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<ul><li><p>8/3/2019 Sat., Feb. 18 News Summary</p><p> 1/11</p><p>SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2012Saks picks LaVergne for fulfillment expansion (Business Clarksville)Retailer Saks Incorporated (NYSE: SKS) announced on Feb. 13, it will add a new distribution and fulfillmfacility in LaVergne, Tenn. in 2012. The announcement was m et with much excitement in the Rutherford Couregion as it brings the promise of more new jobs to the areas residents. The new state-of-the-art distribution afulfillment center will occupy approximately 564,000 square feet of leased space and will be equipped w itsophisticated mobile-robotic fulfillment system that has been successfully utilized in the companys Marylafacility. The Company expects the Tennessee facility to be operational by August 2012 and ultimately to empover 250 full-time associates at complete capacity. Saks Incorporated has made a great decision in choosiTennessee as its newest d istribution center location, and I am pleased to welcome this well-respected compato Rutherford County. Were working to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quajobs, and by focusing on a business-friendly environment, it encourages businesses to invest, grow and creajobs, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said. n-39573/</p><p>Guns-in-Parking-Lots Compromise Could Win Haslam Support (TN Report)Gov. Bill Haslam hinted this week he wouldnt necessarily shoot down legislation that would allow Tennessgun owners to keep a firearm stored in their vehicle while they are at work even over the objection of themployer. Still, the proposal idling in the General Assembly seems overly broad to the governor. But duringmeeting with the Capitol press corps Wednesday, Haslam suggested that if the House and Senate can passcompromise, hell likely sign on. Sen. Mike Faulk and R ep. Eddie Bass are sponsoring the legislation, w hgained some traction last year but not enough to win over GOP leaders in the House. Proponents are confidenwould pass if Speaker Beth Harwell, of Nashville, and Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, of Chattanooga, wto allow the bill to come to the chamber floor for a vote. mise-could-win-haslam-support/</p><p>Haslam offers $10k reward for east Knoxville shooting death (WVLT-TV KnoxvilleGov. Bill Haslam is offering a ten thousand reward for information leading to the apprehension, arrest, aconviction of whoever w as involved in the shooting death of Robert "Ernie" Reno at an east Knoxville home lNovember. Haslam announced the reward late Friday afternoon. He is asking anyone with information to contthe Knoxville Police Department's crime information line at 865-215-7212. Reno was found lying face down in of a home on Selma Ave. just after midnight on November 11 with several bullet wounds in his legs, accordingKnoxville Police Dept. spokesperson Darrell DeBusk.</p><p>Haslam's pick may have edge in Davidson Circuit Judge race (Tennessean/Gee)On the same day Gov. Bill Haslam interviewed candidates for his first Nashville judicial appointment, votebegan casting ballots for who would get the job on a more permanent basis. Two of the three candidatrecommended to Haslam by the states Judicial Nominating Commission, Stan Kweller and Phillip Robinsalso are running in the Democratic Partys primary election for the post. Early voting began Wednesdayvacancy on the Davidson County Circuit Court was created by the retirement of Third Circuit Judge BarbaHaynes last year. The primary election winner w ill advance to the August general election and face independcandidates Scott Rosenberg, a Juvenile Court magistrate and the third candidate under consideration Haslam, and John Heacock, who also applied to replace Haynes but didnt make the Judicial NominatiCommissions short list. Judicial vacancies in Tennessee are temporarily filled by the governor until an election</p></li><li><p>8/3/2019 Sat., Feb. 18 News Summary</p><p> 2/11</p><p>held.|topnews|text|N ews</p><p>Hagerty: ECD incentives bill being reworked, diligence a priority (Nash. B</p><p>Journal)Gov. Bill Haslam's top economic development official today acknowledged he's reworking a controverincentive bill, saying his main concern is getting more material for due diligence on companies. CommissioBill Hagerty said the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is still considering wposition it will take on legislation that has spurred criticism among legislators concerned about keeping secret townership of companies receiving incentives. Hagerty said his legislation aims to get vital financial informatcompanies often won't hand over because there's no guarantee it will remain private. "We'd like the abilitymake more informed decisions," Hagerty said in an interview. The legislation would stipulate that proprietinformation, including investors in privately held companies, would be kept private. The idea that ownershipcompanies receiving incentives would be kept from the public spurred outrage from government transparenadvocates like Sen. Roy Herron, D-Dresden, and Republican leadership acknowledged their own concerns tweek as well. jobs.html</p><p>Huffman meets privately with Hamilton school board (Associated Press)</p><p>Officials with the state Education Department and the Hamilton County School Board are pointing blame at eaother for declaring a recent meeting closed to the public. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that punotice of Thursday's meeting between the board and state Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman was issuto the media last week. But when reporters tried to gain access to the meeting, they were den( ). Department spokeswoman Kelli Gauthier said local officials had decided to close meeting because the panel was discussing a competitive grant. But school board chairman Mike Evatt aSuperintendent Rick Sm ith said the meeting was closed at Hu ffman's request. Evatt said he saw no need for tpanel to meet in executive session. "It wasn't my call," Smith said. "It was the commissioner's call." The meetalso included representatives of the local teachers' union, the Public Education Foundation and schadministrators. Kent Flanagan, executive director of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government, said that state's Sunshine Law operates on the presumption of openness, and makes only l imited allowances executive sessions.