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Drone Bill Headed to Gov. Haslam’s Desk

Drone Bill Headed to Gov. Haslam’s Desk

on May 14, 2013, 9:27 PM / in News, State News

The Tennessee legislature gave final approval to the Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act restricting drone use in the state and sent it on to Governor Bill Haslam’s desk on May 10th.  Now is the time to turn up the heat on Gov. Haslam to sign this important bill. SB796 requires law enforcement to obtain a search warrant before deploying a […]

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Random Local Thoughts….

Random Local Thoughts….

on May 14, 2013, 8:20 AM / in Local News, News, State News

The Economy On May 14th 2008 day there was a reported 1704 properties in different stages of  foreclosure in Madison County, Tennessee. That number had doubled since January of 2008. 12 of these are above $200,000 and of those 12, 1/3 are above $300,000.00. Today there are 62 homes listed as foreclosures, 98 homes listed as preforeclosures, and 222 bankruptcies. Due to […]

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News from Around the State

on May 13, 2013, 8:54 AM / in News, State News

Calhoun elects new commissioner Dewayne Jones is the newest member of the Calhoun City Commission. With 42 total votes, Jones won the special election held Thursday to fill out the remainder of the  Commission. The Calhoun Commission has been operating with just four members – Mayor John Walker, Cindy  Baker, James Duffy and Terri Damoth – since the November election […]

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33,000 sign petition opposing Tennessee ‘ag gag’ bill

33,000 sign petition opposing Tennessee ‘ag gag’ bill

on May 11, 2013, 7:52 AM / in News, State News

Special Thanks to Carlotta The ACLU probably isn’t the most popular organization in red state TN. I don’t know if this petition will help their cause or not. I do like Andy Sher’s reporting on this story. He likes to quote Andy Holt’s colorful condemnation of HSUS. NASHVILLE — More than 33,000 people nationwide have signed an American Civil Liberties […]

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Teen patients form lasting friendships at St. Jude

Teen patients form lasting friendships at St. Jude

on May 10, 2013, 10:38 AM / in News, State News

McKendree and Luis stepped from their limo and paused for a moment to take in the scene. A multitude of St. Jude staff members — their doctors and nurses, their physical therapists and Child Life specialists — lined a red carpet walkway cheering for the teens. Luis took McKendree’s hand, and they walked inside their hospital. It was April 2012, and […]

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From Senator Bob Corker in response to my letter….

From Senator Bob Corker in response to my letter….

on May 10, 2013, 10:29 AM / in News, State News

Thank you for taking the time to contact my office regarding the Marketplace Fairness Act. Your input is important to me, and I appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts. I realize that the issue of how to apply state sales tax laws to the internet is complex. As the former Commissioner of Finance for our state, I understand […]

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$4 Million in Fed Funds Go to Eight Education Leadership Programs

$4 Million in Fed Funds Go to Eight Education Leadership Programs

on May 9, 2013, 8:25 AM / in News, State News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Education plans to use nearly $4 million in federal education funds to pay for eight leadership development programs. The grants are part of the $500 million the state won three years ago in the national Race to the Top education grant competition. Officials say eight recipients received grants, which were awarded to […]

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Haslam to Push Congressmen for Approval of Internet Sales Taxing

Haslam to Push Congressmen for Approval of Internet Sales Taxing

on May 8, 2013, 8:29 PM / in News, State News

Editor’s note: Is Governor Haslam is trying to strong-arm the Republican Congressmen from TN to vote in favor of the national Internet sales tax mandate? Gov. Bill Haslam says he’ll urge Tennessee’s congressmen to vote for the internet sales tax bill, reports Richard Locker. The bill faces a much tougher vote in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives than it did […]

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City Council defers urban chickens ordinance

City Council defers urban chickens ordinance

on May 8, 2013, 7:02 AM / in News, State News

Chickens within Chattanooga city limits will have to continue living renegade lives, as City Council members voted Tuesday to defer an ordinance that would have granted them legal status inside city lines. The ordinance, proposed by Councilman Chris Anderson of District 7, was deferred in a 6-3 vote. The proposal marked the first time the council has debated the issue of […]

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Dangerous Dog Addresses Made Public on Sheriff’s Interactive Map

Dangerous Dog Addresses Made Public on Sheriff’s Interactive Map

on May 8, 2013, 6:57 AM / in News, State News

By Denise A Justin, Identifying neighborhoods with dangerous dogs just got a whole lot easier thanks to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office’s new interactive map , Knox News reports. The technology is similar to the Sheriff’s Office’s crime map and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s sex offender map. Users can type in an address and search for dangerous dogs in […]

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Sen. Lamar Alexander out on limb by advocating an Internet sales tax in Tennessee

