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Chattanooga animal ordinance dead for now

on July 24, 2013, 8:23 AM / in News, State News

by Joy Lukachick A controversial city animal control ordinance was taken off the table today. The ordinance that would have dealt with animal breeders, rescue shelters, animal performances and other issues was removed from the council’s agenda today and is dead in its current form. City Council member Moses Freeman said there needs to be a task force made up […]

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Direct from the TML

Direct from the TML

on July 23, 2013, 3:50 PM / in National News, News, State News

I just received this email a few moments ago the Executive Director of the Tennessee Municipal League. The Tennessee Municipal League (TML) is an association of the incorporated cities and towns of Tennessee, organized for mutual assistance and improvement. The organization’s functions include: lobbying the Tennessee General Assembly on behalf of municipal governments, working with the TML Risk Management Pool, […]

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Couple sues West Knox kennel after death of family pet

Couple sues West Knox kennel after death of family pet

on July 22, 2013, 8:15 AM / in News, State News

By Don Jacobs Original Article Todd and Lisa Reidy just want answers. How, they ask, did their seemingly healthy Pomeranian named Molly sustain a broken back, dislocated hip and elbow, broken leg and puncture wounds when left at a West Knox County kennel? How was Molly so brutalized the 15-year-old dog died the next day despite efforts of the Reidys’ […]

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AKC Alert: Chattanooga, Tennessee

AKC Alert: Chattanooga, Tennessee

on July 21, 2013, 5:49 AM / in News, State News

AKC Chattanooga, TN The ordinance would outlaw all breeding of pets in your house in the city. Read more It’s pretty long so I won’t try to post all of it, but please do take a look at it. It’s amazing. Some of these provisions are already in place in Chattanooga but, because of the lawsuit against the city brought […]

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Sen. Bob Corker calls ‘BS’ on boss’ diatribe

Sen. Bob Corker calls ‘BS’ on boss’ diatribe

on July 19, 2013, 7:28 AM / in National News, News, State News

timefreepress.com U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is well known for speaking pretty bluntly at times, but did the Tennessee Republican really use a far earthier version of the term bull manure to call down Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell this week? The Capitol Hill newspaper CQ Roll Call reported that at a tense meeting of Senate Republicans on Wednesday, McConnell, R-Ky., […]

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Massive Refuge Expansion on the Way for West Tennessee

on July 18, 2013, 3:55 PM / in News, State News

By: Congressman Stephen Fincher Changes could be coming for the Mississippi and Hatchie River floodplains in Dyer, Lauderdale, Tipton and Haywood counties. This past December, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service proposed expanding the Chickasaw and Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuges into each refuge’s neighboring bottomlands. This expansion would result in the federal government purchasing 120,000 acres — over […]

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E. Nashville Teen Arrested for Beating Dogs to Death

on July 18, 2013, 6:31 AM / in News, State News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A 19-year-old east Nashville man who allegedly beat his two dogs to the point that they had to be euthanized is in jail. A woman called Metro Police after witnessing Cameron Taylor pick up his dog and slam it on the driveway on Tuesday at a home in the area of Eastland Avenue and Tiffany Drive. She […]

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City Council Approves Animal Control Ordinance – Sans Chickens – 5-3 On First Reading

City Council Approves Animal Control Ordinance – Sans Chickens – 5-3 On First Reading

on July 17, 2013, 7:52 AM / in News, State News

The City Council approved the new animal control ordinance – minus the backyard chicken part – in a 5-3 first reading vote on Tuesday night. However, Councilwoman Carol Berz , who was one of those in favor, said some questions need to be answered prior to the second reading next Tuesday night. She noted that Councilman Chris Anderson stated that […]

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Cookeville plant would stay open under bid

Cookeville plant would stay open under bid

on July 17, 2013, 6:51 AM / in News, State News

Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A bankruptcy purchase agreement states the Oreck vacuum cleaner plant in Cookeville would remain open if a judge approves the sale of the brand to the owners of Hoover. The Tennessean (http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130716/BUSINESS01/307160034/Oreck-s-new-owner-keep-factory-open-eliminate-company-owned-stores?nclick_check=1 ) cited bankruptcy court documents in reporting the 200-plus manufacturing employees and at least 15 workers at Oreck’s Nashville headquarters would keep their […]

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Chattanooga Council to vote on Animal Control Board Amendments

on July 16, 2013, 7:51 AM / in News, State News

By Karilynn Galiotos,  Reporter – email CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather An uproar over urban chickens caused the Chattanooga City Council to bypass several amendments to city code that deal with the new animal control board. The council voted to uphold the ban on chickens in city limits last week, but they’ve decided to revisit the other […]

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Alexander Protest…………… Nashville Tea Party

