Tennesseans can now register to vote online

SEPT. 27– Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett announced the launch of the state’s new online voter registration system.

The system offers a convenient way for voters to easily register or change their address if they have moved. Counties across Tennessee can now securely receive voter registration information faster than using traditional paper registrations.

“This system meets people where they already are: online. It will improve accuracy and efficiency for voters and election officials by ensuring there are fewer errors and more accurate voter rolls,” Hargett said.

“In addition to offering a convenient way to register to vote, I’m excited that online voter registration will allow currently registered voters the opportunity to update address changes instantly. This will eliminate paperwork and additional time spent at a polling place for voters who moved but did not notify the election commission before the election,” said Hardin County Administrator of Elections Jeanette Cronise.

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Report: Milledgeville store robber pointed gun at clerk, pulled trigger

SEPT. 20– A man who robbed the White Oak Shell station in Milledgeville on Sunday night pointed a pistol at a clerk and pulled the trigger, but the gun did not fire, according to the incident report from the McNairy County Sheriff’s Office.

The report says two female clerks were on duty at about 7:42 p.m. One was making pizza for an order and another was counting cigarettes.

The clerks told officers they heard banging on the counter and someone screaming to give them the money, but they thought it was one of their regular customers playing a joke, and they initially ignored him.

When the clerks turned around, they saw a tall black male with black, thick-rimmed glasses, wearing a white shirt, gray jogging pants and holding a shiny gun.

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TVEC members to vote Saturday on internet proposal

 SEPT. 14-- Tennessee Valley Electric Cooperative members get to decide Saturday if they want the not-for-profit company to take a step toward getting  into the internet business.

A vote on a proposed change to bylaws is scheduled, although even if it passes, that does not automatically mean internet for all TVEC members – this is but the first move in what could be a long process.

Letters inviting members to the annual TVEC membership meeting this Saturday, Sept. 16 went out weeks ago in members’ monthly bills, urging members to come vote on the proposal. Registration for the meeting  to be held at the Hardin County High School auditorium is from 1- 3 p.m., with the business meeting to follow.

Prohibited by law prior to Gov. Bill Haslam’s signing of the Broadband Accessibility Act in mid-May, electric cooperatives can now provide the infrastructure if their respective members approve. 

Although some have found the language regarding the proposed change to TVEC bylaws cryptic, TVEC General Manager Gerald Taylor said it’s standard proposed language from the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association.

“TVEC is owned by the members, and we’re not going to do anything to upset our members,” Taylor said, when asked about the new language and right-of-ways.

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