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The Crossville I-40 KOA Campground has been awarded the 2015 KOA President’s and Founder’s Awards by Kampgrounds of America Inc., the world’s largest system of family-friendly campgrounds. The awards were presented Friday, November 14 at KOA’s Annual International Convention in Charleston, South Carolina. KOA is celebrating its 52nd Anniversary in 2014. The KOA President’s Awards are presented annually to campgrounds that receive high scores in customer service from their campers, and also receive high scores in KOA’s annual Quality Review. To find out more about this KOA, or any of the other 485 KOAs in the U.S. or Canada, go to www.KOA.com (Photo Courtesy KOA).
U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), announced that Oak Ridge National Laboratory will have the world’s fastest next-generation supercomputer that will provide five times the performance of the current system and support advanced scientific and materials research to improve economic and national security. The computer, called Summit, is the result of a partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy and IBM. Summit will replace the current system, known as Titan, which was recognized as the world’s fastest supercomputer in November 2012. Summit will be delivered in 2017.
NASHVILLE (WATE) - A bill has been introduced to the Tennessee State House to require an ultrasound performed prior to an abortion.
The bill was introduced by Representative Rick Womick of Rutherford County and represents the first bill after voters passed Constitutional Amendment 1, giving lawmakers the power to regulate and restrict abortions.
Rep. Womick told WATE 6 On Your Side that the bill is modeled after a law in Texas.
"Eighty-three percent of women who are entering abortion clinics in Texas that see the ultrasound, see the heart beat or hear the heart beat and see the picture. Eighty-three percent are changing their minds. They want to keep the baby," said Rep. Womick.
The bill requires the pregnant woman to get an ultrasound between 24 and 72 hours before an abortion, unless the abortion is part of a medical emergency. The ultrasound must be performed by a qualified medical professional and must be a real-time fetal trans-abdominal ultrasound image.
The person performing the ultrasound must offer the woman a look at the ultrasound.
If the women declines to look at the ultrasound, the bill states that the ultrasound technician must provide an explanation of the results, including a medical description of the dimensions of the embryo or fetus, presence of a heart beat, arms, legs, external members and internal organs.
The pregnant woman must also be provided with a copy of the ultrasound in order to fulfill the requirements to obtain an abortion.
Representatives from Planned Parenthood said the organization opposes the bill. They were largely behind the Vote No On 1 campaign.
They believe if the legislation passes, it would create an invasion of privacy.
"This bill does nothing to help protect a woman's safety or give her an opportunity to make a more informed decision. It is simply a way to terrorize and demonize and shame women," said Tory Mills of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee.
Mills said Planned Parenthood is in the middle of organizing a grassroots effort to speak with lawmakers about the bill.
Rep. Womick said he isn't sure when the bill will be introduced to the General Assembly, but he expects it to be sometime during this year's legislative session or next
Bridgestone Americas plans to relocate its headquarters to downtown Nashville in a new facility expected to create more than 600 jobs in Davidson County.
The Japanese tiremaker has outgrown its current headquarters near the Nashville Airport.
The headquarters will house employees currently based in Nashville, as well as those from three out-of-state business units that are being relocated to the city.
The 30-story headquarters is valued at more than $232 million. It's expected to be completed in 2017.
Undocumented high school students will not be able to take advantage of Tennessee Promise, the state's new free community college program.
Before getting state funding, students must apply for federal financial aid. But undocumented students are not eligible for it.
Some immigrants had hoped it would be different. The governor's speech introducing Tennessee Promise said "every student" would be able to attend two years of community college or college of applied technology for free.
A spokeswoman for the governor said he was referring only to eligible students.
Tennessee has about 6,000 high school students who are undocumented, according to the Migration Policy Institute.