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Operation Blackout Begins
Wednesday October 26, 2016

Kids across Tennessee are gearing up for Halloween and the Tennessee Department of Correction is taking additional measures to keep them safe this Halloween season with the launch of Operation Blackout.
Operation Blackout is a yearly, massive statewide sweep to ensure registered sex offenders under TDOC supervision follow strict guidelines for the fall season and Halloween. Hundreds of teams of TDOC probation parole officers work with local law enforcement to saturate communities across the state, conducting random visits and compliance checks on more than 3,000 sex offenders statewide between October 21 and the morning of November 1, including more than 1,100 visits on the night of Halloween. These checks are in addition to the daily supervision officers perform year round.
Seasonal restrictions for sex offenders include: remaining in their homes between the hours of 6:00p.m.-6:00a.m., they cannot have porch lights on as is the custom to participate in trick-or-treating, they must not open their doors for trick-or-treaters, they will not be allowed to display fall decorations, they will not be allowed to wear costumes or dress in disguise and they will not be allowed to attend fall festivals or parties.
In 2015, TDOC probation parole officers conducted more than 3,000 checks on sex offenders during Operation Blackout.


Toy Drive Accepting Names
Jay Walker Wednesday October 26, 2016

The Warren County Rescue Squad will be taking names for the 2016 Toy Drive beginning November 1st through November 23rd.
You may stop by the Rescue Squad Building on Sparta Street Monday through Thursday between the hours of 5pm and 7pm. Names will not be accepted over the phone and will not be accepted after Nov. 23rd.
You must be the parent or legal guardian to fill out the application for toys.


Statewide Early Voting
AP Wednesday October 26, 2016

Nearly 480,000 Tennesseans have cast ballots through the first four days of early voting, up from the 388,000 who had gone to the polls through the same period four years ago.
The state's early voting period began Wednesday and the state's tally carries through the weekend. Early voting ends on Nov. 3.
Shelby County had the highest turnout with about 57,000 early votes, followed by 52,000 in Davidson, 40,000 in Knox and 24,000 in Williamson counties.
The first four days of early voting saw more than 2,500 voters turn out in Warren County.


Sen. Bowling Meeting
Jay Walker Wednesday October 26, 2016

State Sen. Janice Bowling will visit Warren County Thursday for her next Town Hall Meeting with constituents.
The meeting will begin at 1pm in the Magnolia Room at the Warren County Administrative Building.
After brief opening remarks, the Senator will answer questions from the audience. The public is invited.


Gas Prices
Tuesday October 25, 2016

The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline declined for the 15th consecutive day Sunday, for a total discount of 4 cents during that period.
Average prices in Tennessee spent the past month recovering from the Colonial Pipeline outage that sent prices surging by an average of 17 cents.
Tennessee's state average of $2.08 is 4 cents less than a week ago, 11 cents more than last year, but 76 cents cheaper than two years ago. The state average has declined 26 of the past 29 days for a total discount of 9 cents.
AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said gas prices typically follow a downward trend through the final months of the year. Last year, the national average dropped 25 cents from Columbus Day through Thanksgiving. A drop like that is less likely to occur this year as the price of oil will likely hold steady at around $50 a barrel until OPEC's next meeting next month.



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