Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Morning Roundup: Unsafe Bridges, Drug-Addled Children and Other News

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 7:09 AM

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Gov. Phil Bredesen breaks ground on a new Carter County bridge to replace an unsafe one. "This one-lane bridge is in a dangerous curve, is nearly 70 years old and carries close to 100 vehicles a day," he says as two vehicles almost have a wreck to prove his point. ... Metro Council member Vivian Wilhoite joins the crowded juvenile court clerk race. ... Council member Pam Murray seems to be living and working in Detroit. ... The House votes to make campaign lawsuits easier. ... Andrea Conte raises $28,000 for child abuse awareness. ... The state is increasing borrowing and driving up debt per capita - now the lowest in the nation. ... Tennessee prepares for swine flu. ... Guns-in-bars bill goes to conference committee. ... Legislature names stretch of road for Jerry Lee Lewis. ... The Tennessean comes out against random drug testing of students and the ACLU's Hedi Weinberg agrees. But Rep. Les Winningham's all for it:
Some of our nation's middle and high schools are so infested with drugs that for many students school days have become "school daze."

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