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Tennessee Sunshine to Power Jack Daniel’s

A little sunshine will soon be in your next glass of whiskey as Jack Daniel’s partners with the Tennessee Valley Authority, Duck River Electric Membership Corporation, and Nashville-based solar power producer Silicon Ranch to provide the iconic Tennessee whiskey maker’s Lynchburg distillery with 20 megawatts of solar energy. TVA signed a long-term power purchase agreement with Silicon Ranch to build, own, and …

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Gov Lee wants Two-Week Sales Tax Holiday on Restaurants, Bars and Groceries

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is proposing a $100 million, two-week sales tax holiday on restaurants, bars and groceries, as his administration looks to divvy up hundreds of millions of dollars in extra spending due to better-than-expected revenues during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Tuesday, the Republican’s finance team presented a budget amendment to his $42 billion …

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Tennessee Pauses Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 Vaccine

Tennessee’s Department of Health on Tuesday announced that it would “pause” distributing the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine following new guidance from the federal government. Earlier that day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual and severe blood clots that occurred 6 to 13 days …

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Estill Springs Man Charged with Criminal Attempt to Commit Second-Degree Murder

54-year-old Ronnie Dwayne Walls of Estill Springs has been arrested for criminal attempt to commit second-degree murder after he allegedly stabbed a woman. He is also charged with domestic assault. A mail carrier reported the crime to Estill Springs Police. When police arrived at the home Walls had gone on the run. After locating Walls, …

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Free Online Courses to help people without work during the COVID-19

Tennessee labor officials are continuing to offer free online courses to help people without work during the COVID-19 pandemic advance their skills. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development says the Coursera Workforce Recovery Initiative will run through the end of 2021. The department says thousands of Tennesseans took advantage of the program last …

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Gov. Lee wants Return to In-Person Learning

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued the following statement on Monday regarding the return to in-person learning: “In-person learning is safe and it’s the only way our students will get back on track after significant learning loss. I support the State Board of Education’s work to ensure that in-person learning is again the standard in Tennessee …

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Coffee County High School Parade of Graduates for Class of 2021 set for May 28

The following is a press release from Coffee County Director of Schools Dr Charles Lawson: Coffee County Central High School will be conducting a Parade of Graduates as a graduation ceremony on May 28, 2021. School and district officials spent a significant amount of time evaluating options and decided that this plan represents the best opportunity for …

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Man Shoots Himself inside McMinnville Walmart

A McMinnville man was injured inside the McMinnville Walmart store Friday afternoon.According to Lieutenant Lisa Norris of the McMinnville Police Department around 4pm 28 year-old Robert Harris of McMinnville was inside Walmart and had entered the fitting room to try on pants when his 9mm pistol fell out of his pocket, hit the floor and …

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Virtual Gala succeeds for Motlow College Foundation

Like so many other nonprofits, the Motlow College Foundation recently had to postpone its main fundraising event of the year, the Annual Gala, due to the pandemic. Instead of canceling, the Foundation staff and Board of Trustees seized the opportunity to shift the event online and hosted its first-ever Virtual Gala. The week-long celebration and …

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Study Details Law Enforcement-Related Deaths in 2020

On Thursday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released a comprehensive study detailing law enforcement-related deaths that occurred in the state in calendar year 2020. Data has been divided into three categories: Deadly Use-of-Force Incidents, Arrest-Related Non-Forcible Deaths, and Deaths in Custody. Among the reports’ findings: In 2020, a total of 28 deadly use-of-force incidents occurred …

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