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Appellate Judges Consider Firing New York’s Nanny

Appellate Judges Consider Firing New York’s Nanny

on June 19, 2013, 5:42 AM / in News, State News

On Tuesday, the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division (New York’s second-highest tier of courts) heard New York City’s appeal against the decision by Judge Milton Tingling that struck down the ban on restaurant soft drink servings greater than 16 ounces. Attorneys for the coalition of business and community groups opposing the diktat argued that the city’s unelected Board of […]

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Tennessee attorney general coy on whether he will pursue case against Obamacare

Tennessee attorney general coy on whether he will pursue case against Obamacare

on June 13, 2013, 8:35 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Tennessee has a legal maneuver to pull to possibly get out of one big part of the Affordable Care Act, but State Attorney General Bob Cooper’s office won’t say if he will pursue it. Almost 700 miles away, however, Oklahoma’s Attorney General Scott Pruitt is going full throttle against Obamacare, or at […]

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Free Speech Battle in Small-Town Tennessee

Free Speech Battle in Small-Town Tennessee

on June 10, 2013, 8:07 AM / in News, State News

Last Tuesday, Bill Killian, U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of Tennessee, FBI Special Agent Kenneth Moore, and Zak Mohyuddin of the American Muslim Advisory Council hosted an event called “Public Disclosure in a Diverse Society” in the town of Manchester, Tennessee. My American Freedom Defense Initiative colleague Pamela Geller and I called for a protest of what was clearly […]

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Perception vs. reality as Tennessee Walking Horse industry faces adversity

Perception vs. reality as Tennessee Walking Horse industry faces adversity

on June 9, 2013, 9:59 AM / in News, State News

By JASON REYNOLDS ~ jreynolds@t-g.com Pageant and spectacle. Breeding and training. Loving and caring. Versatile and easy riding. Abuse and regulation. Many words can be used to describe the Tennessee Walking Horse industry, the animals and the people who care for them. It’s a way of life for many, a tradition that has been passed down through the generations. Some […]

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TN Book Commission faces scrutiny after lawmakers say textbooks show bias

TN Book Commission faces scrutiny after lawmakers say textbooks show bias

on June 5, 2013, 9:50 AM / in News, State News

Textbooks used in Williamson County classrooms and across the state may be presenting a slanted view of history, science and other subjects, Republican lawmakers say, and an effort may be taking root to revamp how they are selected. House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, state Rep. Glen Casada and other legislators say many of the textbooks in students’ backpacks show signs […]

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Hundreds protest Coffee Co. meeting on First Amendment rights

on June 5, 2013, 9:48 AM / in News, State News

WSMV Channel 4 MANCHESTER, TN (WSMV) – Controversy over a public official’s anti-Muslim post on Facebook has helped spark a heated meeting Tuesday in Manchester. A flyer for the event says the gathering at the Manchester Coffee County Conference Center would have food, fellowship and a chance to talk about American Muslims and public discourse. And several law enforcement officers […]

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Muslim group’s TN forum with feds disrupted by heckling

on June 5, 2013, 9:46 AM / in News, State News

MANCHESTER — Hundreds of people turned out at the Manchester Convention Center Tuesday evening for an event billed as a discussion of public discourse in a diverse society, with a particular focus on the Muslim religion. People were turned away at the door because the facility was too full. Some grew angry and started hurling terms such as “communist,” “socialist” […]

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Free Speech Exercised Last Night

Free Speech Exercised Last Night

on June 5, 2013, 9:41 AM / in News, State News

Another Obama Assault on Free Speech BY Robert Spencer The Obama Administration’s latest assault on the freedom of speech is so audacious that it leaves me speechless – and that’s the idea. According to Politico, Bill Killian, the Obama-appointed U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, “is reportedly vowing to use federal civil rights statutes to clamp down on […]

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Animal Control stresses safety, spaying/neutering

Animal Control stresses safety, spaying/neutering

on June 5, 2013, 9:06 AM / in News, State News

Editor’s Note: It’s too bad they always seem to assume that when they get a call or complaint, that it’s true. At least that’s how it sounds in the article. They sure do keep encouraging people to call in complaints. By Jennifer Sprouse    Press Staff Writer jsprouse@johnsoncitypress.com Original Post People have been known to show love for their animals by […]

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Lamar Alexander: ‘We must raise taxes so that we can lower taxes’

Lamar Alexander: ‘We must raise taxes so that we can lower taxes’

on June 3, 2013, 4:29 PM / in News, State News

In the world of double speak… I bring you this rather interesting article from Knox News and Tom Humphrey’s. I am assuming that there was quite a push on the honorable Mr. Humphrey is put this into print. As you will notice this reads like a promise list or better a Christmas list from the governor’s office. If you give […]

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SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER: NEO-CON TROTSKYITE  Part 1 and 2

