The Week That Was 



At the urging of the state comptroller, a bill is moving through the Tennessee Legislature that would allow the state to continue paying some bills—bond debt and such—in case lawmakers fail to pass a budget by the July 1 deadline, when a new fiscal year begins. In other words, as the Knoxville News-Sentinel’s Tom Humphrey writes, “Preparations are being made for missing the only deadline our legislators have.” Meanwhile, legislative bodies in surrounding states either have already finished their business and headed home or are about to complete their sessions.

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Following more school shootings out West, Gov. Don Sundquist is reminding Tennesseans of a state-sponsored hotline in place for kids to report their peers if they see signs or threats of violence in schools. The toll-free number, developed by the TBI and the state Education Department, is staffed around the clock, seven days a week. Officials are posting notices around schools about the 1-800-TBI-FIND number.


The University of Tennessee Lady Vols have been seeded No. 1 in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament, even though some team members’ injuries leave some uncertainty about how far the team ultimately can advance in the tournament. It’s the 13th time in the last 14 years the Lady Vols have been seeded No. 1.


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