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The Warren County School Board Thursday night approved the 2017-18 school calendar.
Next year's calendar mirrors the calendar for this year with a few minor changes. The first day of classes will be August 10th, with county-wide registration on August 8th. The abbreviated day to begin the Christmas break will be December 19th. Schools will reopen on January 3rd. The WCHS Class of 2018 will graduate on May 25th of next year.
Tennessee's lieutenant governor says the Trump administration's decision to lift protections for transgender students negates the need for the state to pass a bathroom bill.
Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, a Republican from Oak Ridge, said Thursday that pending state legislation is no longer needed because of the Trump administration's move Wednesday.
The Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education lifted guidance from the previous Obama administration that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identities.
In overturning the Obama-era protections, the federal government has now left it up to state and local governments to decide the issue.
Despite McNally's comments, bills that would force transgender students to use bathrooms based on their birth gender are pending in Tennessee.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam isn't ruling out a future run for U.S. Senate.
The governor's comments came in response to a question at a Tennessee Press Association luncheon Wednesday. He also told reporters that a possible Senate bid isn't something he's been spending a lot of time thinking about.
Haslam, who cannot seek re-election in 2018 due to term limits, said he really doesn't know what he's going to do next. He said governor and U.S. senator are two really different jobs.
Haslam said at this point, he's "kind of in love" with what he's doing as governor.
The comments could further fuel speculation that Sen. Bob Corker could run for governor next year, or Sen. Lamar Alexander could retire after his term ends in 2020.
Former state Rep. Joe Carr, who lost Republican primary challenges for congressional seats in the last two election cycles, is mulling a bid for governor next year.
Carr tells The Tennessean that while he currently has no plans to run to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam, he's been reaching out to potential supporters to gauge interest in his entering the race.
The Murfreesboro Republican says he could only see himself running if he perceives a groundswell of grassroots support for his candidacy.
Carr ran against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander in the Republican primary in 2014 and surprised many observers by only falling short by 9 percentage points. He failed to capture much enthusiasm for his 2016 challenge of U.S. Rep. Diane Black, losing by 32 percentage points.
The boys' Region 3AAA Basketball Tournament begins Saturday night. The Warren County Pioneers will travel to Cleveland to face the Cleveland Blue Raiders in the opening round Saturday at 6pm CST.
The game will be broadcast live on 1230 WAKI.