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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TOMMY CHONG

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Stoner comic Tommy Chong came out smokin' last night -- on the dance floor. The 76-year-old Chong is a contestant this season on "Dancing With the Stars." The judges were impressed by his cool and his smooth moves. Chong rode onto the dance floor in a low rider, with old partner Cheech Marin at the wheel. Judge Bruno Tonioli (toh-nee-OH'-lee) says he was expecting "bad grandpa" but got cool grandpa instead.

POT SHOP POACHING

SEATTLE (AP) -- A legal pot store dropping a dime on a pot dealer? It's happening in Seattle. Cannabis City is the city's only licensed recreational pot shop. Police report the staff at the legal pot store called officers to report a dealer trying to poach customers. Workers say the man was selling weed out of the back of his Buick and was handing out business cards. Employees at Cannabis City say the pot dealer threatened to "stomp" a worker who had confronted him. Police add the man had left by the time officers arrived.

CAPITAL BIKESHARE

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Want to buy a used bike? How about 250 of them? Washington's Capital Bikeshare program is getting a bunch of new, old bikes. The bikes are coming from Ottawa at a discount. The Canadian city is planning a new bike sharing system based on different technology. So, WTOP reports D.C. Bikeshare is buying the bikes along with all 25 of Ottawa's old docking stations. Capital Bikeshare has more than 22,000 members.

TIPPING HOTEL MAIDS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tip the maid. That's the goal of "The Envelope Please" campaign. Former California first lady Maria Shriver and Marriott are launching a program to encourage the tipping of hotel maids. The name of the person who cleans the room will be written on envelopes left in the rooms. Shriver is the founder of an organization called A Woman's Nation that aims to empower women. She says many travelers don't realize tipping is customary. So how much do you leave? Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson says usually $1 to $5 per night.

 
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