The City’s leaders want to leave the lights on. Tallahassee City Commissioner Nancy Miller says the Long Range Planning committee she heads is looking into a plan that would replace the present lights in the chain of parks downtown with more efficient LED lights. The goal is to keep those lights on year-round rather than just during the holiday season.
A plan to remove a question asking potential city employees about their criminal histories has squeaked by the Tallahassee Commission, passing with a two-to-three vote. The city manager had announced plans to implement the so called “ban the box” initiative with no vote, but some commissioners including Scott Maddox raised concerned about the move.
Every year thousands of people die from influenza, but despite that fact, just 31-percent of adults in Leon County have gotten a flu vaccine this year. And health officials report that number drops for minorities. Claudia Blackburn is the Leon County Health Officer.
“For non-Hispanic black adults it is 15-percent. And that is mighty low in my opinion. I would like to see that much higher. We are on par with the state of Florida and the nation. So, we’re not worse than everybody else,” Blackburn says.
Members of the Leon County Commission are considering a plan that would name a part of the local jail complex after the late Sheriff Larry Campbell. Campbell died in December after an extended battle with cancer. Commissioner John Dailey supports the move.
“This is a wonderful tribute to Sheriff Campbell, much deserved. I believe Vince has been in touch with the family as well to make sure this is in line with their wishes,” Dailey says.
The Florida Department of Education says students can’t opt-out of taking state-mandated exams. The Department sent a letter to key education lawmakers, reiterating that there is no opt-out provision in state law.