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Planned Parenthood and ACLU Join Abortion Lawsuit
AP Thursday July 27, 2017

Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union want to join a lawsuit challenging a Tennessee law that requires counseling and a 48-hour waiting period for women seeking abortions.
Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee, Planned Parenthood Greater Memphis Region and the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee filed a motion Wednesday to join the Nashville federal lawsuit.
The ACLU will represent the Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health.
The ACLU says the law punishes women by making them consult with their doctors in person, wait 48 hours and then return for the abortion.
In the same lawsuit, the state attorney general in April agreed to stop enforcing requirements that abortion providers must have hospital admitting privileges and abortion clinics must meet hospital-level surgical standards.


Financial Management
Jay Walker Thursday July 27, 2017

The Warren County Commission's Financial Management Committee will meet Thursday to discuss architectural services upgrades and renovations for the school system and the fiscal year 2017-18 budget.
The meeting will begin at 3:30 at the Administrative Building.


Nurse Accused of Leaving Fentanyl on Door Facing
Thursday July 27, 2017

A Franklin County woman has been arrested for leaving the drug fentanyl stuck to a door facing at the Grundy County courthouse. 41 year old Heather Michelle Hodge of Estill Springs was charged late Monday night after being identified on courthouse surveillance video. The incident, which occurred last Friday allegedly shows Hodge on the video sticking a fentanyl patch to a courthouse door and then removing it and attaching it to another entrance that inmates are transported through.
Grundy County sheriff's deputies interviewed Hodge and she confessed to the incident stating she had been instructed to leave it for an inmate.
She is charged with possession of schedule II drugs, possession without a prescription, reckless endangerment and conspiracy to introduce contraband to a penal facility. Hodge is a licensed practical nurse.


McMinnville Board
Jay Walker Wednesday July 26, 2017

The McMinnville Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday night approved a resolution to sanction the 2017 Smokin' in McMinnville Barbecue Cook-off, which will be held in August at the McMinnville Civic Center. The resolution also allows a qualified charitable or nonprofit organization to apply for a Special Event beer permit.
In other business, the board approved requests for the City's help and support of the Autumn Street Fair, the McMinnville Mountain Crawl Adventure Race and the McMinnville City Triathlon.
And Scott McDonald and Trevor Galligan were appointed to the Industrial Development Board.


TDOT Concerned About Roads During Eclipse
WKRN Wednesday July 26, 2017

With all the excitement surrounding the eclipse next month, there are also plenty of concerns.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation is especially worried about what could happen on the roads that day.
Parts of Middle Tennessee are within the path of totality, which means thousands of people will flock to the region on Aug. 21.
TDOT spokesperson BJ Doughty said the department's biggest concern is drivers could stop in the middle of the road to watch the eclipse.
Doughty said it's dangerous for people to try and stop in the road or even pull to the shoulders.
TDOT says the best thing you can do is have a plan for that day. Know where you're going to watch the eclipse, and make sure you're there with plenty of time to spare. In McMinnville, a gathering is planned on court square to watch the eclipse.
While the eclipse begins at 11 a.m., it will reach totality around 1:28 p.m., making the sky go dark for upwards of 3 minutes, depending on where you live.


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