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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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County may consider spay/neuter ordinance

County may consider spay/neuter ordinance

on October 10, 2013, 7:56 AM / in News, State News

By Karen Sells Assistant Editor Original Article Editor’s Note: To eliminate a species all it takes is the ability to demand that reproduction stop…. are we next in line. In an effort to target repeat offenders, members of the Animal Control Board have submitted a proposed spay/neuter ordinance for consideration during the Oct. 17 meeting of the Johnson City Board […]

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From Those That Continually Wish to Steal From You in Ever New Ways…..

From Those That Continually Wish to Steal From You in Ever New Ways…..

on October 10, 2013, 7:49 AM / in News, State News

DISTRIBUTION OF MIXED DRINK TAX COLLECTIONS Comptroller to Convene Group Following discussions with the Comptroller, he has indicated his intention to convene a group of interested parties for the purposes of evaluating and pursuing the resolution of the various issues and questions associated with the mixed drink tax collections under T.C.A. §57-4-306 as well as developing a plan going forward. […]

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State Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence, Maintains Sentencing Review Standards For Death Penalty Cases

on October 9, 2013, 10:23 AM / in Local News, News, State News

The Tennessee Supreme Court, in a 3-2 decision, has upheld a death sentence for a Memphis-area man who was convicted of first-degree felony murder after he killed an elderly man while stealing his car. While the entire Court agreed that Corinio Pruitt was guilty, the dissenting justices would have modified the sentence to life without parole. In reviewing a death […]

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Tea v. the GOP: Getting it Right

Tea v. the GOP: Getting it Right

on October 6, 2013, 10:54 AM / in News, State News

Winning versus Whining “Experience [has] long taught me the reasonableness of mutual sacrifices of opinion among those who are to act together for any common object, and the expediency of doing what good we can; when we cannot do all we would wish.” –Thomas Jefferson (1803) The title of this column should read “Tea and the GOP.” Unfortunately — no, […]

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What Will the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty Mean for Gun Owners?

What Will the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty Mean for Gun Owners?

on October 6, 2013, 9:41 AM / in Announcements, News, State News

October 17, 2013, 6 – 8:30 PM Speaker: Joe Wolverton Constitutional attorney and author Bartlett Station Municipal Center, Banquet Hall (behind the Library) 5868 Stage Rd, Bartlett, Tennessee $20.00 admission includes dinner from Leonard’s Pit BBQ (pork & chicken) What is Inside the UN Arms Trade Treaty? Article 2 of the treaty defines the scope of the treaty’s prohibitions. The […]

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Common Core Corruption: Pearson Publishing Investigated for Payoffs

Common Core Corruption: Pearson Publishing Investigated for Payoffs

on October 4, 2013, 8:02 AM / in National News, News, State News

Pearson is a huge player in textbooks in Tennessee By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org We recently did an article about a petition authored by Paul Horton, State Liaison Illinois Council for History Education, and History Instructor at the University High School The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools demanding an end to curriculum decisions made among Common Core, and Race to the […]

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Pit Bull Strikes Again; Bites Another Child

Pit Bull Strikes Again; Bites Another Child

on October 2, 2013, 8:33 AM / in News, State News

by Janet Kim Original Post NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After biting a child, a pit bull mix, sentenced to be euthanized, was given a second chance at life. However, luck may have run out for the dog who was accused of attacking another child less than a month later. It’s become an all too familiar scene on Watts Lane in West […]

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Tomita, Van Brocklin split on spending for Washington County Animal Shelter

on October 2, 2013, 6:47 AM / in Local News, News, State News

by Tony Casey – Johnson City Press Original Post Editor’s Note: More regulation. Discussion of the mandatory spay/neuter ordinance is deeply buried in this article. Breeders and people with show dogs would have to be licensed to avoid MSN. At Tuesday night’s monthly Animal Control Board meeting, city commissioner David Tomita voiced his concerns over the value of paying a […]

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Signing petition gets school leader’s testimony canceled

on September 27, 2013, 8:58 AM / in News, State News

NASHVILLE — A Middle Tennessee school director said he was discouraged from testifying before a legislative panel on behalf of new student benchmarks after Gov. Bill Haslam’s chief of staff learned he also had signed a petition criticizing Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman on other issues. PETITION GOING TO GOVERNORA petition criticizing Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, signed by least 55 […]

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News briefs from around Tennessee

News briefs from around Tennessee

on September 25, 2013, 8:35 AM / in News, State News

8 inmates recaptured after van vanishes in Okla. WEATHERFORD, Okla. (AP) — Guards shuttling inmates wearing street clothes inexplicably left eight of them alone in their transport van — with the keys — frustrating a local police chief called out to round up the prisoners after the vehicle vanished. Six of the inmates were quickly back in police custody Tuesday […]

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Rotten to the Core

Rotten to the Core

on September 23, 2013, 11:19 AM / in National News, News, State News

  by JOAN  SWIRSKY In July, the state of New York announced the results of its first tests  based on the Common Core: The region hasn’t been this battered since Superstorm  Sandy. Just 26 percent of students in third through eighth grade passed the  English exam, and only 30 percent passed the math test. In one Harlem school,  just seven […]

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