State News

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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Cost of EPA’s toxic spill could soar to nearly $30 billion

Cost of EPA’s toxic spill could soar to nearly $30 billion

on August 18, 2015, 7:06 AM / in National News, State News

By John Siciliano  /  Washington Examiner The cost of cleaning up a major toxic waste spill in the West caused by an Environmental Protection Agency contractor could soar as high as $27.7 billion. That’s the conclusion of study released Tuesday morning by the right-leaning American Action Forum. The group is one of the first to attempt to estimate the clean-up […]

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Do you Really want to hug a tree and take Federal and State Funds at the same time… well here is your Opportunity

Do you Really want to hug a tree and take Federal and State Funds at the same time… well here is your Opportunity

on August 18, 2015, 6:15 AM / in State News

Pushing the Energy program one city/town at a time…… Subject: TREEDC-Crossville Free Lunch Workshop Greetings Everyone, I hope everyone has had a wonderful summer. Please know that TREEDC has scheduled another free lunch and learn workshop to be held in Crossville, Tennessee on September 9th from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm central time. The theme of the workshop is “Conserving the […]

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New rate increase for Mississippi Power could be headed to court

New rate increase for Mississippi Power could be headed to court

on August 17, 2015, 8:57 AM / in State News

By Steve Wilson  / Mississippi Watchdog Mississippi Power customers should have kept the champagne on ice to celebrate the end of an 18 percent rate increase. Turns out their bills will increase by the same amount in September, barring another court order. Hattiesburg businessman Thomas Blanton — the plaintiff in the lawsuit that stopped the original increase — told Mississippi […]

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Tennessee co-ops donate to politicians, despite what they tell IRS

Tennessee co-ops donate to politicians, despite what they tell IRS

on August 17, 2015, 7:41 AM / in State News

By Chris Butler  /  Tennessee Watchdog Depending on who provides your power in Tennessee and your political persuasions, you may be out of luck: most cooperatives donate thousands of dollars to state legislative candidates. The Internal Revenue Service legally entitles them to do this, through an organization of 23 co-ops called the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association. The association contributes to […]

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Madison County Commission to vote on new location for fire station

on August 17, 2015, 6:57 AM / in Local News, State News

By Tyler Whetstone   /  The Jackson Sun The Madison County Commission will meet Monday morning and discuss whether the county will be allowed to file for a grant that would help lower property insurance costs for residents in East Madison County. Many of the residents in the Law Road area live more than five miles away from a fire station […]

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Ramsey questions whether colleagues’ gubernatorial ambitions pose road block to transportation funding

Ramsey questions whether colleagues’ gubernatorial ambitions pose road block to transportation funding

on August 17, 2015, 6:47 AM / in State News

By Andy Sher / Chattanooga Free Times NASHVILLE — As Republican Gov. Bill Haslam works to build public momentum for new transportation funding, some GOP leaders are divided on whether now is the time to put the pedal to the metal on a gas tax increase. Haslam said Thursday that a growing population, increased transportation needs, a $6 billion project […]

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Aviation company landing at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, bringing 225 jobs

Aviation company landing at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, bringing 225 jobs

on August 17, 2015, 6:41 AM / in State News

Another company Jackson lost…. more than likely didn’t even compete for. An aviation company is expected to announce today it will open an air maintenance facility at the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport with plans to hire up to 225 people. West Star Aviation is to set up operations in an existing hangar, where it will provide maintenance and repairs to private […]

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Nashville Man Charged With Defrauding Cornerstone Bank Out Of $736,000 Gets 18 Months In Prison

on August 17, 2015, 6:34 AM / in State News

A Nashville man who pleaded guilty to defrauding Cornerstone Bank of Dalton, Ga., out of $736,000 has been sentenced to serve 18 months in federal prison. Grady Wayne Fricks also was ordered by Judge Harold Murphy of Rome, Ga., to perform 100 hours of community service. The money is to be repaid to the East Ridge branch of Cornerstone Bank, […]

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The Mayor Tap Dances Around the Answers

The Mayor Tap Dances Around the Answers

on August 17, 2015, 6:22 AM / in Opinion, State News

An Opinion Editorial By Mike Crabb Sr.  Hendersonville, TN During the July 14, 2015, BOMA meeting, the following exchange occurred between Alderman Rosa Long, of Ward 1, and Mayor Scott Foster.  I have also provided a link to the video of the exchange.  This is done so that you can determine if you believe the Mayor’s response was adequate. Alderman […]

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Months ago, Colorado town begged EPA to leave Gold King Mine alone

Months ago, Colorado town begged EPA to leave Gold King Mine alone

on August 14, 2015, 9:39 AM / in National News, State News

By Tori Richards Five months before the Animas River toxic spill disaster, leaders from the tiny Colorado mining town of Silverton pleaded with EPA officials to not perform tests that would declare the area a Superfund site. Yet the Environmental Protection Agency was intent on ferreting out “widespread soil contamination” from historic mines, even though the town was tested five […]

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Haslam makes it 0-for-3 on Insure TN

Haslam makes it 0-for-3 on Insure TN

on August 14, 2015, 9:02 AM / in Opinion, State News

By rockytop Election results are in. Bend over, Governor. This may hurt a bit. The Haslam-backed candidate to replace Haslam ally and former Rep. Ryan Haynes lost last night, bigtime. Karen Carson was defeated by conservative Jason Zachary, 58% – 42%. This despite the active participation of the Haslam-allied state Chambers of Commerce, the financial backing of the Haslam family, […]

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BREAKING: Court rules Christian baker cannot refuse to make wedding cake for gay ‘marriage’

BREAKING: Court rules Christian baker cannot refuse to make wedding cake for gay ‘marriage’

on August 14, 2015, 8:58 AM / in National News, State News

DENVER, (LifeSiteNews) – Christian business owners have no right to decline to participate in a same-sex “wedding”, no matter what their religion teaches, a court has ruled. A three-judge panel of the Colorado Appeals Court ruled against Jack C. Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver. In July 2012, Phillips refused to sell a “wedding” cake to Charlie […]

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The Left Side of the Brain Strikes Again: Connecticut high court rules remaining death sentences unconstitutional

The Left Side of the Brain Strikes Again: Connecticut high court rules remaining death sentences unconstitutional

on August 14, 2015, 8:16 AM / in State News

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday that it would be unconstitutional to execute the state’s remaining death-row prisoners, effectively banning the death penalty in the state. Connecticut abolished capital punishment three years ago, but left death sentences in place for those already awaiting execution. Legislators also had left capital punishment as an option for crimes committed before the 2012 law […]

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Regulators approve temporary rate increase for Mississippi Power

Regulators approve temporary rate increase for Mississippi Power

on August 14, 2015, 8:01 AM / in State News

By Steve Wilson  /  Mississippi Watchdog After having one 18 percent rate increase rescinded, Mississippi Power customers will be hit with another same-sized increase by September after the Mississippi Public Service Commission voted 2-1 Thursday to give the utility emergency rate relief. The 18 percent temporary rate increase is designed to cover the $1.1 billion in costs on the combined cycle plant […]

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