Hi everyone, this is Paul Cameron in the WBTV Newsroom. We're saddened to break the news that musician and broadcast pioneer Arthur Smith has passed away. Arthur and his Crackerjacks were a staple of programming on WBT radio and WBTV television in the 50's and 60's. He wrote and performed memorable songs-- "Guitar Boogie" and "Feuding Banjos" (which later became "Dueling Banjos" for the movie, "Deliverance"). Arthur's family says he turned 93 on Tuesday. We say, rest in peace, Arthur, your music will live on forever.
We've learned of a Charlotte Charter school closing its doors nine days from now. Parents just found out they'd have to find new schools for their children for the final two months of the year. As you might imagine, it's not sitting well. At a closed door meeting tonight, the principal wouldn't allow our reporter in to hear what the school was telling parents. The Student First Academy is more than a half million dollars in debt.
A transgender student at Central Piedmont Community College claims she was a victim of harassment by campus security guards. Her classmates now plan a protest to spur the administration into action. Our reporter Coleen Harry is digging into the school's response.