Student drivers subject to drug tests

The first day back at school typically means lots of forms to fill out from clubs, classes and extracurricular activities. But some students in one district also have to sign a consent form to be tested for drugs in order to receive a parking permit.

An amendment to Madison County Schools’ drug testing policy means students who drive to school are now subject to random tests, a move applauded by parents and administrators but questioned by a civil rights group.

The district already randomly tests any student involved in extracurricular activities from grades seven and up. However, the new policy expands the testing pool by also adding all sophomores, juniors and seniors who purchase a parking decal, a requirement dubbed “pee to park” in some circles. […]


Madison attorney sentenced in bankruptcy fraud scheme

Michael E. Earwood, 61, an attorney from Madison, was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court to 46 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for bankruptcy fraud, federal officials said.

Earwood was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $792,228.53.

Earwood previously pled guilty to devising and executing a scheme to obtain money from a business partner by falsely representing that the money would be used to maintain real property owned by Kinwood Capitol Group. […]