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Lee University’s 2021 Homecoming celebration will begin this Friday, Nov. 5. Hundreds of alumni and family will gather once again for one of Lee’s most anticipated traditions, filled with events both familiar and new.

The weekend will host a variety of events which can be found on the full schedule at leeuhomecoming.com

The Homecoming Parade, an event that has been absent from Homecoming activities since the 1980s, is returning this Saturday and will take place at 11:15 a.m., right before the first basketball game. The women’s and men’s basketball teams preview their seasons with exhibition games at 12 and 2, respectively. At halftime, the 2021 Homecoming Court will be presented. After basketball, there will be a short film showcase, another “Sense and Sensibility” production, and the Chancellor’s Choice Concert, where a variety of Chancellor Paul Conn’s and his wife Darlia’s favorite artists will perform.

For tickets and a detailed list of the Homecoming 2021 schedule, visit leeuhomecoming.com.

From NewsChannel 9…

The Tennessee Department of Health is urging Tennesseans who have not yet received a flu shot this season to get one as soon as possible.

With hopes of increasing the number of people vaccinated against influenza, Tennessee county health departments plan to hold special “Fight Flu TN” flu vaccine events in every county on Nov. 9.

No appointments will be needed to receive a flu shot during the events. Hours and exact details of the events will vary by county.

From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…

A Cleveland, Tennessee, lawmaker wants killing, attempting to kill or injuring a law enforcement K-9 to be a felony in Tennessee and has introduced legislation that could be dubbed “Joker’s Law” if it passes the General Assembly.

Rep. Mark Hall, R-Cleveland, said Tuesday in a telephone interview that he drafted the bill during the House’s recent special session on COVID-19 legislation to make killing or injuring a police K-9 a “Class B” felony, making it punishable by eight to 30 years in prison and up to a $25,000 fine. The measure would also include horses used by police.

Hall said the proposed legislation is called “Joker’s Law,” named for Bradley County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Joker, who was shot during a pursuit of theft suspects on Sept. 22. Hall’s legislation hasn’t been assigned a House bill number yet, but he thinks it could become a model for the rest of the nation.

Hall said other legislators like the bill, and he’s unaware of any opposition, although there has been no official discussion either way.