Top 5 Things You Should Know Today (01-11-19)

Federal worker in Tennessee prepares for first missed paycheck due to government shutdown

Hundreds of thousands of workers in a variety of federal agencies are about to feel the impact of the government shutdown, from air traffic controllers, to TSA agents, Friday, for the first time, they will miss a paycheck because of the shutdown. On day 20 of one of the longest government shutdowns in history. A Middle Tennessee father of three who works for the IRS, and will go without a paycheck Friday.

“You can have savings, and you can plan for emergencies, but at some point, those are still going to run out,” the employee said. “You have a job, and you expect to get paid at regular intervals, and when you don’t have that, it changes a lot of plans.”

The federal worker said some of his friends in this same situation who are living paycheck to paycheck have been forced to take out loans, and even sell items to make ends meet.


WOMAN KILLED AFTER BEING HIT BY CAR

57 year old Doris Thyler McElroy was hit by a SUV Wednesday evening at 6pm on the 4900 block of Old Hickory Blvd in Hermitage. Police say McElroy and her daughter, 21-year-old Page Tyler were trying to cross the road when McElroy was hit by a 2010 Mercedes SUV being driven by 54-year-old Robin Reding of Mount Juliet. Page was not injured. Police say they were not in a crosswalk and were crossing in a poorly lit area. McElroy was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she died. The driver told police she was unable to avoid the collision. There was no indication at the scene of drug or alcohol involvement in the fatal crash. No charges are anticipated.


LAWMAKERS TO INTRODUCE MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL

Tennessee Republican lawmakers will introduce a medical marijuana bill during this year’s General Assembly. State Sen. Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) and Rep. Ron Travis (R-Dayton) announced Thursday they will lead the bill. The bill is currently going through the legal process. According to a news release from the Tennessee Medical Cannabis Trade Association, the proposed bill would make medical cannabis available to those with a medical card who are diagnosed with specific conditions. The medical marijuana would have to be bought from a Tennessee-licensed entity and owned by Tennessee to cultivate and distribute.

“I have been in the fight against opioids and pill mills. Opioids have become a tragedy for Tennesseans,” Bowling said. “Our constituents can use a natural and effective option for pain relief that is not controlled or pushed by Big Pharma. When I see medical studies showing that states with medical cannabis programs had an average 23 percent drop in opioid prescription use and overdoses, I see a real option we can use.”

A similar bill was shot down last year.


MAPLEWOOD STUDENT ARRESTED AFTER FIGHT

A Nashville high school student has been arrested after a fight was caught on camera. A Maplewood High School student posted the video of the fight on Instagram, and now it’s all people seem to be talking about. The school district said the fight started over what one student was wearing. Thankfully, both of the students in the video are OK. They were both suspended from school. Students believe the fight started over a pair of red shoes. The fight goes on for a bit, and it appears there wasn’t a teacher in the room. The school district tells FOX 17 Newsthey believe whoever was in charge may have stepped out of the room for a minute when the fight happened. The senior said the two young men in the video have been having issues for a while. “The teachers room got destroyed, his computer got destroyed, his classroom got destroyed,” said the senior. However, it is the same high school where a student brought a 9 millimeter with a separate loaded magazine in his backpack in December. And in November, a 15-year-old student was charged after making a bomb threat.


NASHVILLE RANKS #1 ON 10 MOST ROMANTIC CITIES

Music City has made another top 10 list just in time for Valentine’s Day. Nashville has earned the top spot on DatingAdvice.com’s “North America’s 10 Most Romantic Cities” guide. The article reads: “We think Nashville is the most romantic city in North America because there’s so much to do and see here, and yet couples can also be content doing nothing at all except sitting with a drink and enjoying the friendly Southern atmosphere.”

Some of the tourist locations mentioned in the article are the Grand Ole Opry, First Tennessee Park, Gaylord Opryland and Arnold’s Country Kitchen.

Here’s the full list:

  1. Nashville
  2. Quebec City, Quebec
  3. Savannah, Ga.
  4. Austin, Texas
  5. Greenville, S.C.
  6. Norfolk, Va.
  7. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  8. Victoria, British Columbia
  9. San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
  10. Napa, Calif.

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