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Jay Walker Tuesday October 28, 2014
The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet Tuesday night and are expected to vote on second reading of a measure to delete the distance requirement from the beer sales ordinance. Currently, establishments that sell beer must be at least 300 feet from the nearest church, school or kindergarten. The measure up for consideration would remove that distance requirement. It passed first reading last month.
In other business, the board will consider a resolution to enter into a contract with Unifirst to provide uniforms for City employees, and an ordinance to enter into an agreement with AEI of Cookeville for design services for renovating the Blue Building.
The board meeting begins at 7pm at City Hall. It will be preceded at 6:30 by a meeting of the Street and Sanitation Committee and a meeting of the Parks and Recreation Committee at 6:40.
Former Coffee Co. Jailer Arrested
Monday October 27, 2014
A former corrections officer at the Coffee County Jail in Manchester has been arrested. 26 year old James Mayes of Manchester is charged with bribery of a public servant, extortion and official misconduct.
Investigators say Mayes took $100 from an inmate to allow the inmate to keep an amount of tobacco in the jail. Mayes is accused of threatening to lock the inmate down and restrict his privileges if he didn't pay up.
Investigators say Mayes has been under investigation for the last six months. They say Mayes has also been allowing cell phones and other contraband to be taken into the jail for a fee.
Mayes has been jailed in Franklin County pending a court hearing in Coffee County in November.
Early Voting Update
Jay Walker Monday October 27, 2014
This is the final week of early voting for the November 4th election. The first nine days of early voting saw 2,136 Warren County voters cast their ballots. 226 voted on Thursday, with 295 voting on Friday.
Through the first seven days of early voting, Warren County was behind the early voting count for the same period four years ago. The first week of early voting this year saw 1,615 voters casting their ballot. The number four years ago was 2,109.
Early voting will end this Thursday, Oct. 30th.
Tennessee Promise Program
AP Monday October 27, 2014
With a November 1st deadline approaching, nearly two-thirds of Tennessee's high school seniors have applied for the Tennessee Promise program that guarantees to cover the costs of a two-year college degree.
Gov. Haslam has visited high schools around the state to promote Tennessee Promise. He hopes the program will help boost the number of Tennesseans with two or four-year degrees to 55 percent, up from 33 percent now.
In Warren County, a total of 379 seniors have signed up for the program.
Preparing for Ebola Cases
AP Friday October 24, 2014
Tennessee health care officials say they have implemented appropriate practices to handle any Ebola cases.
The Tennessee Hospital Association, Tennessee Medical Association, and Tennessee Nurses Association issued a joint statement this week saying they're on heightened awareness for anyone showing up in their emergency rooms and doctors' offices who exhibit symptoms similar to the Ebola virus.
The groups say they're working in concert with the Tennessee Department of Health, as well as appropriate agencies, to ensure appropriate protocols and policies are in place.