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TFA Survey

TFA Survey

on July 3, 2014, 6:08 AM / in News, State News

By C. Richard Archie There are questions regarding the recently published survey results (I have received many, and I am sure those candidates who chose for whatever reason to NOT reply are receiving some as well).  First, the survey was mailed to every legitimate candidate for both Houses of the Legislature in Tennessee. TFA being a non-partisan organization, ALL candidates […]

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Judge Joe Brown Plays The Role of Judge Joe Brown

Judge Joe Brown Plays The Role of Judge Joe Brown

on July 3, 2014, 5:50 AM / in News, State News

http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/25921381/judge-brown-questions-weirichs-sexuality There are wild accusations coming from Judge Joe Brown regarding Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich, his opponent in the Aug. 7 district attorney’s race. Someone from Judge Brown’s campaign team posted a video on his campaign’s social media sites of him speaking at an event where he calls into question DAG Weirich’s sexual orientation and that her […]

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65 percent of workers in Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant from Hamilton County

65 percent of workers in Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant from Hamilton County

on July 3, 2014, 5:41 AM / in News, State News

by Mike Pare Slightly fewer than two of every three Volkswagen plant workers live in Hamilton County even though Chattanooga and the county, along with the state, pledged about $577.4 million worth of tax incentives to woo the automaker. A ZIP code analysis of nearly 2,400 employee addresses shows that almost 65 percent live in Hamilton County. About 10.6 percent […]

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Liquor tax lawsuits consolidated: Chancellor gives 10 days for filing additional court brief

Liquor tax lawsuits consolidated: Chancellor gives 10 days for filing additional court brief

on July 3, 2014, 5:38 AM / in News, State News

by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer A motion to consolidate the Bradley County Schools liquor-by-the-drink tax lawsuit with one by the McMinn County Schools was accepted by Chancellor Jerri Bryant in Bradley County Chancery Court Tuesday. The motion was filed by attorney James Logan who is representing the Bradley County Schools. The argument phase of the case has been […]

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Statewide TCAP results released

Statewide TCAP results released

on July 2, 2014, 7:06 AM / in News, State News

NASHVILLE — Tennessee students made gains in the majority of the state’s 31 grade- and subject-level tests, Gov. Bill Haslam and education Commissioner Kevin Huffman announced Tuesday. High school students made the greatest gains in the 2013-2014 Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program making gains on five of seven tests, according to information released by Haslam’s office. The 2014 results mark the […]

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Cleveland City rate on health insurance increases

Cleveland City rate on health insurance increases

on July 2, 2014, 6:58 AM / in News, State News

by JOYANNA LOVE /  Banner Senior Staff Writer The Cleveland City Council received an update on its employee health care plan before approving an 11 percent increase in premiums, during a voting session Monday. Andy Figlestahler, account manager with Ed Jacobs & Associates, said the total cost to provide BlueCross BlueShield health insurance coverage for city employees and Cleveland Utilities […]

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3rd District candidates Fleischmann, Wamp debate today in Chattanooga

3rd District candidates Fleischmann, Wamp debate today in Chattanooga

on July 2, 2014, 6:47 AM / in News, State News

by Louie Brogdon /  Chattanooga TimesFreePress The incumbent is a two-term, staunchly conservative congressman who earned his spot in Washington on a nationwide wave of tea party buzz. He finished April with $640,000 in total campaign support. The 27-year-old challenger has never held public office, ran two years ago largely on the strength of his father’s name and finished third in […]

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Restrictions Loosened for Beer-Brewers, Retailers

Restrictions Loosened for Beer-Brewers, Retailers

on July 2, 2014, 6:01 AM / in News, State News

by Alex Harris / TNReport.com Tennessee brewers can now join fellow suds-makers in surrounding states in producing higher gravity brews without the need for a specialty license under a law passed during the 2014 session. However, due to pressure from liquor retailers — in part related to the political compromise that helped win passage of legalized wine-sales in grocery stores – non-spirits […]

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Chattanooga eyes $2.8 million upgrade for Walnut Street Bridge

Chattanooga eyes $2.8 million upgrade for Walnut Street Bridge

on July 1, 2014, 7:17 AM / in News, State News

by Joy Lukachick / Chattanooga timesfreepress.com Twenty years after saving the Walnut Street Bridge, community leaders say the 2,376-foot-long connector from the North Shore to downtown needs to be repainted, its rotting boards replaced and lights fixed. Mayor Andy Berke’s 2015 proposed capital budget includes nearly $3 million over the next three years to do just that. The 123-year-old bridge, […]

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Veterans Are Smarter Than You Think Rep. Cohen…

Veterans Are Smarter Than You Think Rep. Cohen…

on July 1, 2014, 7:13 AM / in News, State News

bit.ly/1nWVET8 MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis veterans got a chance to take their complaints to the top. An acting under secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs was in Memphis Friday at the request of Congressman Steve Cohen. Cohen said he’d been on top of the issues from the beginning. However, late last year, WREG asked the congressman about some of […]

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Attorney who influenced early domestic violence release tied to TN Supreme Court justices’ retention

