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Lawmakers to Convene
AP Wednesday December 7, 2016
State lawmakers are scheduled to convene the 110th Tennessee General Assembly on Jan. 10.
The three-day organizational session will kick off with the formal elections for speaker in both chambers, though heavy Republican majorities in both the Senate and House mean that little drama is expected for the Republican nominees, Sen. Randy McNally of Oak Ridge and Rep. Beth Harwell of Nashville.
The next day the two chambers are scheduled to meet in join session to elect the comptroller, treasurer and secretary of state. And on the last day of the organizational session lawmakers are to participate in ethics training.
Once those tasks are complete lawmakers plant to take a recess until the end of the month before returning to hear Gov. Bill Haslam's annual state of the state address.
Fire Victims Identified
WJLE Tuesday December 6, 2016
Smithville Police have released the names of the victims in Sunday's mobile home fire.
Dead are 27 year old Jeremy Shelton, 36 year old Crystal Fults and 4 year old Caylix Johnson. Injured in the fire were 26 year old Heather Standridge and 23 month old Brantley Johnson.
Police and firefighters responded to the fire call at 12:16 Sunday afternoon. The children were rescued by a passerby, Jerry Estes, and a firefighter, Lt. John Poss. The four year old died later in the hospital.
The investigation is still underway by Smithville Police, the Smithville Fire Department, and the Tennessee Fire Marshal's Office.
Tuesday December 6, 2016
Law enforcement in Middle Tennessee would like to alert all citizens of another scam that is targeting our area. The caller will identify himself as a public defender and states that your grandson or granddaughter has been involved in a traffic crash and is ok but currently in jail.
The SCAM will then instruct you to wire $2,190.00 for bail and advises you not to try to call the jail as it will complicate matters.
The number the call is coming from is 541-402-1212. If you receive a call from this number it is a SCAM! Please hang-up and donít engage in a conversation with these people.
Jay Walker Tuesday December 6, 2016
Warren County came away with a split in their doubleheader with Siegel Monday night at the Charlie Dalton Gym.
The Lady Pioneers routed the Siegel Lady Stars 65 to 28. Callie Cathcart and Megan Patch each had 16 points to lead Warren County.
In boys' action, the Siegel Stars defeated the Pioneers 79-64. Warren County was led by Isaiah Grayson with 16 points. Caleb Newby scored 15. For Siegel, Omar Lyons led the way with 27 points, including eight three-pointers.
Warren County travels to Manchester Tuesday night for a doubleheader against the Coffee County Red Raiders and Lady Raiders. Tipoff is at 6pm. the games will be broadcast live on 1230 WAKI.
Tuesday December 6, 2016
Fuel prices are still rising after members of OPEC agreed to reduce crude oil production. Since last week's announcement, gas price averages rose 6 cents in Tennessee.
AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said gas prices could rise a total of 10 to 15 cents based on the recent surge in crude oil prices.
The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.17, an increase of a nickel from last week. Tennessee's average of $2.00 is up six cents from last week, but down six cents from a month ago. One year ago the average in Tennessee was $1.85.