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Drivers’s License Wait Gets Longer; Another Station Closed

The average wait time at driver service centers in the state of Tennessee for the first quarter of 2013 was nearly 32 minutes, which is up six minutes from the last quarter of 2012, reports Nooga.com.
These figures, released by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Wednesday, also show that the number of statewide transactions increased to 327,114 in the first quarter of 2013, compared to 295,444 in the last quarter of last year.
But the wait time for the first quarter of 2013 is slightly lower than the average wait time for last year’s first quarter, when the average was closer to 33 minutes.
“We are committed to reducing wait times at our driver service centers,” Commissioner Bill Gibbons said in a prepared statement. “We are concerned about the uptick in wait times, especially after making such great progress in the last three months of 2012. But we are taking proactive steps to help reverse this trend and help create a more satisfying experience for our customers.”
Gibbons also said that the increase was because of an increase in handgun permit applications, vacant management positions at several driver service centers and equipment failures.
Meanwhile, in other news….
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state is closing its driver license center in Lawrenceburg.
An announcement from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security said operations will be merged with the driver service center in Columbia on May 15.
There will be, however, a self-service kiosk in the City of Lawrenceburg Administrative Services Building, where drivers can renew expiring licenses or apply to get lost licenses replaced. The kiosk will take photos and accept credit card and debit card fee payments.
First-time drivers or people who recently moved to Tennessee can travel to Columbia or to centers in Hardin or Lincoln counties.
The department is also working with the Wayne and Giles county clerks to offer license renewal and replacement services in those counties.

Some TN Schools Adding Class Time in National ‘Pilot Project’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Open your notebooks and sharpen your pencils. School for thousands of public school students is about to get quite a bit longer.
Five states were to announce Monday that they will add at least 300 hours of learning time to the calendar in some schools starting in 2013. Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee will take part in the initiative, which is intended to boost student achievement and make U.S. schools more competitive on a global level.
The three-year pilot program will affect almost 20,000 students in 40 schools, with long-term hopes of expanding the program to include additional schools — especially those that serve low-income communities. Schools, working in concert with districts, parents and teachers, will decide whether to make the school day longer, add more days to the school year or both.
A mix of federal, state and district funds will cover the costs of expanded learning time, with the Ford Foundation and the National Center on Time & Learning also chipping in resources. In Massachusetts, the program builds on the state’s existing expanded-learning program. In Connecticut, Gov. Dannel Malloy is hailing it as a natural outgrowth of an education reform law the state passed in May that included about $100 million in new funding, much of it to help the neediest schools.

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Tennessee History: When a Missed Bus Stopped Daylight Savings Time

Once upon a time, the Tennessee Legislature opted out of Daylight Savings Time because state Rep. I.D. Beasley missed a bus to Nashville. Sam Venable, after talking with the Legislature’s librarian and the late legislator’s nephew, tells the tale in a News Sentinel column.
An excerpt:
“One morning, Uncle I.D. walked down to the bus station in Carthage, just like always. But the bus was already gone. He’d forgotten about the switch to Daylight Saving Time. Made him mad as a hornet.”
For Hizzoner Beasley, this was a call to arms.
A carryover from World War II during that era, DST was never popular with farmers. Beasley controlled the rural bloc in his part of the state, so it was a simple matter for him to draw up a bill abolishing the practice and guide it along to final approval.
Eddie Weeks, librarian for the Tennessee General Assembly, did some archival digging for me — and sure enough, he found Beasley’s bill, which was signed into law on Feb. 4, 1949, by Gov. Gordon Browning.

But I Could Swear I Spent 20 Hours in Judiciary Committee on Just One Afternoon

There’s an interesting chart in the current issue of the subscription-only Tennessee Journal that compares the hours spent in House committee meetings in 2009, the first year of the 106th General Assembly, with the hours spent in 2011, the first year of the 107th General Assembly.
Former House Speaker Kent Williams was running the show, of course, for the 106th and the Democrat-Republican makeup was pretty close. This year, House Speaker Beth Harwell is in charge and Republicans have an overwhelming majority.
The chart shows a total of 421 hours, 47 minutes spent in official committee meetings during the first year of the 106th. For this year, that was down to 337 hours, 40 minutes.
Most all committee times were down with one notable exception: The Finance Committee met for 53 hours, 16 minutes back in 2009. This year’s Finance Committee met for 69 hours, 5 minutes.
More typical was the Judiciary Committee, famous in both the House and Senate, traditionally, for long-winded debate. The 2009 version logged 40 hours, 2 minutes; the 2011 edition just 20 hours, 20 minutes.
Legislative leaders have done some boasting about adjourning on May 21, the earliest date since the 1998 session – back when Don Sundquist was governor – adjourned on May 1. The legislature adjourned June 18 in 2009; June 9 in 2010.