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Driver Service Centers Open Saturday to Issue Photo IDs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Department of Safety will open eight driver service centers Saturday to help voters who need photo identification cards before the Tuesday general election.
Centers will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Chattanooga, Cookeville, Dresden, Jackson, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville. Services that day will be limited to issuing free photo IDs to registered voters and converting non-photo driver’s licenses to a version with a picture.
A release from the Safety Department said the centers were chosen based on population and response to Saturday openings before the August primary election.
As of Monday, Tennessee had issued more than 24,000 photo IDs to voters, who this year are required to show photo identification at polling places.
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Online:
Tennessee Department of Safety & Homeland Security: http://www.tn.gov/safety

Johnson City Being Occupied on Saturdays

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Occupy Johnson City concluded a weekend encampment with a promise to return.
People who occupied a grassy downtown strip near an intersection marched at noon on Saturday and then voted to march each subsequent Saturday.
Bobby Ray, one of those who camped Friday and Saturday, told The Johnson City Press protesters are focused on continuing (http://bit.ly/tsHV8U).
“Everybody is definitely down and on track to keep this movement going,” Ray said.
“We marched around downtown and held our signs and told the corporate oligarchs that we aren’t going to take their mess anymore,” said Ray, of Kingsport.
The group had an educational lecture on mountaintop removal and gave those in attendance time to explain why they were there and what they hoped to see accomplished.
“We’re all struggling and it’s not our fault,” said Crystal Clingensmith of Elizabethton. “I would love to see more people come out here and put their voice to this because I feel like we’re all in the same situation.”
Around a dozen people spent Friday night at the encampment, but 40-50 people came and went during the evening, Ray said.

Second Night of Arrests at Occupy Nashville; Judge Dismisses Charges Again

By Eric Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee state troopers for the second straight night arrested Wall Street protesters for defying a new nighttime curfew imposed by Republican Gov. Bill Haslam in an effort to disband an encampment near the state Capitol.
And for a second time, a Nashville night judge dismissed the protesters’ arrest warrants.
The Tennessean newspaper reported early Saturday morning (http://tnne.ws/vE2PXN) that Magistrate Tom Nelson told troopers delivering the protesters to jail that he could “find no authority anywhere for anyone to authorize a curfew anywhere on Legislative Plaza.”
Occupy Nashville protesters — including many of the 29 arrested in a pre-dawn raid on Friday — returned to the Legislative Plaza that evening and remained through the 10 p.m. curfew.
“To see it from the other side is even more infuriating,” said Chip Allen, one of the protesters arrested in the first raid. “When you’re in it, it’s almost surreal. This takes on a whole ‘nother flavor.”

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