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TN state senator: Law enforcement must further investigate Heitman death

TN state senator: Law enforcement must further investigate Heitman death

on April 19, 2014, 6:01 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog KNOXVILLE — A state senator from east Tennessee said law enforcement agencies should do more to investigate the death of Alex Heitman, an Oak Ridge School District official who reported people using taxpayer money to buy meth. State Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, said Wednesday he has contacted the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the state […]

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TFA Legislative Report – We elected them for this???

TFA Legislative Report – We elected them for this???

on April 18, 2014, 9:15 AM / in Local News, News, State News

Summary: Tennesseans were promised that “if” we would put the Republicans in control of state government that we would see smaller, more efficient government.  We would see a return to conservative principles.  We would see allegiance to the constitutions.  We would be better off. Tennesseans gave the Republicans control a few years ago.  The Republicans have given control and leadership […]

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Salary of TN judges going up, but no raises for state teachers

Salary of TN judges going up, but no raises for state teachers

on April 14, 2014, 8:00 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — If you’re a state employee in Tennessee, especially a teacher, and you’re pining for a raise, then what you’re about to read will probably make you mad. You likely know you aren’t getting a salary increase for the upcoming fiscal year. But did you know the Tennessee General Assembly is about to give a pay […]

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Campaign Notebook: Chattanooga Tea Party to host candidate forum

Campaign Notebook: Chattanooga Tea Party to host candidate forum

on April 14, 2014, 7:02 AM / in News, State News

by Judy Walton / timesfreepress.com More than a dozen candidates in the May 6 primaries are expected to speak and meet the public at a candidate forum Thursday hosted by the Chattanooga Tea Party. The event is set for 6:30 p.m. at The Century Club Banquet Hall, 3221 Harrison Pike, according to a news release. The hall is off Access Road, […]

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City owes schools $3.3M, but state legislation may reduce back pay due from liquor-by-the-drink sales

City owes schools $3.3M, but state legislation may reduce back pay due from liquor-by-the-drink sales

on April 14, 2014, 6:54 AM / in Local News, News, State News

  Written by Jordan Buie The upcoming fiscal year could be tough for the city of Jackson and better for the Jackson-Madison County School System, but much still hangs in the balance. Jackson is one of 42 Tennessee cities, according to Mayor Jerry Gist, that will be required to pay their local school system money received from past liquor sales. […]

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Auditor says government supervisors do poor job of rooting out fraud

Auditor says government supervisors do poor job of rooting out fraud

on April 14, 2014, 6:17 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — You might assume someone who audits a local and state government’s finances is supposed to uncover waste, fraud and abuse, but you assume incorrectly, according to an auditor who works in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. That’s the often-unfulfilled job of state and local officials who supervise those offices, said Ben Vance, a […]

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Last chance to pass Open Carry this year – the pressure is building!!

Last chance to pass Open Carry this year – the pressure is building!!

on April 12, 2014, 7:29 AM / in News, State News

BREAKING NEWS! State Representative Micah Van Huss has taken a bold step in an attempt to protect your rights which means he has had to take steps to bypass Chairman Charles Sargent’s House Finance Committee and its subcommittee and perhaps the efforts of anti-gun politicians who were trying to stop the permit optional ‘open carry’ bill (SB2424 / HB2409) from […]

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Follow Up on Tennessee Republican Party Witch Hunt

Follow Up on Tennessee Republican Party Witch Hunt

on April 11, 2014, 8:21 AM / in Local News, News, State News

Yesterday we reported on the opposition of some Tennessee Republicans running for a position on the Tennessee State Executive Committee as well as some running for public office. It has been rumored that this opposition came from the Governor’s office itself for many of these individuals. A special committee of five (5) State Executive Committee members was formed in order to review the bona […]

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Update: TN GOP dismisses challenge, allows former sheriff to run as Republican

Update: TN GOP dismisses challenge, allows former sheriff to run as Republican

on April 10, 2014, 9:53 AM / in News, State News

WJHL.com By Josh Smith, Anchor, WJHL – email UNICOI COUNTY, TN (WJHL) – Kent Harris will be allowed to run as a Republican in the August election for the Republican State Executive Committeeman. Just before 6 p.m., Harris told News Channel 11 via text, “I just spoke with the state chairman. He said I will be on the ballot.” TN GOP […]

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Is the Tennessee Republican Party Ready to lose the next Five Elections?

on April 10, 2014, 8:24 AM / in News, State News

In politics, power, money, and image is everything. The dominate party’s candidates knows this and convolutes the law and their own bylaws and maybe even their moral objection to accomplish continual ownership of those positions. This is done in a variety of ways, normally out of sight of the general public. In the Republican party, the moderate to liberal members control Tennessee […]

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IMPORTANT News in Tennessee

IMPORTANT News in Tennessee

on April 9, 2014, 7:41 AM / in Announcements, News, State News

Yesterday morning Senator Mae Beavers’ bill (SB2424) to allow open carry in Tennessee without the need for a handgun carry permit just passed the state Senate in an unexpected vote of 25-2!!! The House bill by Rep. Micah Van Huss (HB2409), if passed in the House, would allow anyone in Tennessee who is legal to possess a gun to be able […]

