Tennessee, Louisiana secretaries

of state make wager on Super Regional

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett and Louisiana Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin have made a friendly wager on the outcome of this weekend’s matchup of the University of Tennessee Volunteers against the Louisiana State University Tigers in the Super Regional round of the NCAA College World Series.

“Tennessee baseball has had an incredible year, finishing first in the SEC East. I’m confident the Vols will win, and the Tigers will geaux home empty-handed,” Hargett said in a news release. “If LSU miraculously wins the Super Regional series I will send my friend Secretary Ardoin some famous Nashville hot chicken!”

Ardoin had his own bet.

“Should the Tigers somehow fall this weekend in Knoxville, I will send Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett some delicious Louisiana boudin,” he said. “However, I’m confident LSU will be playing for another championship in Coach Mainieri’s last season!”

The Super Regional round in Knoxville is a best-of-three series, with the winner advancing to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.

— Staff Report

Wife of late Tennessee

lawmaker appointed to his seat

The wife of a Tennessee lawmaker who died after a battle with pancreatic cancer is taking his place ahead of a special election to fill his seat.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Hamilton County Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to appoint Joan Carter to replace her late husband, state Rep. Mike Carter.

Joan Carter called it an “honor” and a “true tribute to Mike’s legacy.”

Mike Carter died of pancreatic cancer last month. The 67-year-old from Ooltewah announced his cancer diagnosis in November after he had been hospitalized with COVID-19 in August.

The primary election for the seat is July 27, and the general election is Sept. 14. The next legislative session is in January. No special sessions are currently scheduled.

The district includes parts of Hamilton County. Mike Carter was first elected to the House in 2012.

He also was a Hamilton County general sessions judge from 1997 to 2005.

— Associated Press

County order further reduces

mask restrictions in Memphis

MEMPHIS — Health officials in Tennessee’s most populous county are lifting most existing face mask requirements enacted as precautions in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

A Shelby County Health Department order going into effect Saturday is another step in the gradual process of easing restrictions related to masks and social distancing as vaccinations continue and COVID-19 cases drop.

Since March 2020, customers of restaurants, retail shops, grocery stores and other businesses were required to wear masks in the county, which includes Memphis and its suburbs. But health department mask requirements for businesses have been essentially dropped.

Private businesses can still require masks if they desire.

The order announced Wednesday keeps in place requirements for mask usage on transportation including ride-shares, airplanes and buses. Masks can also be mandated in government buildings.

The county’s goal is to have 700,000 people vaccinated. As of Wednesday, the county had reached 53% of that threshold, health officials reported.

— Associated Press

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