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McMinnville Board
Jay Walker Saturday January 20, 2018

The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet Tuesday night in regular session. The board will consider one ordinance and two appointments.
The board meeting will begin at 7pm at City Hall. It will be preceded at 5:30 by a meeting of the Building and Grounds Committee, the Parks and Recreation Committee at 5:50 and the Finance Committee at 6pm. At 6:30, the board will view an RCS Productions presentation on Cumberland Caverns Live.

 


Haile Named Tennessee Senate Speaker Pro Tempore
AP Saturday January 20, 2018

State Sen. Ferrell Haile will take over duties as Tennessee Senate speaker pro tempore.
Republican Senate Speaker Randy McNally of Oak Ridge announced the appointment during a Thursday session.
Haile, a Gallatin Republican, replaces former Sen. Jim Tracy, who has taken a job as state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development program.
Haile has served as deputy speaker and vice chairman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.
Republican Sen. Janice Bowling of Tullahoma will assume the deputy speaker duties.

 


More Work Needed on Rape Kits
Friday January 19, 2018

An audit suggests that Tennessee lawmakers require updates on the 9,000-plus rape kits statewide, including almost 7,000 in Memphis, that were awaiting testing in July 2014.
The state comptroller's audit says a 2014 law required a report on rape kits not sent to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation lab or other lab, but didn't require updates, expedited testing or mandatory turnaround times.
TBI spokeswoman Susan Niland says New York district attorney grants helped send 6,900 Memphis kits to independent labs, with 2,900 remaining at labs.
Niland says other grants sent almost 1,300 kits from elsewhere to independent labs. Kits need to return to the TBI to review results.
Additionally, the audit says TBI didn't retain some documentation in the 2014 inventory, so auditors couldn't evaluate whether TBI precisely reported the backlog.

 


Medical Marijuana Bill Filed
AP Friday January 19, 2018

Two Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation to make medical marijuana legal in Tennessee, but only in oil-based products.
Senator Steve Dickerson of Nashville and Representative Jeremy Faison of Cosby announced the bill's filing Thursday amid wide support for medical marijuana in state polls.
The lawmakers said they believe the change could benefit 65,000 Tennesseans. Patients would have to have certain medical conditions, from cancer to post-traumatic stress disorder.
The legislation would not allow use of recreational marijuana.
The National Conference of State Legislatures said 29 states have medical marijuana programs, which vary in form.
State Republican lawmakers have been split on the issue. Senate Speaker Randy McNally of Oak Ridge has opposed any kind of marijuana legalization. House Speaker Beth Harwell of Nashville said she understands the need for medical marijuana, but has opposed recreational.

 


Power Supply Alert Terminated
Friday January 19, 2018

The power supply alert for TVA's service territory has been terminated. Officials at McMinnville Electric System and Caney Fork Electric are expressing their appreciation to customers for helping save power during this crucial time.
Thursday morning's peak power demand was approximately 32,513 megawatts at a system average temperature of 14 degrees at 8am.

 

 

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