Emissions Testing Freedom Day

Friday, October 15, 2021

Today could be called emissions testing freedom day.

According to the Hamilton County Clerk’s website and related news and media reports, emissions testing will finally become nothing more or less than an unfortunate memory as of Jan. 14, 2022.

According to the County Clerk’s office, a vehicle owner has the privilege of renewing a vehicle registration online for up to 90 days following the renewal due date. Thereafter, renewal must be in person.

Do the math. If your tag is soon coming up for renewal, based on the information that has been released, it appears that a vehicle owner could avoid emissions testing until sunrise on Jan. 14, 2022.  Then, tag renewal could be accomplished online, with no forced, face-to-face (mask-to-mask) emissions testing result required.

You might briefly risk a citation for driving on an expired tag, but at least you can choose to skip the forced testing process and the associated, forced face-to-face human exposure during a pandemic.

Thanks to our elected officials for removing this ridiculous nine dollar inconvenience from our already complicated daily responsibilities.

Michael Mallen


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Opinion

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Breaking News

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An officer testified on Wednesday that a woman is in a semi-comatose state who was among four pedestrians hit in an incident at Broad and Main on Oct. 8. Officer Ryan Lynn said the woman "is not cognitive and is responsive only to painful stimulation." He said she has been moved to a custodial care facility and "rehabilitation has pretty much stopped." He said her husband, ... (click for more)

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The Hamilton County Health Department reported one more coronavirus death on Wednesday and 81 new positive cases, down from 128 on Tuesday. The total number of cases in the county now stands at 65,614. The death total is 680 people. The number of COVID-19 hospitalizations is 66 in Hamilton County - down from 68 on Tuesday. Six more are hospitalized with suspected COVID. There ... (click for more)

Sports

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Kennedy Chandler tied a program record with seven steals as No. 13 Tennessee downed Presbyterian, 86-44, Tuesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena. In another record-book highlight, sophomore Justin Powell became only the ninth Vol in program history to shoot 100 percent from 3-point range when firing at least five attempts. Tennessee (5-1) was propelled by 14-of-27 (.519) ... (click for more)