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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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Bits and Pieces Monday September 23, 2013

Bits and Pieces Monday September 23, 2013

on September 23, 2013, 11:01 AM / in Local News, National News, News, State News

Jackson City Council meets Next Week to Explore Additional Spending Recreation A little more in-depth later. Tennessee judge rules parents can name their baby ‘Messiah’ after all Messiah has returned, if not in the biblical sense. A Tennessee judge has overturned an order denying the right of a couple to name their son “Messiah.” Code Red Coalition holds health care forum […]

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GOP Chairman Breaks Law, Endorses Embattled Incumbent US Senator

GOP Chairman Breaks Law, Endorses Embattled Incumbent US Senator

on September 18, 2013, 2:02 PM / in National News, News, State News

By Michael Lotfi Original Post When most people think of Tennessee they arrive at conclusions of country music, BBQ, mountains and conservative politics. If one were to crack open the voting records of TN’s federal delegation they would be in for quite the shock. Of Tennessee’s 11 federal delegates (9 representatives and 2 senators) only 3 have a conservative score or 80% of […]

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The New Communists

The New Communists

on September 17, 2013, 4:16 PM / in National News, News, State News

By Glenn Jacobs Bloomberg recently ran a piece titled Libertarians Are the New Communists by Nick Hanauer and Eric Liu. As one would expect, to reach their conclusion–that these two diametrically opposed political philosophies both inevitably lead to societal collapse–the authors rely either on willful ignorance or deliberate prevarication. Since Liu was a speechwriter and policy advisor for Bill Clinton, you […]

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Tennessee parents say possible new textbooks too racy, anti-American

on September 17, 2013, 4:11 PM / in News, State News

Every K-12 public school in Tennessee is slated to get new social studies textbooks next year, but a group of parents say the books school districts are about to buy up are anti-American and inappropriate. Now, they are taking their concerns to state commissioners, seeking to raise awareness about the books’ content and their perceived bias. “In dozens of instances, […]

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Once again, parents Showed up and Showed Out!!

Once again, parents Showed up and Showed Out!!

on September 17, 2013, 4:08 PM / in News, State News

The TN State Textbook Commission held its meeting yesterday to hear from parents/activists and publishers. First, there are eight members of the Commission: Dr. Brian Tate, Chair; Mr. Kevin Huffman, Secretary, Dr. Jason Robinson, Mr. Bobby Cox, Ms, Edith Williams, Dr. Craig Hammond, Mr. Lewis Moorer, Mr. Dan Lawson. Only THREE commissioners showed up:  Tate, Moorer and Lawson.  Also in […]

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Common Core Hearings

Common Core Hearings

on September 16, 2013, 7:01 AM / in News, State News

For many months, grassroots activists across the state have been raising concerns about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  These concerns are now also shared by many legislators. Because the interest has been so high, Sen. Dolores Gresham, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, has graciously scheduled formal hearings on the CCSS for September 19-20, 2013. September 19, the hearing […]

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The Grade

The Grade

on September 14, 2013, 8:45 AM / in National News, News, State News

We received this report from Larry Jordan this morning and we thought we should pass this on.     Saw this excellent Brenda Walker column that is an update of the original ’60 Minutes’ program of January 2013. For the past four  to five years, I’ve been sending to many people one of the very best voter guides at election […]

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Four people found slain in car near ‘quiet’ Tennessee community

Four people found slain in car near ‘quiet’ Tennessee community

on September 13, 2013, 10:59 AM / in News, State News

  Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation investigate the discovery of four bodies in a vehicle on Thursday near Crab Orchard, Tenn By Tim Ghianni, Reuters NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Four people were found shot to death in a car in Tennessee, police said on Thursday. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Kristin Helm said authorities were trying to identify the […]

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Before Obama

Before Obama

on September 10, 2013, 7:59 AM / in News, State News

Do you really think that President Obama was the first to give away free cell phones…. what makes you think he thought that up? Back in August of 2005, The Tennessee state agency approved a contract with Sprint Communications Inc. to offer what’s billed as an improved telephone service for the late-deafened and hard-of-hearing community in Tennessee. That agreement still exists. The […]

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It’s common sense to think conservatively

It’s common sense to think conservatively

on September 9, 2013, 8:14 AM / in Local News, News, Opinion, State News

By GLENDA CAUDLE Good news, folks. I’m packing my common sense away in the deepest, darkest corner of my attic, reassured once and (oh, shoot, let’s just jump in all the way and say “forever”) that all is well in the great land of Obamacare. I’m perfectly content from this day forward to ignore every piece of evidence that sheds […]

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COMMON CORE:  Now it is YOUR turn!!