SENATOR LAMAR ALEXANDER: NEO-CON TROTSKYITE Part 1 and 2

on June 2, 2013, 2:14 PM / in National News, News, State News

Special thanks to Jackie for the heads up By Kelleigh Nelson Original Post “It is a known fact that the policies of the government today, whether Republican or Democrat are closer to the 1932 platform of the Communist Party than they are to either of their own party platforms in that critical year.” —Walter Trohan (1903-2003) Chicago Tribune reporter (1929-1972) […]

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Charity and Senator Alexander

Charity and Senator Alexander

on June 2, 2013, 10:01 AM / in News, Opinion, State News

Why is it that when someone does a good and kind act for unselfish reasons that politicians must seize on that moment and to make political gains? Have they not realized that the act and sacrifice made by the individuals in providing the act of charity is negated by an act of government aid? Victor Hugo said “As the purse […]

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Drinking the Hemlock Kool-Aid

Drinking the Hemlock Kool-Aid

on June 1, 2013, 8:19 AM / in News, State News

by Trent Seibert It’s a snapshot moment that today seems reminiscent of the iconic Chicago Tribune “Dewey Defeats Truman” headline. The December 2008 photo shows then-Gov. Phil Bredesen grinning, standing with then-Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber and the CEO of the new company that would take Clarksville – and Tennessee – into a new era of green energy […]

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FBI’s Knoxville chief: Lead with kindness and accountability

FBI’s Knoxville chief: Lead with kindness and accountability

on May 31, 2013, 7:35 AM / in News, State News

Legendary University of Tennessee football coach Robert Neyland was famous for his seven maxims of winning football. In that spirit, the News Sentinel offers a series that highlights maxims for the 21st century — not about football, but about effective leadership. On one Sunday each month, the Business section will highlight an East Tennessean from spheres including athletics, the arts, […]

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U.S. Attorney William C. Killian Gives Keynote Address At Grand Opening Ceremony Of The Chattanooga Islamic Center

U.S. Attorney William C. Killian Gives Keynote Address At Grand Opening Ceremony Of The Chattanooga Islamic Center

on May 31, 2013, 7:31 AM / in News, State News

 CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.- After over two years of construction, on Saturday night, August 25, 2012, the Chattanooga Islamic Center hosted a grand opening celebration. Approximately 250 individuals from all sectors, including federal, state and local officials, law enforcement, and representatives from the general public from all religious groups, attended the event. After a tour of the facilities and dinner, attendees were […]

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State attorney general: Parking lot gun measure doesn’t affect employment law

State attorney general: Parking lot gun measure doesn’t affect employment law

on May 30, 2013, 7:43 AM / in News, State News

NASHVILLE (AP) — A Tennessee employer could fire a worker who violates company policy by storing firearms and ammunition in vehicles parked on employers’ property despite a new state law, according to a state attorney general’s opinion. Gov. Bill Haslam in March signed the measure that would allow people with handgun carry permits to store firearms in their vehicles no […]

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Will YOUR Congressman vote for or against a new Internet sales tax?

Will YOUR Congressman vote for or against a new Internet sales tax?

on May 29, 2013, 9:39 AM / in National News, News, State News

If you don’t know, CALL THEM, and find out: (202) 224-3121 TN’s Senators Alexander and Corker voted for it recently, Governor Haslam and Lt Gov Ron Ramsey have pushed your Congressmen to do the same when it comes for a vote in the US House of Representatives. Professional wrestler and TN citizen Glenn Jacobs is a vocal critic of the […]

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The Masses are Hungry: TennCare expansion backed by most voters

The Masses are Hungry: TennCare expansion backed by most voters

on May 26, 2013, 7:21 AM / in News, State News

by Andy Sher NASHVILLE — The majority of Tennesseans favoring an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program is now 60 percent, but most still don’t like the federal law that allows it, according to a new Vanderbilt University poll. The survey of 813 registered voters also found that Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s job approval rating remains high at 63 percent […]

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Annexation moratorium takes effect in Tennessee

Annexation moratorium takes effect in Tennessee

on May 26, 2013, 7:13 AM / in News, State News

by Andy Sher NASHVILLE — A 13-month partial moratorium on property annexations by Tennessee towns and cities is now in effect after Gov. Bill Haslam signed the measure brought by two Hamilton County legislators. The law, signed last week, halts forced annexations of residential and farm property already in progress prior to April 15 until May 15, 2014, unless a […]

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TBI Officials Stumble Across Illegal Dog Fighting Operation in Chattanooga

on May 25, 2013, 6:02 AM / in News, State News

Footnote: McKamey is the same group being sued, along with the city of Chattanooga, for $10 million as a result of an illegal search and seizure of animals from a pet store in 2010. McKamey refused to give some of the young animals back until they were too old to be sold; and there was no way for the pet […]

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