Nashville, TN – Tennessee House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner is abandoning a proposal to refuse health insurance to new state employees who smoke. Turner announced on the House floor Wednesday that he is withdrawing the proposal under the "strong encouragement" of fellow Democratic Rep. John Litz, a tobacco farmer from Morristown. The measure would have denied health insurance eligibility for tobacco-using state workers hired after Nov. 2.
Murray, KY – National Weather Service Forecasters have upgraded a winter storm watch to a warning. The warning means heavy snow is expected. Travel will be dangerous with this storm. If you must travel...keep an extra flashlight... Food...and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. NWS Meteorologists predict snowfall up to 7 inches of snow straddling the Kentucky Tennessee boarder. The snow amounts will decrease toward the northern River Counties, and into Southern Illinois. McCracken County may see upwards of 5 inches of snow.
Paducah, KY – Three of the six Republican candidates in Kentucky's U-S Senate race will be in Paducah next month to participate in a public forum. Secretary of State Trey Grayson, Bowling Green eye surgeon Dr. Rand Paul and Todd County businessman Bill Johnson plan to be at the February 13th event. The candidates will give opening statements and then answer moderated questions. The forum begins at 12:30 P-M at the McCracken County Courthouse.