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Early voting begins Wednesday in Tennessee for the presidential preference primaries.
In Warren County, early voting will take place from 9am-6pm Monday through Friday and from 9am to 12 noon on Saturdays at the rear of the Warren County Administrative Building. The last day for early voting is Feb. 23rd.
Two local races will appear on the Democratic ballot. Linda Jones is running unopposed for 6th District County Commissioner, and Beth Woodlee Martin is unopposed for Property Assessor.
A special House committee has voted to designate Tennessee's attorney general to investigate sexual harassment allegations against Republican state Rep. Jeremy Durham.
The panel voted 4-0 on Monday to give Attorney General Herbert Slatery's office subpoena in for an investigation into "allegations of disorderly and inappropriate behavior" by the second-term Republican from Franklin.
Durham has denied any wrongdoing. The lawmaker has stepped down as House majority whip and later withdrew from Republican caucus. He is currently taking a hiatus from the Legislature while seeking medical and religious guidance.
House Speaker Beth Harwell, Gov. Bill Haslam, Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey and state Republican Party Chairman Ryan Haynes have all called for the Durham's resignation.
The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday night approved a request from Hardees to change the zoning classification of one-third of an acre to C-1 Central Commercial. If approved on second reading, it would enable Hardees to renovate the restaurant to hopefully make traffic move more efficiently through the area.
The ordinance was rejected in December, but since then the company has agreed to change their proposal to include construction of a concrete wall and screening to lessen the noise that can be heard by neighbors.
During the meeting, two neighbors spoke in opposition to the ordinance, while one spoke in favor of it.
In other business, the board passed a resolution to apply for a Community Development Block Grant to help fund a sewer project.
You can hear Tuesday night's meeting in its entirety Wednesday at 10am and 5pm on 960 WBMC.
State Rep. Kevin Dunlap Tuesday night urged members of the McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen to continue in their efforts to move the local driver's license center to the basement of City Hall.
Speaking at Tuesday night's board meeting, Dunlap said the state will be closing drivers license centers in nine rural counties, including Warren County. He said it's important that efforts be made now to ensure the likelihood that the local center can remain in Warren County.
Mayor Jimmy Haley said the state has tentatively approved the plan and has agreed to pay for the wiring if the center does relocate to the City Hall basement. The state plans to close the present location in May, according to state officials.
The Tennessee Department of Health today has received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the first person in the state to test positive for Zika virus disease. The individual had recently traveled to South America before returning to east Tennessee.
Because there is no vaccine to prevent Zika virus disease and no specific medical treatment for those who are infected, TDH urges all who may be considering travel to the growing number of countries where there is evidence of the disease being transmitted to have heightened awareness and protect themselves and others from mosquito bites.”
The list of affected areas includes many countries in the Caribbean and South and Central America.
Except in pregnant women, Zika virus is almost always a very mild illness and for most people testing is not necessary. Approximately 80 percent of those infected never show symptoms of the disease while approximately 20 percent show only mild symptoms.
There is no vaccine to prevent infection and no specific antiviral treatment for Zika virus infection. Its most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.
TDH urges people who suspect they are infected with a mosquito-borne illness to seek medical help.