12-year-old runaway reported missing from Clarksville last seen in Nashville
Clarksville police need help to find a child who ran away from home. Authorities said La’Treious Cortner, 12-year-old, left his home Saturday about 6:30 p.m. and has not returned since. He was last seen by a relative in Nashville in the area of Lewis Street. He’s 5 feet 2 inches tall, has black hair, brown eyes, and weighs about 100 pounds. Anyone who sees him is asked to call 911, and anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call 931-648-0656, ext. 5538.
President Trump Restricts “All Travel” From Europe to U.S. Starting Friday
- President Donald Trump announced restrictions on passenger travel from 26 European nations to the U.S. over the coronavirus.
- Trump said all flights from Europe to the U.S. will be suspended for thirty days starting at 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday.
- He said the restrictions would not apply to the U.K.
- Homeland Security officials later had to qualify Trump’s statements.
- They clarified that the restrictions would only apply to foreign nationals who have been in the “Schengen Area,” which includes Italy, Germany, Greece, Austria, Belgium and more.
- They also said the restrictions don’t apply to legal permanent residents, immediate family of U.S. citizens or others “identified in the proclamation.”
- Trump has repeatedly downplayed the impact of the virus.
Nashville tornado recovery: Less than 2K without power, 19 roads closed
Nashville Electric Service crews have made more progress in restoring power following last week’s deadly tornado. According to a release from the Office of Emergency Management, 1,762 customers still don’t have power as of Wednesday morning. Of the 116 roads that were initially closed after the tornado, Metro Public Works said 97 have reopened. Trucks will continue circulating throughout affected areas multiple times over the next few days and weeks.
Medical marijuana bill passes through Tennessee Senate committee, conditions attached
Sen. Steve Dickerson’s medical marijuana bill passed through the Tennessee Senate committee yesterday afternoon with a vote of 6 to 3. However, there was a last-minute amendment a that would only allow the bill to happen if marijuana is rescheduled as a Schedule 2 substance federally. Last week a house subcommittee passed the legislation through with a positive recommendation, but before then, movement has stalled on any such bill. A Vanderbilt poll in 2017 showed nearly 80% support for medical marijuana legalization of some kind among Tennesseans.
Metro Nashville Public Schools closed rest of week amid coronavirus concerns
Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) are closed Thursday, March 12 and Friday, March 13 amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
MNPS says this decision was made in consultation with the Metro Public Health Department ahead of the district’s spring break. Symptoms of staff and students who have stayed home from work or school have been monitored by MNPS school nurses. No students, faculty or staff have tested positive for COVID-19, and this closure is just as a precaution.
“While there is no immediate threat to Metro Nashville Public Schools, I understand this is a quickly evolving situation, and closing for the rest of the week and through spring break will give us time to properly plan and evaluate what is in the best interest going forward,” said interim Director of Schools Dr. Adrienne Battle. “Our teams will be using the next several days to develop contingency plans and safety precautions to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our staff and students.”
Before- and after-care programs will also be closed, while all after-school activities will be canceled. This includes sports practices, games (excepting TSSAA tournament games), performances and parent meetings.
YMCA Fun Company will operate inclement weather sites at the following schools:
- Hattie Cotton – 1033 W. Greenwood Ave.
- Harpeth Valley – 2840 Learning Ln.
- Norman Binkley – 4700 W. Longdale Dr.
- KIPP Antioch – 3655 Murfreesboro Pike
- Tulip Grove – 441 Tyler Drive
District offices will be open, and 12-month central office employees are asked to report to work unless they are notified otherwise. MNPS says they will continue to be in close consultation with the Metro Public Health Department, mayor’s office and Tennessee Department of Education about how best to approach the weeks ahead.