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Legislative Update from Tennessee Fire Arms

Legislative Update from Tennessee Fire Arms

on February 17, 2014, 8:45 AM / in News, State News

NOTE:  The “parking lots” bill SB1701/HB1405 is on the House Calendar for Thursday, the 20th.   TFA has asked legislators to amend this bill to provide a more complete solution to the poorly written law that the TFA advised against passing in 2013 because of the numerous and serious problems.  If the legislators are unwilling to amend this law on the […]

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Plaintiffs in challenge to Tenn. same-sex marriage ban encouraged by Okla. ruling

Plaintiffs in challenge to Tenn. same-sex marriage ban encouraged by Okla. ruling

on February 17, 2014, 7:27 AM / in News, State News

TRAVIS LOLLER | Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Supporters of marriage equality in Tennessee say they are encouraged by recent federal court rulings in Utah and Oklahoma that struck down state limits on same-sex marriage. Although the judge in Tennessee is not required to follow that lead, the attorney for four same-sex couples who have sued in the state says […]

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The Tennessee Marriage Protection Amendment, also known as Tennessee Amendment 1 of 2006

The Tennessee Marriage Protection Amendment, also known as Tennessee Amendment 1 of 2006

on February 17, 2014, 7:23 AM / in News, State News

NOTE: Check out the numbers.  Many, many people all across the state worked very hard to see our amendment pass by 81% of the vote.  Don’t think that our Constitutional Amendment can’t be struck down by an activist judge here in Tennessee just like what is happening in other states.  It is WRONG that these judges can override the will of […]

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Officials investigating bizarre shooting report

on February 17, 2014, 6:11 AM / in State News

View Larger Map Cocke County (Tennessee) authorities released information Friday in connection with an alleged shooting of a Blount County man on his Cosby property on Feb. 4. Detectives Kevin Benton and Pam Wilson are working with Sevierville police to piece together details of the case. They said Lionel Gene Herndon, 65, of Maryville drove to the McDonald’s restaurant at […]

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No more falling back: Tennessee lawmaker wants to make daylight savings time permanent

No more falling back: Tennessee lawmaker wants to make daylight savings time permanent

on February 17, 2014, 6:01 AM / in News, State News

BY Tom Humphrey /  The Knoxville News Sentinel   NASHVILLE — When Tennesseans spring forward into daylight-saving time next month, they will never fall back into standard time again under legislation that has cleared its first step toward passage in the General Assembly. “It will be great for the farmers. It will be great for the school kids,” said Rep. Curry […]

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Dog accidentally euthanized at Memphis Animal Shelter

on February 15, 2014, 9:07 AM / in News, State News

You have to be a subscriber to read this story on the Commercial Appeal web site (I’m not a subscriber). There might be more news about it later. Unfortunately, the Memphis shelter has done things like this before. Apparently a rescue group was ready to take this dog. Carlotta Dog accidentally euthanized at Memphis Animal Shelter Killed after rescue group […]

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Venable may run for Sullivan mayor

Venable may run for Sullivan mayor

on February 15, 2014, 8:03 AM / in News, State News

JAMES SHEA | BRISTOL HERALD COURIER BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. – It appears Richard Venable wants his old job back. The recently retired CEO of Networks – Sullivan Partnership and former county mayor picked up paperwork at the Sullivan County Elections Office Friday to run for mayor in the August election. The means a potential showdown between Venable and current Mayor Steve […]

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UAW President Bob King says disappointed in vote at VW plant

on February 15, 2014, 7:21 AM / in News, State News

by Dave Flessner / Times Free Press UAW President Bob King said he was “deeply disappointed” by the Volkswagen workers’ vote against the United Auto Workers, but he insisted that the union will regroup and consider its options, which may include a challenge to the results because of what he said was interference by Tennessee Republicans. ‘To lose by such a […]

