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Spay, neuter plan up for adoption by Johnson City Commission

Spay, neuter plan up for adoption by Johnson City Commission

on October 17, 2013, 8:10 AM / in News, State News

Plan to bring to extinction of pets to city up for a vote By Brad Hicks Original Post Editor’s Note: Someone in an attempt to convince me that mandatory spay and neuter was a good idea used this rather unconvincing approach to the subject. She stated that only 1 out of 10 dogs and 1 out of 12 cats find […]

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Woman seeks order of protection against Sheriff David Woolfork (Updated)

Woman seeks order of protection against Sheriff David Woolfork (Updated)

on October 11, 2013, 2:29 PM / in News, State News

Via the Jackson Sun, Sharon Ann Sangster filed a petition for an order of protection against Madison County Sheriff David Woolfork. Mayor Jerry Gist confirmed this morning that Jackson police are investigating a call for service last night that involved Woolfork and Sangster. Mayor Gist said police received a call from Sangster at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Sangster stated in the petition […]

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County may consider spay/neuter ordinance

County may consider spay/neuter ordinance

on October 10, 2013, 7:56 AM / in News, State News

By Karen Sells Assistant Editor Original Article Editor’s Note: To eliminate a species all it takes is the ability to demand that reproduction stop…. are we next in line. In an effort to target repeat offenders, members of the Animal Control Board have submitted a proposed spay/neuter ordinance for consideration during the Oct. 17 meeting of the Johnson City Board […]

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From Those That Continually Wish to Steal From You in Ever New Ways…..

From Those That Continually Wish to Steal From You in Ever New Ways…..

on October 10, 2013, 7:49 AM / in News, State News

DISTRIBUTION OF MIXED DRINK TAX COLLECTIONS Comptroller to Convene Group Following discussions with the Comptroller, he has indicated his intention to convene a group of interested parties for the purposes of evaluating and pursuing the resolution of the various issues and questions associated with the mixed drink tax collections under T.C.A. §57-4-306 as well as developing a plan going forward. […]

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State Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence, Maintains Sentencing Review Standards For Death Penalty Cases

on October 9, 2013, 10:23 AM / in Local News, News, State News

The Tennessee Supreme Court, in a 3-2 decision, has upheld a death sentence for a Memphis-area man who was convicted of first-degree felony murder after he killed an elderly man while stealing his car. While the entire Court agreed that Corinio Pruitt was guilty, the dissenting justices would have modified the sentence to life without parole. In reviewing a death […]

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Tea v. the GOP: Getting it Right

Tea v. the GOP: Getting it Right

on October 6, 2013, 10:54 AM / in News, State News

Winning versus Whining “Experience [has] long taught me the reasonableness of mutual sacrifices of opinion among those who are to act together for any common object, and the expediency of doing what good we can; when we cannot do all we would wish.” –Thomas Jefferson (1803) The title of this column should read “Tea and the GOP.” Unfortunately — no, […]

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What Will the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty Mean for Gun Owners?

What Will the UN’s Arms Trade Treaty Mean for Gun Owners?

on October 6, 2013, 9:41 AM / in Announcements, News, State News

October 17, 2013, 6 – 8:30 PM Speaker: Joe Wolverton Constitutional attorney and author Bartlett Station Municipal Center, Banquet Hall (behind the Library) 5868 Stage Rd, Bartlett, Tennessee $20.00 admission includes dinner from Leonard’s Pit BBQ (pork & chicken) What is Inside the UN Arms Trade Treaty? Article 2 of the treaty defines the scope of the treaty’s prohibitions. The […]

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Common Core Corruption: Pearson Publishing Investigated for Payoffs

Common Core Corruption: Pearson Publishing Investigated for Payoffs

on October 4, 2013, 8:02 AM / in National News, News, State News

Pearson is a huge player in textbooks in Tennessee By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org We recently did an article about a petition authored by Paul Horton, State Liaison Illinois Council for History Education, and History Instructor at the University High School The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools demanding an end to curriculum decisions made among Common Core, and Race to the […]

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Pit Bull Strikes Again; Bites Another Child

Pit Bull Strikes Again; Bites Another Child

on October 2, 2013, 8:33 AM / in News, State News

by Janet Kim Original Post NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After biting a child, a pit bull mix, sentenced to be euthanized, was given a second chance at life. However, luck may have run out for the dog who was accused of attacking another child less than a month later. It’s become an all too familiar scene on Watts Lane in West […]

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Tomita, Van Brocklin split on spending for Washington County Animal Shelter

on October 2, 2013, 6:47 AM / in Local News, News, State News

by Tony Casey – Johnson City Press Original Post Editor’s Note: More regulation. Discussion of the mandatory spay/neuter ordinance is deeply buried in this article. Breeders and people with show dogs would have to be licensed to avoid MSN. At Tuesday night’s monthly Animal Control Board meeting, city commissioner David Tomita voiced his concerns over the value of paying a […]

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Signing petition gets school leader’s testimony canceled

on September 27, 2013, 8:58 AM / in News, State News

NASHVILLE — A Middle Tennessee school director said he was discouraged from testifying before a legislative panel on behalf of new student benchmarks after Gov. Bill Haslam’s chief of staff learned he also had signed a petition criticizing Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman on other issues. PETITION GOING TO GOVERNORA petition criticizing Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, signed by least 55 […]

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News briefs from around Tennessee

News briefs from around Tennessee

on September 25, 2013, 8:35 AM / in News, State News

8 inmates recaptured after van vanishes in Okla. WEATHERFORD, Okla. (AP) — Guards shuttling inmates wearing street clothes inexplicably left eight of them alone in their transport van — with the keys — frustrating a local police chief called out to round up the prisoners after the vehicle vanished. Six of the inmates were quickly back in police custody Tuesday […]

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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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