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Top 5 poems, Dr. Seuss-style, about waste, fraud and abuse in TN

Top 5 poems, Dr. Seuss-style, about waste, fraud and abuse in TN

on June 3, 2014, 6:18 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Judging by the poetry on the bathroom walls of Nashville’s Tennessee Tower, one might assume Dr. Seuss faked his own death and got a job with the state government. No, this isn’t a story about bathroom graffiti. A consistently reliable source has provided Tennessee Watchdog with evidence of Seuss’ possible activity, even though […]

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June 16th County Commission Will Be 2nd Reading To Set  Property Tax Rate

June 16th County Commission Will Be 2nd Reading To Set Property Tax Rate

on June 3, 2014, 6:15 AM / in News, State News

http://bit.ly/1oPBGis Shelby County Commissioners signed off Monday, June 2, on a $1.1 billion consolidated operating budget for all of Shelby County government as well as a $75 million capital budget, both for the fiscal year that begins July 1. But the commission didn’t resolve what the new county property tax rate will be for the new fiscal year. And there […]

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More Than 80 Protestor Memphis Animal Shelter’s No Photo Policy

More Than 80 Protestor Memphis Animal Shelter’s No Photo Policy

on June 3, 2014, 6:07 AM / in News, State News

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com)–More than 80 animal rights activists protested the Memphis Animal Services “no-photo” policy Sunday at the corner of Union Ave. and Cooper St. The newly enforced rules state that animal rescue groups are not allowed to take the photos of strays. In a statement, the director said photos could be construed as false advertising and lead to emotional trauma for […]

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RSS FCC won’t discuss plan to push states to repeal government-owned Internet laws

RSS FCC won’t discuss plan to push states to repeal government-owned Internet laws

on May 30, 2014, 9:10 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Government-owned Internet systems, especially in Tennessee, have lost taxpayer money, and state officials have laws in place to keep them from expanding — but now the Federal Communications Commission wants states to repeal those laws. FCC officials, however, wouldn’t discuss with Tennessee Watchdog on Thursday how, precisely, they plan to push state and […]

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Casualties Of Common Core… A TENNESSEE TEACHER’S RESIGNATION LETTER

on May 30, 2014, 9:06 AM / in News, State News

It is official! My contract has ended, so I wanted to share my resignation letter. It is my truth, my story, and I think it deserves to be told. I am saddened beyond measure to leave this chosen work that I hold dear, to leave my precious Adrian Burnett family and friends. I cannot, however, remain in a profession where […]

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Pro-lifers are like the Taliban?

Pro-lifers are like the Taliban?

on May 29, 2014, 7:55 AM / in News, State News

by Steven Ertelt | Nashville, TN | LifeNews.com Original Post Pro-life advocates in Tennessee are working hard to promote Amendment 1, which would mitigate the far-reaching effects of state court decisions preventing the passage of virtually any pro-life law to stop or limit abortions. Seeking to demonize those pro-life people and rally abortion backers to oppose Amendment 1, a political […]

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Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke rejects request for budget watchdogs

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke rejects request for budget watchdogs

on May 29, 2014, 6:16 AM / in News, State News

by Ellis Smith / Chattanooga Free Press Two of the city’s biggest programs won’t have independent oversight assigned to review their performance next year. Mayor Andy Berke turned down a request by City Auditor Stan Sewell to fund two positions to monitor the mayor’s outcomes-based budget and the massive wastewater treatment repairs that must be made as part of a federal […]

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TN Democrats have history of using politics to control judiciary

TN Democrats have history of using politics to control judiciary

on May 29, 2014, 6:11 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Three Tennessee Supreme Court justices up for a retention vote, supposedly targeted for removal by big business, stress politics has no place in the courtroom. But a brief glimpse of state history shows otherwise. One could make the case Tennessee Democrats have benefited handsomely by using partisan politics to keep the state’s judiciary […]

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Property Tax Rat Decrease? Of Course Not

Property Tax Rat Decrease? Of Course Not

on May 29, 2014, 6:03 AM / in News, State News

MEMPHIS, TN -(WMC) – A proposal to cut taxes for Shelby County residents was struck down by a county commission committee on Wednesday. Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell proposed one tax cut for Memphians and a greater tax cut for those living outside of the city. The Shelby Co. Commission did not approve the cut, but the debate is far […]

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70-Year-Old Arrested In Sumner County Dog Shooting Case

70-Year-Old Arrested In Sumner County Dog Shooting Case

on May 28, 2014, 10:07 AM / in News, State News

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – A 70-year-old Hendersonville man has been arrested and charged in connection with the shooting of two family dogs over the weekend. One dog died and another was injured. Officials with the Hendersonville Police Department said they arrested Paul S. Corley. He was charged with two counts of animal cruelty. The arrest came after three dogs got out […]

