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Today, AAA announced strong opposition to bills that would substantially weaken Tennessee’s motorcycle helmet law. The proposed bill would allow riders 21 years and older, and not insured with TennCare, to ride without a helmet. Tennessee’s current law requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet, regardless of age or experience of the rider. In October, AAA surveyed Tennessee voters and 91 percent of respondents favored keeping the state’s motorcycle helmet law in its current form. In states that repealed or weakened their universal helmet laws, helmet use declined sharply and deaths and injury rose.
Oak Ridge police are searching for a man who they say is "armed and extremely dangerous" , Local 8 Now reports. On Monday, March 23rd, officers responded to a complaint of gunfire on South Dillard Avenue just before 10 a.m. That's when they found evidence of several shots fired at an individual by 33-year-old Asante Harris. ORPD have three felony warrants for Harris on charges of Attempted First Degree Murder, Felony Reckless Endangerment, and Felony Vandalism. Harris is 6 feet tall and 160 pounds. He may be driving a gold Infiniti. Anyone who has information regarding this investigation should contact the Oak Ridge Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Lieutenant John Kelly at (865) 425-3968 or Detective Bill Weaver at (865) 425-3502. The investigation is ongoing. (Photo Courtesy WLVT)
Police are searching for a man who forced his way into a North Knoxville apartment Monday morning and tried to cut a woman's hair. Local 8 Now reports that the 37-year-old woman told officers the man knocked on her door at Spring Meadow Apartments just about 11:00 a.m. She said he walked in, forced her into a bedroom and on the bed. She said he was armed with a knife and told her he liked her hair and wanted to cut it. She said she struggled with him on the bed and finally grabbed a handgun on the nightstand. She told police the man then ran off. The suspect was described as a white male, about 5’10” tall, unshaven for a couple of days and wearing dark blue jeans, a navy or black t-shirt and a camouflaged ball cap. The suspect had a dark-colored tattoo on his left forearm. The victim also indicated the suspect had a bad odor.
State Attorney General Herbert Slatery says a proposal to boost Tennessee's road fund by raising taxes and fees on out-of-state trucks would be unconstitutional. The Commercial Appeal reports that the bill sponsored by Sen. Paul Bailey of Sparta and fellow Republican Rep. Cameron Sexton of Crossville would violate both the commerce and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution. The measure would raise the diesel fuel tax by 13 cents a gallon for commercial motor carriers and also require heavy trucks to pay 2.85 cents per mile as part of a new "highway maintenance fee." Where Slatery says the measure runs afoul of the constitution is in a provision to allow Tennessee-based motor carriers to recoup those surcharges in the form of credits in their corporate taxes.
An effort to revive Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal was advancing in the state Senate. The Senate subcommittee on TennCare voted 3-2 Monday to recommend a resolution that would grant Haslam the power to strike a deal with the federal government on Medicaid expansion. The governor's plan to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans was defeated in a Senate committee in a special session in February.