Sen. Lamar Alexander out on limb by advocating an Internet sales tax in Tennessee

on May 6, 2013, 11:17 AM / in News, State News

Original Article                  WASHINGTON — Known as an elder statesman among Tennessee politicians, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander easily snatched up all the House members he wanted to support his 2014 re-election campaign. But many of those same conservative allies are ambivalent or even critical of the former governor’s top legislative priority. Alexander is shepherding an unusual bill for a keep-taxes-low Volunteer […]

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Tennessee State Legislative session winds down

on May 6, 2013, 7:25 AM / in News, State News

And our Friends at the Beacon have had a busy session: The first session of the 108th General Assembly came to a close in April, and overall it was a successful one for the Beacon. Of the 37 recommendations proposed in their Legislators’ Guide to the Issues released in January, nearly half were filed as bills and one-quarter passed into law. Among their […]

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TML’s Point of View of the Constitution and Tax Theft

TML’s Point of View of the Constitution and Tax Theft

on May 4, 2013, 8:48 AM / in Announcements, Local News, News, State News

From an organization that believes that continued theft is okay! If you haven’t already done so, it is not too late to thank Senators Alexander and Corker for their support of the Marketplace Fairness Act.  They will return to Washington on Monday, May 6, ready to vote YES! Last week, the Marketplace Fairness Act advanced in the Senate by clearing […]

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MAJOR CALL TO ACTION

on May 4, 2013, 8:42 AM / in National News, News, State News

From: FRANK LOSEY f.losey@insightbb.com Slowly but surely, my past Calls to Action have helped to “persuade” 27 Members of Congress to send Congressional Inquiries either to the IRS, or to the Treasury’s Inspector General, or to Justice Department Attorneys. Their inquiries have expressed the concerns of their constituents that the IRS has failed to enforce the U.S.Tax Code against the […]

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Joe Carr enters GOP primary against Scott DesJarlais

Joe Carr enters GOP primary against Scott DesJarlais

on May 3, 2013, 4:16 PM / in News, State News

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Embattled U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais now has two Republican challengers seeking to oust him in next year’s GOP primary. The latest, state Rep. Joe Carr, announced his candidacy Thursday. The 55-year-old Lascassas, Tenn., business consultant said he will “stand firm” for the “first principles of our Founding Fathers” and pledged to “lead with integrity and advance the […]

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Reps. Chuck Fleischmann, Scott DesJarlais mulling over Marketplace Fairness Act

Reps. Chuck Fleischmann, Scott DesJarlais mulling over Marketplace Fairness Act

on May 3, 2013, 5:38 AM / in News, State News

By James Harrison   A bill that would allow states to collect sales tax from Internet retailers for online purchases is supported by both of Tennessee’s senators and championed by Gov. Bill Haslam. The measure is also backed by President Barack Obama.  But when it comes to Tennessee House members, opinions on the Marketplace Fairness Act are tougher to gauge. […]

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Tennesseans Looking for a Change

Tennesseans Looking for a Change

on May 1, 2013, 3:03 PM / in News, State News

Tennessee based group is testing the waters for a change in Tennessee politics…. Updated Information: We have over 2,000 signatures but we need 5,000. Please sign and then pass the web address on to Friends and Family. Thank YOU! PLEASE Sign the Petition: Tennessee Deserves a Conservative Alternative to Lamar Alexander Just Click HERE: ChangeTN.com PLEASE share this web address, […]

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Middle TN commissioner’s Facebook post frightens Muslims

Middle TN commissioner’s Facebook post frightens Muslims

on May 1, 2013, 8:51 AM / in News, State News

I have to ask –  What is different about this from the many reports of the teachings in those Mosques that promote violent acts against Americans?  If those so called *peaceful Muslims* don’t like being talked about then they need to get out there and make sure none of their kind are promoting violence against Americans.  Otherwise I see this […]

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Tennessee Representative Andy Holt Says HSUS Opposes Animal Protection Law

Tennessee Representative Andy Holt Says HSUS Opposes Animal Protection Law

on April 30, 2013, 8:15 AM / in News, State News

The Tennessee House and Senate and have passed the Animal Protection Bill that will bring swift justice to animal abusers yet the very so-called animal rights organizations oppose the measure. Why would Ellen and Carrie Underwood both interject their views into the situation in Tennessee? Rep. Andy Holt from Dresden, TN will explain. Excellent radio interview with Andy Holt, sponsor […]

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Tennessee rep’s email calls Humane Society methods ‘tape and rape’

on April 26, 2013, 4:04 PM / in News, State News

Editor’s Note: Rep. Andy Holt, the sponsor of the Animal Abuse Reporting bill, really understands HSUS! Special Thanks to Carlotta for the heads up. Posted by Heidi Hall The state representative behind Tennessee’s “ag-gag” bill compared Humane Society of the United States investigations to human trafficking of 17-year-old women and called the group’s methods “tape and rape” in an email. […]

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