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"This is obviously a very important day for the State," says Governor Haslam. "This project was in the works for a long, long time. A lot of people worked to make it happen, and I think it's really gonna add to the transportation and ease in the state and actually help our business community."
It took 26 years to complete the 78 mile stretch of highway that connects Wilson to Dickson County, and the project faced much controversy along the way, such as budgeting and environmental concerns. TDOT says the opening of State Route 840 will decrease commercial vehicle traffic and help ease congestion in downtown Nashville. This makes a big difference to those who live in communities surrounding Nashville.
"I live in Spring Hill and it's gonna make our access to Dickson a lot easier," says Phil Soholt. "We do a lot of business out there with our company. It's a trip that used to take 40-45 minutes. Now it will take about 15-20 minutes, plus it's a beautiful ride."
This portion of State Route 840 will be a scenic highway with no billboards, preserving the beautiful views. The completed project officially opened to drivers at 6pm this evening.
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Man facing extradition for murder claims innocence
June 17, 2013 20:24 GMT
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- A former U.S. Marine facing extradition to the Philippines on double murder charges says he is innocent.
Timothy Kaufman has been in jail since his arrest in April at business near his grandfather's Albany-area home. The 35-year-old from Knoxville, Tenn., is one of three men charged by Philippine authorities with killing a retired Northern Ireland police officer and his girlfriend in 2011.
Authorities claim it was a premeditated killing in an area known for its sometimes-seamy club scene.
In a handwritten letter sent to the media from jail, Kaufman says he would never do something as "heinous and stupid" as killing the couple. He says he left the country after the killings because he feared for his safety.
An extradition hearing is scheduled for June 25 in Albany federal court.
Oil rises past $98 on Syria, ahead of Fed meeting
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