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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is making her first Tennessee campaign stops in Memphis and Nashville this week. Clinton is scheduled to make her visit on Friday at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis before traveling to Fisk University in Nashville. Tennessee is among the Super Tuesday states holding presidential primaries on March 1. The former secretary of state earlier this month named a 46-member Tennessee leadership team headlined by U.S. Reps. Jim Cooper of Nashville and Steve Cohen of Memphis. Clinton easily won Tennessee over Barack Obama in the 2008 race, though she lost in the Democratic strongholds of Nashville, Memphis and Chattanooga.
The next Tennessee Blue Book will be named after former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker, who was known as the "The Great Conciliator" during his high profile Washington career that also included a stint as chief of staff to President Ronald Reagan. Baker, who died last year, cut to the core of the 1973 Watergate hearings by asking of then-President Richard Nixon: "What did the president know and when did he know it?" The Blue Book is Tennessee's official manual on state government.
Former Upper Cumberland Development District Executive Director, Wendy Askins, is due back in Putnam County Criminal Court for a hearing motion on February 8th, 2016. Askins was indicted on federal charges of theft, money laundering and forgery in 2013. Former UCDD deputy director Larry Webb has pleaded guilty to bank fraud in the case. Askinsí trial date has been scheduled for April 12, 2016 in Cookeville.
New trial dates have been set for former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson and cornerback Michael Williams, who are facing aggravated rape charges. Williams' trial has been moved to June 27. Johnson's trial was moved to July 18. Their trial dates have been moved multiple times while defense lawyers attempt to obtain social media communications related to the case.
... Wind Advisory now in effect from 6 PM this evening to noon CST
* Winds... southeast winds 15 to 30 mph with gusts to around 40
* Impacts... some tree branches may be blown down. Loose outdoor
objects could be blown around. A few isolated power outages
are possible. Driving will be difficult at times especially
for large vehicles and trucks.
Precautionary/preparedness actions... A Wind Advisory means that winds of 25 mph or higher are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Motorists should be on the alert for downed tree branches and loose outdoor objects. Use extra caution.