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Assaults up, forcible sex offenses down at TN colleges

Assaults up, forcible sex offenses down at TN colleges

on March 22, 2017, 6:15 AM / in State News

Bartlett Express Assaults, robberies, drug offenses and fraud were up for Tennessee’s colleges and universities last year, according to the 2016 “Crime on Campus” report by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. DUI, liquor law violations and forcible sex offenses all dropped significantly. Larceny/theft accounted for more than a quarter (27 percent) of all 2016 offenses, an 8 percent decrease from the […]

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Tennessee bill sponsor: Medical marijuana dead this session

Tennessee bill sponsor: Medical marijuana dead this session

on March 22, 2017, 6:09 AM / in State News

NASHVILLE — A Tennessee lawmaker says his bill that would legalize medical marijuana is dead for this year’s legislative session. Republican Rep. Jeremy Faison says there’s currently not enough support in the Senate for the change. Faison’s bill would have let people use prescribed marijuana to treat a variety of ailments, from cancer to post-traumatic stress disorder. It also would […]

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TAXES Increasing Everywhere

TAXES Increasing Everywhere

on March 22, 2017, 6:04 AM / in State News

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry’s proposal to increase a fee that is tacked on to the monthly water bills of Nashvillians to generate more funding for stormwater projects took a key step forward Tuesday. The Metro Council voted unanimously by voice to advance a stormwater fee hike that is intended to address a backlog of $207 million in stormwater needs. The overhaul puts a greater financial […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam’s gas tax plan scores major win in House, Senate committees

Gov. Bill Haslam’s gas tax plan scores major win in House, Senate committees

on March 22, 2017, 5:56 AM / in State News

EVIL IS WINNING…. Gov. Bill Haslam’s gas tax proposal received a significant victory Tuesday when two legislative committees approved the measure. The House Transportation Committee voted 11-7 in favor of the governor’s bill, which was amended to raise the state’s tax on gasoline by 6 cents per gallon over a three-year period. The governor has proposed the plan to help fund a $10 […]

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Tennessee Dog Breeder Bills….. HSUS on the move

on March 21, 2017, 8:16 AM / in State News

We have a quick update on the dog breeder bills — HB 0122 and SB 0283. These bills have new amended language per our sources. This is the second time the bills have been gutted and amended without being posted on the General Assembly web site. They have been completely re-written from their previous contents. The new language still applies to […]

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California’s Boondoggle Bullet Train Goes Off The (Fiscal) Rails

California’s Boondoggle Bullet Train Goes Off The (Fiscal) Rails

on March 21, 2017, 7:28 AM / in Opinion, State News

State Waste: Investors Business Daily The Golden State’s vaunted bullet train project, planned to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles, may be in its financial death throes. If so, it’s probably the best fiscal news for the Golden State in years. To say that Gov. Jerry Brown’s pet project, the so-called high-speed train, is troubled would be an understatement. From […]

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Oklahoma state senator plans to resign following child prostitution charges, attorney says

Oklahoma state senator plans to resign following child prostitution charges, attorney says

on March 21, 2017, 7:15 AM / in State News

By  Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY –  A Republican state senator facing felony child prostitution charges after police say he solicited sex from a 17-year-old boy plans to resign his seat by Wednesday evening, his attorney said. Attorney Ed Blau said Monday night he’d recently been retained by Sen. Ralph Shortey and that it was premature to comment on the charges […]

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Ma Beavers Thinking About a Run for the Governorship….

on March 21, 2017, 6:00 AM / in State News

Tennessee state Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, said Monday she is “exploring a run for governor” as a more conservative option in Tennessee. This comes on the heels of the news last week that conservative Republican gubernatorial candidate Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville, is under strong consideration for secretary of the Army by President Donald Trump. Beavers hopes to replace Green as the […]

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Legislative Update From Tennessee Eagle Forum March 20, 2017

Legislative Update From Tennessee Eagle Forum March 20, 2017

on March 20, 2017, 9:21 AM / in Opinion, State News

Tennessee General Assembly information, click HERE. For information on State Senators, including phone numbers and email addresses, click HERE; for House members, click HERE. For information on legislation, click HERE. Don’t forget that you can now watch the Senate committee meetings and floor sessions online by going HERE; House committee meetings and floor sessions online HERE. Phone calls can go […]

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One Tennessee man says he paid tens of thousands of dollars for Wilson County officials to inspect his house during the construction phase.

on March 20, 2017, 6:57 AM / in State News

This is an everyday problem, codes not enforced, but taxes and fees collected that directly impact the owner. Tragic for this family. One man says he paid tens of thousands of dollars for Wilson County officials to inspect his house during the construction phase.  County inspectors gave the house a permit. But even the county mayor admits they overlooked a […]

