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Law enforcement, media in east Tennessee must demand facts in Heitman case

Law enforcement, media in east Tennessee must demand facts in Heitman case

on May 27, 2014, 5:45 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Law enforcement officers aren’t obligated to speak to journalists — but unlike politicians, law enforcement generally goes out of its way to accommodate the media, even when and if both sides have a complicated relationship. Law enforcement authorities have a better sense that perception often matters more than truth, and this is crucial […]

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Spring Hill to enter bond market

Spring Hill to enter bond market

on May 26, 2014, 6:13 AM / in News, State News

By KATE COIL / The Daily Herald Rapid growth and needed infrastructure improvements has lead Spring Hill officials to seek municipal bonds as a way to finance parks, roads and other projects. City leaders have been discussing going to the bond market for months to finance projects like the new Port Royal Road Park, fire station and the widening of […]

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Taxpayers pay $30,000 so out-of-state artist can glue shovels, rakes, pickaxes

Taxpayers pay $30,000 so out-of-state artist can glue shovels, rakes, pickaxes

on May 26, 2014, 5:30 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Nashville taxpayers recently paid $30,000 so an artist could glue several shovels, rakes and pickaxes together, paint them black and mold them into a 12-foot high structure along the Cumberland River. City officials erected the sculpture, “Tool Fire,” last year at Shelby Bottoms Park, only three miles from the Grand Ole Opry. Regular […]

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New school districts see light at end of budgetary tunnel

New school districts see light at end of budgetary tunnel

on May 25, 2014, 6:41 AM / in News, State News

Bartlett, Arlington and Lakeland municipal school districts are balancing their budgets for their first year of operations, and it has meant hours of meetings and plenty of number tweaking. They have near-final versions now. The final step is obtaining approval at their next city board meetings. With generous city support and the economy of sharing certain operational services with other area […]

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That sinking feeling: Chattanooga must spend $9 million to stem problems at Ross’s Landing

That sinking feeling: Chattanooga must spend $9 million to stem problems at Ross’s Landing

on May 25, 2014, 6:26 AM / in News, State News

The Cost of Engineering…. In a report from the Chattanooga Free Press we find that nothing is as permanent, well certainly not as permanent as politicians tell you. The foundation of Chattanooga’s waterfront revitalization — the bedrock of the city’s downtown renaissance — is sinking. In less than a decade, a 1,000-foot portion of the $120 million 21st Century Waterfront has […]

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Who You Going To Believe? Commissioner Brooks Or Your Lyin Ears?

Who You Going To Believe? Commissioner Brooks Or Your Lyin Ears?

on May 25, 2014, 6:09 AM / in News, State News

MEMPHIS, TN -(WMC) – No apologies and no regrets are coming from Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks following her racial rant last week. Commissioner Chris Thomas is calling for an apology for that and other comments, but Brooks said she did nothing wrong. “You all are making it out to be more than it is,” she said. Brooks says comments she made at a […]

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Progressives: Taxpayer money for ABC’s ‘Nashville’ should go to homeless instead

Progressives: Taxpayer money for ABC’s ‘Nashville’ should go to homeless instead

on May 25, 2014, 5:30 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Tennessee taxpayers will reportedly fork over $7 million more to ABC’s “Nashville,” in exchange for the show’s continued filming on location for its third season. Believe it or not, this time big government types are lashing out against this corporate welfare — but not for the reasons you’d suspect. They want city officials […]

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Anonymous people behind website urging support for TN Supreme Court justices

Anonymous people behind website urging support for TN Supreme Court justices

on May 24, 2014, 6:21 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Nobody seems willing to come forward and admit they are behind a Facebook page actively campaigning for the retention of three state Supreme Court justices in an upcoming election. A mystery person behind the page called Keep Tennessee’s Supreme Court Fair communicated very briefly with Tennessee Watchdog Thursday, but gave no clue as to […]

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HSUS Horse Seizure May Violate Tennessee Law

HSUS Horse Seizure May Violate Tennessee Law

on May 23, 2014, 8:46 AM / in News, State News

Last week we reported on the April 2013 seizure of horses from Tennessee Walking Horse trainer Larry Wheelon on the basis of alleged animal cruelty, during which the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) assisted a local SPCA in taking the animals. Authorities dropped the charges against Wheelon in August and then a grand jury indicted him in December. […]

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Tom Ingram on Haslam’s challenges in managing Republican dissent

Tom Ingram on Haslam’s challenges in managing Republican dissent

on May 23, 2014, 6:23 AM / in News, State News

“While Haslam’s Republican Party maintains a large majority in the General Assembly, Ingram notes members of the party cover a wide range on the political spectrum – from moderate to conservative. Push back to an agenda may have previously come from the opposing party, Ingram said. Today, though, the governor has to deal with disagreement within his own party.” “He […]

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Tennessee has decided to bring back the electric chair.

