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April 2015, Part 1: Assaults, thefts, meth show up among Lakeland, TN April crimes

April 2015, Part 1: Assaults, thefts, meth show up among Lakeland, TN April crimes

on June 2, 2015, 6:20 AM / in State News

Thefts, domestic violence and an unexplained bottle of meth are among the incidents the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) handled in Lakeland during the first half of April. See the rest of the month’s incidents for Lakeland in the May 28 issue. Editor’s note: All suspects are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, and […]

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The legal ramifications of the missing millions

The legal ramifications of the missing millions

on May 26, 2015, 6:29 AM / in State News

By Neil Siders  /  Everything Hendersonville Recently, Everything Hendersonville has been following a developing story centered around an interchange project that would connect the New Saundersville Road with Gallatin Road via a tunnel under the CSX railroad tracks. While a key issue to remember is the cost that citizens are being asked to pay to support a project that primarily […]

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More out-of-state forces helping left-of-center groups in Tennessee

More out-of-state forces helping left-of-center groups in Tennessee

on May 26, 2015, 6:22 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — The same Washington, D.C., law firm that has campaigned in Tennessee in favor of Medicaid expansion has a history representing the like-minded MoveOn.org. That law firm, Sandler, Reif, Young and Lamb, represented MoveOn.org in a trademark dispute case against Louisiana as recently as last year, according to documents that Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay […]

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How the Muslim Brotherhood Operates in Tennessee (part 6a of 8)

How the Muslim Brotherhood Operates in Tennessee (part 6a of 8)

on May 26, 2015, 6:19 AM / in Opinion, State News

Islamist Political Action Groups – Fellow Travelers Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) In 2013, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) announced its status as an official student organization at UT-Knoxville.  In April 2015, Vanderbilt University Ingram Scholar Hytham al-Hindi posted the SJP Vanderbilt chapter. With about 100 chapters at last count, SJP organizes extreme hate-filled anti-Israel activity on college […]

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Knox County Commission set to meet Tuesday, discuss budget matters

Knox County Commission set to meet Tuesday, discuss budget matters

on May 26, 2015, 6:01 AM / in State News

By Gerald Witt  /  Knox News Sentinel Knox County Commission is expected to set a date to approve the 2015-16 county budget in its upcoming legislative meeting. The meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the City County Building will be preceded by a luncheon in which commissioners plan to discuss the proposed budget from Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett. Schools […]

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Pricey new Tennessee logo source of ridicule, angst on social media

Pricey new Tennessee logo source of ridicule, angst on social media

on May 25, 2015, 8:15 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Some taxpayers in Tennessee saw the new official state logo and said they cackled with laughter. Others took to social media to vent their anger after learning state officials paid $46,000 for a Nashville-based firm to create a new state logo they say a 5-year-old could design. Someone made a parody website, while […]

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Rescuers now asking for protection from other “rescuers”

Rescuers now asking for protection from other “rescuers”

on May 25, 2015, 8:09 AM / in National News, State News

The following petition was created by Mike Sullivan of Knoxville, Tennessee. Mr. Sullivan and his wife have been rescuing older horses for some time now. Knox County Animal Control removed the animals from the care of Mr. Sullivan and his wife. This is technically called a Regulatory taking which is a situation in which a government regulation limits the uses of […]

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Nice Try Vandy

Nice Try Vandy

on May 22, 2015, 8:30 AM / in Opinion, State News

BY JUSTIN OWEN  /  Beacon Center of Tennessee Editor’s Note: We were somewhat confused over Justin’s awe that only 64% of Tennesseans fell for Vandy’s trap. We find it personally encouraging to know that 36% of the pollsters recognized it for what it was. We appreciate Vandy’s pollsters taking the time to defend themselves from criticism by Beacon and others […]

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The will never be satisfied; Animal Advocates: “New registry law not strong enough”

on May 21, 2015, 6:54 AM / in State News

By Erik Avanier   /  WDEF CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee(WDEF) – A new law aimed at preventing people convicted of animal abuse may not be as strong of a law as animal advocates had hoped. When the Animal Abuser Registration Act was first written, the intent was to make sure people convicted of animal abuse went on a TBI registry. But before the […]

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ObamaCare Premium Increases Next Year May Shock You

ObamaCare Premium Increases Next Year May Shock You

on May 20, 2015, 8:00 AM / in National News, State News

BY JED GRAHAM, INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY The top ObamaCare exchange insurers in six states where 2016 rate requests have already been filed are seeking to raise rates an average 18.6% next year. Early reports range from an alarming 36% hike sought by the dominant insurer in Tennessee, to a hefty 23% average increase requested by Oregon insurers, to a moderate […]