Alexander Protest…………… Nashville Tea Party

on July 15, 2013, 8:44 AM / in Announcements, News, State News

  Please Join us to Protest Lamar Alexander’s RINO Voting Record. Lamar just hit a new LOW on his Heritage Action Scorecard. When: Sat July 20 – 3:30PM Where: Intersection of Threet Industrial Rd and Doug Warpoole Rd in Smyrna TN. Map Link: http://goo.gl/6njyk Lamar will be holding an event nearby so it is the perfect time to raise our […]

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Group Funding Sen. Alexander’s Green Project Tied to Gay and Abortion Lobby

Group Funding Sen. Alexander’s Green Project Tied to Gay and Abortion Lobby

on July 13, 2013, 9:52 PM / in News, State News

A group forwarding the radical green agenda is spending thousands on ads promoting a plan by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.; shown) to encourage “the government to double its funding for energy research.” Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions has spent over $50,000 on an ad campaign in Nashville and Memphis, the Volunteer State’s two largest cities. A report in the Jackson […]

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Dr. Carroll Van West Appointed Tennessee State Historian

Dr. Carroll Van West Appointed Tennessee State Historian

on July 11, 2013, 7:57 AM / in News, State News

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of Dr. Carroll Van West as state historian. West replaces the late Walter T. Durham, who served 11 years in the honorary position. “Dr. West’s faithful service to his field for many years reflects a commitment to excellence that will serve the citizens of Tennessee very well,” Haslam said. “His incredible body […]

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City Council kills ordinance to legalize urban chickens

City Council kills ordinance to legalize urban chickens

on July 10, 2013, 11:17 AM / in News, State News

By James Harrison Nooga.com   It took Chattanooga City Council members more than two months to come to a point where they could vote to finalize a measure to legalize urban chickens inside city limits. It took them less than a minute to shoot it down. In a roll call of six no votes to three aye votes, the group […]

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“I was a stranger…..”

“I was a stranger…..”

on July 10, 2013, 9:16 AM / in News, Opinion, State News

Friday I had been in Murfreesboro and was driving back to Smyrna. I passed this billboard and was so struck with this use of the Scripture that I turned around to get a picture of it. America welcomes legal immigrants providing them with all the opportunity that the nation has to offer. We also welcome thousands of refugees every year […]

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Jackie McConnell Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty Charges

Jackie McConnell Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty Charges

on July 10, 2013, 5:36 AM / in News, State News

Editor’s note: Why is it that after reading this report from HSUS, I feel like I need a bath…… The Humane Society of the United States continues to care for horses seized following undercover investigation Former Hall of Fame Tennessee walking horse trainer Jackie McConnell and two associates have entered guilty pleas to charges of abusing horses in violation of […]

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Mysterious Group Funds Ads Supporting Senator Lamar Alexander’s Environmental Spending Plan

Mysterious Group Funds Ads Supporting Senator Lamar Alexander’s Environmental Spending Plan

on July 9, 2013, 11:13 AM / in News, State News

  Nashville, Tennessee – July 9, 2013.  A recently formed statist environmentalist group is spending tens of thousands of dollars in Tennessee running television and radio ads supporting Republican Senator Lamar Alexander’s plan to double federal spending on energy research. The left-leaning group ‘Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions’ has dropped at least $50,735 on television advertising in the Nashville and […]

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Dead Raccoon Prank At Gibbs High School Bewilders Tennessee Officials

on July 9, 2013, 9:31 AM / in News, State News

Original Post Typically, senior class pranksters hang toilet paper from the trees. Some Tennessee teens tried the something similar, only with dead raccoons. The students, whose names haven’t been released, hung the carcasses of four raccoons, two possums and a turtle around the perimeter of Gibbs High School. In addition, the pranksters use red paint to leave obscene graffiti on […]

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Chattanooga: Upcoming City Council Agendas

Chattanooga: Upcoming City Council Agendas

on July 9, 2013, 8:50 AM / in News, State News

Last chance to speak up if you live in Chattanooga and you want to say something about dog breeder permits and other pet-related permits and fees being proposed before the city council. Breeder permits are $300. There are also dealer permits required for selling your puppies. I haven’t checked the wording, but cats are probably included, too. Upcoming City Council […]

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Chattanooga, TN: more hatred for chickens

Chattanooga, TN: more hatred for chickens

on July 9, 2013, 8:41 AM / in News, State News

It really beats all. I’ve never seen a city have such a bizarre animus toward backyard chickens. You would think people want to keep pet bears. Roy Exum, of course, is closely tied to HSUS. The McKamey Animal Center and Karen Walsh have been opposing backyard chickens in Chattanooga for several years. I think one story said there were 30-40 […]

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