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Common Core / The Progressive Plan

Common Core / The Progressive Plan

on March 13, 2014, 7:48 AM / in News, Opinion, State News

In a note from Deb Wells, The national Common Core Standards scheme was pushed by powerful lobbyists beginning in 2008, and the final package was buried in President Obama’s 2009 “Stimulus” bill. Common Core will eliminate state and local control over educational standards and testing and replace it with a common set of standards nationwide. It also adds a brand […]

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Former alderman sets fire to house

on March 12, 2014, 5:49 AM / in News, State News

Michael Thomason / The Monroe County Advocate TELLICO PLAINS-A former Tellico Plains alderman was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly set his house on fire and discharged a firearm. Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Millsaps said it was around 9:30 p.m. when he and Sgt. Ray Haynes and Tellico Plains Police Officer Blake Hall went to a house on Scott […]

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Records: TN school district official reported check forging before ‘suicide’

Records: TN school district official reported check forging before ‘suicide’

on March 12, 2014, 5:44 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Alexander Heitman, who worked for the Oak Ridge School District, died in 2011. His body was found some 70 miles away in Cocke County. Law enforcement ruled the death a suicide, and the case is closed, Cocke County Sheriffs Department spokesman Derrick Woods told Tennessee Watchdog. His parents don’t believe their son killed […]

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Council commits reserve funds to gym project

Council commits reserve funds to gym project

on March 12, 2014, 5:38 AM / in News, State News

by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer / Cleveland Daily Banner The Cleveland City Council approved using the city’s general fund balance to ensure construction of a new gymnasium at Cleveland High School amid heated discussion and concerns that using the funds would negatively affect city operations. The measure dedicates up to $12 million from a fund usually reserved for giving […]

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Chattanooga City Council gives final OK to mayor’s pension reforms

Chattanooga City Council gives final OK to mayor’s pension reforms

on March 12, 2014, 5:31 AM / in News, State News

by Joy Lukachick / timesfreepress.com Police officers and firefighters will have to contribute more to their retirement plan starting July 1 and new recruits will be subject to a retirement age with Tuesday’s passage of Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke’s pension reforms. The final City Council vote ushers in the fire and police pension reforms a year after Berke announced a plan […]

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Judge Freeman Marr honored

Judge Freeman Marr honored

on March 12, 2014, 5:24 AM / in News, State News
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2014 service academy nominations

2014 service academy nominations

on March 12, 2014, 5:19 AM / in News, State News

Congressman Stephen Fincher (R) has nominated the following students for 2018 appointments to U.S. service academies for the Bartlette area. U.S. Naval Academy Christopher Waelde (Bartlett) – Bolton High School Jasmine Walker (Arlington) – Arlington High School U.S. Air Force Academy Bailey Wittman (Lakeland) – Christian Brothers High School William Tyler Phillips (Bartlett) – Arlington High School U.S. Military Academy Jared […]

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Bill to Remove Sales Tax on Silver/Gold Has Traction!

Bill to Remove Sales Tax on Silver/Gold Has Traction!

on March 11, 2014, 8:11 AM / in News, State News

YEARS OF HARD WORK PAYING OFF! Senate Bill 0469 and House Bill 0120, are still alive in Nashville! The bills’ purpose as introduced, exempts the sale of gold, silver and platinum coins and bullion that are used as mediums of exchange from sales tax .  This is a once in a millennium chance:  freedom lovers AND the banks want the bill. We […]

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Legislative Updates March 10th, 2014 Eagle Forum

Legislative Updates March 10th, 2014 Eagle Forum

on March 10, 2014, 8:06 AM / in News, 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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Audit: School employee used nearly $500,000 on iTunes, jewelry

Audit: School employee used nearly $500,000 on iTunes, jewelry

on March 6, 2014, 5:47 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog A former Alcoa City School District employee who oversaw federal funds took nearly $500,000 in taxpayer money to use for herself, according to an audit Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson released Tuesday. The former employee spent the money on her home mortgage, food, jewelry, clothing and iTunes songs, Wilson said. She even invested some of that […]

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Alpha Natural to pay fine

Alpha Natural to pay fine

on March 6, 2014, 5:44 AM / in News, State News

BY ALLIE ROBINSON GIBSON | BRISTOL HERALD COURIER     BRISTOL, Va. — Alpha Natural Resources will pay a $27.5 million fine for violating water pollution permits in five states, according to a proposed settlement with federal and state environmental agencies. The consent decree outlining the details of the settlement was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Charleston, W.Va. The fine […]