COMMON CORE: Now it is YOUR turn!!

on September 9, 2013, 7:39 AM / in News, State News

For many   months, grassroots activists across the state have been raising concerns   about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  These concerns are now   also shared by many legislators. Because the interest has been so high, Sen. Dolores Gresham, chairman of the   Senate Education Committee, has graciously scheduled formal hearings on the   CCSS for September 19-20, […]

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The NSA’s other shoe drops

The NSA’s other shoe drops

on September 6, 2013, 11:54 AM / in News, State News

by Claire  Alas (but no surprise), the rumor that’s been buzzing around the ‘Net ever since Edward Snowden’s NSA documents began their slow leak has turned out to be true. The NSA has cracked the encryption on which the Internet thrives. All those assurances from our banks, insurance companies, doctors, credit card companies, etc. that our data is safe and […]

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Better Quality Candidates for Commission

Better Quality Candidates for Commission

on September 6, 2013, 10:35 AM / in News, State News

Chris in Maryville has started a movement to put furry friends in the Blount County Commission and has asked for my help in recruiting candidates. I am happy to oblige as I know the moral integrity of my first recruit to be far superior to that of 20 of the County Commissioners. Blount County (BC) Public Record is delighted to […]

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Johnson City mayor to detail animal shelter plans at City Commission meeting

Johnson City mayor to detail animal shelter plans at City Commission meeting

on September 6, 2013, 8:04 AM / in News, State News

                   Rendering for the new Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter. (Contributed) by Jennifer Sprouse After nailing down a location for the new Washington County-Johnson City Animal Shelter Tuesday, as well as a building design, Johnson City Mayor Ralph Van Brocklin will give a presentation at Thursday’s City Commission meeting, describing the progress and plans for the shelter. On Wednesday, Van […]

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Serious illness prompts temporary closure of Young-Williams animal facilities

Serious illness prompts temporary closure of Young-Williams animal facilities

on September 5, 2013, 7:52 AM / in News, State News

KNOXVILLE — Young-Williams Animal Center and Young-Williams Animal Village are closed temporarily after two dogs tested positive for distemper from the Division Street location. Young-Williams Animal Center, 3201 Division St., will be closed Wednesday. The Young-Williams Animal Village, 6400 Kingston Pike, will be closed Wednesday and Thursday. The shelter’s staff and veterinary team have quarantined the dog adoption area to […]

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Study examines how education dollars are spent in TN

on August 30, 2013, 9:37 AM / in Local News, News, State News

A statewide non-profit is tracking how your tax dollars are being spent on education. The study from the Beacon Center of Tennessee shows more of that money is now going to the central office and away from the classroom. The study found of the about $10,000 spent per student in the state, less than 54 percent is directed at classroom […]

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Alexander Holds Large Lead Over Primary Challengers

Alexander Holds Large Lead Over Primary Challengers

on August 29, 2013, 11:21 AM / in National News, News, State News

In a recent press release from the left leaning Roll Call, they contend that the present Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., holds a massive lead over current and potential primary opponents, and holds a high job performance rating from likely Republican primary voters in the Volunteer State, according to an internal poll provided exclusively to CQ Roll Call. However there is no […]

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The Lift

The Lift

on August 29, 2013, 9:54 AM / in Local News, National News, News, Opinion, State News

Some one asked my opinion the other day of the development of HUD subsidized apartments in downtown Jackson. Now I have been pretty silent about this for some time but I guess it is about time I say something. Looks nice doesn’t it? How long do you think this will last? How much do you think this will cost you, the middle […]

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Next Generation Science Standards: Common Core Incognito

Next Generation Science Standards: Common Core Incognito

on August 28, 2013, 8:50 AM / in National News, News, State News

NOTE:  As far as I can determine, Tennessee HAS NOT yet adopted the Science standards. It took three years for a group of committees to develop Common Core Science Standards, which are called “Next Generation Science Standards” (NGSS). The National Research Council and Washington-based Achieve, the group that produced the Common Core English and math standards, also managed the development […]

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