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TN Opioid Task force Makes Recommendations
WATE Friday September 8, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) Adding 25 Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents, limiting emergency room prescriptions, and a new public awareness campaign are among dozens of recommendations Wednesday from a Tennessee legislative task force on the state opioid crisis. It comes after months of meetings and dozens of witnesses before the task force, which was created earlier this year by House Speaker Beth Harwell. Harwell will now review the recommendations before putting the ideas into any legislation for the upcoming sessions. In remarks before the recommendations were discussed, Harwell said, They are not the end of the battle. We will continue to look at ways to combat the problem.

 


Nashville Possible Location for Amazon's Second Headquarters
WVLT - Local 8 News Friday September 8, 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CBS/WVLT) -- Officials are expected to put their ring in the hat to bring Amazon's second headquarters to Nashville. Amazon previously reported that the second headquarters would be similar to their Seattle location that has contributed $38 billion to the economy. The company told CBS News it plans to spend more than $5 billion on the new corporate campus and potentially bring 50,000 jobs to the chosen location. In a statement, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said her economic development team planned to start working with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the state to scout locations in Davidson County. The news that Amazon is looking for a second headquarters has generated a lot of buzz and excitement in the Nashville community. I'm confident that our socially progressive, pro-business climate, talented workforce, and overall great quality of life offers the type of environment that they are looking for in the city they I'l choose. Over the coming weeks, my Economic and Community Development team will be working with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and State of Tennessee to identify potential locations in Davidson County that would be a good fit for Amazon's needs,Mayor Barry said. Amazon said they want a city with a strong university system and a "highly educated labor pool." The online retailing giant estimates that investments in Seattle between 2010 and 2016 added a whopping $38 billion to the city's economy, CBS News reports. Local 8 News is working to confirm more information.

 


Court Date Continued For 15-Year-Old Dayton Teen Charged With Murder
Peg News Friday September 8, 2017

15 year old, Trinity Quinn from Dayton, TN was expected to appear in court Thursday but her court date had been continued to November. Quinn, along with Daniel Clark, have been charged with shooting and killing John Stevens while he was working at the Exxon station in Nashville. The decision as to whether or not a teenager charged with murder will be charged as an adult has been continued to November 22.

 


Tiger Roaming Interstate in Georgia
WVLT - Local 8 News Thursday September 7, 2017

HENRY COUNTY, Ga. (WGCL) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Henry County Police Department identified the owner and transport contractor responsible for the Bengal tiger that escaped and roamed freely early Wednesday morning in Henry County, CBS46 in Atlanta reports. A representative from Feld Entertainment, Inc., the company that was contracted to transport the tiger, reported the animal missing from a shipment after seeing news reports Wednesday morning. The tiger was meant to be traveling from Florida to Tennessee. The truck carrying the tiger stopped in Georgia overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning, and during the stop, the female tiger managed to escape without anyone noticing. Officials found the tiger was missing when the truck arrived at its destination. The tiger was seen in several locations around the I-74/Jodeco Road exit. It apparently became aggressive towards pets in the area, and local law enforcement said it was necessary to protect the public and put the tiger down. The tiger was put down quickly and humanely, CBS46 reports. After the tiger was examined, a microchip was found inside the animal and matched to the number held by Feld Entertainment. The investigation remains ongoing with possible charges pending.

 


Tennessee to officially launch online voter registration
Peg News Thursday September 7, 2017

Wednesday at Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett announced the official launch of the states new online voter registration system. Officials are hoping to make signing up to vote more convenient for Tennesseans by making it possible to register online. The new system will allow a citizen with a drivers license or photo identification issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security to register to vote online.

 

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