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Gun Bill Defeated in Committee
AP Thursday February 15, 2018

A Republican-led House committee has unanimously voted down legislation to let Tennessee handgun permit holders bring guns most places, including hospitals and professional sports arenas.
In the Civil Justice Subcommittee Wednesday, Gov. Bill Haslam's administration, the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Tennessee Hospital Association expressed opposition to Rep. Judd Matheny's bill.
Under it, permit holders would be barred from carrying only when it's against federal law or court order; under the influence of alcohol or drugs; at judicial proceedings; on school grounds; at correctional facilities or law enforcement offices; or at private residences that post that guns aren't allowed.
Several other controversial gun bills were delayed in the committee.


State Officials Urge Everyone to Get a Flu Shot
Thursday February 15, 2018

The Tennessee Department of Health is urging all Tennesseans who have not yet received a flu shot this flu season to get one as soon as possible, as seasonal influenza remains widespread across the state. Tennessee county health departments are providing flu vaccine at no charge to patients while supplies last and are holding special "Flu Shot Friday" clinics from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. local time Feb. 16 in all locations to increase the number of people vaccinated across Tennessee.
DH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a yearly flu vaccine for everyone aged six months and older.


Bologna Day
Jay Walker Thursday February 15, 2018

Southern Central Waste Services, Homeland Community Bank and Caney Fork Electric will be sponsoring the 2018 Warren County Bologna Day on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Feb. 27th.
Warren County citizens are invited to join with State Reps. Judd Matheny and Paul Sherrell and Sen. Janice Bowling to discuss the issues while enjoying a meal of bologna, turkey breast, chips, cookies and drinks. Prater's Barbecue will be preparing the meal.
Bus transportation will be available. The bus will leave the Chamber of Commerce building at 7:30am for the trip to Nashville and back. Anyone who would like to ride the bus may contact the Chamber of Commerce at 473-6611.


TVA Discusses New Pricing Structure.
Thursday February 15, 2018

TVA said it is moving to a new pricing system aimed at averting "sticker shock" during periods of extreme heat or cold.
Officials said January 2018 in the Tennessee Valley was brutal. With weather dropping into the teens and twenties, conditions were harsh - for humans and for heaters. As a result, many consumers were surprised with unusually high power bills caused by the unusually low temperatures.
Cass Larson, TVA's vice president of Pricing and Contracts, said TVA is working on a wholesale rate change that will modernize its pricing structure by lowering energy rates and adding a fixed rate charge to access the power grid.
Mr. Larson said he and his team are still working through the details of the rate change in partnership with local power companies, but consumers will have a chance to provide feedback through a public comment period.


McMinnville Board
Jay Walker Wednesday February 14, 2018

The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday night approved a resolution to appoint the accounting firm of Denning and Cantrell to perform the annual audit for the City. The City will pay the firm $22,500 for the audit for the 2017-18 fiscal year, and $23,000 for each of the next two fiscal years.
In other business, the board approved an ordinance to amend the permit fees of the Community Development Department.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Mayor Jimmy Haley delivered his State of the City address, in which he talked about new economic progress of the past year and his hope for more growth in 2018.


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