|newswell|text|News|s</p><p>Confusion surrounds closed school meeting (Times Free-Press/Hardy)The Tennessee Department of Education and local officials haven't been able to pinpoint just who is responsifor moving a Thursday school board meeting behind closed doors. The Hamilton County Board of Education mwith school administrators and Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman after his address to tChattanooga Rotary. They were discussing an upcoming grant that Hamilton Coun ty likely will apply for to starSchool Innovation Zone, which would target low-performing schools by allowing greater flexibility in how schooperate. A public notification was distributed before the meeting, as usually occurs with other board meetinBut as the meeting was starting, reporters were told by Huffman spokeswoman Kelli Gauthier that the meetwas closed to the m edia because officials were discussing a competitive grant application. W hen askGauthier couldn't cite the law that allowed them to circumvent the Tennessee Sunshine Law and close meeting. G authier addressed reporters and shut the door, but said she was only repeating information sh</p><p>been told. She said the decision to close the m eeting was made by local officials.</p><p>Agencies push prep for severe weather (Jackson Sun)TEMA announces release of Ready TN mobile application The Tennessee Em ergency Management Agency aNational Weather Service are promoting preparedness for families, individuals and businesses durTennessee S evere Weather Awareness Week, which begins Sunday and runs through Saturday. Tennesshas experienced two years of unprecedented natural disasters, and individual preparedness is more importthan ever, said TEMA Director James Bassham in a news release. Emergencies and disasters can happanywhere and anytime, so we hope Tennessee citizens will take an active role in the preparedness of thfamilies, their neighborhoods and their communities. Throughout the week, NWS, TEMA and other supportgroups will conduct educational activities and drills to help people prevent injuries and deaths from tornado</p></li><li><p>8/3/2019 Sat., Feb. 18 News Summary</p><p> 3/11</p><p>damaging winds, flash floods, lightning and hail. The release said TEMA also is announcing the release of a nmobile, smartphone application, Ready TN. Ready TN is a tool to help citizens know the hazards in thcommunity and the preparations they should take to be ready for any emergency. The application providlocation-based information on severe weather, road conditions, open shelters and local government contacts.</p><p>Tenncare offers help to those struggling with medical bills (WBIR-TV Knoxville)</p><p>Tennesseans struggling w ith medical bills may have an opportunity for help next week. State officials announcFriday that the Tenncare Standard Spend Down program will offer another round of open enrollment. It giveslimited number of qualified people access to Tenncare coverage. Low-income people or those with high unpmedical bills who are aged, blind or disabled, or the caretaker of a Medicaid eligible child meet the qualificatioThe only way to request an application is by calling the program's toll-free number next Tuesday. That numbe1-866-358-3230 and will be open between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. eastern. Operators will close the phone lonce 2,500 applicants call in. dical-bills</p><p>Brady Banks resigns from state Books From Birth post (City Paper/Garrison)Metro Councilman Brady Banks, arrested Thursday on a misdemeanor charge of patronizing prostitution, hresigned from his job as acting officer and outreach coordinator of the Governors Books From B irth Foundati</p><p>According to Gov. Bill Haslams office, the foundations board of directors notified the governors office of B anresignation on Friday. Banks resignation is effective immediately. As of Friday afternoon, Banks still hadtalked publicly about his arrest or addressed his future as a city councilman. The Governors Books From BiFoundation is a partner of Dolly Partons Imagination Library. Founded in 2004, the Governors Books From BFoundation seeks to serve as a catalyst and tangible resource to Tennesseans establishing and sustaincounty Imagination Libraries, according to its website. The foundation relies on public and private funds. irth-post</p><p>Brady Banks' political future unclear after arrest in prostitution sting (Tenn/CassDay after prostitution sting, fellow council members say he needs to focus on family With a wife whos a minisa divinity degree of his own, a beautiful baby boy and a penchant for ending phone calls with the words good, Metro Councilman Brady Banks had a reputation for clean living and a rock-solid character. But thimage took a hit late Thursday afternoon, when Banks was accused by police of paying a female undercoofficer $100 for sex at a MetroCenter hotel. He was arrested at 4:40 p.m. on a misdemeanor chargepatronizing prostitution and released that night after posting a $1,000 bond. The first-term councilman, who welected from a southeast Davidson County district in a runoff last September, has not responded to repeatrequests for comment since his arrest. He spoke briefly to WSMV-Channel 4, saying only that he mademistake and that his first priority was saving his marriage, the station reported. Banks resigned Friday from job of nearly two years as outreach director of the Governors Books from Birth Foundation, effecimmediately, Gov. Bill Haslams office announced.|topnews|text| News</p><p>Dozens of tickets, cases trashed because of ex-trooper's credibility (N-S/Lakin)A hundred-...</p></li></ul>