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News from around Chattanooga June 10th 2014

on June 10, 2014, 8:12 AM / in News, State News

Police: Man showed neighbors nude photos of kids he molested A North Georgia man is accused of several sex crimes against children including molestation and rape. Detectives in Rossville say more charges are likely coming against 28-year-old Christopher Holmes as they continue reviewing evidence. Woman murdered, dismembered, eaten in Coffee County Authorities in Coffee County say a man has been […]

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Federal rules give songwriters short end of the royalty stick

Federal rules give songwriters short end of the royalty stick

on June 10, 2014, 7:57 AM / in National News, News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE, Tenn. — If only there was a songwriter clever enough to write a little ditty about the federal government screwing him over. The federal government has determined what sorts of royalties songwriters may receive, since well before the time sound recordings were common. Since 1909, in fact, the compensation rate per song has increased just […]

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Petition drive to be ‘uncorked’: Goal is wine sales in Tenn. grocery stores

Petition drive to be ‘uncorked’: Goal is wine sales in Tenn. grocery stores

on June 9, 2014, 6:37 AM / in Local News, News, State News

ANDY SHER Chattanooga Times Free Press NASHVILLE — Attention registered voters in Chattanooga who would like to buy wine in local food stores. Beginning next week, a coalition of grocery and convenience stores will start looking for at least 3,865 of you willing to slap your name on a petition putting the issue up for a referendum vote on the […]

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Columbia property values drop by 2 percent

Columbia property values drop by 2 percent

on June 9, 2014, 6:18 AM / in News, State News

By KATE COIL / The Daily Herald Despite a drop in property values, city leaders are hoping to keep Columbia’s tax rate stagnant by reducing the municipal budget. City Manager Tony Massey said the average property valuation in Columbia declined about 2 percent in 2013, which raised the city’s recommended tax rate from its current $1.44 to $1.46 per $100 […]

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Retired admirals support Crangle

Retired admirals support Crangle

on June 9, 2014, 6:09 AM / in News, State News

Retired Rear Admiral Vance Fry, SC USNR and retired Rear Admiral Noah Long USNR are supporting Republican Tommy Crangle in his campaign to succeed state House Rep. Richard Floyd. Floyd, who is retiring, has endorsed Crangle as well. “Tommy Crangle brings a wealth of business management experience to the table. … I have known Tommy for 10 years and I […]

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Chattanooga water gets an ‘A’: Advocacy group calls for a more stringent standard

Chattanooga water gets an ‘A’: Advocacy group calls for a more stringent standard

on June 9, 2014, 6:06 AM / in News, State News

Tennessee-American Water Co. is touting straight A’s on its annual drinking water quality report for Chattanooga. But a clean water group laments that “good enough for government work” doesn’t cut it for residents. According to readings from the water company’s 2013 report, Chattanooga’s drinking water passes federal requirements on all nine monitored substances and two disinfection byproducts. The company also […]

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Memphis City Council chairman proposes cuts to catering, travel

on June 7, 2014, 6:51 AM / in News, State News

Funny how reducing the budget like this only happens during a time where they are proposing cuts to pensions and healthcare for government employees. Yes, by all means, get rid of these unnecessary expenses but in the future, let’s make these decisions on a regular basis. Always questioning whether this expense or that expense is really something taxpayers should be […]

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Dodds Ave. businessmen deny animal abuse claims

Dodds Ave. businessmen deny animal abuse claims

on June 5, 2014, 8:24 AM / in News, State News

By Vince Lennon, Reporter CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) – Two Chattanooga businesses are responding to an online critic who accuses them of animal abuse. The alleged incident happened Sunday at the Tire Square and Wheel. WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather “What can I do about it? They’ve already posted it on the Internet.  I don’t know what I can say or […]

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Hamilton County budget boosts schools, safety; $672.5 million plan has employee raise, no tax increase

Hamilton County budget boosts schools, safety; $672.5 million plan has employee raise, no tax increase

on June 5, 2014, 6:43 AM / in News, State News

by Louie Brogdon Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger’s new $672.5 million budget could add eight new officers to the county jail and put 30 more patrol cars on the road, although Sheriff Jim Hammond says his department would continue to lag on both fronts. Still, a 7.9 percent increase to public safety is one highlight of Coppinger’s fourth budget, which […]

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BOMA passes a $3.5 million deficit budget

BOMA passes a $3.5 million deficit budget

on June 5, 2014, 6:27 AM / in News, State News

First reading of the Hendersonville’s budget By Neil Siders  Tuesday, May 27, 2014 the Hendersonville Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted to approve a $3.5 million deficit budget on first reading. The budget passed 12-1 with Alderman Rosa Long voting no. According to Hendersonville’s revenue projections, the City should collect $37,327,818 in the 2014/2015 financial year. The current budget, approved […]

