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The Scoop - Thoughts on sleep, politics
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The thousands of new bills proposed each year by the Tennessee General Assembly are a source of aggravation for me, but I’ve finally discovered a piece of legislation that resonates with me.


Rep. John Ray Clemmons and Sen. Brenda Gilmore, both of Nashville, have filed a bill aimed at providing more sleep. Now that’s a proposed law that has my full support.


I often find myself out of touch with today’s lawmakers, but I can identify with these two politicians who are pushing for sleep. They should make it the centerpiece of their reelection campaigns.


Specifically, the bill they have filed would change the start time of Tennessee high schools to no earlier than 8:30 a.m., and the start time of Tennessee middle schools to no earlier than 8 a.m. It stands to reason if the students get to sleep later, so do the parents and teachers!


I agree, start school later.


GOP Strong: I mentioned in a recent column that I would definitely run as a Republican in Warren County if I were seeking election to any local office. Apparently state Republicans agree with me that this is a GOP stronghold.


Redistricting maps have been approved by the General Assembly and House District 43 is now composed of Warren and White counties.


Warren County has the bulk of the population in this district with 40,953 people. White County has 27,351.


There’s no way the GOP is willing to lose the 43rd District as a Republican seat. So party leaders must be very confident that Warren County, once a Democratic-leaning county, is now bright red.


City Fun: As a proud McMinnville resident, I’ve found it interesting in recent years how any resident can come before the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, request a stop sign on their street, and have their wish granted.


Alderman Steve Harvey appears to be growing tired of this routine.


“We are putting up stop signs at a whim,” said Steve. “We put up stop signs that people don’t even ask for.”


His statement comes after a Post Road resident asked the city for one stop sign on Post Road to slow traffic and the city put up two.


Harvey continued with his insight, “We ask for these traffic studies and go ahead and take measures anyway that really don’t support what the traffic study said. Why do we even ask for a study?”


That comment referred to a Post Road traffic study which showed no speeding problem on the road, but stop signs were placed anyway.


I’d like to thank Steve for his comments that are right on the money and which rekindle memories of all those Blue Building studies which were conducted, paid for, and promptly ignored.


City officials are now turning their attention to the Post Road intersection directly in front of D.C. Tires so I’d like to say this. That intersection can be tricky, maybe even annoying, but as a guy who covers wrecks for the newspaper, I can’t ever recall an accident at that spot.


Standard editor James Clark can be reached at 473-2191.