles at No. seven and DesJarlais divorce revelation difficulties at No. 9. (Pat Summitt’s retirement topped the list.)
Metro Pulse did a Knoxville-oriented rundown – with some mention of the legislature. Nashville City Paper focused, reasonably enough, on Nashville HERE.