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President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak on the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday at Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Madison, TN. Motorists traveling in the Nashville area Wednesday afternoon may encounter traffic issues between the airport and the school which is located on Old Hickory Boulevard. Wednesday will be Obamaís third visit to Tennessee in 6 months. Over 16 million Americans have obtained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
The Tennessee Department of Healthís Office of Vital Records is increasing fees charged for providing birth and death certificates. Effective July 1, 2015, each type of certificate will cost $15 per copy for both first and additional copies. Birth and death certificates may be obtained by visiting a county health department in Tennessee, in person at the TDH Office of Vital Records at 710 James Robertson Parkway in Nashville, online at http://tn.gov/health/article/vr-certificate or by mail. Additional fees apply when ordering the certificates online.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Wednesday announced Jim Henry, 70, as his new chief of staff. Haslam also announced that Leslie Hafner, 45, who currently serves as director for legislation, will be promoted to senior advisor to the governor. Will Cromer, 30, who currently serves as policy director will be promoted to special assistant to the governor for strategy while continuing to serve as director of policy. Deputy Director for Legislation Warren Wells, 31, will become the new director for legislation. The appointments are effective August 1.
Wednesday, two major changes will be official for University of Tennessee Athletics. First, Adidas will be out and Nike will be in, outfitting the entire department. Second, a controversial move to drop the Lady Volunteer logo from all sports except women's basketball.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol has released the name of the person killed in a two vehicle crash Friday in Pleasant Hill. According to the THP, 77 year old John Kinard, of Murfreesboro, TN was driving East on Highway 70 when he swerved to miss a vehicle that was turning in front of him. Kinardís vehicle collided head-on with a vehicle driven by 26 year old Lauren Elam, of Walling, TN. Kinard was killed; Elam was airlifted to an area trauma center. Troopers say Kinard was wearing his seatbelt.