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Gov. Haslamís Gas Tax Passes
AP/Peg Broadcasting News Thursday April 20, 2017
The Tennessee Senate has approved Gov. Bill Haslamís road funding proposal, which includes the stateís first gas tax increase since 1989.
Senators voted 25-6 on Wednesday for the Republican governorís roads package, which also cuts other taxes. It heads back to the House to resolve a difference over property tax relief for veterans.
The Senate wants property tax relief for disabled veterans to increase to up to $175,000 in property value.
The bill cuts the sales tax on groceries, corporate taxes on manufacturers and the tax on earnings from stocks and bonds.
Registration for Pre-K and Kindergarten
Wednesday April 19, 2017
Itís time to register for Pre-K and Kindergarten! Pre-registration for the 2017-2018 school year will take place Monday, May 8th from 7:00 am until 5:30 pm at the school for which your child is zoned. When you bring your child up to register, you must bring his/her birth certificate, social security card, immunization record, proof of income, and two proofs of residency. Applicants will be notified of eligibility by July 15, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Tammy Stewart at Central Services, 931-250-8215.
Tennesseeís First Statewide Distracted Driving Enforcement Bus Tour Yielded 224 Traffic Citations
tn.gov/Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday April 19, 2017
Tennesseeís first statewide Distracted Driving Enforcement Bus Tour yielded 224 traffic citations. From Monday, April 10, to Thursday, April 13, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) and the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) partnered with local law enforcement agencies to promote National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The THP provided a large, black and tan bus marked with THP logos to transport law enforcement as they observed motorists for traffic violations. During the tour, officers within the THP bus communicated to patrol vehicles on the road for execution of enforcement action. Each participating district conducted approximately one to two hours of enforcement. 21 citations were issued in Cookeville, 35 in Nashville and Knoxville had the highest number of citations issued at 81. Only 8 citations were issued in Chattanooga and Jackson had the lowest at 7. Throughout the tour, the THSO used #ThumbsDownTN to promote its third annual Thumbs Down to Texting and Driving campaign. To learn more about distracted driving, visit tntrafficsafety.org/distracted-driving.
(Photo courtesy THSO)
School bus safety measures advance in the Legislature
AP Wednesday April 19, 2017
Bills designed to keep school bus riders safe continue to advance in the Tennessee Legislature, with one measure requiring buses to have seat belts clearing another hurdle.
The bills came as a result of a deadly bus wreck in Chattanooga in November that killed six children and injured more than a dozen others.
On Tuesday, a House committee approved a measure that would require that all new school buses be equipped with seat belts. Some lawmakers have expressed concerns about restraints trapping children if the school bus caught on fire or was submerged in water.
Also, the House on Monday evening voted unanimously to pass a bill pushed by Gov. Bill Haslam that would require more oversight of school bus drivers. The measure still has to clear the Senate.
Handgun permit fine bill fails in the Senate
AP Wednesday April 19, 2017
A bill that would have reduced the penalty for carrying a handgun without a gun permit appears to have failed for the year.
The measure, sponsored by Sen. Frank Nicely, a Republican from Strawberry Plains, failed to make it out of the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.
Current law says that people who get caught carrying a handgun without a permit face a fine of up to $500 and possible jail time for the first and second offense.
The bill would have dropped the punishment for illegally carrying a weapon to a fine of up to $100 for a first offense and up to $250 for the second offense, with no jail time. It also would have required that people be cited instead of arrested for the first and second violation.