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Tennessee is joining a multi-state lawsuit seeking to halt President Obama's executive action on immigration.
Attorney General Herbert Slatery notified the parties in the lawsuit that Tennessee will become the 25th state to join the legal challenge filed in federal court in Texas.
Obama traveled to Nashville earlier this month to tout his decision to extend deportation relief and work permits to 4 million immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. His action would affect those who have been here more than five years and have children.
Gas prices fell below $2 a gallon at various filling stations in Tennessee last week. AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said gas prices are plunging with little sign of slowing down. Oil prices dropped for the fourth consecutive week because of increase oil production and low demand, and it's keeping downward pressure on the price of gasoline.
When 89.5 million Americans hit the holiday road, they will find the cheapest gasoline since May 2009 and the lowest Christmas Day prices since 2008.
The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded was $2.40, a decrease of 15 cents from last week. Tennessee's average of $2.25 is down 13 cents from a week ago.
Momentum is mounting for a possible proposal to raise the state's gas tax for the first time in 25 years.
Gov. Haslam told The Tennessean he thinks a legislative proposal on the issue is close, and could be introduced in the next General Assembly, which convenes in January.
The push comes as a group representing 40 mayors in Middle Tennessee sent a letter urging Haslam and state lawmakers to find new sources of revenue to pay for transportation needs.
Still, the newspaper reports any proposal to increase the gas tax would face hurdles and would lack support from some state Democrats.
Haslam isn't pushing for an increase, but says the issue must be addressed.
Currently, residents pay a total of 39.8 cents tax on each gallon of gas purchased. 21.4 cents is state tax and 18.4 cents is federal tax.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is backing off an aggressive tree-cutting policy that led to a lawsuit in federal court.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, TVA said in a motion to dismiss the lawsuit that it has dropped a policy to remove any tree within its power line easements that could grow more than 15 feet high. The motion says the lawsuit is moot since the agency has dropped the rule.
Plaintiffs have challenged the motion, saying they want a definitive ruling on whether federal law requires the utility to draft an environmental-impact statement and whether TVA could reinstate the rule.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation will halt all lane closure activity on interstates and state highways in anticipation of higher traffic volumes across the state during the Christmas and New Years holidays.
No temporary lane closures will be allowed for construction on Tennessee roadways beginning at noon on Tuesday through 9am on Monday, January 5th.
Except for a few long-term closures which must remain in place for safety, all construction-related closures will be suspended during the holiday period.
AAA predicts holiday travel will increase about 4.8 percent in Tennessee this year, with two million expected to travel by automobile in Tennessee between the Christmas and New Years holidays.