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The 26th annual Ms. Tennessee Senior America Pageant will be held at the Palace Theater in Crossville on Saturday, April 8 at 7 pm.Fourteen Senior Ladies from across the state will compete as contestants and for the title and opportunity to representative The State of Tennessee in Atlantic City for the title of Ms. Senior America. Information about the pageant and to obtain tickets to attend call the Palace at 484-6133.
People could carry loaded guns on their boats in a bill approved by the Tennessee House of Representatives.
The House favored a bill Thursday that would let people who can legally have loaded or unloaded guns and ammunition bring them on their boats. GOP bill sponsor Rep. Micah Van Huss said the current law is unclear.
He said the bill would let law-abiding Tennesseans defend themselves.
The bill wouldn't apply to government or private boats with written policies prohibiting guns and ammunition for people who aren't required to have them to work on board.
Van Huss said the bill expands a previous law letting people have guns and ammunition in their cars. The new bill would clarify those guns could be loaded.
The bill still needs Senate approval.
A Crossville man is dead following a single vehicle accident on I-40 Thursday morning. The Tennessee Highway Patrol reports that 71-year-old Daniel Murphy was driving east on I-40 when, for unknown reasons, his 1998 GMC pickup truck traveled off the Interstate around the 312 mile marker on the left side the roadway. The THP says Mr. Murphy overcorrected and the truck crossed over the I-40 eastbound lanes where it struck a ditch and rolled several times. Mr. Murphy, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected and died from his injuries. In the reporting officer’s opinion, the use of safety restraints would have made a difference in the outcome of the accident.
Bad wreck on I-40 East Bound near the 312 mile marker. Occurred around 10 a.m. Thursday, March 16. Reports of a vehicle flipping multiple times and two people ejected. Likely to cause delays eastbound I-40. Two helicopters have been dispatched to accident scene. Motorists should expect delays and consider alternate route.
The state veterinarian confirms that a strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) has sickened a second commercial chicken breeder flock within the existing controlled quarantined zone in Lincoln County, Tenn. That brings the total of bird flu cases to three so far in Tennessee. On March 14, samples taken from the flock tested positive for avian influenza in Lincoln County. On March 4, the first confirmed detection of H7N9 HPAI occurred in a commercial poultry flock in Lincoln County. On March 8, a commercial poultry flock in Giles County tested positive for H7N9 low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI). The state veterinarian for Tennessee is urging all poultry owners to take extra precautions to protect their flocks from illness. Dr. Charles Hatcher said “The best way to protect your birds is to increase your biosecurity measures and particularly, to keep your birds at home for now.” Dr. Hatcher advises owners of backyard and commercial flocks to avoid transporting or comingling birds. That would include, but is not limited to, avoidance of poultry exhibitions, shows or sales at fairs, festivals, flea markets or auctions. The warning comes after two confirmed outbreaks of bird flu in Tennessee. Officials say no sick animals entered the food chain and they say the risk of a human becoming ill with avian influenza during poultry illness incidents is very low. Owners of commercial and backyard poultry flocks are encouraged to closely observe their birds. Report a sudden increase in sick birds or bird deaths to the state veterinarian’s office at 615- 837-5120 and/or USDA at 1-866-536-7593.