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Tenn. lawmakers propose bills for Common Core

Tenn. lawmakers propose bills for Common Core

on February 11, 2014, 7:19 AM / in News, State News

By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II – Associated Press (AP) NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Lawmakers have proposed a number of measures this legislative session targeting Tennessee’s Common Core standards — including a proposal to do away with them. A panel discussion on the new benchmarks for reading and math was held at The Associated Press-Tennessee Press Association’s legislative preview session on […]

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News from around the State / Tennessee

News from around the State / Tennessee

on February 11, 2014, 6:37 AM / in News, State News

Bristol, Va., again alters payment deal for The Falls – On Monday, the city’s Industrial Development Authority approved a $2 million advance payment to W-L Construction, the principle contractor on the commercial center taking shape near Interstate 81’s Exit 5. The payment is scheduled to be applied to the $6.5 million balance due in August, Assistant City Manager Andrew Trivette […]

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Additional items Crossing The Tennessee State Legislature

on February 10, 2014, 10:11 AM / in News, State News

FLOOR CALENDAR SENATE Floor Transportation SB1644 (Mark S. Norris) / HB1439 (Gerald McCormick) Expands the “Industrial Highway Act” to promote highway and railway access to industrial facilities.  The Industrial Highway Act authorizes the department of transportation to construct and maintain industrial highways when there is a finding by the department that the highways are clearly necessary to secure the development […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan for free college tuition opens doors, raises questions

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan for free college tuition opens doors, raises questions

on February 10, 2014, 9:09 AM / in News, State News

by David Cobb and Kevin Hardy Original Post Community college isn’t for everyone, but in Tennessee it soon could be free for just about everyone. Continuing his efforts to increase college completion, Gov. Bill Haslam unveiled an ambitious plan to offer two years of community college or technical school at no cost to all graduating high school seniors. He plans […]

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Action Alert from the Tennessee Eagle Forum

Action Alert from the Tennessee Eagle Forum

on February 10, 2014, 7:30 AM / in News, State News

ARTICLE V CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION: SB 1432 by *Norris ( HB 1379 by *Brooks K) Constitutional Conventions – As introduced, establishes that general assembly appoints and recalls delegates to Article V convention; requires delegates to abide by instructions given to delegates by the general assembly SB1432 is on The State and Local Government Calendar at 10:30 on Tuesday and I will […]

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TFALAC – Legislative Calendar Week 2/10/14 – ACTION NEEDED

TFALAC – Legislative Calendar Week 2/10/14 – ACTION NEEDED

on February 10, 2014, 7:08 AM / in Local News, News, State News

Editor’s Note: Listing of Bills in the Tennessee State Legislature that deal with firearms or items used in self defense coming this week before the Tennessee House and Senate. There are links to the bill and authors and to the committee / sub committee where they will be discussed. These items of interest are brought to you by John Harris […]

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Nashville Tea Party Meeting

Nashville Tea Party Meeting

on February 7, 2014, 9:13 AM / in Announcements, News, State News

Save the Date: Tues Feb 18 at 7PM Meeting Location: Maxwell House Hotel in Nashville. See Map Here 2025 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN   We can WIN, it is time to  seize the moment. Joe Carr, US Senate Candidate who is challenging Lamar Alexander will speak. We will have Federal and State Legislative Updates. This meeting will be information rich with […]

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City halts disposing deceased animals in landfill

on February 7, 2014, 7:33 AM / in News, State News

WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather By Kimberly Barbour, Reporter / Original Post CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) – Some pet owners and veterinarians got upset with the city of Chattanooga after learning workers have been disposing of dead animals at the city landfill, instead of cremating them. The Public Works Department says it understands their complaints, and announced it would stop, at […]

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State Senators Vote To Betray Lives of Citizens  – Jobs remain in jeopardy

State Senators Vote To Betray Lives of Citizens – Jobs remain in jeopardy

on February 6, 2014, 8:38 AM / in Announcements, News, State News

This morning the Tennessee State Senate (led by Lt Governor Ron Ramsey) voted to deny your right to keep and bear arms. Senate Bill 1701, sponsored by Senator Mark Green, came to the Senate floor this morning for a vote.  The legislation addressed only a few of the known serious flaws in the current law. Senator Mae Beavers introduced a […]

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Protecting life, marriage top Southern Baptists’ 2014 legislative agenda

Protecting life, marriage top Southern Baptists’ 2014 legislative agenda

on February 6, 2014, 7:37 AM / in National News, News, State News

by Ben Johnson / LifeSiteNews NASHVILLE, TN, February 5, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The nation’s largest Protestant denomination, the Southern Baptist Convention, has announced its top legislative priorities this year – and the vast majority are dedicated to protecting unborn life and preserving the definition of marriage. On Monday the public policy and analysis committee of the church, its Ethics and Religious […]

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April groundbreaking set for new Animal Shelter in Johnson City

