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Shelby County Commission/Want Higher Tax Rates?

Shelby County Commission/Want Higher Tax Rates?

on June 16, 2014, 7:47 AM / in News, State News

Monday is the Shelby County Commission meeting. Shelby County will be voting on the 3rd and final reading for setting the property tax rate. Mayor Luttrell wants to lower it by one cent and Steve Mulroy wants to raise it 4 cents and take 2.8 million dollars out of the budget to fund a new pre-k program. You know, since […]

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In Nashville, even rich public school students get free lunches

In Nashville, even rich public school students get free lunches

on June 16, 2014, 7:42 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — The federal government and the Nashville Metro School System believe the best way to make a child feel less insecure about accepting a free school lunch is to give everybody a free lunch. And, yes, that even includes all of the kids who are already well off. School system officials announced last week […]

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TN Agriculture Officials Unveil Industrial Hemp Webpage, Draft Licensing Regs

TN Agriculture Officials Unveil Industrial Hemp Webpage, Draft Licensing Regs

on June 16, 2014, 7:40 AM / in News, State News

by Mark Todd Engler An informational page has sprouted up on the Tennessee Department of Agriculture’s main website that digs into some of the questions and issues surrounding the legal status of industrial hemp cultivation in the Volunteer State. The page also serves to get the ball rolling on the development of state regulations and licensing processes to allow Tennessee farmers to grow […]

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TN REPORT: House GOP Leader McCormick blasts partisan Supremes, opposes retention

TN REPORT: House GOP Leader McCormick blasts partisan Supremes, opposes retention

on June 15, 2014, 9:02 AM / in News, State News

McCormick also blasted the campaign by the three state Supreme Court justices seeking retention in the Aug. 7 election. The Chattanooga Republican accused Wade and Justices Sharon Lee and Cornelia Clark of running a “partisan” campaign. “They need to be replaced,” said McCormick. “I think there are probably at least three good, qualified Republican lawyers across the state who would […]

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Chattanooga City Council OKs Mayor Andy Berke’s $216 million budget

Chattanooga City Council OKs Mayor Andy Berke’s $216 million budget

on June 12, 2014, 6:41 AM / in News, State News

by Joy Lukachick / Chattanooga Times Free Press City Council gave Mayor Andy Berke’s $216 million budget their first stamp of approval after the city added money to pave 56 more miles of city roads. After back-and-forth-debate the mayor’s office added $400,000 to Chattanooga’s road paving budget bumping the total to $3 million — nearly double what the city allocated […]

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RSS TN Supreme Court justice operatives have Obama ties, troublemaking history

RSS TN Supreme Court justice operatives have Obama ties, troublemaking history

on June 12, 2014, 6:34 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Some of the primary people hired to help three Tennessee Supreme Court justices win retention this summer appear to have blatantly partisan ties to the Democratic Party, despite justices insisting they themselves are apolitical. One operative has a notorious past for causing trouble that might shock you — especially given that justices Gary […]

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Two More Men Charged in Holly Bobo’s Disappearance

Two More Men Charged in Holly Bobo’s Disappearance

on June 12, 2014, 5:45 AM / in News, State News

By M. Alex Johnson One brother was free on bond and the other remained in jail Wednesday after being charged in connection with the disappearance of Tennessee nursing student Holly Lynn Bobo. Jeffrey Kurt Pearcy, 42, was released on $25,000 bond after he pleaded not guilty Wednesday to tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact in the presumed death […]

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Clarksville: 37 bags of dead dogs found at home of ‘rescuer’s’ mother

Clarksville: 37 bags of dead dogs found at home of ‘rescuer’s’ mother

on June 11, 2014, 9:09 AM / in News, State News

Nicole Hulbig now faces eight counts of animal cruelty in Sumner County after 39 live dogs were seized Written by Stephanie Ingersoll  /  Leaf-Chronicle CLARKSVILLE, TENN. — Hours after four dead puppies were found inside a Clarksville home Thursday, deputies in Sumner County went to a Cottontown home and found 37 bags containing animal remains and seized 39 live dogs […]

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Tennessee drops investigation into liquor giant Diageo

Tennessee drops investigation into liquor giant Diageo

on June 11, 2014, 6:08 AM / in News, State News

Chattanooga Free Press.com NASHVILLE — Alcohol regulators on Tuesday abruptly ended an investigation into whether global liquor giant Diageo PLC violated state laws by storing whiskey made in Tennessee in neighboring Kentucky. The decision came after master distiller John Lunn testified that the liquor stored in Kentucky would be blended with other Diageo spirits, and that George Dickel Tennessee Whisky […]

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Push to end tort reform may be reason attorneys support TN justices

Push to end tort reform may be reason attorneys support TN justices

on June 11, 2014, 6:03 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Tennessee lawyers likely want the state’s recently enacted tort reform laws overturned — and that might explain why they’re going out of their way to help three state Supreme Court justices up for a retention vote. No one knows for sure how the Tennessee Supreme Court justices would vote if and when the matter […]

