tennessee

Government
8:36 am
Mon September 10, 2012

TN Driver's license renewals shifting to self-service

Wikimedia Commons

Tennesseeresidents needing to renew or replace their driver's licenses could be using self-service kiosks by November.  State officials say kiosk locations could include libraries, police precincts and county clerk's offices. Officials are in talks with a national retail outlet chain where some kiosks may be located. 

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Science
12:27 pm
Mon September 3, 2012

HCHC Prepares for Changes in Nursing Care

Tom Gee
hcmc-tn.org

A lack of patients is bringing changes to the Henry County Medical Center’s hospital-run nursing home, the Henry County Healthcare Center.  The facility has capacity for 150 residents, but around 30 beds are consistently empty and it’s spent the past few weeks in restructuring mode.  Hospital officials have shut down one hall and cut two full-time jobs.  They also expect to limit the number of new hires in the coming years. 

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Morning Cram
8:17 am
Thu August 30, 2012

the morning cram [vets do it to win edition]

Members of the Australian Team march at the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 1964 Paralympic Summer Games.
Australian Paralympic Committee

Today on NPR:

U.S. and British Veterans are raising the bar at this year's Paralympic Games.

In Kentucky:

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Government
7:58 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Henry County murder suspect on most wanted list

Tevin Lumpkin
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has placed a Paris murder suspect on its top 10 most wanted list.  The T-B-I says 20-year-old Tevin Lumpkin of Milan is wanted by the Henry County sheriff's office in connection with the death of 41-year-old Eric Kinley of Paris.  Authorities say Kinley was shot at Fahrenheit 101, a nightclub located on Highway 79 after he was involved in a confrontation with several other people.  The TBI says Lumpkin is 6-foot-1 and weighs approximately 170 pounds.

Government
7:49 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Tenn. opens new unit to investigate identity theft

Tennessee State Capitol
Wikimedia Commons

Tennessee's safety department is creating a new unit that will investigate identity theft crimes local law enforcement agencies don't have the resources to target.  Commissioner of Safety and Homeland Security Bill Gibbons announced Tuesday the 14-member unit would be made up of personnel from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the state Office of Homeland Security and the Driver Services division.  In addition, the unit will be working with the U.S.

Government
8:07 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Tennessee Unemployment Claimants Must Keep Logs

wikipedia.com

Beginning September 1st, anyone claiming Tennessee unemployment benefits will have to show they’re actively looking for work, including keeping a work search log.  According to state Department of Labor and Workforce Development, claimants will be required to conduct three work searches each week.   A list of valid work search activity is available on the department's website or at the nearest Tennessee Career Center.  Labor and Workforce Development officials will conduct random audits of a thousand claimants' work search documentation each week to verify activity.

Business
8:44 am
Tue August 21, 2012

USDA: Corn Harvest Ahead of Schedule

wikipedia.com

This year's corn harvest is ahead of schedule with four percent in already, compared with just one percent at this time last year.  The harvest is three to four weeks ahead of schedule in most of the corn belt because an unusually warm spring allowed farmers to plant earlier.  Most then expected a good year, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been reducing its estimates of the nation's harvest amid a severe drought centered over the Midwest.

Government
8:43 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Haslam Aide: Tennessee Not Promoting Islamic Code

wikipedia.com

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's administration is responding to what it calls confusion about the role of a Muslim staffer and a council that has advised two state departments on Islamic affairs.  Haslam was criticized this summer by several Republican groups over what they perceived as the growing influence of a version of the Islamic code called Shariah in state government.  Deputy to the governor Claude Ramsey sent a letter last week to the state GOP's executive committee seeking to quell those concerns.  Ramsey stated there is no effort under way to promote Shariah law in Tennessee.

Education
8:35 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Henry County Begins Texting-tip Program at High School

wikipedia.com

Henry County, Tenn., school officials begin a new texting tip program this school year.  According to the Paris Post-Intelligencer, the sheriff’s office will give the Henry County High School resource officer a cell phone so students can text him with tips about crime. Henry County Sheriff Monte Belew says young people will communicate more readily in a text than they will face-to-face.  Belew says that means students can quickly alert the resource officer if someone brings a weapon or drugs to school or if they overhear someone planning to harm students or faculty.

Business
4:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

TN hopeful that state follows KY's wine sales ruling

Some Tennesseans hope their state will change alcohol sales regulations at grocery stores after a federal court in Kentucky found beer only sales at grocery stores unconstitutional. Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association President Jarron Springer says the current law is outdated, and that Tennessee is missing out on 30 million dollars of annual revenue with the low alcohol content level.

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