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More Than a Dozen Opioid Proposals Introduced
WBIR Wednesday February 21, 2018

Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to address the opioid epidemic focuses on addiction prevention and rehabilitation for addicts - a combo attack many hope will put a significant dent in the number of residents affected.
About $25 million of the $30 million in the governor's budget, if passed, will go toward treatment.
In addition to the governor's two signature bills, lawmakers have introduced at least 15 other pieces of legislation dealing with opioids.
These include such measures as a proposal to decrease TennCare costs for opioid alternatives and one that would require prescribers to inform women of the risks of taking opioids during a pregnancy.
Another proposal calls for an opioid abuse hotline.
Still, state officials and lawmakers are careful to avoid characterizing the proposals as a plan to take people's prescriptions away. The Tennessee Medical Association has expressed concern that parts of the governor's plan could interfere with a doctors' relationship with their patients.


WCHS Basketball
Jay Walker Tuesday February 20, 2018

The Warren County Lady Pioneers finished in fourth place in the District 6AAA Tournament Monday night with a 60-54 loss to White County. Grace Rains led Warren County with 17 points. Tyra Wright scored 14 and Megan Patch scored 11. The Lady Pioneers will travel to Bradley Central for the opening round of the Region Tournament Friday night.
The Pioneer men will face Cookeville Tuesday night in the boys consolation game for third place in the District Tournament at Rhea County. Tip off is at 5:30. The game can be heard live on 1230 WAKI.


Warren County GOP Meeting
Jay Walker Tuesday February 20, 2018

The Warren County Republican Party will hold their regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening in the early voting room at the rear of the Warren County Administrative Building.
Guest speakers will be Rush Bricken, candidate for 47th District State Representative, and Jack Maddux, candidate for Congress.
Doors will open at 6:15pm with the meeting to begin at 7pm.


Gas Prices
Tuesday February 20, 2018

Motorists are seeing steady declines at the gas pump. Tennessee gas prices have declined the last 12 consecutive days for a total of seven cents. During the past week, the state average dropped five cents. Sunday's state average of $2.34 is one cent less than a month ago, and 27 cents more than this time last year.
AAA spokesman Mark Jenkins said gasoline prices declined as forecast, based on significant gains in both oil and gasoline production in the United States. Jenkins said although we may see additional discounts at the pump this week, this downward trend has a limit. AAA expects gas prices will shoot up 20 to 30 cents between March and May, as refineries conduct seasonal maintenance and switch to summer blend gasoline.
The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $2.58.


Cooper Urges Use of Backup Paper Ballots
AP Tuesday February 20, 2018

U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper is urging Tennessee's legislature to use $29 million-plus in federal money on backup paper ballots, citing concerns from national security experts over vulnerabilities of paperless systems to hacking from Russia and others.
Cooper said Friday the federal Help America Vote Act money could possibly secure ballots before local May primaries.
Cooper said former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, ex-Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and others have encouraged use of ballots that provide a paper trail. Tennessee largely uses paperless machines.


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