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TVA Approves Budget
AP Monday August 29, 2016

The Tennessee Valley Authority has approved a $10.37 billion budget for fiscal year 2017.
President and CEO Bill Johnson has made diversifying TVA's energy generation fleet a priority. According to a news release from the utility, at its quarterly board meeting on Thursday, Johnson highlighted completion of a Watts Bar Nuclear Plant reactor near Spring City and construction of natural gas units in Paradise, Kentucky, and Memphis.
Johnson said TVA is "working to adapt to new business conditions that include reduced energy needs and increased demand for energy efficiencies and renewables."
Renewable energy accounted for 13 percent of the electricity TVA generated or bought in 2015.
The budget contains a 1.5 percent retail rate increase. For a customer using 1,000 kilowatt-hours per month, that amounts to about an extra $1.50.


Saturated Patrols
Jay Walker Monday August 29, 2016

The McMinnville Police Department will be conducting DUI saturation patrols during the upcoming Labor Day weekend.
Highly motivated and trained officers comprise the team conducting the saturation patrols. The officers will be actively pursuing impaired drivers by patrolling the streets and conducting traffic stops.
The saturation patrols are designed to make the roads safer and to increase public awareness of the dangers of drinking and driving.
Police are also asking for your help. If you see a vehicle being driven in an unsafe manner, you are asked to call 668-7000 or 911.


Pioneers Win
Jay Walker Saturday August 27, 2016

The Warren County Pioneers evened their record at 1-1 Friday night with a 31-7 win over Lebanon at Nunley Stadium.
Quarterback Isaiah Grayson ran for two touchdowns and also threw a touchdown pass to Trevor Collins. Raleigh Woods ran for a touchdown and Jakob Morin kicked a 43 yard field goal.
Lebanon's lone touchdown came with 32 seconds to play in the game.
The Pioneers will host Cookeville next Friday night at 7pm.


Dibrell Crash
Jay Walker Friday August 26, 2016

A two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon resulted in injuries to five people, but none were critical. It happened at the intersection of Highway 56 and Green Hill Road in the Dibrell area.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, A Toyota Van, driven by Aras Al Obaidi of Smyrna was traveling on Green Hill Road and failed to yield the right of way. The van pulled into the path of a dump truck that was southbound on Highway 56. The impact caused the van to go over an embankment. The dump truck was driven by Jerry Bost of McMinnville.
The drivers and passengers were all treated by EMS and River Park Hospital.
The driver of the van was cited for failure to yield the right of way.


Health Insurance Rate Hikes
AP Friday August 26, 2016

Tennessee officials have approved rate increases requested by health insurers offering exchange plans under the Affordable Care Act.
Local news organizations report that rates are expected to increase next year by an average of 62 percent for BlueShield of Tennessee, 46 percent for Cigna and 44.3 percent for Humana.
Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Julie McPeak calls the increases substantial and says that the state's exchange is "very near collapse."
McPeak said Tuesday that her office signed off on the hikes in an effort to keep the program afloat. She says her office feared insurers would leave the marketplace if rates didn't increase.
Last year, United Healthcare withdrew from the Tennessee marketplace exchange after one year.


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