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Getting to the ‘Core’ of new school standards

Getting to the ‘Core’ of new school standards

on November 5, 2013, 6:39 AM / in News, State News

For those that don’t know it … Common Core is Here. Tommy Millsaps of The Monroe County Advocate wrote the following: SWEETWATER-You may have been hearing a lot about the new Common Core standards local students will be expected to meet. Changes in education can cause anxiety among teachers, parents and students alike. On Tuesday evening at Sweetwater Elementary School, a […]

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Chuck Fleischmann-Weston Wamp rematch a possibility

Chuck Fleischmann-Weston Wamp rematch a possibility

on November 4, 2013, 6:51 AM / in News, State News

by Andy Sher Original Post NASHVILLE — It’s probably not a bad idea for Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann to crank up his 2014 re-election campaign, as he plans to do Thursday with his first major Chattanooga fundraiser. Because the two-term congressman may get another GOP primary challenge from Weston Wamp and need the cash. Wamp, who came in third […]

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City board endorses Oak Ridge Mall Economic Impact Plan

City board endorses Oak Ridge Mall Economic Impact Plan

on November 4, 2013, 6:33 AM / in News, State News

By Beverly Majors About three dozen citizens, city and county officials attended a  public hearing Thursday at the Oak Ridge Municipal Building to hear plans for  the redevelopment of the Oak Ridge Mall property. The public hearing took place between two special-called meetings of  the Industrial Development Board. At those meetings, the IDB voted to recommend  approval of the Oak […]

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Where is the sales tax money going? City wants to know

Where is the sales tax money going? City wants to know

on November 4, 2013, 6:27 AM / in News, State News

By BRIAN MOSELY Original Article Shelbyville’s city council may consider delaying some capital projects due to sales tax receipts being down 7.5 percent over the past three months. According to a comparison of local option sales taxes, the city is down $38,957.75 in actual collections for the first quarter compared to this time last year. While the council debated and […]

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Discovery Park officially opens to public

Discovery Park officially opens to public

on November 4, 2013, 6:20 AM / in News, State News

Dyersburg State Gazette “I hope you have the best time you have ever had with your clothes on.” And with those words from Discovery Park of America Founder Robert Kirkland, who is known for his sense of humor, the park was officially opened. Discovery Park hosted its grand opening event in front of a couple hundred spectators, guests and media […]

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Tennessee schools see hunger in eyes of many students

Tennessee schools see hunger in eyes of many students

on November 4, 2013, 6:16 AM / in News, Opinion, State News

Another Push For Additional Funding Original Article FRANKLIN — When Sarah White visits schools, she can tell which children go hungry over the weekends. White, Tennessee’s executive director of school nutrition programs, has seen students waiting, lined up, to get into school on Monday mornings, and not  because they can’t wait to get to class. They are eager for breakfast, […]

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Opposing sides dig in over TN abortion amendment

Opposing sides dig in over TN abortion amendment

on November 4, 2013, 6:10 AM / in News, State News

Written by Anita Wadhwani of The Tennessean Original Story The next general election may be exactly one year away, but the upcoming battle over the future of abortion in Tennessee is getting started today. Reality television show stars Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar, along with their 19 children and three grandchildren, will visit a Madison church tonight  to encourage an expected […]

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Matheny says he won’t appear at secessionist group event

Matheny says he won’t appear at secessionist group event

on November 4, 2013, 6:06 AM / in News, State News

by Andrea Agardy Original Post Despite an announcement on a secessionist group’s website that Rep. Judd Matheny will be speaking at the organization’s meeting this weekend, the Republican representing Tullahoma in the Tennessee General Assembly says he has no intention of appearing at the event. A press release on the Southern National Congress dated Sept. 27, lists Matheny, as well […]

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A Creeping Problem: Questions raised over shipping Knoxville dogs to community with stray problem

on November 2, 2013, 9:52 AM / in News, State News

By ALEXIS ZOTOS  6 News Reporter Original Story KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Nearly two dozen dogs are making the trip from a Knoxville animal shelter to a Michigan shelter, but recent reports of an extreme stray problem in Detroit have people wondering why. Members of the Michigan Humane Society picked up 21 dogs Wednesday morning from Young Williams Animal Shelter. The […]

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Nashville Sounds hire Waller lobbyists for ballpark debate

Nashville Sounds hire Waller lobbyists for ballpark debate

on October 31, 2013, 5:00 AM / in News, State News

(Editor’s Note: Be prepared council, the big guns are coming) The Nashville Sounds’ ownership group, MFP Baseball, has hired the government relations team at law firm Waller – led by attorney James Weaver – to lobby the Metro Council for a new, 10,000-seat baseball stadium at the historic Sulphur Dell site. Weaver, who declined to comment when reached this afternoon, […]

