Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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State representative Henry Fincher of Cookeville has voted against a bill that would have limited written driver's license tests in Tennessee to English and four other languages. The bill was presented Tuesday before the House Transportation-Public Safety Subcommittee The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas would have limited the tests to English, German, Korean, Japanese and Spanish. It failed on a 2-2 vote. Representative Tony Shipley said, "The issue that we're dealing with here is illegal immigrants driving on our highways, doing damage and killing people." But East Ridge Republican Rep. Vince Dean, the panel's chairman and a retired police officer, argued that the measure would do nothing to keep illegal immigrants off the roads. Meanwhile, Fincher also offered a failed attempt to make an amendment to a bill that came up in another subcommittee -- requiring health care providers to hand over minors’ medical test results to their parents. That amendment would have exempted hospitals from the bill’s requirements and given physicians 10 days to respond to a request, plus discretion to deal with a minor child’s medical test results. He said he supported the underlying goal, but also wanted to deal "with the realities of medical practice and the realities of federal funding."

Matthew Micah Moss of Cookeville recently received the Albert H. Bryan Jr. Engineering Scholarship from Tennessee Tech University. Moss, a 2009 Upperman High School graduate, is the son of Joel and Rebecca Moss and the grandson of Tommie and Ruth Moss all of Cookeville. Moss plans to major in computer engineering at TTU.

Final plans are being made for Monterey’s first-ever "Spring on the Mountain Dogwood Festival." It is scheduled for Saturday, May 2 in downtown Monterey. Organizers say there will be plenty of food, fun and music -- and an excursion train from the Tennessee Central Railway Museum in Nashville. For the festival, the celebration will be contained to the downtown area, specifically the area around the future depot museum site. Unlike Standing Stone Day, only Depot Street will be closed. Commercial Avenue will be open to traffic, but while the train is stopped, additional roads will be temporarily closed as needed. The event that starts off the morning will be a pancake breakfast at the Monterey Lions Club from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Also at the Lions Club Building is their Open Car Show. The Monterey Garden Club will have their annual flower and plant sale at the Monterey United Methodist Church starting at 7 a.m. until sold out. And Several vendors will be located on the future depot site, including the Monterey Depot Historical Society, the sponsor of the event. Meanwhile, May 2 has also been declared the "Monterey High School Virtual Enterprises Class Day." That class became world champions at a trade fair held in New York City a few weeks back, being the first-ever class from Tennessee to place.

Tennessee Tech University Associate Professor of English Tom Saya will introduce Robin’s-Egg Blue, his forthcoming book of children’s poetry, at the spring meeting of the Tennessee Tech Council of the International Reading Association at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday in the Tech Pride Room of the University Center. Professor Saya’s presentation coincides with the TTU Council’s celebration of April as National Poetry Month. The public is invited to attend the event to hear excerpts from the author’s work and to learn what is involved in creating a book of verse for children. Light refreshments will be served.