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The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday night voted to reappoint Sally Brock to the McMinnville Electric System Board, but not without some discussion. Aldermen Mike Neal and Ken Smith questioned why the aldermen are never notified in advance as to the mayor's choice of appointee to a board or commission. Mayor Jimmy Haley responded that the Mayor has always had the power to appoint and the board members could vote yes or no to the appointments.
After a motion to defer the appointment failed, the board voted 3 to 2 in favor of the appointment of Brock. Aldermen Neal abstained from voting.
A resolution to sanction a special event called Smokin' in McMinnville Barbecue Cookoff for the sole purpose of allowing Junior Auxiliary to apply for a special event beer permit failed on a 3-3 vote.
You can hear Tuesday night's meeting in its entirety Wednesday morning at 10am and at 5 in the afternoon on 960 WBMC or online at www.960wbmc.com.
The Warren County Commission's Budget and Finance Committee will meet Wednesday and Thursday to discuss budgets for the upcoming fiscal year. The meetings will begin each day at 4:45pm at the Administrative Building.
Blood Assurance will have a blood drive Wednesday from 9:30am-11:30am at NHC in McMinnville.
Donors can register for a chance to win a Dollywood Family Prize Pack.
All blood types are needed.
A high-profile domestic violence case in Nashville has led to talk of more restrictions for defendants in such cases.
The Tennessean reports Gov. Haslam said he would support making a 12-hour cooling off period mandatory after someone has been arrested on a domestic violence charge.
The statement comes in the midst of a controversy over a Nashville case involving a prominent contractor who was released from jail a few hours after his arrest on a domestic violence charge.
Lawmakers in middle Tennessee have said they plan to introduce a bill next year that would require people arrested on domestic violence charges to remain incarcerated for at least 12 hours.
The violence in Iraq caused plenty of pain at the pump for U.S. motorists last week. Throughout the last seven days, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded rose 5 cents in Tennessee.
AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said the unrest in Iraq is likely to continue influencing gas prices in the near future.
He said gas prices would typically be falling right now, but the conflict in Iraq is the main thing driving them higher.
The national average for a gallon of regular on Sunday was $3.68, an increase of 2 cents from last week. Tennessee's average of $3.47 increased 5 cents from last week. One year ago the average was $3.34.