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Askins Change of Plea Hearing
Thursday September 10, 2015
Former Upper Cumberland Development District executive director Wendy Askins is scheduled to appear in court next Monday for a change of plea hearing. Her plea deal with federal prosecutors has not yet been made public.
Askins and former deputy director Larry Webb were indicted in 2013 for their participation in an alleged scheme to commit bank fraud and to misappropriate federal and state funds intended to promote economic and housing development.
Webb entered a plea last month to one count of bank fraud and will be sentenced in November.
Had the case against Askins gone to trial on the original charges, she could have faced up to 225 years in prison and fines totaling over $6 million.
Haslam Discusses Road Projects
WRCB Thursday September 10, 2015
Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer met Wednesday with local and state officials in Chattanooga to discuss the regionís transportation and infrastructure needs.
The meeting touched on the capacity of the roadways in the Tennessee Valley, and the economic impact that the infrastructure needs have on the surrounding communities.
Tennesseeís transportation system includes 95,000 miles of roads, 1,100 miles of interstates, 19,000 bridges, 28 transit systems in 95 counties, 79 general aviation airports, 949 miles of waterways and more than 3,000 miles of railroads.
A 2015 Tennessee Comptrollerís report on transportation funding states that revenues in Tennessee are not expected to be sufficient to maintain current infrastructure.
Jay Walker Thursday September 10, 2015
The WCHS jayvee football team travels to Putnam County Thursday night to battle Upperman. Kickoff is set for 6pm.
Also, the Lady Pioneer volleyball team will visit Franklin County for a 6pm match.
Jay Walker Wednesday September 9, 2015
The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday night approved first reading of an ordinance that will require licensed pawnbrokers to have a computer system capable of reporting data and electronically transferring the information to the police department. Police say this will be a useful tool in recovering stolen items. The ordinance was amended to include a penalty of $50 and possible loss of the license for non-compliance.
The board also voted to discontinue nighttime 5K runs in the city until a new policy can be established. City officials are concerned that a policy needs to be established that can better guarantee the safety of the participants.
You can hear Tuesday night's meeting in its entirety Wednesday at 10am and 5pm on 960 WBMC.
AP Wednesday September 9, 2015
Flu season is just around the corner and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) urges all children and health care workers to get the flu vaccine.
In previous years, the AAP website says an estimated 90 percent of pediatric deaths have occurred in unvaccinated children.
During last year's flu season, 145 children died from influenza-related illness, and many of these children had no underlying medical condition.
The flu season may start in the fall or winter, have more than one disease peak and extend into late spring, the AAP urges parents to seek the earliest opportunity to have their kids immunized.