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*IMPORTANT*: Can you help me with three things??

*IMPORTANT*: Can you help me with three things??

on June 18, 2014, 8:49 AM / in Announcements, News, State News

Please pray for me. I will be having hip replacement surgery (Dr. Will Kurtz) tomorrow morning at Centennial Hospital. Provided things go well,  it is expected that I will be there for about three days then I will have rehab. One of the down sides to this whole thing  is that the ‘control freak’ NEVER wants to be in situations […]

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Dogs rescued from Bradley County Property

Dogs rescued from Bradley County Property

on June 18, 2014, 8:39 AM / in News, State News

And it continues. If you look at the pictures of the dogs from the online articles and the HSUS site, they actually look very very good. I doubt if many — if any — of these dogs really have anything wrong with them. The woman was only charged with one count of animal cruelty. I suspect if she had a […]

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TN justices up for retention vote to hold breakfast with progressive interests

TN justices up for retention vote to hold breakfast with progressive interests

on June 18, 2014, 7:55 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The three Tennessee Supreme Court justices up for an August retention election, who maintain politics have no place in the judiciary, have scheduled a breakfast this week — with law firms and politically progressive interest groups. According to an invitation advertised on at least three websites, including Supporters of Justice Sharon G. […]

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Details scarce on Haslam’s weeklong Asia trip

Details scarce on Haslam’s weeklong Asia trip

on June 18, 2014, 7:33 AM / in News, State News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is holding economic development meetings in Japan and Korea this week, but his office said it wouldn’t divulge further details about the seven-day trip. Haslam spokesman David Smith declined to elaborate on the itinerary and who specifically was traveling with the governor. “We don’t talk about private meetings,” Smith said in an email. […]

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Patronage firings cost Monroe County: 17 workers axed after their man lost election

Patronage firings cost Monroe County: 17 workers axed after their man lost election

on June 17, 2014, 6:53 AM / in News, State News

by Andy Sher / Chattanooga Free Times NASHVILLE — A $500,000 settlement in a Monroe County case involving the firing of 17 workers who backed the losing road superintendent candidate in 2010 should send a “powerful message” to rural Tennessee governments about political patronage, attorneys say. The settlement was reached Thursday after three days of testimony in the federal civil […]

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State of corruption: Mississippi worst in the nation, Tennessee Third

State of corruption: Mississippi worst in the nation, Tennessee Third

on June 17, 2014, 6:32 AM / in State News

By Steve Wilson | Mississippi Watchdog Mississippi has finally got a top ranking among the states. Problem is, it’s an achievement the state can do without. A study by researchers Cheol Liu from the City University of Hong Kong and Indiana University’s John L. Mikesell found  corruption in Mississippi was tops among the states from 1976 through 2008. The study sized up the effect of public […]

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Keeping Up With The Commissioners (Shelby County)

Keeping Up With The Commissioners (Shelby County)

on June 17, 2014, 6:27 AM / in News, State News

Another day, another exciting reality show depicting the lifestyles of the wanna be rich & locally famous. Robin Leach wasn’t there to narrate but who needs him when you have Henri Brooks. If you didn’t make it to the show today, not to worry, the show will go on, July 7th. The next Shelby County Commission meeting is sure to […]

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Haslam on ‘Growing Income Inequality’ and ‘What It Is Gov’t Should Look Like’

Haslam on ‘Growing Income Inequality’ and ‘What It Is Gov’t Should Look Like’

on June 17, 2014, 6:24 AM / in News, State News

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam delivered remarks June 3 at the monthly Davidson County Republican Party luncheon in downtown Nashville. Haslam, who is running for re-election this year but doesn’t face serious opposition in either the GOP primary or from Democrats, talked about his philosophy of government and his administration’s emphasis on education as an antidote to income inequality.

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Tennessee Amendments now online

Tennessee Amendments now online

on June 16, 2014, 7:49 AM / in News, State News

The four proposed Tennessee constitutional amendments that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot have been placed online by the Secretary of State’s office. The amendments appear on the website in the same order they will appear on the ballot. They cover abortion, taxes, lotteries and whether Supreme Court judges should be appointed or elected. “Now these amendments are readily […]

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Shelby County Commission/Want Higher Tax Rates?

