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Local law enforcement and emergency agencies will be taking part in an emergency response drill on Friday. Staging locations will be the Three Star Mall area and the National Guard Armory.
McMinnville Police Chief Bryan Denton said there will be a large presence of emergency response vehicles in the area.
The drill will last approximately two hours.
The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday night approved a resolution to sanction a special event called Smokin' in McMinnville Barbecue Cook-off and to allow a qualified charitable or non-profit organization to apply for a special event beer permit for the event. The event will be held in August at the McMinnville Civic Center.
In other business, the board voted to table a request from Leadership McMinnville to hold the annual Autumn Street Fair on October 1st. Aldermen are wanting more information on exactly when the downtown streets should be shut down the night before to allow vendors to set up their booths. The item will be up for another vote at the next board meeting.
Also Tuesday night, Public Works Director Brad Hennessee informed the board that the cleanup from Friday night's storm could last for a couple more weeks. Two storms that hit McMinnville Friday night brought high winds and heavy rain, resulting a many trees and tree limbs and debris littering roadways and property and causing some road damage. Hennessee said the storm cleanup is currently the top priority of the Public Works Department. For that reason, the regular pickup of brush may have to be delayed.
You can hear Tuesday night's meeting in its entirety Wednesday at 10am and 5pm on 960 WBMC.
Early voting for the August 4th election begins Friday. Voters in Warren County will be voting on school board members, county commissioners in the 5th and 6th districts, and Assessor of Property, as well asDemocratic and Republican primary candidates for State Senate, 4th district Congressman, and 43rd and 47th District State Representative.
Early voting takes place at the rear of the Administrative Building on Locust Street. Hours are Monday through Friday 9am-6pm, and Saturdays from 9am-12 noon. Early voting will go through July 30th.
Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed Mike Krause to head the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.
The 34-year-old Krause succeeds Russ Deaton, who has been interim executive director since the retirement of Richard Rhoda in 2014. Deaton will be deputy executive director.
Haslam's office said in a news release that Krause has been executive director of the Drive to 55 effort since 2014 and managed implementation of Tennessee Promise and other initiatives. Drive to 55 is Haslam's effort to increase the number of Tennesseans with a postsecondary degree or certificate to 55 percent by 2025. Tennessee Promise provides high school graduates last-dollar scholarships to attend two years of community or technical college.
The Higher Education Commission oversees development of the state's master plan for higher education, makes recommendations for capital appropriations in the governor's budget, establishes tuition levels and approves new academic programs.
Gov. Bill Haslam has reappointed McMinnville native Mark Gwyn as director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
The 53-year-old Gwyn was first appointed as TBI director in 2004.
Haslam announced the reappointment on Monday and said under Gwyn's leadership, the TBI has expanded resources and embraced technology to enhance the agency's investigating strengths.
Gwyn joined the TBI as an agent in 1988 after serving as a patrol officer for the McMinnville Police Department. He also led the TBI's Forensic Services Division and served as its executive officer.