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The unintended consequences of goofy hoplophobes anti-firearm rights Democrat moke demands mandatory open carry I like it sorta

on March 20, 2017, 6:10 AM / in Bedtime Stories, Opinion, State News

This came to us from Jackie 6 years ago and it just made us smile. The unintended consequences of goofy hoplophobes. Anti-firearm rights Democrat moke demands mandatory open carry! I like it! (Sorta.) “Hey, I’m all out of 9mm! Let’s go to WalMart.” From Ammoland.com: A bill in Louisiana would require sportsmen to show the serial number on their firearms before purchasing […]

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Tennessee: House to Consider Self-Defense Legislation on Monday

on March 19, 2017, 9:19 AM / in State News

If we didn’t know that there a better set of the cards on the table, we might jump for joy over this one. Thanks to Thomas for the heads up.. On Monday, March 20, the Tennessee House of Representatives is scheduled to consider and vote on House Bill 752. House Bill 752, sponsored by state Representative Tilman Goins, would allow […]

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Judge grants warrant for Google to reveal ID data on all users who used specific search terms

Judge grants warrant for Google to reveal ID data on all users who used specific search terms

on March 19, 2017, 8:48 AM / in National News, State News

Andrew West, Constitution.com [Ed. – Google hasn’t responded yet, apparently.  But this is indeed worrisome.  In a city the size of Minneapolis, there could be hundreds or thousands users who made a search using some variations of the terms in question.  And only one might be the perp.  Or might not be!  This is a fishing expedition if ever there […]

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Bill Would Let Floridians Challenge Inappropriate School Material

Bill Would Let Floridians Challenge Inappropriate School Material

on March 18, 2017, 6:21 AM / in Opinion, State News

Despite legal prohibitions on providing obscene material to minors, public schools in Florida have been using apparently illegal materials including stories for “literature” involving prostitution, lesbianism, gang rape, marital infidelity, masturbation, masochism, abortion, and more. In Florida school districts where materials were examined by parents and activists, there were more than 60 books with hard or soft porn on recommended […]

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Norris Says Proposed School Voucher Legislation ‘Problematic’

on March 17, 2017, 12:14 PM / in State News

By Sam Stockard  /  Memphis Daily News At least someone is trying to throw out the anchor….  NASHVILLE – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris expressed reservations Wednesday, March 15, about legislation allowing tax dollars to be used to send low-income students in struggling public schools to private schools. “It’s problematic,” Norris said when asked about the legislation in light of […]

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Teacher stayed at Culleoka school for two weeks after allegedly kissing teen

Teacher stayed at Culleoka school for two weeks after allegedly kissing teen

on March 17, 2017, 7:50 AM / in National News, State News

By James Bennett /  The Columbia Daily Herald  The Culleoka Unit School teacher who allegedly ran away with 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas was allowed to remain on the faculty for two weeks after a reported impropriety with the freshman. Health sciences teacher Tad Cummins, 50, was caught kissing Thomas at school by another student Jan. 23, according to the attorney for […]

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Florida governor replaces anti-death-penalty prosecutor

Florida governor replaces anti-death-penalty prosecutor

on March 17, 2017, 7:40 AM / in State News

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) on Thursday removed prosecutor Aramis Ayala from the trial of accused cop killer Markeith Loyd after she said she would no longer seek the death penalty in first-degree murder cases. Loyd, who was wanted for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend, is accused of fatally shooting Orlando police Lt. Debra Clayton when she tried to […]

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Maury County student departs to compete in Winter World Games

on March 15, 2017, 7:56 AM / in State News

By MIKE CHRISTEN  /  Columbia Daily Herald Maury County’s King’s Daughters’ School and Columbia Academy are cheering for a local student as he makes his way across the Atlantic for the 2017 Special Olympics World Winter Games in Austria. Daniel DeHaan, a 22-year-old student at King’s Daughters’ School, is set to compete for the United States in the downhill and […]

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We have a modest proposal

We have a modest proposal

on March 14, 2017, 9:38 AM / in Opinion, State News

By Rocky Top Politics…..  We were greeted yesterday morning with this 1,000+ word essay from the Tennessean’s “Community Engagement” editor (not to be confused with a “community organizer): Ever helpful, Rocky Top has an alternate suggestion for President Trump on the occasion of his visit to Nashville: Trump should use Nashville rally to explain to Plazas where he can stick […]

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First in the Nation — Tennessee Files Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of the Federal Refugee

First in the Nation — Tennessee Files Lawsuit Challenging Constitutionality of the Federal Refugee

on March 14, 2017, 9:24 AM / in National News, State News

By the Thomas Moore Law Center ANN ARBOR, MI – The Thomas More Law Center, a national nonprofit public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, MI, today filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee General Assembly, and two State legislators, challenging the constitutionality of the federal refugee resettlement program as a violation of […]

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