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Campaigns begin 1 year from abortion referendum

Campaigns begin 1 year from abortion referendum

on October 31, 2013, 5:00 AM / in News, State News

By ERIK SCHELZIG — Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Anti-abortion rights activists are planning a high-dollar fundraiser next week to kick off their campaign for a constitutional amendment next fall that would give lawmakers more power to restrict access to abortions. Republican state Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is hosting a reception and dinner at a Nashville hotel Monday to support […]

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State Closing Chattanooga Driver’s License Reinstatement Center; Judge Bean Says It Will Cause Hardship

State Closing Chattanooga Driver’s License Reinstatement Center; Judge Bean Says It Will Cause Hardship

on October 30, 2013, 9:33 PM / in News, State News

Original Story The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security announced Wednesday it is “making a more efficient use of its resources in southeastern Tennessee by reassigning staff at the Chattanooga Driver License Reinstatement Center to serve citizens at other driver services centers in the Chattanooga area that issue new and replacement licenses.” The restructuring of resources means the Chattanooga […]

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NTSB probes plane crash undiscovered for hours

NTSB probes plane crash undiscovered for hours

on October 30, 2013, 9:28 PM / in News, State News

By Lucas L. Johnson of Associated Press Weather may have played a part in the crash of a Cessna 172 plane in Tennessee early Tuesday morning. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday it’s investigating whether dense fog played a role in the deadly crash of a small plane at a Tennessee airport, where the wreckage went undiscovered for […]

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News from around the Block

News from around the Block

on October 29, 2013, 9:57 AM / in News, State News

Kent Wall to head Davidson County Election Commission As it tries to put a turbulent period behind it, the Republican-led Davidson County Election Commission has turned to an outsider from the business world for leadership. Along party lines, the election commission voted 3-2 on Monday to hire Kent Wall as its new elections administrator, selecting him over a candidate with […]

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State Textbook Commission meeting, October 23

State Textbook Commission meeting, October 23

on October 29, 2013, 7:35 AM / in Local News, News, State News

On October 23rd, the State Textbook Commission convened in their specially called meeting held in the Davy Crockett building.  You will recall that at their regularly scheduled meeting on October 7th, history was made when no one on the Commission would even make a motion to adopt the list of Social Studies textbooks submitted to the Commission. See details HERE. […]

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Around the Corner

Around the Corner

on October 26, 2013, 8:19 AM / in Local News, National News, News, State News

300K grant to upgrade Niles Ferry Industrial Park MADISONVILLE-The Appalachian Regional Commission has announced approval of a grant in the amount of $297,600 to Monroe County for the Niles Ferry Park Industrial Park Improvements project. Donation to Healing Hands Health Center to help ACA signups, patient services BRISTOL , Tenn. — A donation of technology will allow Healing Hands Health […]

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Woman with 41 cats cited for animal cruelty

on October 25, 2013, 8:53 AM / in News, State News

KNOXVILLE – A West Knox County woman who authorities say was operating an animal shelter and pet adoption business out of her home has been cited with five counts of animal cruelty. Annette Traore, 46, was not arrested or jailed. Instead, Knox County animal control officers on Thursday issued her citations for the offenses, with instructions to report to the […]

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Spay/neuter ordinance approved by Johnson City Commission

Spay/neuter ordinance approved by Johnson City Commission

on October 19, 2013, 8:56 AM / in News, State News

East Tennessee takes the turn to the Left Johnson City Mayor Ralph Van Brocklin said decreasing the euthanasia of animals is an effort that takes on “multiple fronts,” which include construction of the new Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter, low-cost spay/neuter programs, education on the importance of spaying and neutering and the spay/neuter ordinance up for the City Commission’s consideration […]

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Spay, neuter plan up for adoption by Johnson City Commission

Spay, neuter plan up for adoption by Johnson City Commission

on October 17, 2013, 8:10 AM / in News, State News

Plan to bring to extinction of pets to city up for a vote By Brad Hicks Original Post Editor’s Note: Someone in an attempt to convince me that mandatory spay and neuter was a good idea used this rather unconvincing approach to the subject. She stated that only 1 out of 10 dogs and 1 out of 12 cats find […]

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Woman seeks order of protection against Sheriff David Woolfork (Updated)

Woman seeks order of protection against Sheriff David Woolfork (Updated)

on October 11, 2013, 2:29 PM / in News, State News

Via the Jackson Sun, Sharon Ann Sangster filed a petition for an order of protection against Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork. Mayor Jerry Gist confirmed this morning that Jackson police are investigating a call for service last night that involved Woolfork and Sangster. Mayor Gist said police received a call from Sangster at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Sangster stated in the petition […]

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