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Haslam legislation targets meth

Haslam legislation targets meth

on January 17, 2014, 6:12 AM / in News, State News

BY JAMES SHEA | BRISTOL HERALD COURIER Two Northeast Tennessee law enforcement officials believe Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has not gone far enough in proposing regulations to limit the production of methamphetamine. On Thursday, Haslam presented his idea to place limits on the amount of products that contain pseudoephedrine or ephedrine a person can purchase in a 30-day period. The […]

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Molly Ringwald in Monroe County

Molly Ringwald in Monroe County

on January 17, 2014, 6:08 AM / in News, State News

Molly Ringwald is bringing her singing talents to a stage in Monroe County. As a part of its annual Performance Series, the Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA) will present “An Evening with Molly Ringwald” in a Sunday matinee performance on Sunday (Jan. 19) at 3:30 p.m. in the Hiwassee College Performing Arts Center. The show is sponsored by […]

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Tennessee State Legislature Back in Action / Hold onto your wallets

Tennessee State Legislature Back in Action / Hold onto your wallets

on January 12, 2014, 12:33 PM / in News, State News

Committee Chambers for the week of January 14th 2014 SENATE Senate State & Local Government Finance SB1317 (Todd Gardenhire) / HB1323 (Joshua Evans) Increases, from 25 percent to 85 percent, the percentage of revenue, collected by the emergency communications board from charges on all commercial mobile radio service, that must be distributed to each emergency communications district.  This legislation is […]

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Joe Carr reports raising $250K in 4th quarter

Joe Carr reports raising $250K in 4th quarter

on January 8, 2014, 7:46 AM / in News, State News

News release from Joe Carr campaign: Nashville, TN –Today, conservative Republican Joe Carr announced 4th quarter fundraising totals for his primary challenge to Senator Lamar Alexander and highlighted a dramatic surge in contributions over the previous quarter. In an FEC filing due at the end of this month, Carr’s campaign will report raising $250,000 — including contributions from over 1,000 […]

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New effort launched to allow medical marijuana in TN

New effort launched to allow medical marijuana in TN

on January 8, 2014, 7:44 AM / in News, State News

A Democratic legislator has filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would authorize prescription sales of marijuana for medicinal purposes in Tennessee under somewhat stringent regulations. “It’s just simply a matter of being rational and compassionate,” said Rep. Sherry Jones, D-Nashville, sponsor of HB1385. “It would apply to only the most severely debilitated people … children suffering a […]

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Tenn woman wanted on animal cruelty charge found

Tenn woman wanted on animal cruelty charge found

on January 6, 2014, 7:47 AM / in News, State News

PARIS, Tenn. (AP) – A woman who skipped her trial on misdemeanor animal cruelty charges has been found in Illinois and returned to Tennessee. The Paris Post-Intelligencer reported  that police arrested 68-year-old Cheryl A. Kidd of Paris, Tenn., on Friday morning in Metropolis, Ill. Henry County, Tenn., deputies transported Kidd back to Tennessee, where she was being held on charges […]

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GOP state senators urge AG to file lawsuit over Obamacare rules

GOP state senators urge AG to file lawsuit over Obamacare rules

on January 6, 2014, 7:05 AM / in News, State News

News release from Senate Republican Caucus: NASHVILLE — State Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and State Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) today called on Tennessee Attorney General Robert Cooper to join his counterparts in eleven other states in asking Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to go through proper channels before changing rules for the federal health care plan commonly […]

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These Are the Best Places in Tennessee / No Jackson Did Not Make The List

These Are the Best Places in Tennessee / No Jackson Did Not Make The List

on January 4, 2014, 7:19 AM / in Local News, News, State News

The 10 Best Places in Tennessee By Movoto Real Estate Tennessee is known as the Volunteer State, so it’s in that same spirit that Movoto Real Estate is volunteering Tennessee as the next state to be featured in our ongoing series uncovering the best places in the country to live. We’ve previously discovered the best places in North Carolina, we […]

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Sara Kyle says she won’t run for governor

Sara Kyle says she won’t run for governor

on January 3, 2014, 9:34 AM / in News, State News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After exploring a potential run for governor, Memphis Democrat Sara Kyle has announced that she won’t make a bid for the office. The Commercial Appeal reports the announcement Thursday came as no surprise. Kyle said in August that she was considering a run against Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, but has been quiet for weeks on her […]

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Amazon sales tax law among those taking effect in 2014

Amazon sales tax law among those taking effect in 2014

on December 31, 2013, 7:02 AM / in Local News, News, State News

By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A law that could boost the state’s revenue is among those taking effect on Jan. 1. Starting Wednesday, Amazon.com will begin collecting sales tax in Tennessee. Another key law will require coaches and school athletic directors to complete a concussion safety education course. And yet another will address workforce development across […]

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Another push to raise school bus age limit in Tennessee

Another push to raise school bus age limit in Tennessee

on December 31, 2013, 6:59 AM / in Local News, News, State News

By Thomas McMahon SchoolBusFleet.com Four years ago, a bill that was passed in Tennessee raised the maximum age for school buses from 15 to 17 years. Now, officials in some counties are advocating another increase in the state’s limit on school bus service life, WBIR reported recently. Under the current law, the normal retirement age for Type D (or transit […]

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HEADS UP TENNESSEE!