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Animal abuse case to grand jury in Monroe County, Tennessee

on May 27, 2014, 6:12 AM / in News, State News

Author: Michael Thomason Source: The Monroe County Advocate VONORE-A Vonore area man waived charges of meth use and animal abuse onto a Monroe County Grand Jury last week. Noah Keith Tipton, 41, Tipton Lane, Vonore, was in Monroe County General Sessions Court on 14 charges of animal cruelty and initiating the process to manufacture methamphetamine, but instead of entering a […]

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Chattanooga entrepreneurs, thirsty for talent, subsidize housing for new hires

Chattanooga entrepreneurs, thirsty for talent, subsidize housing for new hires

on May 27, 2014, 5:58 AM / in News, State News

Cameron Rogers made the leap to Chattanooga from New Brunswick, a small province on Canada’s Atlantic coast, to pursue her dream job. In the months since she was invited in August 2013 to visit the offices of Fancy Rhino, a Chattanooga-based creative agency that boasts clients from Nike to Samsung, Rogers held out hope that she’d be picked to work […]

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West Knoxville man found dead three weeks after disappearance

on May 27, 2014, 5:54 AM / in News, State News

by The Knoxville News Sentinel   KNOXVILLE — A 60-year-old man who disappeared earlier this month after threatening to harm himself was found dead in a backyard shed Monday night along the same West Knoxville street where he was reported missing. The body of William Glen Young was discovered by family members shortly after 7 p.m. in a utility shed behind […]

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Law enforcement, media in east Tennessee must demand facts in Heitman case

Law enforcement, media in east Tennessee must demand facts in Heitman case

on May 27, 2014, 5:45 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Law enforcement officers aren’t obligated to speak to journalists — but unlike politicians, law enforcement generally goes out of its way to accommodate the media, even when and if both sides have a complicated relationship. Law enforcement authorities have a better sense that perception often matters more than truth, and this is crucial […]

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Spring Hill to enter bond market

Spring Hill to enter bond market

on May 26, 2014, 6:13 AM / in News, State News

By KATE COIL / The Daily Herald Rapid growth and needed infrastructure improvements has lead Spring Hill officials to seek municipal bonds as a way to finance parks, roads and other projects. City leaders have been discussing going to the bond market for months to finance projects like the new Port Royal Road Park, fire station and the widening of […]

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Taxpayers pay $30,000 so out-of-state artist can glue shovels, rakes, pickaxes

Taxpayers pay $30,000 so out-of-state artist can glue shovels, rakes, pickaxes

on May 26, 2014, 5:30 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Nashville taxpayers recently paid $30,000 so an artist could glue several shovels, rakes and pickaxes together, paint them black and mold them into a 12-foot high structure along the Cumberland River. City officials erected the sculpture, “Tool Fire,” last year at Shelby Bottoms Park, only three miles from the Grand Ole Opry. Regular […]

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New school districts see light at end of budgetary tunnel

New school districts see light at end of budgetary tunnel

on May 25, 2014, 6:41 AM / in News, State News

Bartlett, Arlington and Lakeland municipal school districts are balancing their budgets for their first year of operations, and it has meant hours of meetings and plenty of number tweaking. They have near-final versions now. The final step is obtaining approval at their next city board meetings. With generous city support and the economy of sharing certain operational services with other area […]

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That sinking feeling: Chattanooga must spend $9 million to stem problems at Ross’s Landing

That sinking feeling: Chattanooga must spend $9 million to stem problems at Ross’s Landing

on May 25, 2014, 6:26 AM / in News, State News

The Cost of Engineering…. In a report from the Chattanooga Free Press we find that nothing is as permanent, well certainly not as permanent as politicians tell you. The foundation of Chattanooga’s waterfront revitalization — the bedrock of the city’s downtown renaissance — is sinking. In less than a decade, a 1,000-foot portion of the $120 million 21st Century Waterfront has […]

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Who You Going To Believe? Commissioner Brooks Or Your Lyin Ears?

Who You Going To Believe? Commissioner Brooks Or Your Lyin Ears?

on May 25, 2014, 6:09 AM / in News, State News

MEMPHIS, TN -(WMC) – No apologies and no regrets are coming from Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks following her racial rant last week. Commissioner Chris Thomas is calling for an apology for that and other comments, but Brooks said she did nothing wrong. “You all are making it out to be more than it is,” she said. Brooks says comments she made at a […]

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Progressives: Taxpayer money for ABC’s ‘Nashville’ should go to homeless instead

Progressives: Taxpayer money for ABC’s ‘Nashville’ should go to homeless instead

on May 25, 2014, 5:30 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Tennessee taxpayers will reportedly fork over $7 million more to ABC’s “Nashville,” in exchange for the show’s continued filming on location for its third season. Believe it or not, this time big government types are lashing out against this corporate welfare — but not for the reasons you’d suspect. They want city officials […]

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