April groundbreaking set for new Animal Shelter in Johnson City

on February 6, 2014, 7:35 AM / in News, State News

Poster’s  Note: People are really not liking what they’re reading about the new shelter. Check the comments on the site. by Tony Casey / Johnson City Press At the conclusion of Tuesday night’s monthly Animal Control Board meeting, City Manager Pete Peterson asked Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter Director Debbie Dobbs a somewhat rhetorical question about the progress of the […]

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Judge who vetoed Messiah name change fired

Judge who vetoed Messiah name change fired

on February 5, 2014, 3:44 PM / in News, State News

Tennessee judge Lu Ann Ballew had ordered that the word ‘messiah’ was a title and was reserved for one person, Jesus Christ. By  Tim Ghianni  /  Reuters NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A Tennessee judge who ordered a baby’s name changed from Messiah to Martin, saying the former was reserved for Jesus Christ, has been fired, court officials said on Tuesday. Child Support […]

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Clay Aiken Gives Himself a Golden Ticket to Election Day, When He’ll Probably Lose

Clay Aiken Gives Himself a Golden Ticket to Election Day, When He’ll Probably Lose

on February 5, 2014, 11:11 AM / in National News, News, State News

  “I’m running for Congress,” American Idol contestant-turned-pop-singer Clay Aiken tweeted Wednesday morning to his (rather unimpressive?) 49,000-or-so followers. He will not win. Aiken, a native of North Carolina, plans to challenge the Rep. Renee Ellmers for the state’s Second Congrssional District. Aiken has long lived in the area, just southeast of Raleigh, a fact that plays heavily in the […]

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PACs spend big as TN legislators consider new school voucher system

PACs spend big as TN legislators consider new school voucher system

on February 4, 2014, 7:58 AM / in News, State News

2 out-of-state groups channel $210,000 into legislative races Editor’s Note: There has been a big push toward the adoption of two ideas over the last several years in educational funding. They are school voucher programs and the development of charter schools. These ideas have moved into mainstream politics with an attempt to even politically highjack the process with campaign financial endowments. In the […]

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TN Senate unfairly targets consumer legal funding

TN Senate unfairly targets consumer legal funding

on February 4, 2014, 7:30 AM / in News, Opinion, State News

Last month, with little fanfare and even less public debate, the Tennessee Senate voted to shut down an industry and service that has successfully served Tennesseans without incident for over 13 years. The legislation would implement suffocating price controls onto my business of consumer legal funding. Not only will my small business be forced to shut its doors if this […]

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Text of Governor Bill Haslam’s 2014 “State of the State” Address

Text of Governor Bill Haslam’s 2014 “State of the State” Address

on February 4, 2014, 7:25 AM / in News, State News

“Tennessee Promise”education proposal highlights annual  taking-stock address, delivered Monday night, February 3, at the State Capitol Lieutenant Governor Ramsey, Speaker Harwell, Speaker Pro Tem Watson, Speaker Pro Tem Johnson, Members of the 108th General Assembly, Justices, Constitutional Officers, Commissioners, friends, guests, fellow Tennesseans, and my favorite Tennessean, Crissy: I count it one of the greatest privileges of my life to […]

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Haslam Administration Considered Tennessee Tower Giveaway

Haslam Administration Considered Tennessee Tower Giveaway

on February 4, 2014, 7:08 AM / in News, State News

by Phil Williams Chief Investigative Reporter NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Critics call it an example of “corporate welfare — on steroids.” The proposal, designed to lure a big corporation to Tennessee, is contained in confidential documents leaked to NewsChannel 5 Investigates. As part of that effort, the documents show that the Haslam administration considered giving away […]

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Four dead in Tennessee plane crash near community health center

on February 4, 2014, 7:04 AM / in News, State News

By Tim Ghianni / WTAQ NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Reuters) – Four family members died in an airplane crash in Tennessee on Monday that nearly struck a crowded community health center and retirement village, federal and local officials said. The twin-engine Gulfstream aircraft was flying from Great Bend, Kansas. It crashed before 5 p.m. local time in Bellevue, about 15 miles outside […]

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The Beacon Releases Pre-K PoliGraphic in Advance of State of the Union

The Beacon Releases Pre-K PoliGraphic in Advance of State of the Union

on February 2, 2014, 8:20 AM / in News, State News

When President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 28th, he called upon the nation to support a costly Pre-Kindergarten expansion proposal that would require Tennessee to pay $6.4 million in supplemental funding. In anticipation of the President’s push for the program in his speech, Beacon created a playful, yet firmly defiant PoliGraphic based on […]

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Nashville chihuahuas found covered in glue

Nashville chihuahuas found covered in glue

on February 2, 2014, 7:37 AM / in News, State News

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) – Veterinarians are caring for two abandoned Chihuahuas found covered in glue at a vacant house in North Nashville. A landlord discovered the animals and called Metro Animal Control. The facility caring for the dogs has been unable to wash off the dark blue plumber’s glue. Veterinarians have tried shaving off that glued fur, but had to […]

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