4th of July Weekend Travel - 07/03/14

It looks like it is shaping up to be a beautiful weekend weather wise to enjoy the 4th of July!

TDOT wants to help keep travelers moving on the interstates and state routes, so they have suspended all construction-related lane closures through Monday, July 7th at 6 AM. 

If you're planning to head downtown tomorrow evening for the big celebration in Music City, be prepared for a lot of traffic congestion... have patient and leave early! Here is a link to all the road closures provided by Visit Music City. This should help you choose your route.

Once you get downtown, you have numerous parking options, and there is a taxi stand set up at 7th and Broadway. Please make sure you have a sober ride! Metro Police will have an increased presence to keep everyone attending the celebration safe. Also, please remember, it is very dangerous to park your car on the interstate shoulder to watch the fireworks, and officers will be ticketing!

Aside from the party downtown, there are numerous firework displays all over the Mid State. Check out the listing on our Fox17 Web page for all the fun and festivities.

 

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Last Update on July 31, 2015 09:31 GMT

GRANDMOTHER-GETAWAY DRIVER

ROCKAWAY, N.J. (AP) -- It's not exactly quality time with grandma. Police in northern New Jersey report busting a grandmother they say was the getaway driver for her grandson and his friends. According to authorities, a tip after a home rip-off led them to stop the car driven by 78-year-old Vera Buniak. She's been charged with possession of stolen property. Her grandson, 18-year-old Timothy Buniak, faces burglary and other charges. Police tell the Daily Record she may not have known a crime was being committed, but she was part of the process.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA-PRICES

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Medicinal marijuana users in Minnesota are in for some sticker shock. One of the state's legal pot producers is raising prices after less than a month in business. Dr. Kyle Kingsley of Minnesota Medical Solutions tells the AP prices on pills, vapors and liquids are up by as much as 20 percent. The company is also reducing the discount for low-income users. Kingsley says low demand is one factor in driving up their pot prices.

TAXIDERMY RIVALRY

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- It's Michigan State versus the University of Michigan -- as played by stuffed chipmunks. Lansing-based taxidermist Nick Saade has created a football display with 22 stuffed chipmunks wearing little Spartan or Wolverine helmets. The chipmunks are in passing, throwing, catching and tackling positions. Saade tells the Lansing State Journal the chipmunk Spartans are about to score the winning touchdown. He adds, "everybody knows MSU is better -- even the chipmunks."

HOT WORK

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Think you're hot? Don't trade places with Robert Carpenter. He's the pit master at The Grille, a Memphis restaurant. His day starts at 6 when it's relatively cool. But he can't stop grilling as the day heats up. Every time he opens the outdoor barbecue pit, the temperature spikes. Carpenter says a wet towel and an industrial fan help a bit. But he tells the Commercial Appeal newspaper, the real key is, "Water, water and more water."

 
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