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June Griffin Picks Up Papers To Run For County Mayor Of Rhea County

on February 15, 2014, 7:12 AM / in News, State News

June Griffin has picked up papers to run for county mayor of Rhea County. A dear and good friend June Griffin has decided to run for county mayor of Rhea County. Here is the full list: State Representative, Dist 31 Ron Travis (petition filed) 1318 Armstrong Ferry Rd Dayton, TN 37321 Jim Cobb 169 East Ridge Rd Spring City, TN 37381 […]

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Tennessee NAACP Hints “Intimidation” During Union Vote At Chattanooga VW

Tennessee NAACP Hints “Intimidation” During Union Vote At Chattanooga VW

on February 15, 2014, 7:05 AM / in News, State News

The state NAACP hinted “Intimidation” during the union vote at the local Volkswagen plant. The statement says, “The NAACP, on a national, state and at local levels, has consistently affirmed its commitment and continuing mission for fair employment, labor, hiring and workplaces practices. Fighting for Workers Rights is one of the hallmark components of our agenda. “Essential to this dedication […]

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VW Employees Decide Against UAW In Close Vote; 626 Yes, 712 No

VW Employees Decide Against UAW In Close Vote; 626 Yes, 712 No

on February 15, 2014, 7:00 AM / in News, State News

The Chattanoogan.com Volkswagen Chattanooga employees have voted in a secret ballot election against United Auto Workers (UAW) representation. Participation in the election was 89 percent. Fifty three percent of the eligible employees who voted decided against the UAW as their bargaining representative in an election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) between Wednesday and Friday.  The vote was […]

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Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald to retire from insurance business

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald to retire from insurance business

on February 15, 2014, 6:49 AM / in News, State News

A. Keith McDonald, best known as the present mayor of Bartlett, has chosen to retire from the insurance business after 32 years at the helm of the family-operated business. His son, Brooks, has taken over the enterprise on Stage Road in Bartlett Station. McDonald said he looks forward to running the day-to-day operations of the city and his upcoming re-election […]

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Senator Gresham, this Thursday at Dutch treat luncheon, Pancho’s restaurant Memphis

Senator Gresham, this Thursday at Dutch treat luncheon, Pancho’s restaurant Memphis

on February 13, 2014, 9:00 AM / in Local News, News, State News

The following is a letter sent by a Tennessee teacher that I thought you might find of interest given your interest in Common Core as a parent/teacher/leader in the community. There is also an event in Memphis addressing Common Core outlined at the end of the letter. Adrian Eddleman Here is a testimony from a teacher in W. TN. She […]

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URGENT ACTION – Support Common Core Repeal Bill

URGENT ACTION – Support Common Core Repeal Bill

on February 12, 2014, 6:51 AM / in Announcements, News, State News

The information included below came in over the weekend, and we need your help getting the word out. A bill has been filed that would repeal Common Core in Tennessee. We need to take this opportunity and turn it into something real for the children of our State. Please keep reading to see how you can help Sen. Beavers, Rep. […]

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Tennessee Animals Legislative Update

Tennessee Animals Legislative Update

on February 11, 2014, 9:40 AM / in News, State News

Here’s an update on the animal-related bills currently in the Tennessee General Assembly. Most of the House bills we’re watching have been sent to a subcommittee of the Agriculture committee that is chaired by Rep. Lollar. Is anyone on the list in his district? It would be good for us to get to know him better. One bill in particular […]

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Commerical Appeal Changes it Hand Gun Permit Data Base Report

on February 11, 2014, 7:51 AM / in News, State News

The Memphis newspaper Commercial Appeal decided to post the database listing all Tennessee residents with Concealed Gun Carry Permits back in 2009. However on April 25, 2013, Gov. Bill Haslam signed a law that closed the public’s access to all information contained in any application for a handgun carry permit in Tennessee. Those records are now “confidential, not open or available for […]

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2014 Common Core Legislation Round-Up

2014 Common Core Legislation Round-Up

on February 11, 2014, 7:22 AM / in National News, News, State News

Here’s the latest round of Common Core legislation that has been filed.  There’s too many to do individual articles so I wanted to get caught up and mention them in one article.  As a recap I’ll also mention bills I’ve already written about.  I’m sure I’m also missing legislation, my apologies if I miss your state.  Taking in Common Core […]

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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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