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Panel votes to hike budget director’s pay

Panel votes to hike budget director’s pay

on March 6, 2014, 5:39 AM / in News, State News

By VANESSA CURRY /  The Daily Herald An apparent oversight left Maury County Budget Director Theresa Weber’s paycheck a bit short this past year — a situation a commission committee voted 5-1 on Tuesday to rectify. Weber, who was hired in December 2012, said she recently learned state law dictates that the director of accounts and budget cannot be paid less […]

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Government: Romeikes can stay in United States

Government: Romeikes can stay in United States

on March 6, 2014, 5:31 AM / in News, State News

Citizen Tribune Less than 24 hours after the Supreme Court declined to hear the asylum appeal of a Morristown conservative Christian family seeking the ability to home school their children in a way not allowed in their native Germany, supporters were rallying to fight a deportation battle. That battle will not be necessary. At about 1 p.m. Tuesday, roughly a […]

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Sons of Confederate Veterans

Sons of Confederate Veterans

on March 6, 2014, 5:28 AM / in News, State News

The Sons of Confederate Veterans Nathan Bedford Forrest Camp No. 3 in Chattanooga held its February meeting on Feb. 2, at the East Ridge Community Center. David Scott, outgoing commander of the Camp,  left, presented Shawn Pritchett of Old Fort, right, his certificate and pin as the newest member of the camp. Elections were held and new officers were inducted; […]

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TBI Makes Arrest In Holly Bobo Case

TBI Makes Arrest In Holly Bobo Case

on March 6, 2014, 5:13 AM / in News, State News

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has obtained indictments and an arrest in the case of the disappearance of Holly Bobo. On April 13, 2011, Holly Bobo disappeared from her home on Swan Johnson Road between 7:40 a.m. and 8 a.m. The TBI, along with local and federal authorities, has spent several hundreds of manpower hours on the investigation. There have […]

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Tennessee Legislative Update March 3rd Tennessee Eagle Forum and Others

Tennessee Legislative Update March 3rd Tennessee Eagle Forum and Others

on March 3, 2014, 9:38 AM / in News, State News

BAD NEWS Tennessee State Representative Jimmy Eldridge agreed to support Communist based program of state owned telecommunications by sponsoring HB 2482 which states: Municipal Government – As introduced, authorizes municipal electric systems and other governmental utility authorities that provide broadband services, such as cable and Internet service, to provide such services to economic development, education, and health care projects within a […]

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Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner announced Retirement

Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner announced Retirement

on March 3, 2014, 7:37 AM / in News, State News

SURPRISING ANNOUNCEMENT: House Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Turner announced today that he will not seek reelection to the House District 51 seat. “This is a hard place to quit but I will not be running this time around,” Turner said in a brief House floor speech.Turner, 59, who is has held the seat 14 years. A Nashville firefighter by profession, […]

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For the Tennessee Prayer List

For the Tennessee Prayer List

on March 3, 2014, 7:33 AM / in News, State News

Lots of payer needs this week. Rep. Susan Lynn’s very sick two year old grandson  was rushed to Vanderbilt.  He was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes.  This will be a real life change for the family. Rep. Kevin Cleveland) has been in the hospital for tests.  He is home now recuperating. Rep. Harold Love has been out with his mother this […]

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Legislation Updates and Hearing Alerts March, 2014

on March 3, 2014, 7:16 AM / in National News, News, State News

A SAOVA message to sportsmen, pet owners and farmers concerned about protecting their traditions, avocations and livelihoods from anti-hunting, anti-breeding, animal guardianship advocates. Forwarding and cross posting, with attribution, encouraged. Legislation Updates and Hearing Alerts March 2, 2014 SAOVA Friends, Idaho Gov. Butch Otter signed into law a bill to protect animal production facilities from outside interference and undercover videotaping. […]

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TN COMMERCIAL BREEDER ACT PAGE

TN COMMERCIAL BREEDER ACT PAGE

on March 3, 2014, 7:14 AM / in News, State News

SAOVA has set up a page for the Tennessee Commercial Breeder Act extension bill. It describes the bill, links to the fiscal note, and gives names and contact information to the Senate Ag committee. It’s great to have all of this information in one easy place.   COMMERCIAL BREEDER ACT Under present law, the Commercial Breeder Act requires licensure for […]

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