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The UT Pride of the Southland Band will participate in the inaugural parade on January 20, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The Pride of the Southland has represented the state of Tennessee for multiple Presidential inaugurations.
Tennessee beat Nebraska, 38-24, on Friday in the 2016 Music City Bowl. Joshua Dobbs threw for 291 yards, ran for 118 and rushed for a record three touchdowns. The Vols improved to 9-4 on the season and have won three consecutive bowl games over Big 10 opponents.
Numerous new laws in Tennessee will affect Tennessee drivers, high school students and gun owners.
Drivers who don’t have insurance will face higher penalties in 2017. Starting next year, law enforcement will use an online tool to find out which drivers are covered. The fine will increase from $100 to $300 and driver’s who cannot show proof of insurance could be charged with a Class C Misdemeanor.
Starting on Jan. 1, persons convicted of driving on a suspended or revoked license may still be able to keep their driving privileges. The new law lets judges issue restricted licenses if the offender agrees to pay fines. The previous law mandated courts to suspend those licenses.
Also on Sunday, if someone commits a vehicular homicide where drugs or alcohol were involved, that person will be ineligible for parole.
In 2017, most Tennessee students will have to take a U.S. Civics test and score at least 70 to graduate high school. Seniors will be able to take the test as many times as needed to pass.
The fee for lifetime handgun carry permits will decrease from $500 to $200 for existing permit holders. New applicants will have to pay $315.
Another law will lower the age for receiving a handgun carry permit from 21 years to 18. It applies to retired veterans, active duty service members, or people who were honorably discharged from the military.
And finally, Tennessee breweries will be able to sell high gravity beer, raising the alcohol content from 6.2 to 10.1 percent.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in a homicide investigation that began on Christmas Eve.
At the request of 1st District Attorney General Tony Clark, TBI Special Agents are working alongside detectives with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of a female whose body was discovered Saturday afternoon along Herb Hodge Road in Johnson City. The victim has been identified as 40-year-old Keila Marie Taylor (pictured below). An autopsy is being performed to determine the cause of death.
At this time the investigation is active and ongoing. Anyone with information about this case, specifically Keila Taylor’s whereabouts prior to Saturday afternoon, is asked to contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND or the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 423-788-1414. (Photo Courtesy TBI)
If you’ve ever dreamed of performing at Dollywood, here’s your chance. Dollywood has announced its open call auditions schedule for 2017. Auditions for park show performers will begin on January 14 in Birmingham, Alabama. Other dates are January 28 in Spartanburg, South Carolina and February 18 – 19 at Dollywood. The theme park is looking for all kinds of entertainers from country and bluegrass to pop and musical theater. All auditions will be held from 11 .am. to 2 p.m. and you must be at least 17 years old. For more information go online to DollywoodAuditions.com.