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Make-A-Wish, Memphis Police, & Lowered Hiring Standards

Make-A-Wish, Memphis Police, & Lowered Hiring Standards

on June 11, 2014, 5:59 AM / in News, State News

If you live in the Memphis area, you have surely heard about this horrendous story about an off-duty Memphis policeman who tried to rob a make-a-wish patient…. http://huff.to/1oSIjgw When you lower the standards for anything, you undoubtedly will get lowered expectations and less favorable results. Humans by their nature are very adaptable. Humans will rise to whatever expectations they have […]

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Senator Calls Hearing Over His Own Ethics Complaint Against Chief Justice

Senator Calls Hearing Over His Own Ethics Complaint Against Chief Justice

on June 10, 2014, 8:32 AM / in News, State News

by Phil Williams /  Chief Investigative Reporter / News Channel 5 NASHVILLE, Tenn. –  A powerful state senator is turning up the heat in a campaign to seize Republican control of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Senate Government Operations Chairman Mike Bell, R-Riceville, announced he will hold hearings into the ethical conduct of one of the judges he’d like to see […]

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News from around Chattanooga June 10th 2014

on June 10, 2014, 8:12 AM / in News, State News

Police: Man showed neighbors nude photos of kids he molested A North Georgia man is accused of several sex crimes against children including molestation and rape. Detectives in Rossville say more charges are likely coming against 28-year-old Christopher Holmes as they continue reviewing evidence. Woman murdered, dismembered, eaten in Coffee County Authorities in Coffee County say a man has been […]

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Federal rules give songwriters short end of the royalty stick

Federal rules give songwriters short end of the royalty stick

on June 10, 2014, 7:57 AM / in National News, News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE, Tenn. — If only there was a songwriter clever enough to write a little ditty about the federal government screwing him over. The federal government has determined what sorts of royalties songwriters may receive, since well before the time sound recordings were common. Since 1909, in fact, the compensation rate per song has increased just […]

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Petition drive to be ‘uncorked’: Goal is wine sales in Tenn. grocery stores

Petition drive to be ‘uncorked’: Goal is wine sales in Tenn. grocery stores

on June 9, 2014, 6:37 AM / in Local News, News, State News

ANDY SHER Chattanooga Times Free Press NASHVILLE — Attention registered voters in Chattanooga who would like to buy wine in local food stores. Beginning next week, a coalition of grocery and convenience stores will start looking for at least 3,865 of you willing to slap your name on a petition putting the issue up for a referendum vote on the […]

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Columbia property values drop by 2 percent

Columbia property values drop by 2 percent

on June 9, 2014, 6:18 AM / in News, State News

By KATE COIL / The Daily Herald Despite a drop in property values, city leaders are hoping to keep Columbia’s tax rate stagnant by reducing the municipal budget. City Manager Tony Massey said the average property valuation in Columbia declined about 2 percent in 2013, which raised the city’s recommended tax rate from its current $1.44 to $1.46 per $100 […]

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Retired admirals support Crangle

Retired admirals support Crangle

on June 9, 2014, 6:09 AM / in News, State News

Retired Rear Admiral Vance Fry, SC USNR and retired Rear Admiral Noah Long USNR are supporting Republican Tommy Crangle in his campaign to succeed state House Rep. Richard Floyd. Floyd, who is retiring, has endorsed Crangle as well. “Tommy Crangle brings a wealth of business management experience to the table. … I have known Tommy for 10 years and I […]

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Chattanooga water gets an ‘A’: Advocacy group calls for a more stringent standard

Chattanooga water gets an ‘A’: Advocacy group calls for a more stringent standard

on June 9, 2014, 6:06 AM / in News, State News

Tennessee-American Water Co. is touting straight A’s on its annual drinking water quality report for Chattanooga. But a clean water group laments that “good enough for government work” doesn’t cut it for residents. According to readings from the water company’s 2013 report, Chattanooga’s drinking water passes federal requirements on all nine monitored substances and two disinfection byproducts. The company also […]

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Memphis City Council chairman proposes cuts to catering, travel

on June 7, 2014, 6:51 AM / in News, State News

Funny how reducing the budget like this only happens during a time where they are proposing cuts to pensions and healthcare for government employees. Yes, by all means, get rid of these unnecessary expenses but in the future, let’s make these decisions on a regular basis. Always questioning whether this expense or that expense is really something taxpayers should be […]

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Dodds Ave. businessmen deny animal abuse claims

Dodds Ave. businessmen deny animal abuse claims

on June 5, 2014, 8:24 AM / in News, State News

By Vince Lennon, Reporter CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) – Two Chattanooga businesses are responding to an online critic who accuses them of animal abuse. The alleged incident happened Sunday at the Tire Square and Wheel. WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather “What can I do about it? They’ve already posted it on the Internet.  I don’t know what I can say or […]

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