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Harwell Looking at Medical Marijuana Bill
AP Monday August 14, 2017

The treatment of her sister's back injury has caused Republican gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell to reevaluate Tennessee's ban on medical marijuana.
Harwell, who is speaker of the state House of Representatives, told a Republican gathering earlier this month that allowing medical marijuana has come up as part of a discussion about how to tackle the state's opioid crisis.
The longtime Nashville representative said her sister was recently prescribed opioids after breaking her back.
But after the initial doses, she wanted to stop taking the painkillers.
Harwell's sister lives in Colorado where marijuana has been legalized, so she decided to send her husband out to buy her some of the drug, which she consumed mixed with coconut oil for four or five days until she felt better.
Harwell said she still opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Harwell earlier this year formed a House task force to work on proposals to address opioid and prescription drug abuse in Tennessee. She said the panel will evaluate medical marijuana as part of that process.
Harwell is running for the Republican nomination to succeed term-limited Gov. Bill Haslam. Her Republican rivals include state Sen. Mae Beavers of Mt. Juliet, U.S. Rep. Diane Black, and businessmen Randy Boyd of Knoxville and Bill Lee of Franklin.
The state's gubernatorial primary will be held on Aug. 2, 2018.


Schools Plan for Eclipse
Jay Walker Monday August 14, 2017

While some school systems are closing for the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21st, Warren County schools will be open and plan to use the event as a learning experience for the students.
According to Director of Schools Bobby Cox, curriculum and lectures concerning the scientific relevance of the eclipse have been prepared and students will be asked to participate in a safe viewing experience of the event. Warren County schools will supply eclipse-viewing glasses to allow the students to participate safely. Students will also be instructed how to view the event in a safe manner.
To make sure parents approve of their children taking part in the viewing experience, the school system is sending out release forms, one of which is a general release for student participation and the other a release of liability covering the school system.


Crowds Expected for Eclipse
Jay Walker Friday August 11, 2017

Main Street McMinnville Director Katie Kemezis says we should probably expect many out-of-town visitors in McMinnville on August 21st when the solar eclipse will be happening. Kemezis told members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen Tuesday night that downtown businesses have been advised to expect more traffic and congestion on that day.
The Tennessean has listed McMinnville among the top ten places in the Nashville area to view the eclipse.
Kemezis also assured board members that the glasses that are being handed out by Main Street McMinnville are ISO certified and safe.
McMinnville is in the path of totality which means the sun will be completely blocked out by the moon for a couple of minutes at around 1:30pm that afternoon.
Main Street McMinnville and the Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a view party on the 21st beginning at 11am. Special events are also planned at Morrison and Rock Island.


Gentry Pleads Guilty
Sparta Expositor Friday August 11, 2017

Sparta businessman Jeffrey Lynn Gentry has pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of money laundering before U.S. District Judge Aleta Trauger in Nashville.
Gentry is accused of devising and executing a scheme to defraud and obtain money from investors.
If given the maximum penalty, Gentry could face up to twenty years per count in federal prison. Judge Trauger has ordered Gentry to pay restitution to the victims.
The U.S. Attorney's Office has agreed not to bring charges against Gentry's wife in connection with the case.
Gentry will go before Judge Trauger on November 27th for sentencing. Until that time, he will remain free until his sentencing..
U.S. Marshals will hold an auction of seized items at the Gentry Brothers Tractor Supply location in Sparta on August 26th at 10am.


Pioneers in Jamboree
Jay Walker Friday August 11, 2017

The Warren County Pioneer football team will take on Dickson County Friday night in their final scrimmage before the 2017 season kicks off next week. Friday night's two-quarter scrimmage is part of the jamboree being played at Columbia High School. The Pioneers are scheduled to play at 7pm.
Warren County will open their season at home next Friday night against DeKalb County.


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