Tennessee has decided to bring back the electric chair.

on May 22, 2014, 9:49 PM / in News, State News

In a news article posted by the AP, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam on Thursday signed a bill into law allowing the state to electrocute death row inmates in the event the state is unable to obtain drugs used for lethal injections. The Tennessee state legislators, according to the article, passed the electric chair legislation in April, with the Senate voting […]

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Nearly 70 dogs, puppies saved, thanks to HSLC partners

Nearly 70 dogs, puppies saved, thanks to HSLC partners

on May 22, 2014, 8:07 AM / in News, State News

The Humane Society of Lincoln County (HSLC) board and Fayetteville Animal Shelter staff are beside themselves with joy, having saved the lives of 69 adult dogs and puppies by transporting them to New York and Chicago, places that have strong spay/neuter and dog licensing laws. On Friday, May 16, the HSLC sent 36 puppies and small dogs to new homes […]

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Tennessee Supreme Court declines to review case featured in Center report

Tennessee Supreme Court declines to review case featured in Center report

on May 19, 2014, 9:58 AM / in News, State News

The Tennessee State Supreme Court late last week denied a request to review the conviction of an accused truant jailed twice at 13, allegedly without first being informed of his right to appointment of legal counsel. The young man, identified as T.W., who has diagnosed mental-health needs, failed to graduate from high school in spite of a punishment regime designed […]

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Animal Shelters: 2 Lawsuits Claim Negligence, Adopting Out Unsafe Pit

Animal Shelters: 2 Lawsuits Claim Negligence, Adopting Out Unsafe Pit

on May 16, 2014, 6:53 AM / in News, State News

By Phyllis M Daugherty / Opposing Views A Maryville, Tennessee, family filed a $250,000 lawsuit against the Blount County Animal Shelter on May 2, after a 7-year-old boy was severely injured by a Pit Bull adopted from the shelter. .The lawsuit was filed in Blount County Circuit Court by Samson and Jennifer Kim, the Daily Times reports. The complaint states […]

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On the Firing Line… State Rep. Steve McDaniel

On the Firing Line… State Rep. Steve McDaniel

on May 14, 2014, 9:05 AM / in News, State News

Tennessee State Representative Steve McDaniel was the guest speaker last night at the Henderson County Tea Party meeting in Lexington and if they allowed such a thing these days, boiling in oil might have been brought back as a means of solving political injustice. Representative McDaniel, unafraid, marched out his call in defense of Common Core, a Constitutional Convention for an […]

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Top 14 Small Cities In Tennessee / Another List Jackson Didn’t Make

Top 14 Small Cities In Tennessee / Another List Jackson Didn’t Make

on May 13, 2014, 3:28 PM / in News, State News

Tennessee has long captured the imagination of people everywhere. With Nashville, the music capital of the world, and Memphis, home of Elvis and Graceland, there is no shortage of interesting and fun things to do. But there’s more to Tennessee than the large, bustling cities; much more. There’s a much quieter side. There are charming small towns sprinkled throughout the […]

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HSUS Horse Care and a $2.1 Million Lawsuit

HSUS Horse Care and a $2.1 Million Lawsuit

on May 13, 2014, 9:23 AM / in News, State News

Last week, six owners of horses filed a lawsuit in Blount County, Tennessee, against the Blount County SPCA and several of its officers. The suit comes following a seizure in April 2013 of horses from a Tennessee Walking Horse trainer named Larry Wheelon. The charges against Wheelon were dropped in August, but a grand jury indicted him in December. That […]

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TENNESSEE STATE SENATOR MARK NORRIS BAGMAN FOR GOVERNOR HASLAM

TENNESSEE STATE SENATOR MARK NORRIS BAGMAN FOR GOVERNOR HASLAM

on May 13, 2014, 9:18 AM / in News, Opinion, State News

I have long ranted against ALEC as many of you know.  Some of you defend ALEC but I wonder if you really understand what/who is behind ALEC.  It is just like how so many who are Mason’s have no clue as to the real underbelly of the Masonic organization.  All folks see is that nice sounding and acting FRONT they […]

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Rep. Charles Sargent caught flip-flopping on firearms legislation

Rep. Charles Sargent caught flip-flopping on firearms legislation

on May 13, 2014, 7:00 AM / in Announcements, News, State News

Last Thursday night the Tennessee Firearms Associaton caught Representative Charles Sargent flip-flopping on the 2nd Amendment. You see he told the Tennessean last month that he would “vote for” the open carry bill that had just passed the Senate 25-2. Then at a town hall meeting last night in Williamson County he told the crowd that he “hasn’t made up […]

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East Tenn. law enforcement officials tackle growing animal abuse issues

East Tenn. law enforcement officials tackle growing animal abuse issues

on May 13, 2014, 6:42 AM / in News, State News

Naomi Charboneau appears to be one of the people HSUS has that gives “training” to law enforcement. <http://www.humanesociety.org/issues/animal_rescue/law-enforcement-training.html> A can of worms for people in east Tennessee. By WHITNEY GOOD /  6 News Reporter Original Story KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Several law enforcement agencies are working together to combat animal cruelty in our neighborhoods. The Humane Society of the United States […]

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