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Pay for play: Legislation would hit radio stations with royalties

Pay for play: Legislation would hit radio stations with royalties

on June 5, 2014, 6:18 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — A bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood, would force certain AM/FM radio stations to pay musicians for their work, even though some still believe those stations actually help artists with free publicity. Blackburn is co-sponsoring the bill, known as the Protecting the Rights of Musicians Act, with U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, […]

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Something Good Going On In Memphis Tn

Something Good Going On In Memphis Tn

on June 5, 2014, 6:14 AM / in News, State News

Special thanks to Midsouth Sentinel MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Gunshots, burglaries and drug dealing. Some say the solution to these problems start at home. Tuesday, an international fatherhood conference was held at the Memphis Hilton, hoping to change our city one father at a time. A Memphis pastor helped bring the conference here, but he’s not the only one trying to […]

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Wharton reverses policy prohibiting photos of certain animals at shelter / Allows photos of animals

on June 4, 2014, 8:00 AM / in News, State News

By Jody Callahan  / The Commercial Appeal (Subscription Required) After a decision by Mayor A C Wharton, animal lovers were back out at the city shelter Tuesday evening snapping photos of dogs and cats available for adoption. Wharton announced Tuesday that he was reversing a controversial policy recently enforced by Memphis Animal Services that advocates felt doomed some animals to […]

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The list: Tennessee 10th ‘dumbest’ state in U.S.

The list: Tennessee 10th ‘dumbest’ state in U.S.

on June 3, 2014, 7:02 AM / in News, State News

Considering the following is indicative of what is going on around you if you really believe it. Consider the ranking of the Smartest State which is Massachusetts; how smart could they really be having elected Ted Kennedy all those years. Then again I look at our own city council at times and then stop and wonder. The dumbest states, as […]

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Legislative notebook: House candidate faces bad check charges

Legislative notebook: House candidate faces bad check charges

on June 3, 2014, 6:38 AM / in News, State News

NASHVILLE — Kristopher Gore, a candidate in state 43rd House District and distant cousin of former Vice President Al Gore Jr., was arrested last week on charges of writing three bad personal checks to McMinnville merchants. The following story was posted in the Tennessean Kristopher Gore, a Democratic candidate for the state House of Representatives, has been charged with two […]

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June 3rd Memphis City Council/Hope You Like Your Red Light Camera’s…

June 3rd Memphis City Council/Hope You Like Your Red Light Camera’s…

on June 3, 2014, 6:30 AM / in News, State News

Below is a link to the agenda http://bit.ly/1kktvJ5 The Memphis City Council will meet Tuesday, June 3, at 3:30 p.m. in the Council chambers in City Hall, 125 N Main Street….. The council will be discussing retirement plan changes and the City wants to add 30 new red light cameras…. Read More from the Midsouth Sentinel

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Top 5 poems, Dr. Seuss-style, about waste, fraud and abuse in TN

Top 5 poems, Dr. Seuss-style, about waste, fraud and abuse in TN

on June 3, 2014, 6:18 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Judging by the poetry on the bathroom walls of Nashville’s Tennessee Tower, one might assume Dr. Seuss faked his own death and got a job with the state government. No, this isn’t a story about bathroom graffiti. A consistently reliable source has provided Tennessee Watchdog with evidence of Seuss’ possible activity, even though […]

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June 16th County Commission Will Be 2nd Reading To Set  Property Tax Rate

June 16th County Commission Will Be 2nd Reading To Set Property Tax Rate

on June 3, 2014, 6:15 AM / in News, State News

http://bit.ly/1oPBGis Shelby County Commissioners signed off Monday, June 2, on a $1.1 billion consolidated operating budget for all of Shelby County government as well as a $75 million capital budget, both for the fiscal year that begins July 1. But the commission didn’t resolve what the new county property tax rate will be for the new fiscal year. And there […]

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More Than 80 Protestor Memphis Animal Shelter’s No Photo Policy

More Than 80 Protestor Memphis Animal Shelter’s No Photo Policy

on June 3, 2014, 6:07 AM / in News, State News

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com)–More than 80 animal rights activists protested the Memphis Animal Services “no-photo” policy Sunday at the corner of Union Ave. and Cooper St. The newly enforced rules state that animal rescue groups are not allowed to take the photos of strays. In a statement, the director said photos could be construed as false advertising and lead to emotional trauma for […]

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RSS FCC won’t discuss plan to push states to repeal government-owned Internet laws

RSS FCC won’t discuss plan to push states to repeal government-owned Internet laws

on May 30, 2014, 9:10 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Government-owned Internet systems, especially in Tennessee, have lost taxpayer money, and state officials have laws in place to keep them from expanding — but now the Federal Communications Commission wants states to repeal those laws. FCC officials, however, wouldn’t discuss with Tennessee Watchdog on Thursday how, precisely, they plan to push state and […]

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