Shelby County Commission/Want Higher Tax Rates?

on June 16, 2014, 7:47 AM / in News, State News

Monday is the Shelby County Commission meeting. Shelby County will be voting on the 3rd and final reading for setting the property tax rate. Mayor Luttrell wants to lower it by one cent and Steve Mulroy wants to raise it 4 cents and take 2.8 million dollars out of the budget to fund a new pre-k program. You know, since […]

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In Nashville, even rich public school students get free lunches

In Nashville, even rich public school students get free lunches

on June 16, 2014, 7:42 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — The federal government and the Nashville Metro School System believe the best way to make a child feel less insecure about accepting a free school lunch is to give everybody a free lunch. And, yes, that even includes all of the kids who are already well off. School system officials announced last week […]

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TN Agriculture Officials Unveil Industrial Hemp Webpage, Draft Licensing Regs

TN Agriculture Officials Unveil Industrial Hemp Webpage, Draft Licensing Regs

on June 16, 2014, 7:40 AM / in News, State News

by Mark Todd Engler An informational page has sprouted up on the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s main website that digs into some of the questions and issues surrounding the legal status of industrial hemp cultivation in the Volunteer State. The page also serves to get the ball rolling on the development of state regulations and licensing processes to allow Tennessee farmers to grow […]

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TN REPORT: House GOP Leader McCormick blasts partisan Supremes, opposes retention

TN REPORT: House GOP Leader McCormick blasts partisan Supremes, opposes retention

on June 15, 2014, 9:02 AM / in News, State News

McCormick also blasted the campaign by the three state Supreme Court justices seeking retention in the Aug. 7 election. The Chattanooga Republican accused Wade and Justices Sharon Lee and Cornelia Clark of running a “partisan” campaign. “They need to be replaced,” said McCormick. “I think there are probably at least three good, qualified Republican lawyers across the state who would […]

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Chattanooga City Council OKs Mayor Andy Berke’s $216 million budget

Chattanooga City Council OKs Mayor Andy Berke’s $216 million budget

on June 12, 2014, 6:41 AM / in News, State News

by Joy Lukachick / Chattanooga Times Free Press City Council gave Mayor Andy Berke’s $216 million budget their first stamp of approval after the city added money to pave 56 more miles of city roads. After back-and-forth-debate the mayor’s office added $400,000 to Chattanooga’s road paving budget bumping the total to $3 million — nearly double what the city allocated […]

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RSS TN Supreme Court justice operatives have Obama ties, troublemaking history

RSS TN Supreme Court justice operatives have Obama ties, troublemaking history

on June 12, 2014, 6:34 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Some of the primary people hired to help three Tennessee Supreme Court justices win retention this summer appear to have blatantly partisan ties to the Democratic Party, despite justices insisting they themselves are apolitical. One operative has a notorious past for causing trouble that might shock you — especially given that justices Gary […]

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Two More Men Charged in Holly Bobo’s Disappearance

Two More Men Charged in Holly Bobo’s Disappearance

on June 12, 2014, 5:45 AM / in News, State News

By M. Alex Johnson One brother was free on bond and the other remained in jail Wednesday after being charged in connection with the disappearance of Tennessee nursing student Holly Lynn Bobo. Jeffrey Kurt Pearcy, 42, was released on $25,000 bond after he pleaded not guilty Wednesday to tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact in the presumed death […]

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Clarksville: 37 bags of dead dogs found at home of ‘rescuer’s’ mother

Clarksville: 37 bags of dead dogs found at home of ‘rescuer’s’ mother

on June 11, 2014, 9:09 AM / in News, State News

Nicole Hulbig now faces eight counts of animal cruelty in Sumner County after 39 live dogs were seized Written by Stephanie Ingersoll  /  Leaf-Chronicle CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — Hours after four dead puppies were found inside a Clarksville home Thursday, deputies in Sumner County went to a Cottontown home and found 37 bags containing animal remains and seized 39 live dogs […]

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Tennessee drops investigation into liquor giant Diageo

Tennessee drops investigation into liquor giant Diageo

on June 11, 2014, 6:08 AM / in News, State News

Chattanooga Free Press.com NASHVILLE — Alcohol regulators on Tuesday abruptly ended an investigation into whether global liquor giant Diageo PLC violated state laws by storing whiskey made in Tennessee in neighboring Kentucky. The decision came after master distiller John Lunn testified that the liquor stored in Kentucky would be blended with other Diageo spirits, and that George Dickel Tennessee Whisky […]

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Push to end tort reform may be reason attorneys support TN justices

Push to end tort reform may be reason attorneys support TN justices

on June 11, 2014, 6:03 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Tennessee lawyers likely want the state’s recently enacted tort reform laws overturned — and that might explain why they’re going out of their way to help three state Supreme Court justices up for a retention vote. No one knows for sure how the Tennessee Supreme Court justices would vote if and when the matter […]

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Make-A-Wish, Memphis Police, & Lowered Hiring Standards

Make-A-Wish, Memphis Police, & Lowered Hiring Standards

on June 11, 2014, 5:59 AM / in News, State News

If you live in the Memphis area, you have surely heard about this horrendous story about an off-duty Memphis policeman who tried to rob a make-a-wish patient…. http://huff.to/1oSIjgw When you lower the standards for anything, you undoubtedly will get lowered expectations and less favorable results. Humans by their nature are very adaptable. Humans will rise to whatever expectations they have […]

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