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McKellar bill to extend TVA to Cumberland
Senator K.D. McKellar, Democrat of Tennessee, introduced a bill Monday to extend the provisions of the Tennessee Valley Authority Act to the Cumberland River and tributaries.

Except for the fact that McKellar's bill provides for the generation and sale of electric power on the Cumberland River, it is similar to parts of the Barkely-Bulkley bill introduced in the Senate recently, in line with President Roosevelt's suggestions to create seven new regional authorities to coordinate conservation work and flood control from coast to coast.

Under the proposed setup in the Barkley-Bulkley bill, the Cumberland territory probably would be included in the Great Lakes-Ohio Valley Authority which would embrace all rivers flowing into the Ohio or the Great Lakes except the Tennessee.

Under the Cumberland River program, a dam likely would be built on the Caney Fork River, and other places to check the waters which often flow tumultuously from the Cumberland highlands into the Cumberland and thence into the Ohio.

 

Senate passes drunk driving bill
An increase in both the fine and workhouse sentence that may be imposed for drunk driving was approved by the Senate Wednesday. The House has yet to act.

With only one dissenting vote, the senate passed the bill of Sentator Hugh L. Clark (Haywood) raising the maximum fine from $100 to $300 and giving judges the right to mete out jail sentences up to eleven months and twenty-nine days.

"The present act is inconsistent with other misdemeanor statutes," Clark said. "A judge can give eleven months and twenty-nine days for carrying a pistol, but when a man is brought before him repeatedly for drunk driving the maximum is thirty days. "A drunken man driving an automobile down the highways is a dangerous instrumentality. The court ought to have the power to decide when a heavier penalty should be given."

An amendment providing that the jury shall fix the prison sentence in every case was tabled and killed.

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