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Tennessee official uses state airplane to travel 170 miles for speech

Tennessee official uses state airplane to travel 170 miles for speech

on August 24, 2015, 9:51 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler  /  Tennessee Watchdog Traveling 170 miles by plane — as opposed to an automobile — to deliver a brief speech and pose for photographs is a good gig, if you have the means. Even though it’s nowhere near an efficient cost-savings measure for most people, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau did just that this week, […]

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Pro-life rally

Pro-life rally

on August 23, 2015, 8:47 AM / in National News, State News

by Kathy Bryson On Saturday, over 500 Pro-Life activists gathered for the “Memphis Stands for Life” rally outside the Planned Parenthood offices on Poplar Avenue and held up signs, sang hymns, and prayed on behalf of the unborn. Three hundred Planned Parenthood clinics across the country were the sites of similar rallies for August 22’s “#PPSellsBabyparts National Day of Protest.” […]

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Tennessee open records may get a little less open

Tennessee open records may get a little less open

on August 23, 2015, 8:33 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler  /  Tennessee Watchdog Tennessee officials are contemplating a price hike for access to public records, saying they’re trying to limit the costs of serving people who abuse the state’s open records laws. Under current law, the state cannot charge for inspection of public records, but can charge for copies – sometimes thousands of dollars. Now, prompted by […]

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Cost of flood insurance to go up 20 percent

Cost of flood insurance to go up 20 percent

on August 23, 2015, 8:28 AM / in National News, State News

By Zac Anderson  /  Herald Tribune The cost of an average flood insurance policy will increase by nearly 20 percent nationwide because of premium hikes and surcharges being added to all renewals starting Wednesday. Congress last year repealed the most dramatic rate hikes planned for the National Flood Insurance Program, but it remains in debt and the price increases are […]

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Single-sex schools boost enrollment, raise scores

Single-sex schools boost enrollment, raise scores

on August 23, 2015, 8:01 AM / in State News

By Kenric Ward | Texas Watchdog.org Same-gender middle schools are improving academic performance in Austin’s poorer neighborhoods. Now, more all-male and all-female campuses are opening elsewhere around Texas. In their first year of operation, Bertha Sadler Means Young Women’s Leadership Academy and Gus Garcia Young Men’s Leadership Academy met state scholastic standards. Formerly named Pearce and Garcia middle schools, the […]

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Jury verdict in strip-search case favors Hamilton County Department of Education

Jury verdict in strip-search case favors Hamilton County Department of Education

on August 22, 2015, 6:04 AM / in National News, State News

By Kendi Anderson   /  Chattanooga Times Free Press A federal court jury deliberated for five hours Friday trying to determine if a school nurse at Apison Elementary violated the constitutional rights of a former 5-year-old student by performing “body checks” on the young girl without the permission of her mother or pediatrician. The jury announced it had reached a unanimous […]

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Grant Starrett responds

Grant Starrett responds

on August 21, 2015, 9:10 AM / in Opinion, State News

By rocktop So we finally got around to opening our famous Rocky Top Tip Line email box (rtptipline@gmail.com). On impulse, we checked our “spam” folder and look at what we found: our very own letter from congressional candidate Grant Everett Starrett (full text at bottom of page). Seems Grant was a mite offended at RTP’s article last month called “Who […]

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Prosecutor who declines to charge cop that shot black suspect apologizes for doing her job

Prosecutor who declines to charge cop that shot black suspect apologizes for doing her job

on August 21, 2015, 9:03 AM / in National News, Opinion, State News

By Howard Portnoy  /  Liberty Unyielding It’s come to this. A prosecutor reviews the evidence in a case in which a federal agent fatally shot an armed robbery suspect and arrives at the inescapable conclusion that officer acted in “lawful self-defense.” But rather than state her bottom-line findings and move on, Wayne County (Mich.) Prosecutor Kym Worthy felt impelled at a press conference on […]

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Jenner could face manslaughter charge for crash

Jenner could face manslaughter charge for crash

on August 21, 2015, 8:45 AM / in National News, State News

Caitlyn Jenner could face misdemeanor manslaughter charges for a fatal crash in Malibu this year, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective said Thursday. The transgender reality TV star was driving a black Cadillac SUV that rear-ended a Lexus driven by Kimberly Howe, 69, who was killed when her car was sent into oncoming traffic and hit by another SUV. The […]

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Historic Southern Baptist Church embraces same-sex marriage, membership

Historic Southern Baptist Church embraces same-sex marriage, membership

on August 21, 2015, 6:37 AM / in State News

First Baptist of Greenville, SC votes to change homosexual policy By W. Scott Lamb  /  Washington Times If any church deserves the distinction of helping to bring the Southern Baptist Convention into existence — along with its first seminary and one of its first premier universities — the First Baptist Church of Greenville, South Carolina, could make that claim. Now, […]

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Fatal police shooting sets off protests in St. Louis

