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One Tennessee corporate handout a case in disaster management

One Tennessee corporate handout a case in disaster management

on June 26, 2017, 6:23 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler   /    Tennessee Watchdog Tennessee taxpayers gave 10 wealthy corporations more than $4 billion in handouts, and state officials had to practice disaster management when dealing with one project gone wrong. The numbers came from the Washington D.C.-based Good Jobs First. Tennessee Watchdog has already identified a listing of those 10 corporations who took taxpayer money. But, […]

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What happened a the June 20th Council meeting: Sanctuary city bill passes 2nd reading, Budget adopted.

What happened a the June 20th Council meeting: Sanctuary city bill passes 2nd reading, Budget adopted.

on June 26, 2017, 6:18 AM / in State News

A Disgruntled Republican in Nashville If you are going to watch the Council meeting, you need a copy of the Council agenda and the Council staff analysis or you really will not know what is going on. You can get the agenda and analysis and my commentary on the agenda at this link. The big news of the night is […]

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Hamblen motorcyclist found dead Saturday off Boat Dock Road

on June 26, 2017, 6:09 AM / in People

A Bean Station motorcyclist last seen alive Wednesday afternoon was found dead Saturday at the bottom of a ravine off Boat Dock Road in West Hamblen County, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Trooper Jeffrey Coffey identified the deceased as Brian W. Manning. He was 39. Manning, who was riding a 2009 Kawasaki ZX600, was northbound on Boat Dock Road […]

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Sheriff drops mayor bid in Tennessee’s 3rd-largest county

Sheriff drops mayor bid in Tennessee’s 3rd-largest county

on June 26, 2017, 6:04 AM / in State News

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones is dropping his bid for Knox County mayor, citing an unspecified health issue in his family. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that Jones made the announcement Friday on the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. A spokeswoman said the term-limited sheriff would not be doing any interviews about the decision. Former state […]

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Corker Says President Trump Is Keeping His Word To Veterans

on June 26, 2017, 6:01 AM / in National News, State News

When he is good, he is really good….. Friday was a good day for some. Senator Bob Corker on Friday day released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017 (S.1094). The bipartisan legislation will increase accountability within the VA by streamlining the process […]

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Love One Another

Love One Another

on June 26, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. – 1 John 4:7 Brandon Moody was attending his uncle D. L. Moody’s church on Easter morning. The final scene in the impressive pageant was a depiction of Jesus’ ascension into heaven. The actor who was playing Jesus […]

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Mae Beavers Hits New UT President For Reinstating Campus Diversity Office

Mae Beavers Hits New UT President For Reinstating Campus Diversity Office

on June 26, 2017, 5:57 AM / in State News

Republican gubernatorial candidate Senator Mae Beavers expressed disappointment that the Chancellor of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Beverly Davenport, has announced plans to reinstate the Campus Diversity Office and hire a new director of the LGBT Pride Center. She said in May 2016 HB 2248 became law, which defunded the University of Tennessee’s Office of Diversity “after the department published materials […]

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National Pro BBQ Tour to visit Bartlett July 1

National Pro BBQ Tour to visit Bartlett July 1

on June 26, 2017, 5:50 AM / in Announcements, State News

The National Pro BBQ Tour, the largest barbeque tournament in America, makes its way to Bartlett for a Regional Championship on Saturday, July 1. Thirty competition BBQ teams will battle it out for a chance to win a $20,000 prize purse and to advance to the National Championship. Sam’s Club, the presenting sponsor of the National Pro BBQ Tour, will […]

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Mayor City Mayor: Greensward Deal Is a ‘Win-Win-Win’

Mayor City Mayor: Greensward Deal Is a ‘Win-Win-Win’

on June 26, 2017, 5:47 AM / in State News

POSTED BY TOBY SELLS  /   Memphis Flyer Designers with Memphis-based Powers Hill Design could officially kick off their work this week to create a new main parking lot for the Memphis Zoo, a move that will eventually end parking on the Overton Park Greensward. The Memphis City Council quietly accepted funds for the project from the Overton Park Conservancy […]

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Things You should Know About Yesterday

Things You should Know About Yesterday

on June 25, 2017, 9:23 AM / in News

Senate health-care bill faces broad opposition Conservative opponents of the GOP’s health-care proposal in the Senate labeled the ObamaCare replacement package “ObamaCare lite,” but the bill is taking fire from the center and left, too. A group of moderate Republican senators are raising concerns about proposed Medicaid changes that would decrease federal funding for their states, while progressive critics warn […]

