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Non-Citizen Label Bill Dead for the Year
AP Thursday March 30, 2017

A bill seeking to require prominent labeling of Tennessee driver's licenses held by people without permanent residency status is dead for the year.
Rep. John Ragan of Oak Ridge told the House Finance Subcommittee on Wednesday he will put his bill off until next year because of uncertain support on the panel.
Ragan's original bill sought to have the words "alien" or "non-citizen" printed on the licenses. It was later amended to instead carry the word "visa."
Ragan says his bill was aimed at identifying people who may have overstayed their visas and cited terrorist attacks like 9/11 as reasons for the legislation.
Non-permanent residents are eligible for temporary driver's licenses in Tennessee as long as they provide proof of legal presence and pass a driving test.


School Bus Seat Belt Bill Moved
WRCB Thursday March 30, 2017

A proposal to put seat belts on school buses will have to wait another week before Tennessee lawmakers decide its fate.
On Tuesday, Rep. JoAnne Favors requested that the House Transportation Committee roll the bill.
Last week, House Transportation Subcommittee members brought up safety concerns and the cost, but decided to push the bill forward.
Seat belts on school buses have been up for debate for years. A bill moving through the state legislature is reigniting the conversation.
State Rep. JoAnne Favors' bill would require school buses bought after July 1st of 2018 to have seat belts. Current buses would need them by July of 2023.
A fiscal impact study shows a new bus on average costs $100,000 and adding seat belts would be about $10,000.
Officials with some major bus manufacturers like Blue Bird said modifying buses could become a safety issue.


Court Upholds Lethal Injection Method
AP Thursday March 30, 2017

The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the state's method of lethal injection.
In a unanimous opinion, the state's highest court said that using the drug pentobarbital to execute condemned prisoners is constitutional. The drug is often used by veterinarians to euthanize animals.
The Tennessean reported earlier this month that the state currently does not have access to the drug. Drugs used in lethal injections have become harder for states to secure because manufacturers have refused to sell them to prisons for executions.
Tennessee has passed a law that allows for death by electrocution in the event that drugs used for lethal injection are unavailable.
The Supreme Court decision stems from a lawsuit filed in 2013 by four condemned prisoners that several other inmates were later allowed to join.


McMinnville Board
Jay Walker Wednesday March 29, 2017

The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday night passed two resolutions and numerous amendment to the municipal code with regard to various building and property codes.
The board approved a resolution to authorize the city to purchase a Caterpillar Loader for the Water and Sewer Department in the amount of $89,290, and a resolution to accept the bid from Tinsley Asphalt in the amount of $103,133 to pave the back parking lot at the Civic Center.
In other business, the board was informed that last week's storm destroyed 11 traffic lights in the city, and city personnel cleared 28 trees from roads. The hardest hit areas were those around the bypass.


Pioneer Baseball
Jay Walker Wednesday March 29, 2017

The Warren County Pioneers came away with a split in their doubleheader with the Cookeville Cavaliers Tuesday night at WCHS.
The Cavaliers won the first game 9-2. But the Pioneers came back in the nightcap, beating Cookeville 6-1.
The Pioneers are now 4-2 in district play. They will host Greenwood, Indiana in a doubleheader Thursday at 4pm.


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