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DUI checkpoint video goes viral

DUI checkpoint video goes viral

on July 7, 2013, 7:09 AM / in News, State News

Reported By Joseph Pleasant, Reporter – bio | email Reported By Nadia Ramdass, Reporter – bio | email MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – A driver recorded his stop during a DUI checkpoint in Rutherford County and uploaded the video to YouTube.  By Saturday morning, less than 24 hours after it was posted, it had more than 1.3 million views and 22,000 likes. […]

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Bits and Pieces

Bits and Pieces

on July 5, 2013, 8:15 AM / in Local News, National News, News, State News

17 struggling Tenn. schools to share $27M NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Tennessee Department of Education has awarded 3-year school improvement grants totaling more than $27 million in federal funds to 17 schools. The schools are among the lowest-performing 5% of schools in the state, in terms of academic achievement. Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman says a priority of the administration […]

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List of TN DHS Government Road Checkpoints This Week

List of TN DHS Government Road Checkpoints This Week

on July 3, 2013, 9:24 AM / in Local News, News, State News

Independence Day Road Checkpoints This Week To celebrate your freedom over this long Independence Day weekend the government is going to illegally impede your right to travel by setting up checkpoints across the state. The TN Department of Homeland Security will be blocking roads, stopping traffic, unlawfully searching you, and forcing blood/DNA samples from you! These “no refusal” checkpoints consist […]

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Tennessee Gun Legislation Report

Tennessee Gun Legislation Report

on July 2, 2013, 7:28 AM / in News, State News

2013 Legislative Session – Overview Those who have watched the legislative process in Tennessee since at least 2008 probably already know that this “Republican” controlled state is not necessarily a “conservative” or “constitutionally sound” controlled state.  Just look at the continued existence of Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker as our state Senators and then their votes to give amnesty to […]

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Madison County Republican Party Newsletter

Madison County Republican Party Newsletter

on June 30, 2013, 9:57 AM / in Local News, News, State News

  State Sen. Brian Kelsey to Speak at July 8th Meeting of Madison County GOP State Sen. Brian Kelsey When: Monday, July 8th at 11:30 AM Where: Logan’s Roadhouse, 604 Carriage House Drive Lunch is dutch treat and guests are welcome! UPCOMING REPUBLICAN EVENTS: 7/12/13 – Tennessee Republican Party Statesmen’s Dinner with Keynote Speaker U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC). Click here for […]

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Animal Shelter Giving Away “Free” Pets Finds Them Being Sold on Craigslist

Animal Shelter Giving Away “Free” Pets Finds Them Being Sold on Craigslist

on June 28, 2013, 7:56 AM / in Local News, News, State News

By Denise A Justin Original Post The Young Williams Animal Shelter in Knoxville, Tennessee, had only good intentions when it developed the “Furry Friend Sponsorships,” which allow impounded animals to go to new homes free of cost, but the shelter found itself the victim of a ruthless Craigslist scam. The shelter says a money-making scheme tied to the adopted animals […]

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Chattanooga: City Council Hears Recommendation To Allow Backyard Chickens

Chattanooga: City Council Hears Recommendation To Allow Backyard Chickens

on June 26, 2013, 8:19 AM / in Local News, News, State News

From Carlotta Karen Walsh/McKamey is still trying to make it more difficult for people in Chattanooga to have backyard chickens. I don’t know what her problem is. How on earth could it possibly cost $300 per chicken owner to administer this ordinance? This story is a little confusing. Although the headline and part of the story are about chickens, it […]

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PBS Blog: Common Core Has Fatal Flaw

PBS Blog: Common Core Has Fatal Flaw

on June 24, 2013, 7:57 AM / in National News, News, State News

By Diane Ravitch On the PBS blog, economist Robert Lerman of the Urban Institute and American University expresses skepticism about the one-size-fits-all academic nature of the Common Core. Lerman strongly supports youth apprenticeship programs. Lerman is skeptical of Common Core for two reasons: One is that it lacks any evidence. In other words, as I have written repeatedly, Common Core […]

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Republicans Get Played Again

on June 24, 2013, 7:52 AM / in National News, News, State News

By Ann Kane Four  weeks ago the College Board president David Coleman admitted he snookered  Republican governors into accepting Common Core. In his May 17 presentation to education data analysts in Boston, the author of Common Core State Standards  said: When  I was involved in convincing governors and others around this country to adopt  these standards, it was not ‘Obama […]

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The Tennessean’s Inaccurate Editorial on Common Core

The Tennessean’s Inaccurate Editorial on Common Core

on June 24, 2013, 7:48 AM / in News, State News

By Shane Vander Hart The editorial board at The Tennessean clucks its tongue at parents and citizens who recently showed up to protest the Common Core State Standards being implemented in their state in an editorial yesterday. Apparently Tennessee legislators, parents and citizens are to blindly accept as fact the talking points circulated by those who advocate for the Common […]

