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Free Hunting Day
AP Thursday August 25, 2016

Tennessee residents can hunt without a license on Saturday.
Free Hunting Day is an annual event provided by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency to increase interest in hunting.
A news release from the agency says Tennessee residents are also exempt from Wildlife Management Area permit requirements on Saturday. Hunters should check on the TWRA website to see which areas are accessible that day.
Hunter education requirements are not waived. Anyone born in 1969 or later is required to have successfully completed a hunter education course or obtained an apprentice license.
Saturday is also opening day of squirrel season. And species that have a year-round season will be open. Those include armadillo, beaver, coyote, groundhog and striped skunk.


Drug Suspects Arrested
Jay Walker Wednesday August 24, 2016

McMinnville Police say four people were picked up on drug and weapons charges following a traffic stop. Police pulled over a 1997 Toyota for a broken brake light earlier this month. After getting permission to search the vehicle, one of the suspects handed the officer a baggie containing meth. A search of the vehicle also turned up more meth along with guns and a large amount of cash.
Police arrested 25 year old Ashley Hernandez, 35 year old Shane Gardner, 42 year old Rebecca Watson and 35 year old Marcus Giles. They are all charged with possession of meth for resale. Gardner also faces a charge of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.


McMinnville Board
Jay Walker Wednesday August 24, 2016

The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday night approved first reading of an ordinance to appropriate funds to certain nonprofit organizations in the total amount of $313,479.
The board also approved a resolution to enter into a lease agreement with Red Road Business Partners for the Police Department.
The board gave its approval of an event to be held to encourage voter registration. The event will be held on September 27th, which is National Voter Registration Day. It will be held on the grassy lot downtown that evening from 5-7pm. There will be refreshments available and people will be able to register to vote at the event.
You can hear Tuesday night's board meeting in its entirety Wednesday at 10am and 5pm on 960 WBMC.


State Could Lose Road Money
AP Wednesday August 24, 2016

Tennessee officials are scrambling to avoid losing $60 million in federal road funding because of a new state law that runs afoul of zero-tolerance standards for underage drivers who have been drinking.
Federal guidelines suggest a strict 0.02 percent allowable blood alcohol content for drivers under the legal drinking age. The new Tennessee law raises that limit to 0.08 for 18- to 20-year-olds but metes out the stronger penalties for offenders.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Monday that it will withhold the 8 percent of Tennessee's federal highway funding if the state is not in compliance by Oct. 1.
The state Transportation Department argues that another state law prohibits minors from having a blood alcohol content above 0.02 percent, and that that should count toward compliance with zero tolerance.


Bowling Town Hall Meeting
Jay Walker Wednesday August 24, 2016

State Sen. Janice Bowling will be in McMinnville Thursday to hold a Town Hall Meeting with constituents.
The meeting will begin at 1pm in the Magnolia Room at the Warren County Administrative Building.
After brief opening remarks, the Senator will answer questions from the audience. The public is invited.


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