Fatal police shooting sets off protests in St. Louis

on August 20, 2015, 7:36 AM / in National News, State News

St. Louis police arrested nine people late Wednesday for protests that broke out after two officers fatally shot a black 18-year-old, Mansur Bal-Bey, who allegedly pointed a gun at them. Bal-Bey and another man reportedly fled when the two officers, who are white, were issuing a search warrant at a house where police said they found several guns and crack […]

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FOX13 Investigates: Wild dogs in South Memphis

FOX13 Investigates: Wild dogs in South Memphis

on August 20, 2015, 7:26 AM / in State News

Not far from the banks of the Mississippi River near Martin Luther Riverside Park, there is a problem for some South Memphis residents. “We’re talking about stray dogs; there’s about nine of them could’ve taken residence at this park,” Gordon Rand told FOX13. When our crews arrived on the scene, it didn’t take long until we saw the dogs firsthand. […]

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Tennessee audit calls out city employees for not paying taxes

Tennessee audit calls out city employees for not paying taxes

on August 19, 2015, 8:54 AM / in State News

Apparently Elected Officers Don’t Read The Audit Reports….. By Chris Butler  /  Watchdog.org “Several” Dyersburg city employees are more than six months late paying their property taxes, according to an audit Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson released last week. It emphasized the need for workers to set a better example. Certain city officials, including City Recorder Bob Jones, who collects property […]

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Nanny State of the Week: New York City’s ban on Styrofoam hurts businesses, consumers

Nanny State of the Week: New York City’s ban on Styrofoam hurts businesses, consumers

on August 19, 2015, 8:49 AM / in National News, State News

By Eric Boehm  /  Watchdog.org Government nannies in The Big Apple have taken away all Styrofoam containers, leaving consumers and businesses with less-effective, more expensive alternatives. New York became the biggest city in the country to ban all forms of plastic foam when new rules went into effect July 1, essentially turning take-out trays and coffee cups into controlled substances. Businesses […]

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Kemper carbon dioxide buyer says plan is still in place

Kemper carbon dioxide buyer says plan is still in place

on August 19, 2015, 8:46 AM / in State News

By Steve Wilson  /  Mississippi Watchdog Denbury Resources says it still plans to buy carbon dioxide from the Kemper Project integrated gasification power plant despite the company’s recent tumbling fortunes. Dan Cole, Denbury’s vice president commercial development and governmental relations, told Mississippi Watchdog the company is committed to its contract with Mississippi Power, which is building the plant. “We have no […]

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“Son of Advance Tennessee”

“Son of Advance Tennessee”

on August 18, 2015, 12:04 PM / in State News

By RockyTop Winners and Losers from last week’s Special Election Pundits frequently try to extrapolate deeper meaning from special elections. Sometimes such elections are harbingers of future results. Sometimes they are meaningless as predictors of electoral activity. But the special election to fill Ryan Haynes seat (HD 14) was not a predictor so much as it was a confirmation of […]

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When you’ve lost Mark Norris, you’ve lost all hope..

When you’ve lost Mark Norris, you’ve lost all hope..

on August 18, 2015, 11:18 AM / in Opinion, State News

By Rockytop Sen. Mark Norris has the reputation of being able to see all three sides of the flip of a coin when trying to make a decision, so his latest press release, which bitch-slapped Gov. Haslam, was all the more stunning. The governor is smack-dab in the middle of his “I-want-to-raise-your-taxes” tour and so far it is not going well.  Before he […]

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Tennessee ACLU: The Left’s Biggest Hypocrite (part 5 of 5)

Tennessee ACLU: The Left’s Biggest Hypocrite (part 5 of 5)

on August 18, 2015, 11:16 AM / in State News

The Red-Green Alliance goes after the South Alinsky’s Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) understood the value of penetrating the traditionally conservative political South, especially, religious organizations in the Bible Belt’s buckle of Middle Tennessee. Once IAF connected with religious communities in Nashville that were starting to drift left, they were able to access people and money and launch TNT (Tying Nashville […]

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3 Robbers Kick In Door – Don’t Realize the Homeowner is at Home & Knows Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

3 Robbers Kick In Door – Don’t Realize the Homeowner is at Home & Knows Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

on August 18, 2015, 8:30 AM / in State News

Three men kicked in a homeowner’s door in an attempt to rob him. However, they soon discovered the homeowner was at home and quickly fled the scene. The video below shows that all it took was two kicks to the  door  to completely remove it from the frame and the young men immediately rush into the house. Nathan Engert, 31, […]

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Authors, actors, and athletes join call for Mississippi to drop Confederate flag image

Authors, actors, and athletes join call for Mississippi to drop Confederate flag image

on August 18, 2015, 8:11 AM / in State News

Editor’s Notes: In a recent trip, we stopped in Okolona, Mississippi, where my father practiced medicine following World War II for several years. There the question came up several times about the Confederate battle flag and it was odd that not a single person, what ever color of skin they represented, was concerned about the flag issue. However there was […]

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