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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."