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Illinois could be 1st state with ‘junk’ credit due to budget

on June 25, 2017, 8:28 AM / in State News

By SARA BURNETT  /  AP Special thanks to Thomas CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois is on track to become the first U.S. state to have its credit rating downgraded to “junk” status, which would deepen its multibillion-dollar deficit and cost taxpayers more for years to come. S&P Global Ratings has warned the agency will likely lower Illinois’ creditworthiness to below investment […]

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#NeverTrump Vs. Trump Derangement

#NeverTrump Vs. Trump Derangement

on June 25, 2017, 8:18 AM / in Opinion

by Joe Cunningham  /  RedState.com Friends, it’s about time we sat down and had a chat. For Trump apologists, as well as fervent supporters, there is this notion that there’s no difference between the #NeverTrump movement and the Trump Deranged. This is the discussion we need to have, because it’s as false as it is embarrassing. #NeverTrump is a movement I […]

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Bernie and Jane Sanders, under FBI investigation for bank fraud, hire lawyers

Bernie and Jane Sanders, under FBI investigation for bank fraud, hire lawyers

on June 25, 2017, 8:15 AM / in National News

Bernie Sanders’s economics are terrible. Just awful. No one as old as he is, who has seen what he has, should hold fast to “socialism” the way that he does. On the other hand I don’t dislike him personally and am impressed by his challenge to the Clinton machine. I’m sorry to see this story. We’ll see how it washes […]

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The Left is Violent….Could we please address this problem before someone gets killed?

on June 25, 2017, 6:16 AM / in National News, Opinion

The MidSouth Sentinel While Steve Scalise is recovering in a hospital, the left continues their march of hate….It’s almost too much to believe what these people are saying out in the open much less when they think no one is listening. The left has a problem with violence that needs to be addressed BEFORE someone gets killed…. The shooter of […]

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Chattanooga Choo Choo gets millions for land to build luxury apartments

Chattanooga Choo Choo gets millions for land to build luxury apartments

on June 25, 2017, 6:14 AM / in State News

by Tim Omarzu  /  Chattanooga Times Free Press The owners of the Chattanooga Choo Choo hotel — including former Mayor Jon Kinsey — were paid $5.25 million for the seven acres on which Bluebird Row, an upscale, four-story, 283-unit apartment building is to be built at the Choo Choo complex. Birmingham, Ala.-based Choo Choo Residences LLC, a subsidiary of LIV […]

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Word Watch

Word Watch

on June 25, 2017, 6:00 AM / in Religion

Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. – James 3:10 Good grammar matters to me. As a writer and former English teacher, I’m bothered when I hear the wrong word used by people I think should know better. For instance, using “I” instead of “me” or “who” instead of […]

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Time to Get On The Program

Time to Get On The Program

on June 24, 2017, 7:13 AM / in Announcements, National News, Opinion

Republican congress-critters who are still on the platform fretting over whether or not to jump on the Trump Train for the 2018 election cycle might want to consider not only Trump’s 4-0 string of wins in special elections this year, but, according to a report in Breitbart this week… “The Republican National Committee (RNC) raised a record $10.8 million in […]

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Planned Parenthood Battle Could Sway Fortunes of G.O.P. Health Bill

Planned Parenthood Battle Could Sway Fortunes of G.O.P. Health Bill

on June 24, 2017, 6:54 AM / in National News

WASHINGTON — As the Senate barrels toward a vote next week to sever all federal support for Planned Parenthood, the 100-year-old organization is mobilizing furiously to bring down the Republicans’ broader legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act before it reaches President Trump’s desk. The fight over one provision — to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood for a single […]

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‘I’m glad he got shot’: Nebraska Democrat caught on tape criticizing Rep. Steve Scalise

‘I’m glad he got shot’: Nebraska Democrat caught on tape criticizing Rep. Steve Scalise

on June 24, 2017, 6:11 AM / in National News

By Herman Wong   /   Washington Post A Nebraska Democratic official has been removed Thursday from his chairman post after recordings emerged in which he said he was glad that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) was shot and that he wished he had died. In the recording, Phil Montag, who was the volunteer co-chairman of the Nebraska Democratic Party’s technology committee, criticized […]

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More than 120 feared buried as landslide destroys village in southwest China

More than 120 feared buried as landslide destroys village in southwest China

on June 24, 2017, 6:02 AM / in International News

By Simon Denyer   /  Washington Post BEIJING — More than 120 people were missing and feared buried after a landslide caused by torrential rain destroyed a mountain village in a southwest China’s Sichuan province, state media reported Saturday. The landslide hit the village of Xinmo in Maoxian county before 6 a.m. on Saturday morning, and 62 houses were buried, according […]

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