HEADS UP TENNESSEE!

on December 28, 2013, 7:51 AM / in News, State News

Select Trailer in Shelbyville, Tennessee has 3 HSUS trailers parked behind their building hidden out of public view today. Although Select Trailer does work on these trailers, please stay alert  for a possible HSUS raid in the area.

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Law enforcement agencies receive a lump of coal for abusive practices

Law enforcement agencies receive a lump of coal for abusive practices

on December 18, 2013, 6:57 AM / in Local News, News, State News

By Justin Owen, (615) 383-6431 / justin@beacontn.org “Policing for profit” draws Tennesseans’ ire in Beacon Center’s annual poll The Beacon Center of Tennessee today announced that Tennesseans have overwhelmingly chosen the 23rd Judicial District, and Cheatham, Dickson, and Humphreys Counties as the recipients of the 2013 Lump of Coal Award. The Beacon Center awards this dubious distinction annually to the […]

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School district projects $727K start-up costs

School district projects $727K start-up costs

on December 16, 2013, 7:50 AM / in News, State News

By Carolyn Bahm / Bartlett Express Bartlett’s new school board has projected start-up costs of $727,800 for the first quarter of 2014, with more than two-thirds going toward central office personnel costs. On Dec. 5, the Bartlett Board of Education approved the spending projection, which was drawn from the municipal school district feasibility study provided by Southern Educational Strategies (SES). See […]

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Bartee brings flair to holiday at historic Sullivan County building

Bartee brings flair to holiday at historic Sullivan County building

on December 16, 2013, 7:46 AM / in State News

BY JAMES SHEA | BRISTOL HERALD COURIER  TriCities.com  BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — Decorating around the holiday season has always been an important part of Wanda Bartee’s life. Normally, she decorates every room in her house. “Some of the people from my church would say my house looked like winter wonderland,” she said. She begins listening to Christmas music in September. So, it […]

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Sweetwater, TN Jobless rate rises

Sweetwater, TN Jobless rate rises

on December 16, 2013, 7:43 AM / in News, State News

By  Marie Millsaps /  The Monroe County Advocate County unemployment rates for October show the rate increased in 64 counties, decreased in 18, and remained the same in 13 counties of Tennessee’s 95 counties. Monroe County’s jobless rate increased to 10.8 percent, up from 10.4 in September. McMinn County’s unemployment rate increased from 9.1 to 9.2 percent. The U.S. Bureau […]

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Washington County: County postpones shelter match decision

on December 11, 2013, 8:20 AM / in News, State News

County postpones shelter match decision By Karen Sells Assistant Editor A decision on whether Washington County will match Johnson City’s increased support of the animal control center will likely be postponed until the first of 2014, though an approval may not be in the best long-term interest of the organization. During a review of the annual audit, Mike Eddy of […]

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City commissioners also approved a third and final reading of an amended spay/neuter ordinance in a 3-2 vote.

City commissioners also approved a third and final reading of an amended spay/neuter ordinance in a 3-2 vote.

on December 8, 2013, 11:14 AM / in News, State News

3-2 vote. Mayor Van Brocklin, Stout, and Brock voted in favor. Banyas and Tomitas asked tough questions and opposed. Remember this at election time. Stout, especially, will be running in the Republican primary in 2014, hoping to win a seat in the General Assembly. Show dogs and hunting dogs are NOT exempt. Many thanks to Karen Riddle and others with […]

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TFA Participating in State Wide Talk Show

TFA Participating in State Wide Talk Show

on December 8, 2013, 10:48 AM / in Announcements, News, State News

The Tennessee Action Counsel hosts a weekly, internet streamed talk radio show on Monday nights from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. cst.  On Monday, December 9, TFA’s executive director, John Harris, will be the guest on the showing in the 7 o’clock hour. The show is hosted online at through BlogTalkRadio at this address: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/conservativennationradio/2013/12/10/inside-Tennessee Guest and topics for the […]

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Former sheriff of Robertson County dies

Former sheriff of Robertson County dies

on December 5, 2013, 6:33 AM / in News, State News

ROBERTSON COUNTY, Tenn. – The former sheriff of Robertson County, Gene Bollinger, passed away overnight Monday. Bollinger spent over 50 years working in public safety. His career included working with the Tennessee Highway Patrol as Chief Deputy ultimately becoming sheriff of Robertson County in 2001. He retired in 2010. “Sheriff Bollinger was a true Christian man who loved the Lord, […]

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