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The search continues for a missing Hawkins County, TN teenager. An Amber Alert was issued June 24 for 15-year-old Hayleigh Wilson. She is believed to be with 41-year-old Ben Shook, who is wanted for failing to register as a sex offender. The U.S. Marshals Service announced Tuesday that they have posted this billboard in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, South Carolina, and Maryland. It’s believed they ditched the car they were traveling in and investigators found camping equipment along the Appalachian Trail that they believe was used by the pair. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says Wilson left her home in Surgoinsville, Tennessee, on June 22 and was spotted early Tuesday at a Wal-Mart in Marion, North Carolina, with Shook. Anyone who thinks they have seen Wilson or Shook is asked to call the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. The U.S. Marshals Service has said it provide $5,000 to anyone with information leading to the capture and arrest of Shook.
President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak on the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday at Taylor Stratton Elementary School in Madison, TN. Motorists traveling in the Nashville area Wednesday afternoon may encounter traffic issues between the airport and the school which is located on Old Hickory Boulevard. Wednesday will be Obama’s third visit to Tennessee in 6 months. Over 16 million Americans have obtained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
The Tennessee Department of Health’s Office of Vital Records is increasing fees charged for providing birth and death certificates. Effective July 1, 2015, each type of certificate will cost $15 per copy for both first and additional copies. Birth and death certificates may be obtained by visiting a county health department in Tennessee, in person at the TDH Office of Vital Records at 710 James Robertson Parkway in Nashville, online at http://tn.gov/health/article/vr-certificate or by mail. Additional fees apply when ordering the certificates online.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam Wednesday announced Jim Henry, 70, as his new chief of staff. Haslam also announced that Leslie Hafner, 45, who currently serves as director for legislation, will be promoted to senior advisor to the governor. Will Cromer, 30, who currently serves as policy director will be promoted to special assistant to the governor for strategy while continuing to serve as director of policy. Deputy Director for Legislation Warren Wells, 31, will become the new director for legislation. The appointments are effective August 1.
Wednesday, two major changes will be official for University of Tennessee Athletics. First, Adidas will be out and Nike will be in, outfitting the entire department. Second, a controversial move to drop the Lady Volunteer logo from all sports except women's basketball.