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The price of oil dropped for the third consecutive week, pushing retail prices to their lowest level in months. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded in Tennessee was $3.40 this week, a drop of 4 cents. AAA Spokesman Mark Jenkins says motorists here in the southeast could see prices at the pump fall 10 to 20 cents in the next two weeks.
The first arrest applying to a new Tennessee law that charges a woman with assault for taking illegal drugs while pregnant has sparked backlash from civil rights groups. 26 year old Mallory Loyola was arrested last week, two days after giving birth to a baby girl, because she and the newborn tested positive for methamphetamine. She is being held in the Monroe County Jail under a $2,000 bond. Both women and civil rights groups are speaking out, saying they don’t believe the law effectively cares for women who are addicted to drugs, but instead is designed to humiliate and punish them. Law enforcement officials believe the law will have the opposite effect and motivate addicted mothers-to-be to seek care. State officials say more than 900 infants experienced drug withdrawal in Tennessee in 2013.
An elevated risk of severe weather is expected in middle Tennessee today (Monday). A cold front will move through our area, bringing heavy downpours, potential for localized flash flooding and damaging thunderstorm winds. The most likely time for severe storms is this afternoon and evening. Text the keyword “wowweather” to 68683 in order to join the severe weather text club- in the event of a severe weather warning, you will receive a text message on your mobile device. As always, we will continue to monitor severe weather throughout the day.
Football time in Tennessee! Well, almost…Tickets to the see the Vols at Neyland Stadium officially go on sale starting Tuesday. There will be several different packages available to choose from, depending upon the team that the Vols are facing. Head to http://uttix.com for all the details.
Tickets are on sale now for the 2014-2015 season of the Nashville Predators. The team held an open house at Bridgestone Arena Saturday to pump up fans…getting ready for another season in Smashville. Fans were treated to a scrimmage as they shopped for gear and got a chance to scout the newest team members. The Nashville Predators are scheduled to play 41 games this season. Tickets will be available for online purchase starting today. The Preds open their season at home against the Senators on October 9th