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Due to worsening conditions throughout the state, Governor Bill Haslam has ordered that all Department of Human Services Offices in Tennessee be closed for the rest of the day
An earthquake measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale was felt by residents in Pikeville yesterday morning. According to officials with the US Geological Survey, the quake was located approximately 10 and a half miles west of Pikeville around 10:30 in the morning. There were no reports of any injuries or damage.
Governor Bill Haslam has declared a State of Emergency for Tennessee. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is now operating on a Level III-State of Emergency because of possible snow and ice. According to TEMA the primary threats are downed trees and power lines leading to power outages, and hazardous driving conditions on Interstates, highways, and secondary roads. Governor Haslam used modern technology—tweeting his emergency declaration Sunday evening. In his tweet, the Governor encouraged Tennesseans to use caution, and to stay off icy roads.
A measure to allow wine to be sold outside of Tennessee liquor stores may soon be heading to the governor for his consideration. The Senate passed its version of the bill in January. Tonight it's scheduled to take up the House version that passed last month.
Some Tennessee lawmakers are hoping to further restrict cell phone use while driving. A bill in the Tennessee House of Representatives would make it illegal to call someone or answer your phone while in the car. Under the proposal, drivers would still be able to talk with hands-free devices. The bill's sponsors say drivers who use their phones are two to three times more likely to crash. If passed, anyone who violates the law would get a warning first, but repeat offenders could face up to $500 in fines. Several other states have passed similar legislation. The Tennessee bill is still in committee