A LOCAL 8 WEATHER ALERT is in effect into Wednesday due repeated rainfall. A Flood Watch is in effect for our area until 7 AM Wednesday. Where there are more pauses in the rain, totals will be closer to 2 inches but some will receive at least 4 inches of rainfall total. Creeks and streams run high and areas with poor runoff could face flooding problems. Busy commute hours could face more slowdowns, with fog and standing water on roads as well.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A panel asked to propose a way for an incapacitated governor to temporarily transfer powers has issued its findings to Governor Bredesen.
The proposed constitutional change would allow the speakers of both chambers to fill in for a governor who is sick or otherwise unable to serve. They would have the option of declining to do so.
The constitutional officers appointed by the Legislature would be next in line, and wouldn't have the option of turning down the job.
Tennessee's problematic succession process was highlighted in 2006 when Bredesen was hospitalized for several days with an illness that may have been caused by a tick bite.
The state constitution currently provides no provision for a temporary handoff.
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