Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Legislative action
The Tennessee House has approved a bill that would keep the state on daylight saving time year around. The bill would go into effect only if Congress decides to allow states to keep daylight saving year-round and then was approved by the legislature. It now is pending in the senate. Other states are considering similar conditional legislation, however there are concerns that if not all states approve there will be a mishmash of time zones around the country. Tennessee lawmakers also have introduced a pilot project that would allow residents to vote at any polling site in their county. Now four counties are allowed to participate in "convenient voting centers" allowing voters to cast a ballot at any polling place in the county instead of a designated precinct. Participating counties need approval from their election commission. Tennessee has a low voter turnout. House members have approved a $13 million plan to install cameras on school buses. It would allow school districts to purchase, install and operate cameras on the exterior of school buses. The bill now goes to the Senate. According to a fiscal review, more than 1,100 illegal passes were observed by roughly 2,750 Tennessee bus drivers in a single day during the 2017-18 school year. However, overall statewide numbers are expected to be higher. Supporters argue the bill's $50 fine for violators could boost revenue to cover the cameras' cost.

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Thursday, June 04, 2020

  • Catons Grove shooting
  • Cades Cove Loop is restricted
  • Jobless claims
  • Vote by mail
  • Black Tennessee lawmakers call for addresing racial issues
  • Medic needs blood
  • Black lawmakers call for respect for everyone
  • Planning Commission to hold public hearing
  • Cades Cove to be closed to vehicles on Wednesdays
  • State parks for community service hours
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  • Financial Stimulus Accountability Group
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  • Evans is terminated
  • Cocke Countians rally for Floyd
  • Free fishing on Saturday
  • Gasoline prices move up
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  • Cocke County crash
  • Tennessee protests against racism
  • UT Athletics statement
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