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Tennessee lawmakers to vote on override of Bible bill veto
AP Wednesday April 20, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers are scheduled to vote Wednesday on an effort to override Gov. Bill Haslam’s veto of a bill seeking to make the Bible the state’s official book.

Related: Bid to override Haslam veto on Bible bill announced in House

The Republican governor last week turned back the bill over constitutional concerns and because of concerns the measure “trivializes” what he considers a sacred text.

Sponsors argued that the measure seeks to honor the economic and historical impact of the Bible in Tennessee history, rather than a state endorsement of religion.

But opponents say it diminishes the significance of the Bible to place it alongside other state symbols like the official salamander, reptile or rock.

It only takes majorities in both chambers to override a governor’s veto in Tennessee. The Legislature is expected to adjourn for the year later on Wednesday.


Tenn. Senate OKs bill to allow gun carry on Tennessee campuses
AP Wednesday April 20, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The state Senate has passed a bill to allow faculty and workers with handgun carry permits to be armed on the campuses of Tennessee public colleges and universities.

The bill sponsored by Republican Sen. Mike Bell of Riceville passed on a 28-5 vote Tuesday. The House is expected to take up the measure Wednesday.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam raised concerns about the measure for not giving institutions the power to opt out of allowing more guns on campus.

Bell said the Legislature has the authority to dictate gun policies at public universities and dismissed concerns from faculty members who worry about their safety if the bill becomes law.

Bell said he hopes some professors will follow through on vows to quit and that more conservative instructors will take their place.


Crossville Man Dies in Two-Vehicle Crash on Sparta Highway
Peg Broadcasting News Wednesday April 20, 2016

A Crossville man has died following a two-vehicle crash on Sparta Highway. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 56-year-old Johnny Samuel Moore was fatally injured when his pickup truck collided with a semi on Hwy 70 around 5:30 Tuesday morning near the Cumberland-White County line. Moore’s passenger, 31 year-old Connie Gail Batey, of Sparta, was airlifted from the scene with serious injuries. The driver of the semi is not believed to have been seriously hurt. The crash is still under investigation.


TRA Imposes Fine For Violations of Do Not Call Law Wednesday April 20, 2016

Nashville, Tennessee – The Tennessee Regulatory Authority (TRA) along with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and nine other states filed a complaint against Caribbean Cruise Line, Inc. for violating the Tennessee and federal Do Not Call Telemarketing laws. The company was ordered to pay a fine in the amount of $500,000. Tennessee received $26,213.18.


Health-Related Occupations Fastest Growing in Tennessee Wednesday April 20, 2016

NASHVILLE – Tennessee’s long-term industry and occupational employment projections for 2014-2024 released today show the state’s economy is projected to grow at an average annual rate of 1.3 percent with expected total employment of 3,432,960 by 2024 and total annual job openings of 112,880.

Seven of the ten fastest-growing occupations with 1,500 or more employment are in health-related fields. The fastest occupational growth will be for physical therapist assistants with an annual average rate of 4.6 percent and projected employment of 3,630. Rapid growth is expected also for physical therapists (3.95 percent), home health aides (3.90 percent), and nurse practitioners (3.47 percent).

Overall, the Tennessee economy is showing signs of growth in goods-producing, as well as service-providing sectors. The continued increase in technology, rebound in manufacturing and construction, and the large presence of the healthcare sector are expected to offer a variety of jobs for the job seekers.

More detailed occupational projections can be found at


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