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Photos of local Vietnam veterans sought for national memorial

Photos of local Vietnam veterans sought for national memorial

on May 14, 2015, 6:57 AM / in State News

NASHVILLE – State Sens. Bill Ketron and Jim Tracy are seeking photos of Rutherford County Vietnam War veterans who were killed in action in order to honor the fallen heroes at a new facility which compliments the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The photos will be part of a multimedia display at the new Education Center at the […]

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Harwell deflects question about governor’s race

Harwell deflects question about governor’s race

on May 14, 2015, 6:49 AM / in State News

By Michelle Willard, The Daily News Journal MURFREESBORO – Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell is being tight-lipped about her future political career. “We are keeping an open mind,” the Nashville Republican said when asked Thursday night if her political aspirations stop at being the leader of Tennessee’s House of Representatives. “That’s a long way off. It’s an honor to serve […]

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More former legislators on health plan than current members

More former legislators on health plan than current members

on May 14, 2015, 6:38 AM / in State News

By Richard Locker / Knoxville News Sentinel Question: Are elected members employees of the STATE or do they serve the PUBLIC as part time legislators? NASHVILLE — More former and retired Tennessee state legislators are covered by the state employee health insurance program than are current members of the General Assembly — including some who have moved on to other […]

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Even MORE fallout from the Haslam Hit Job

Even MORE fallout from the Haslam Hit Job

on May 14, 2015, 6:34 AM / in State News

Previously RTP published a letter sent last Wednesday to GOP Caucus members from Connie Ridley of the Office of Legislative Administration. Now RTP has laid our hands on another letter sent from Ms. Ridley the next day to underscore the perfidy being practiced by the administration. As you can see below, Ms. Ridley was pretty hot under the collar – […]

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American Muslims: Is There A Different Mohammed? A Different Quran? A Different Sira? A Different Hadith? A Different Allah? A Different Sharia Law?

American Muslims: Is There A Different Mohammed? A Different Quran? A Different Sira? A Different Hadith? A Different Allah? A Different Sharia Law?

on May 14, 2015, 6:28 AM / in State News
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‘Right to Try’ Becomes Law in TN

‘Right to Try’ Becomes Law in TN

on May 14, 2015, 6:24 AM / in State News

by Alex Harris  /  TN Report People diagnosed with terminal illnesses in Tennesseans will now have the right to access experimental medications that haven’t passed the federal Food and Drug Administration’s final approval processes. Gov. Bill Haslam signed the “Phil Timp-Amanda Wilcox Right to Try Act” into law Friday. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol and Sen. […]

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Inverted pyramid: Bass Pro Shops resort cost Memphis taxpayers $78 million, says one estimate

Inverted pyramid: Bass Pro Shops resort cost Memphis taxpayers $78 million, says one estimate

on May 14, 2015, 6:21 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog MEMPHIS — Bass Pro Shops founder John Morris had a grand idea. He wanted to convert the iconic Memphis Pyramid — neglected and long-abandoned — into another one of his retail stores. The cost was $45 million, provided city taxpayers chipped in. The Memphis City Council agreed with Morris and subsequently signed on. Work refitting the Pyramid — more Las Vegas […]

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You Thought You Were Free? How the DEA took a young man’s life savings without ever charging him with a crime

You Thought You Were Free? How the DEA took a young man’s life savings without ever charging him with a crime

on May 14, 2015, 6:07 AM / in National News, State News

Part of the mission of the Midsouth Sentinel is to get news stories out to the public that aren’t being reported on or are barely being reported on that should make front page news. Unfortunately for us, the 4th estate has long since abandoned their mission to report the news, so it is left up to the alternative media to […]

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Should Hendersonville citizens have to pay for TIF debacle?

Should Hendersonville citizens have to pay for TIF debacle?

on May 14, 2015, 6:02 AM / in State News

By Neil Siders  During a 2015 budgetary meeting, Hendersonville Mayor Scott Foster attempted to secure funding for the local intersection project that would connect Saundersvillle Road with Gallatin Road via a tunnel. During the discussion, Foster stated that all of the TIF money that funded the construction of Saundersville Road had been spent appropriately and the city was responsible for […]

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State senator calls for Mississippi to end Oxford House’s federal grant

State senator calls for Mississippi to end Oxford House’s federal grant

on May 13, 2015, 9:17 AM / in National News, State News

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog Poor supervision of a group of taxpayer-funded halfway houses in Mississippi goes back to the start of the program, according to reports obtained by Mississippi Watchdog. Earlier monthly reports — as far back as 2013 from outreach coordinators to the Mississippi Department of Mental Health — reveal more issues with the Oxford House group, which is rapidly expanding into […]

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Memphis charter school creating ripple effect of positive change

