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Black Names Co-chairs
AP Tuesday August 15, 2017

Republican U.S. Rep. Diane Black has named two prominent former politicians from either end of Tennessee as co-chairman for her gubernatorial bid.
Black says former state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and former U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher will hold the leadership positions in her campaign.
Ramsey, an auctioneer from the northeastern corner of the state, retired from the Legislature last year after presiding over vast Republican gains that took the GOP from an afterthought to near complete control. He is also a former gubernatorial candidate who fell short in the 2010 GOP primary.
Fincher, a farmer from the West Tennessee community of Frog Jump, was part of the 2010 GOP class that won back control of Congress just two years after Barack Obama was elected president. He retired last year.


Gas Prices
Tuesday August 15, 2017

Gasoline prices are holding steady, declining only fractions of a penny over the weekend. Tennessee gas prices averaged $2.15 on Sunday. The state average is one cent more than last week, and 24 cents more than last year.
AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said pump prices are moving slightly lower as refineries keep the market well-supplied with gasoline. He said gasoline supplies are outpacing demand as we enter the final weeks of the summer travel season. This should prevent any major gains in gas prices, unless oil prices rise in response to unexpected disruptions in supply due to international conflict, refinery issues or a hurricane.
The national average for the price of regular unleaded is $2.35, ten cents more than a month ago.


WCMS Football
Jay Walker Tuesday August 15, 2017

The Warren County Middle School football team will open its 2017 season Tuesday night on the road. The Middle School Pioneers travel to Mt. Juliet for a 6:00 kickoff.
The middle schoolers are rebuilding after enjoying an undefeated season last year. Their first three games are on the road. The first home game is September 5th against Harris Middle School.


Citizens Police Academy
Jay Walker Monday August 14, 2017

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Citizens Police Academy. The class begins September 22nd. Applications must be turned in by September 12th.
The class is offered by the McMinnville Police Department. Space is limited and enrollment is offered on a first come-first served basis.
The course runs seven weeks and will offer hands-on experience to give a person an idea of the daily activities of a police officer.
Classes are held every Thursday night at 6pm beginning September 22nd. Applications are available at the McMinnville Police Department on Red Road.


Senior Opioid Addiction Spikes
AP Monday August 14, 2017

Federal data showed the number of senior citizens in Tennessee who have been hospitalized due to painkillers has more than tripled over the last decade.
According to reports, the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality data showed that in 2005, 467 seniors out of every 100,000 spent time in the hospital due to opioids. In 2015, the rate had increased to 1,505.
Reports gave various reasons for hospitalizations, including auto accidents and falls after taking opioids, interactions with other medications and unintentional overdoses.
The spike has left some advocates who work with seniors age 65 and up puzzled.
Experts said family members and doctors have been more likely to overlook addiction in seniors. In addition, Dr. Peter Martin, a psychiatrist and director of the Vanderbilt Addiction Center, said no one in the past worried about seniors becoming addicts.


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