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FRESHMAN FOLLIES

FRESHMAN FOLLIES

on May 17, 2015, 8:40 AM / in Opinion, State News

By rockytop As part of RTP’s continuing analysis of the recently completed legislative session we focus today on four Freshman legislators who decided to go against the grain of traditional advice that new legislators should be seen and not heard. These four decided to make a name for themselves in ways that usually lead to the new title of “former” […]

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Photos of local Vietnam veterans sought for national memorial

Photos of local Vietnam veterans sought for national memorial

on May 14, 2015, 6:57 AM / in State News

NASHVILLE – State Sens. Bill Ketron and Jim Tracy are seeking photos of Rutherford County Vietnam War veterans who were killed in action in order to honor the fallen heroes at a new facility which compliments the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. The photos will be part of a multimedia display at the new Education Center at the […]

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Harwell deflects question about governor’s race

Harwell deflects question about governor’s race

on May 14, 2015, 6:49 AM / in State News

By Michelle Willard, The Daily News Journal MURFREESBORO – Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell is being tight-lipped about her future political career. “We are keeping an open mind,” the Nashville Republican said when asked Thursday night if her political aspirations stop at being the leader of Tennessee’s House of Representatives. “That’s a long way off. It’s an honor to serve […]

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More former legislators on health plan than current members

More former legislators on health plan than current members

on May 14, 2015, 6:38 AM / in State News

By Richard Locker / Knoxville News Sentinel Question: Are elected members employees of the STATE or do they serve the PUBLIC as part time legislators? NASHVILLE — More former and retired Tennessee state legislators are covered by the state employee health insurance program than are current members of the General Assembly — including some who have moved on to other […]

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Even MORE fallout from the Haslam Hit Job

Even MORE fallout from the Haslam Hit Job

on May 14, 2015, 6:34 AM / in State News

Previously RTP published a letter sent last Wednesday to GOP Caucus members from Connie Ridley of the Office of Legislative Administration. Now RTP has laid our hands on another letter sent from Ms. Ridley the next day to underscore the perfidy being practiced by the administration. As you can see below, Ms. Ridley was pretty hot under the collar – […]

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American Muslims: Is There A Different Mohammed? A Different Quran? A Different Sira? A Different Hadith? A Different Allah? A Different Sharia Law?

American Muslims: Is There A Different Mohammed? A Different Quran? A Different Sira? A Different Hadith? A Different Allah? A Different Sharia Law?

on May 14, 2015, 6:28 AM / in State News
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‘Right to Try’ Becomes Law in TN

‘Right to Try’ Becomes Law in TN

on May 14, 2015, 6:24 AM / in State News

by Alex Harris  /  TN Report People diagnosed with terminal illnesses in Tennesseans will now have the right to access experimental medications that haven’t passed the federal Food and Drug Administration’s final approval processes. Gov. Bill Haslam signed the “Phil Timp-Amanda Wilcox Right to Try Act” into law Friday. The measure, sponsored by Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol and Sen. […]

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Inverted pyramid: Bass Pro Shops resort cost Memphis taxpayers $78 million, says one estimate

Inverted pyramid: Bass Pro Shops resort cost Memphis taxpayers $78 million, says one estimate

on May 14, 2015, 6:21 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog MEMPHIS — Bass Pro Shops founder John Morris had a grand idea. He wanted to convert the iconic Memphis Pyramid — neglected and long-abandoned — into another one of his retail stores. The cost was $45 million, provided city taxpayers chipped in. The Memphis City Council agreed with Morris and subsequently signed on. Work refitting the Pyramid — more Las Vegas […]

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You Thought You Were Free? How the DEA took a young man’s life savings without ever charging him with a crime

You Thought You Were Free? How the DEA took a young man’s life savings without ever charging him with a crime

on May 14, 2015, 6:07 AM / in National News, State News

Part of the mission of the Midsouth Sentinel is to get news stories out to the public that aren’t being reported on or are barely being reported on that should make front page news. Unfortunately for us, the 4th estate has long since abandoned their mission to report the news, so it is left up to the alternative media to […]

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Should Hendersonville citizens have to pay for TIF debacle?

Should Hendersonville citizens have to pay for TIF debacle?

on May 14, 2015, 6:02 AM / in State News

By Neil Siders  During a 2015 budgetary meeting, Hendersonville Mayor Scott Foster attempted to secure funding for the local intersection project that would connect Saundersvillle Road with Gallatin Road via a tunnel. During the discussion, Foster stated that all of the TIF money that funded the construction of Saundersville Road had been spent appropriately and the city was responsible for […]

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