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RSS Audit: TN city recorder took nearly $100,000 of taxpayer money

RSS Audit: TN city recorder took nearly $100,000 of taxpayer money

on April 8, 2014, 9:52 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — The former city recorder for Collinwood allegedly stole nearly $100,000 from taxpayers in only a one-year span and used that money on herself, according to an audit released Monday by state Comptroller Justin Wilson. Former employee Melissa Broome allegedly took $94,426 by withholding cash collected for utility payments, swimming pool fees and […]

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Who is Running for Office in Tennessee?

Who is Running for Office in Tennessee?

on April 7, 2014, 7:21 AM / in News, State News

Now you Know….. here. 26 incumbent state legislators face primary challenges – 20 Republicans, 6 Democrats THE END OF AN ERA: Senator Doug Henry presented what is probably his last piece of legislation on the Senate Floor Thursday where he received a standing ovation from his colleagues.  He passed his first bill in 1955! Sen. Henry, who is not running […]

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White Pine, TN considering repeal of 26-year-old pit bull ban

White Pine, TN considering repeal of 26-year-old pit bull ban

on April 5, 2014, 7:57 AM / in News, State News

Previous Report Bless the Bullys The small town of White Pine, TN is considering repealing their long-standing pit bull ordinance which was enacted in 1988. An individual recently moved to White Pine with a dog that meets the physical characteristics of a “pit bull” as defined by the ordinance,  unaware of the 26-year-old law, and was cited by police. That […]

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RSS Universities not keeping good track of student loans, audit says – See more at: http://tennessee.watchdog.org/2014/04/01/universities-not-keeping-good-track-of-student-loans-audit-says/#sthash.G7813h5O.dpuf

RSS Universities not keeping good track of student loans, audit says – See more at: http://tennessee.watchdog.org/2014/04/01/universities-not-keeping-good-track-of-student-loans-audit-says/#sthash.G7813h5O.dpuf

on April 2, 2014, 5:56 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog KNOXVILLE — If you’re a University of Tennessee at Knoxville student on financial aid, it’s possible you could quit going to class outright or even graduate and you would still qualify for that money. An audit that Tennessee Comptroller Justin Wilson released last week said it will happen if school officials aren’t watching you carefully. […]

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Official State Pet…. Wait a Minute

Official State Pet…. Wait a Minute

on March 28, 2014, 8:37 AM / in News, State News

I brought up this bill a few weeks ago. It’s ready to go to the House floor for a vote unless something happens to derail it. It’s already passed the Senate. If you live in the Knoxville area, I suggest you focus your attention on calling Rep. Dunn’s office and telling him you oppose the bill. He’s the sponsor and […]

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Tennessee Ranks 5th Nationally in the Number of Out-of-State Abortions

Tennessee Ranks 5th Nationally in the Number of Out-of-State Abortions

on March 28, 2014, 7:33 AM / in Announcements, News, State News

Because of a radical 4 to 1 ruling by the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2000, Tennessee now boasts a broader right to abortion than that recognized by Roe v. Wade or the U.S. Constitution. Basic commonsense protections passed by the Tennessee General Assembly to protect the health and safety of women and girls considering abortion were struck down as violating […]

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A few things to know in Tennessee / Thanks to the Chattanooga Free Press….

on March 28, 2014, 7:06 AM / in News, State News

From Harrison Keely… Harrison Keely is a web producer for the Times Free Press. He manages social media for the paper and anchors the daily Times Free Press newscast. He joined the Chattanooga Times Free Press as a reporter in 2010. Harrison previously served as managing editor of the Smoky Mountain Sentinel in western North Carolina and as a business […]

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Sen. Alexander urges excise tax repeal, says 2.3% tax could hurt medical device makers

Sen. Alexander urges excise tax repeal, says 2.3% tax could hurt medical device makers

on March 28, 2014, 6:53 AM / in News, State News

Celebrate when they do something right….. gripe when they don’t Constitutional voting record Tennessee representatives: Sen. Bob Corker – 66% Sen. Lamar Alexander – 54% Dist.1: David Roe – 74% Dist.2: John Duncan – 81% Dist.3: Charles Fleischmann – 69% Dist.4: Scott DesJarlais – 78% Dist.5: Jim Cooper – 23% Dist.6: Diane Black – 66% Dist.7: Marsha Blackburn – 63% […]

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Audit: Supervisor ran for-profit business out of county-owned building

Audit: Supervisor ran for-profit business out of county-owned building

on March 28, 2014, 6:18 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — A Montgomery County official operated a for-profit business out of a county-owned building for nearly three months without paying $3,300 in rent, says a new audit report from state Comptroller Justin Wilson. The audit doesn’t list the employee by name, identifying him as an ambulance service department supervisor. That supervisor has since […]

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