February 20th , 2014 10:00 am Leave a comment

Commissioner says end to bi-annual time changes no problem


The time may come for when Tennessee residents need to spend time considering Daylight Savings’ necessity in their lives.

The Tennessee General Assembly is considering freezing time in Tennessee with a bill, which was proposed by Rep. Curry Todd in Collierville, that aims to do away with the bi-annual time shift.

If passed, the mneumonic device “spring forward, fall back” would become moot.

Approval of the bill would mean that for about 4 months, states bordering Tennessee would be on a different time system.

This year, Daylight Saving Time is scheduled to begin March 9 and end November 2.

Carter County residents who live in Poga or the Shell Creek community of Roan Mountain, which are sections of the county that border North Carolina, may experience some confusion at first, said Commissioner Richard Winters.
But, Daylight Saving already causes some confusion, he said.

“The current change of hours causes a certain amount of confusion already,” Winters said. “That would be eliminated.”

The Tennessee city that would probably see the most confusion is Bristol – half of the city lies within Virginia.
Because he has not conducted a poll or heard any constituent concerns, Winters said he could only provide his personal opinion.

“I think it’s good,” Winters said. “I don’t see any problem with it at all.”

If the bill passes, Winters believes the impact would be minimal in all regards and that Carter Countians would be able to quickly adapt.

“I think it would be more efficient,” he said.

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