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A watered-down version of Governor Bill Haslam's anti-meth legislation has been approved by the House. The House bill would set an annual cap of 150 days' worth of allergy and cold medicines that could be bought without a prescription. Haslam's original proposal would have established a monthly limit of 2.4 grams of pseudoephedrine, or a 10-day maximum dose, before requiring a pharmacist to authorize another 10 dayís worth before getting a doctor's prescription. The governor removed the pharmacist element, and instead proposed a 4.8 gram monthly maximum and an annual cap of 14.4 grams. That proposal was adopted in the Senate. The House version sets a 5.8 gram monthly cap and an annual limit of 28.8 grams
A bill calling for the phrase "In God We Trust" to be painted in the tunnel that connects the Tennessee Capitol and the Legislative Plaza has been approved by the House. The measure originally sought to require the phrase to be displayed above the main Capitol entrances and behind the speakerís podiums in both chambers. Lawmakers must now work out differences in the legislation before it heads to the governor's desk.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Smithville man on charges he pointed a rifle at two DeKalb County deputies. 55 year old Randy Petty faces two counts of attempted homicide in the 1st degree in connection with the incident that happened in May of 2013. Officials say the deputies were responding to a 911 call of shots fired at a location on Petty Road. The deputies said they saw Petty pointing a scoped rifle at them. They both drew their weapons and fired, hitting Petty in his extremities. Petty was jailed on a $100,000 bond.
Both Cumberland County Jets and Warren County Pioneers put runners aboard on Wednesday, but it was Cumberland County Jets that was able to take advantage, pulling out a 6-4 win at Jet Park. Warren County out-hit Cumberland County 12 to 8, but Warren County stranded 14 runners on base. Morgan Richards (Pictured) racked up three RBI's on three hits for Cumberland County Jets. Also, Richards recorded the win, allowing four runs over seven innings, struckout seven, and walked three. Jet batters Ethan Cunningham 2-3, 2 RBIís; Grant Parrett 1-3, 1 RBI and Nathaniel Wyatt 1-2. CCHS record is now 13-6 (6-3 District) and sit in second place in 6-AAA. The Jets travel to DeKalb County on Thursday, Walker Valley comes to Jet Park on Friday and the Jets travel to Livingston Academy for a Saturday afternoon game. Photo courtesy of D. Shaw.
One of the longest-running voices in college sports was silenced on Wednesday morning. Bobby Denton, the voice of Neyland Stadium since 1967, passed away after a brief illness at the age of 73. A Knoxville native, Denton and his signature catchphrases and gentlemanly southern style provided the perfect backdrop to the gameday atmosphere at Tennessee. His tenure, the longest in college football, was defined by many phrases, but the two most famous would come in the first 15 minutes he spent on the mic each Saturday. Denton opened his mic by proclaiming "It's Football Time in Tennessee!" with an extra emphasis on the "sseeeeeee." Also Denton would remind fans that the concession prices were listed in the souvenir program before proclaiming "We urge you to pay these prices and please pay no more!". "Bobby Denton is a true treasure of Tennessee football," head coach Butch Jones said. "Hearing him say, `It's football time in Tennessee' is one of the greatest traditions in the history of college football. His voice is as synonymous with Neyland Stadium as the checkerboard end zones, and everyone in the Tennessee family will miss him greatly."