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Owner Fined After Dog Found Roaming Free

on June 22, 2013, 5:50 AM / in News, State News

LEBANON, Tenn. – A mid-state pet owner is in trouble for the second time in less than a month. Last month, one of Andy Poston’s dogs had to be euthanized after reportedly attacking one of his neighbors, Jane Counts. “I came around the corner and the next thing I know, the dog is on me on my ankle and calf,” […]

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Dogs Euthanized After Virus Outbreak

on June 21, 2013, 8:16 AM / in News, State News

by Marcus Washington SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. – A deadly virus outbreak has forced Robertson County Animal Control to shut down after a serious case of Canine Parvovirus. This past weekend, officers with the county’s animal control discovered a dog was diagnosed with Canine Parvovirus, most commonly referred to as Parvo. “Won’t eat or drink, they might vomit up yellow foam and […]

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Director of Metro Schools Email to Colleagues

Director of Metro Schools Email to Colleagues

on June 19, 2013, 5:57 AM / in Local News, News, State News

Received this from someone who received it from Register: From: Register, Jesse (MNPS) Sent: Thursday, June 13, 2013 8:48 AM To:  Subject: Take Action to Help Our Students Reach their Dreams Dear Metro Schools Colleagues: We believe in the best education possible for all students. We believe every student is capable of reaching college and finding success as a lifelong […]

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Appellate Judges Consider Firing New York’s Nanny

Appellate Judges Consider Firing New York’s Nanny

on June 19, 2013, 5:42 AM / in News, State News

On Tuesday, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division (New York’s second-highest tier of courts) heard New York City’s appeal against the decision by Judge Milton Tingling that struck down the ban on restaurant soft drink servings greater than 16 ounces. Attorneys for the coalition of business and community groups opposing the diktat argued that the city’s unelected Board of […]

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Tennessee attorney general coy on whether he will pursue case against Obamacare

Tennessee attorney general coy on whether he will pursue case against Obamacare

on June 13, 2013, 8:35 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Tennessee has a legal maneuver to pull to possibly get out of one big part of the Affordable Care Act, but State Attorney General Bob Cooper’s office won’t say if he will pursue it. Almost 700 miles away, however, Oklahoma’s Attorney General Scott Pruitt is going full throttle against Obamacare, or at […]

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Free Speech Battle in Small-Town Tennessee

Free Speech Battle in Small-Town Tennessee

on June 10, 2013, 8:07 AM / in News, State News

Last Tuesday, Bill Killian, U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Tennessee, FBI Special Agent Kenneth Moore, and Zak Mohyuddin of the American Muslim Advisory Council hosted an event called “Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society” in the town of Manchester, Tennessee. My American Freedom Defense Initiative colleague Pamela Geller and I called for a protest of what was clearly […]

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Perception vs. reality as Tennessee Walking Horse industry faces adversity

Perception vs. reality as Tennessee Walking Horse industry faces adversity

on June 9, 2013, 9:59 AM / in News, State News

By JASON REYNOLDS ~ jreynolds@t-g.com Pageant and spectacle. Breeding and training. Loving and caring. Versatile and easy riding. Abuse and regulation. Many words can be used to describe the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, the animals and the people who care for them. It’s a way of life for many, a tradition that has been passed down through the generations. Some […]

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TN Book Commission faces scrutiny after lawmakers say textbooks show bias

TN Book Commission faces scrutiny after lawmakers say textbooks show bias

on June 5, 2013, 9:50 AM / in News, State News

Textbooks used in Williamson County classrooms and across the state may be presenting a slanted view of history, science and other subjects, Republican lawmakers say, and an effort may be taking root to revamp how they are selected. House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, state Rep. Glen Casada and other legislators say many of the textbooks in students’ backpacks show signs […]

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Hundreds protest Coffee Co. meeting on First Amendment rights

on June 5, 2013, 9:48 AM / in News, State News

WSMV Channel 4 MANCHESTER, TN (WSMV) – Controversy over a public official’s anti-Muslim post on Facebook has helped spark a heated meeting Tuesday in Manchester. A flyer for the event says the gathering at the Manchester Coffee County Conference Center would have food, fellowship and a chance to talk about American Muslims and public discourse. And several law enforcement officers […]

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Muslim group’s TN forum with feds disrupted by heckling

on June 5, 2013, 9:46 AM / in News, State News

MANCHESTER — Hundreds of people turned out at the Manchester Convention Center Tuesday evening for an event billed as a discussion of public discourse in a diverse society, with a particular focus on the Muslim religion. People were turned away at the door because the facility was too full. Some grew angry and started hurling terms such as “communist,” “socialist” […]

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