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Bowling Appointed as Deputy Speaker
Monday January 22, 2018

State Senator Janice Bowling was appointed to a key leadership role in the Tennessee Senate by Lt. Governor Randy McNally. She will be the first woman to hold the position of Deputy Speaker of the Senate. The announcement was made on Friday on the floor of the Senate.
Preceding Senator Bowling, the position of Deputy Speaker was held by Senator Ferrell Haile, who is now Speaker Pro Tempore of the Senate.
The position of Deputy Speaker was created in 1987 by the Speaker of the Senate, Lt. Governor John Shelton Wilder.
The Deputy Speaker is appointed to a two-year term and serves at the pleasure of the Speaker of the Senate. Principle duties of the position include assisting the Speaker in regard to committee appointments and the assignment of bills to standing committees. The Deputy Speaker often presides over the Senate and assists the Speaker on special projects.


Warren County Commission
Jay Walker Monday January 22, 2018

The full Warren County Commission will meet Monday night for its monthly session. The January meeting was originally scheduled for last Tuesday but was postponed because of inclement weather.
Commissioners will consider a resolution to convey the land upon which the WCMS sits to the Warren County Board of Education. Commissioners will also consider appointments to various committees.
Monday night;s meeting will begin at 6:30 at the Administrative Building.


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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