Memphis charter school creating ripple effect of positive change

on May 8, 2015, 8:26 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog MEMPHIS —In Memphis, stories circulate about kindergarten students tutoring their older siblings, some of whom, the rumors go, are in fifth grade. Michael Whaley, executive director of Memphis College Prep, said parents have told him plenty of anecdotes just like that. Most people would consider such stories tragic, but some parents in Memphis are amazed […]

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Pinewood Derby Race

Pinewood Derby Race

on May 8, 2015, 8:01 AM / in State News

H/T to Gary Thompson The Chickasaw Council of the Boy Scouts will be having its Pinewood Derby at the track on Saturday, May 16 from 2-4 p.m. The four fastest cars from each district throughout the Memphis area will descend on the raceway that day to determine whose cars are the fastest in the city. The event is free and […]

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MLGW via ABC Tree Company …Recruiting foreign Workers over Locals and PAYING FOREIGN WORKERS MORE $$$

MLGW via ABC Tree Company …Recruiting foreign Workers over Locals and PAYING FOREIGN WORKERS MORE $$$

on May 8, 2015, 7:34 AM / in State News

Watch the meeting here… 1.DISCUSSION OF MLGW CONTRACT WITH ABC PROFESSIONAL TREE SERVICES Fullilove – how much did it cost to bring people in from out of the country? Total cost $20k   Fullilove what was MLGWs involvement in having the foreign workers come in? Recruitment by ABC Professional Tree Services entirely   $13.60 is the prevailing rate FOR LOCALS!!! […]

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New Video Series: Worldview Analysis of the Supreme Court Arguments

New Video Series: Worldview Analysis of the Supreme Court Arguments

on May 6, 2015, 7:47 AM / in National News, State News

Last week a number of commentators and organizations analyzed the Supreme Court arguments on the constitutionality of the marriage laws like the ones in Tennessee. But we wanted to provide a different type of analysis from most of what you may have read or seen—a Christian worldview analysis. As I read the oral arguments, I was struck by the clash […]

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How are this year’s new Tennessee Democrats different from the ones they replaced?

How are this year’s new Tennessee Democrats different from the ones they replaced?

on May 4, 2015, 9:37 AM / in Opinion, State News

By Andrea Zelinski  /  Nashville Scene The Replacements After eons ruling state government with an iron fist, Democrats in the state legislature have now gone half a decade as merely pests to Republicans who control both chambers of the General Assembly and the governor’s office. Republicans swat down their bills with ease. And if not booted by Republicans from their […]

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More legislative superlative awards for 2015 TN General Assembly

More legislative superlative awards for 2015 TN General Assembly

on May 4, 2015, 9:32 AM / in Opinion, State News

By Tom Humphrey / Knoxblogs.com More superlatives from the 2015 session of the 108th General Assembly: Supermajority Legislator of the Year: Shared by the two majority leaders, Gerald McCormick of Chattanooga in the House and Mark Norris of Collierville in the Senate. At the start of the year, Norris set the tone for defeat of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Insure Tennessee […]

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Energy: The Missed Opportunity for Economic Growth

Energy: The Missed Opportunity for Economic Growth

on May 4, 2015, 6:08 AM / in Local News, National News, News, State News

Editor’s Note: Barack Obama seems to prefer economic suicide to allowing the energy sector to bring huge prosperity to the United States. Maybe I should restate that…. congress has bought onto the same plan…. wait…. Tennessee Representatives kiss the ground it takes up. During the first quarter of 2015, U.S. GDP growth was 0.2%.  That’s two tenths of one percent, […]

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Madison County has quietly proposed tax increase

on May 3, 2015, 9:08 AM / in State News

Just a heads up. Madison County has quietly proposed tax increase. A “Privilege Tax” has been brought to the finance committee. It more than doubles litigation taxes. What is litigation? Litigation (n.) is the process of taking a case through court. The litigation or legal process is most common in civil lawsuits. In litigation, there is a plaintiff (one who […]

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Out-of-state interests shape public policy

Out-of-state interests shape public policy

on May 3, 2015, 6:54 AM / in State News

By  Tom Humphrey  /  Knoxville New Sentinel NASHVILLE — Out-of-state interests have long sought to shape public policy in Tennessee, but some national organizations that are relative newcomers to the Volunteer State have added millions of dollars to the mix of political money and lobbying intended to achieve that influence. The apparent increase of involvement in attempts by groups headquartered […]

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Kudos to Cunningham / From Rocky Top Politics

Kudos to Cunningham / From Rocky Top Politics

on May 3, 2015, 6:38 AM / in State News

RTP salutes Ben Cunningham for his early and impressive opposition to the coming attempt to raise the Gas Tax on Tennesseans. With little or no fanfare, Ben has accumulated over 5,000 signatures on a petition that sends a message to the governor and the legislature:  “Don’t go there.”  This, in light of Sen. Jim Tracy’s pledge to tour the state […]

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