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Judicial Appointments
AP Tuesday April 28, 2015

State lawmakers last week concluded the legislative session without an agreement on how they would go about exerting their new found power to reject gubernatorial nominations to fill judicial vacancies.
In one of the final acts before adjourning, a proposed compromise between the House and Senate received just four votes in the upper chamber, meaning lawmakers will not have a say on nominations until at least next year.
Tennessee voters in November approved a constitutional amendment that included giving lawmakers the power to refuse the governor's appointments. But the language of the ballot measure did not specifiy how lawmakers should go about rejecting nominees.


Crime in Tennessee Report
Jay Walker Tuesday April 28, 2015

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released its 2014 Crime in Tennessee report.
Among the report's findings: domestic violence offenses made up 51 percent of all offenses in the category of Crimes against persons.
Reported murders increased by 9.9 percent. Weapons laws violations decreased by 2.5 percent.
Law enforcement departments arrested more than 26,800 for DUI, representing a slight increase from the previous year.
The annual study compiles data reported from each law enforcement agency in the state.


McMinnville Board
Jay Walker Tuesday April 28, 2015

The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen will meet Tuesday night to consider two resolutions and two ordinances.
The resolutions include a measure to purchase a new fire engine and a resolution to accept an estimate from MES to replace existing ball field light fixtures at Cat Walker Field.
Ordinances include second reading of an ordinance dealing with the impoundment of animals at the Animal Control Department and first reading of a measure to rezone property at 321 West End Avenue from R-1 Low Density Residential to C-2 General Commercial.
Tuesday night's board meeting begins at 7pm at City Hall. It will be preceded at 6:30 by a meeting of the Parks and Recreation Committee and the Building and Grounds Committee at 6:45.


Tennessee Reconnect Plan
AP Monday April 27, 2015

(AP) - State officials have launched a radio advertising campaign in an effort to get the word out about its new Tennessee Reconnect program.
Tennessee Reconnect is a last-dollar scholarship program that was part of Gov. Bill Haslam's Tennessee Promise legislation passed last year. The initiative allows adults to attend one of Tennessee's 27 colleges of applied technology free of tuition and fees.
It also ties in with Haslam's "Drive to 55" campaign to improve the state's graduation rates from the current 32 percent to 55 percent by 2025 in order to help improve overall job qualifications and attract employers to the state.
The ad campaign highlights well-paying jobs that a degree could make possible.
The deadline to apply for fall classes is May 15.


WCHS Sports
Jay Walker Monday April 27, 2015

The Warren County Pioneer baseball team will conclude its regular season Monday with a district doubleheader at Rhea County. The first game starts at 4pm CDT. Both games will be broadcast live on SPORTSRADIO 1230 WAKI and online at .
The Lady Pioneer softball team will wrap up its schedule with a district game at Cumberland County at 6:30pm.


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