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Bathroom Bill Fails in Committee
AP Thursday March 23, 2017
A transgender bathroom bill in Tennessee has failed in a state Senate committee.
The Senate Education Committee on Wednesday made no motion to consider the legislation by Republican Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet. The lack of a motion effectively kills the bill for the year.
The bill sought to require students at public schools and colleges to use restrooms and locker rooms of their sex on their birth certificates.
The legislation has been the subject of protests at the state Capitol.
TEA Opposes Deduction Proposal
Thursday March 23, 2017
A bill that would allow school systems to deduct up to 10 percent of teachers’ unions dues from payroll has passed in a House education subcommittee.
The proposal is opposed by the Tennessee Education Association, the state’s largest teacher union.
Rep. Bill Dunn, a Knoxville Republican who sponsored the proposal, said the measure is designed so that all groups who represent teachers would be treated equally. He told fellow lawmakers that some school systems were refusing to deduct dues for some teacher organizations other than TEA.
Some lawmakers expressed concern that school districts could punish teacher unions for speaking out by threatening to increase a bigger percentage from the dues deducted from payroll.
Dunn said he would amend the bill to cut the percentage of dues taken by using procedures.
Jay Walker Wednesday March 22, 2017
For the second night in a row the Warren County Pioneers shut out Stone Memorial in five innings. The Pioneers beat the Panthers 11-0 Tuesday night at Crossville in a race against the approaching storms, getting the game in just in time.
Brooks Helton was the winning pitcher.
The Pioneers will play DeKalb County Thursday night at Smithville at 5pm.
Strong Storm Hits Area
Jay Walker Wednesday March 22, 2017
A strong storm system hit Warren County with a vengeance Tuesday night causing widespread damage and power outages.
The storm brought hail and straight-line winds with gusts measured at over 60 miles per hour. The high winds knocked down many trees and powerlines from one end of the county to the other.
Warren County 911 Director Chuck Haston said extra dispatchers had to be called in to keep up with the many calls that were coming in to the 911 center.
Haston said there were between 60 and 70 reports of trees or powerlines down. There were four reports of trees on houses and numerous reports of trees on vehicles. There were also reports of roof damage.
Utility workers were called out to restore power to hundreds of homes following the storm.
No injuries were reported. (Photo by Matilda Hale)
Gun Bill Proposed
AP Wednesday March 22, 2017
Tennessee lawmakers are considering a bill that would make it easier to openly carry a handgun.
If it passes, you won’t need to take a safety class or pay money to get a permit.
Supporters say it would bring Tennessee’s weapon laws for open carry in line with many other states but people against the bill say it’s a safety issue.
Under the proposed law, you wouldn’t need a permit to carry a handgun openly, however, you’d still have to get a permit to carry a concealed handgun which requires taking classes and paying a fee.
The bill states it would enact the “Open Carry Firearms Freedom Act.” It’s not the first time the bill has been introduced. Lawmakers have proposed it a couple of times before but it did not pass.
The bill will go before the Senate Judiciary Committee in the coming weeks.