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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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New Study: Not Such a Large Head Start

New Study: Not Such a Large Head Start

on December 3, 2013, 10:00 AM / in National News, News, State News

For decades the federal government has claimed that our youngest children, particularly those brought up poor, would be best served by getting an early jump on the formal educational process. This notion led to the Head Start program, which serves children in the year or two before the normal commencement of kindergarten. Yet for years, studies have proved that the […]

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Touring Oak Ridge — The Secret City of World War II

Touring Oak Ridge — The Secret City of World War II

on December 2, 2013, 7:17 AM / in History, News, State News

By Hayden Evans Imagine a city of 75,000 behind a security fence in East Tennessee so cloaked in secrecy that its workers and other inhabitants did not know what was being produced in three manufacturing facilities of unprecedented scope of the U. S. Government. The creation of the secret city of Oak Ridge began in 1942 as a major site […]

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Reward for ‘hard work:’ Townsend campground named nation’s Small Park of the Year

Reward for ‘hard work:’ Townsend campground named nation’s Small Park of the Year

on December 2, 2013, 7:07 AM / in News, State News

By Iva Butler | (ivab@thedailytimes.com) Daily Times Big Meadow Family Campground in Townsend was recently named  the Small Park of the Year by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). Big  Meadow, which opened on May 22, 1995, is located on 14 acres at 8215 Cedar Creek Road, just off  Wears Valley Road at the bridge over Little […]

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City of Memphis would pay $20 million for AutoZone Park, plus $5 million for improvements, in proposed deal

City of Memphis would pay $20 million for AutoZone Park, plus $5 million for improvements, in proposed deal

on December 2, 2013, 6:41 AM / in News, State News

Cardinals would buy team, spend $15 million on park upgrades The City of Memphis would take on $25 million in debt to buy AutoZone Park in a multiparty deal that would also see the St. Louis Cardinals take control of the Memphis Redbirds, according to a document with details of the agreement that was received Sunday by The Commercial Appeal. […]

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Flames destroy firefighter’s family home

Flames destroy firefighter’s family home

on December 2, 2013, 6:35 AM / in News, State News

By RIC BOHYrbohy@c-dh.net Columbia, TN Original Article Firefighter Will Craft stood outside the charred ruins of the house he grew up in and spoke with the resignation of someone who knows a done deal when he sees it. “I’m just here to be with Mom and Dad,” he said as fellow firefighters finished the work of drowning the blaze that […]

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Historic home for sale: 90-year-old Chattanooga mansion has view of Tennessee Valley

Historic home for sale: 90-year-old Chattanooga mansion has view of Tennessee Valley

on December 2, 2013, 6:22 AM / in News, State News

A 90-year-old Chattanooga mansion with sweeping views of the Tennessee Valley is on the market for the only the fourth time since it was built in 1923. The 7,400 square-foot home is listed at $2.5 million and sits at 960 Cumberland Road — the highest point on Elder Mountain with an 1,860-foot elevation. Built by George S. Elder — the […]

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Mack Hatcher work could be done by spring

Mack Hatcher work could be done by spring

on December 2, 2013, 6:12 AM / in News, State News

Project adding links to Franklin greenway system Written by Kevin Walters / Tennessean Original Article FRANKLIN — After two years of roadwork, the widening of a 3½-mile portion of the Mack Hatcher Parkway bypass between Highway 96 East and Franklin Road is on track to be completed by late spring. Begun in early 2012, the $23 million project has upgraded two-lane […]

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Lump of Coal Award

Lump of Coal Award

on November 28, 2013, 6:05 AM / in Local News, News, State News

  Some good friends of ours at the Beacon are holding a contest and I believe you might like to help solve a problem they are having….. Vote Now in the 2013 Lump of Coal Award Poll   Santa’s making his list, and we’re making ours. Over the past year, a number of government and other entities     have been very naughty. […]

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Tennessee Father Arrested for Insisting on Picking Up His Kids at School

Tennessee Father Arrested for Insisting on Picking Up His Kids at School

on November 27, 2013, 6:41 AM / in National News, News, State News

Written by  Dave Bohon A Tennessee school district recently demonstrated what happens when citizens concede too much authority to local civic institutions. When Jim Howe arrived on foot at 2:00 p.m. on November 14 to pick up his two children attending South Cumberland Elementary School in Crossville, Tennessee, he was told that a new policy mandated that students may leave […]

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