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Governor Bill Haslam has declared a State of Emergency for Tennessee. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is now operating on a Level III-State of Emergency because of possible snow and ice. According to TEMA the primary threats are downed trees and power lines leading to power outages, and hazardous driving conditions on Interstates, highways, and secondary roads. Governor Haslam used modern technology—tweeting his emergency declaration Sunday evening. In his tweet, the Governor encouraged Tennesseans to use caution, and to stay off icy roads.
A measure to allow wine to be sold outside of Tennessee liquor stores may soon be heading to the governor for his consideration. The Senate passed its version of the bill in January. Tonight it's scheduled to take up the House version that passed last month.
Some Tennessee lawmakers are hoping to further restrict cell phone use while driving. A bill in the Tennessee House of Representatives would make it illegal to call someone or answer your phone while in the car. Under the proposal, drivers would still be able to talk with hands-free devices. The bill's sponsors say drivers who use their phones are two to three times more likely to crash. If passed, anyone who violates the law would get a warning first, but repeat offenders could face up to $500 in fines. Several other states have passed similar legislation. The Tennessee bill is still in committee
The Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency's nutrition program has announced it will be participating in the national 2014 March for Meals campaign. March for Meals is a national campaign to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of local communities. If you are interested in participating in the March for Meals campaign by helping to prepare and/or deliver meals to homebound senior citizens during the week of March 17-21, you may contact the local UCHRA office.
Students in Cumberland County will report to school on March 14th, April 21st, and May 21st due to using the allotted snow days. Now that schools have been closed today (Monday) students will also be reporting on Monday April 14th, which is the first day of Spring Break. Any additional snow days would be pulled from the remainder of Spring Break.