Attorney who influenced early domestic violence release tied to TN Supreme Court justices’ retention

on July 1, 2014, 7:10 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE, Tenn. — If you live in Nashville you probably know how one attorney’s friendship with a judge arguably got his client, charged with domestic violence, out of jail earlier than Tennessee law would allow. The attorney, Bryan Lewis, also evidently has connections to three Tennessee Supreme Court justices up for a retention vote next month. […]

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Even Lakeland Tennessee Has Crime, Lakeland crime report for May: A swindle, a fake $20, fights and more

Even Lakeland Tennessee Has Crime, Lakeland crime report for May: A swindle, a fake $20, fights and more

on June 30, 2014, 6:46 AM / in News, State News

According to our research of Tennessee and other state lists there were 4 registered sex offenders living in Lakeland, Tennessee as of June 30, 2014. The ratio of number of residents in Lakeland to the number of sex offenders is 3,156 to 1. The number of registered sex offenders compared to the number of residents in this city is a […]

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Government in TN Plating Up Piles of ‘Pork’: Report

on June 30, 2014, 6:38 AM / in News, State News

by Mark Todd Engler  / TNREPORT The Nashville-based Beacon Center has released its annual dissection of what it deems “the most egregious examples” of sloppy state and local government spending across Tennessee. This year’s “Pork Report” is particularly plump, said Justin Owen, the free-market think tank’s president. In fact, it’s “the fattest in our nine-year history, exposing a record $609 […]

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You Know That Election In Mississippi? It May Not Be Over

You Know That Election In Mississippi? It May Not Be Over

on June 30, 2014, 6:34 AM / in News, State News

http://bit.ly/1vcdm92 On Thursday’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” State Sen. Chris McDaniel, the Republican candidate in last Tuesday’s GOP primary that fell just shy of defeating long-time incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS), reacted to the outcome.McDaniel laid out his Republican credentials and questioned why some within his state’s Republican Party had gone to such lengths to for Cochran. “It […]

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Oink! 2014 Tennessee pork report documents $609M in taxpayer waste

Oink! 2014 Tennessee pork report documents $609M in taxpayer waste

on June 30, 2014, 6:31 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Tennessee officials wasted $609 million in taxpayer money last year, according to the 2014 Tennessee Pork Report, which a free market think tank released Wednesday. The Beacon Center of Tennessee releases the annual report every summer. Beacon President Justin Owen said this year’s report reveals the highest amount of taxpayer waste in the […]

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Unique Breed Most Inspected in the U.S.

Unique Breed Most Inspected in the U.S.

on June 27, 2014, 8:18 AM / in News, State News

Please note that there are different Tennessee Walking Horse groups in the industry. It’s a complex political scene at this time with a couple of different bills in Congress. But I thought this article was worth sharing. Carlotta PERFORMANCE SHOW HORSE ASSOCIATION (SHELBYVILLE, TN)—The summer solstice brought with it something more than the longest day of the year. It also […]

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Republicans Divided on Appeal for Huffman Heave-Ho

Republicans Divided on Appeal for Huffman Heave-Ho

on June 25, 2014, 7:41 AM / in News, State News

by Mark Todd Engler / TNReport At least two prominent Republicans in the state House of Representatives are suggesting a call by fellow GOP lawmakers for “the immediate removal from office” of Education Department Commissioner Kevin Huffman is, at a minimum, premature. A letter sent last week to Gov. Bill Haslam that was signed by 13 House Republicans and one […]

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TN group questions whether Supreme Court justices reflect state values

TN group questions whether Supreme Court justices reflect state values

on June 25, 2014, 7:19 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Much has been made about out-of-state money trying to influence the outcome of this summer’s Tennessee Supreme Court retention election — on both political sides — but the issue may boil down to something far less complex. What if justices Gary Wade, Connie Clark and Sharon Lee, all appointed by former Democratic Gov. […]

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White Pine, Tennessee amends 26-year old ban on pit bulls

White Pine, Tennessee amends 26-year old ban on pit bulls

on June 24, 2014, 9:00 AM / in News, State News

Bless the Bullys Disappointing (yet hopeful) news out of White Pine, Tennessee. We learned in March 2014 that the small town of White Pine, Tennessee was considering repealing their long-standing ordinance banning the ownership of “pit bulls” in the city limits. Unaware of the ban enacted in 1988, and after moving to White Pine with a dog that met the physical characteristics […]

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Tennessee mother, boyfriend get 20 years in prison for pimping her teenage daughter

Tennessee mother, boyfriend get 20 years in prison for pimping her teenage daughter

on June 24, 2014, 7:25 AM / in News, State News

by Ben Benton / Chattanooga TimesFreePress.com A Tullahoma, Tenn., mother accused in 2013 of pimping her teenage daughter to men in exchange for drugs has been sentenced along with her boyfriend to 20 years in prison. Kimberly Michelle Breeden, 35, and Alvin Avery Overman, 40, both of Tullahoma, each pleaded guilty in Coffee County Circuit Court last Wednesday to seven counts […]

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