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Students in Cumberland County will enjoy and extra long weekend for the Easter Sunday Holiday. There will be No School on Good Friday, April 14 and students will be out of Monday, April 17, which is a Staff Development Day.
The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all interstate construction work this Easter weekend in anticipation of increased holiday travel. TDOT crews and contractors will stop all road construction work that requires lane closures beginning Thursday, April 13 at 6:00 p.m. through Monday, April 17 at 6:00 a.m. This will provide maximum roadway capacity to motorists expected to travel across the state this holiday weekend. Motorists will still encounter some long term lane closures on construction projects that will remain in place. While lane closure activity will be stopped, some workers may be on-site in construction zones and REDUCED SPEED LIMITS WILL STILL BE IN EFFECT. Motorists are urged to adhere to all posted speed limits, especially in work zones, for their own safety. Slower speeds are necessary in work zones due to the temporary layout of the roadway and will be enforced.
The state veterinarian has released the control zone surrounding two Lincoln County poultry farms affected by highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The statewide poultry health advisory is also lifted, and poultry owners can now resume regular activity. State Veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher said the Department has determined through extensive testing that the bird flu has not spread to other poultry flocks in the 10 kilometer control zone. Hatcher recommends that poultry owners across Tennessee should continue to monitor their flocks and immediately report any spike in illness or death. On March 4, the first confirmed detection of H7N9 HPAI occurred in a commercial chicken flock in Lincoln County, Tenn. On March 14, samples from a commercial flock on a premises less than two miles away also tested positive for the same strain of avian influenza.
Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to boost transportation funding in large part through a hike in Tennessee's fuel taxes is headed for a full floor vote in the state Senate.
The Senate Finance Committee voted 10-1 on Wednesday to advance the measure that would also make cuts to the taxes the state charges on groceries, manufacturers and earnings from stocks and bonds.
The Senate version of the bill also includes property tax relief for the elderly, veterans and the disabled.
The measure is now poised for floor votes in both chambers, though House Speaker Beth Harwell and other Republican House leaders have been trying to strip the gas tax element from the bill.
Haslam said the measure is key to begin tackling a $10 billion backlog in road and bridge projects.
The sponsor of a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks in Tennessee has delayed the legislation for a week to give lawmakers a chance to read the opinion of the attorney general, who has called sections "constitutionally suspect."
Republican Rep. Matthew Hill also defended the legislation on Wednesday.
The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks if a doctor determines the fetus is viable. Exceptions would exist for mothers who would otherwise die or be severely hurt. Criminal penalties could be included for doctors.
Attorney General Herbert Slatery's opinion says the bill impermissibly subjects doctors to criminal liability while working in good faith to determine what's medically necessary.
It says another constitutional issue is failing to account for severe mental and emotional harm when considering if an abortion is medically necessary.