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The Race is on…. in Madison County in Tennessee

The Race is on…. in Madison County in Tennessee

on July 21, 2014, 9:12 AM / in Local News, News, State News

The Tennessee Republican and Democrat Primary’s will be held on Thursday, August 7th, 2014 I would hope that you have paid some attention to the candidates that are running campaigns for some highly coveted spots, because this election is important… well, heck, they all are, but lets stay focused at this time if we can. First of all let us […]

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Environmental director who warned against flushing shoes departs

Environmental director who warned against flushing shoes departs

on July 19, 2014, 6:32 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Sandra Dudley has moved on, free to worry about other toilets in other places. Dudley, you’ll remember, is the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation official who warned employees against flushing shoes down work toilets. TDEC officials are adamant the results of a recent employee engagement survey had nothing to do with Dudley’s departure. Dudley’s replacement […]

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Closing of Eastgate center brings angry seniors to Chattanooga City Council

Closing of Eastgate center brings angry seniors to Chattanooga City Council

on July 19, 2014, 6:28 AM / in News, State News

by Kendi Anderson and Joy Lukachick  / timesfreepress.com Editor’s Note: If you think this is the entire story, you would be wrong…. Question: why would you balk at $11,000.00 in annual rent and then fund $1,000,000.00 for a new building. Do the math… it would take 90 years of payment to equal the $1,000,000. For many seniors, the Eastgate Senior Center […]

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Bradley County commissioner blasts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ board

Bradley County commissioner blasts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ board

on July 19, 2014, 6:15 AM / in News, State News

by Paul Leach / timesfreepress.com CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The abrupt resignation of a member of the board of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Bradley County has fueled controversy surrounding the organization. On Thursday, Josh Serum, secretary for the SPCA board, emailed his resignation letter to fellow board members after the publication of a Times Free […]

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Arlington rezoning sparks heated debate

Arlington rezoning sparks heated debate

on July 19, 2014, 6:12 AM / in News, State News

Written by Carolyn Bahm, Express editor In an intense three-hour meeting and in split voting, the Arlington board of aldermen approved rezoning the town’s Business Entertainment (BE) Zoning District. This will affect the boundaries of where beer can be sold in Arlington and affect where businesses are concentrated. Ten residents and business owners, primarily restaurant owners, spoke out to oppose […]

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Hamblen County animal shelter calls special meeting

Hamblen County animal shelter calls special meeting

on July 18, 2014, 7:36 AM / in News, State News

By CAMERON TAYLOR 6 News Reporter MORRISTOWN (WATE) – Board members of a local animal shelter called a special meeting Thursday as the facility has faced scrutiny in recent days. Viewers have been reaching out to 6 News about their concerns of the animal care at the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society. Board members met at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to take nominations […]

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Black Creek watchdog victorious: Vows further scrutiny of government tax breaks

on July 17, 2014, 7:52 AM / in News, State News

by Ellis Smith / timesfreepress.com The name of Helen Burns Sharp was on the lawsuit, but it was the taxpayers who won when a judge voided a deal that gave $9 million in public money to the developers of the high-end Black Creek Mountain golf course community. Sharp spent more than $50,000 of her own money fighting to stop what she […]

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TN Supreme Court justices gave money to Democrats for ‘voter contact’

TN Supreme Court justices gave money to Democrats for ‘voter contact’

on July 17, 2014, 6:53 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler / Tennessee WatchDog NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Democratic Party accepted nearly $5,000 from three state Supreme Court justices up for retention next month and is using that money for voter contact services, according to online campaign finance records. All three of the justices, meanwhile, gave nearly $12,000 overall for professional services to Victoria McCullough, whom Tennessee Watchdog previously […]

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Volkswagen Announces New SUV Line for Chattanooga

Volkswagen Announces New SUV Line for Chattanooga

on July 17, 2014, 6:49 AM / in News, State News

by Alex Harris / TNReport.com Volkswagen has announced that Tennessee will be home to its new SUV production line, representing a $600 million investment in the Volunteer State that’s expected to generate 2,000 more jobs at the company’s Chattanooga plant. The automaker’s decision, which includes plans to establish a new strategic marketing and research facility in Tennessee, comes on the heels of […]

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Van Brocklin, Dobbs call for stricter animal confinement laws

Van Brocklin, Dobbs call for stricter animal confinement laws

on July 16, 2014, 7:54 AM / in News, State News

Editor’s Note: What a coincidence that Debbie Dobbs in Johnson City wants to change the tethering laws using just the same arguments as Tennessee Voters for Animal Protection — the group that is petitioning the lieutenant governor to move pet bills out of the Agriculture committees and into the Judicial committees. They are upset because the last tethering bill failed. […]

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Knoxville woman finds dead dogs wrapped in plastic along side of the road

on July 16, 2014, 7:38 AM / in News, State News

A lot of assumptions in this story. Next thing you know there will be a dog fighting task force in Knoxville. Carlotta KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) An East Knoxville woman was picking up trash along the side of the road in her neighborhood, when she found two dead dogs wrapped in plastic. Angie Wright is someone who doesn’t understand why people […]

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EPA seems coldly detached about real-life consequences of its policies

EPA seems coldly detached about real-life consequences of its policies

on July 14, 2014, 7:18 AM / in News, State News

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — When a doctor delivers bad news, he usually does so with a certain dose of tact and humanity, and these are traits government bureaucrats, when placed in similar circumstances, often seem to lack. Bureaucrats at the federal level, in particular, seem to possess the same coldly logical people skills as Sheldon Cooper from […]

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Comptroller: TN Ranking Among Most Corrupt States Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

Comptroller: TN Ranking Among Most Corrupt States Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

on July 14, 2014, 6:55 AM / in News, State News

by Alex Harris / TNReport A recent study showing that Tennessee is the third most corrupt state in the nation behind Mississippi and Louisiana isn’t particularly bothersome to the state’s Comptroller of the Treasury, Justin Wilson. In fact, it is a sign the state is doing things right when it comes to rooting out and remedying corruption among public officials in state and local […]

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It’s that time of year….. when the muck runs deep

It’s that time of year….. when the muck runs deep

on July 13, 2014, 9:11 AM / in News, State News

It is the time of year for elections to become interesting, and things are heating up in Tennessee’s State Representative District 94 race. District 94 (No incumbent – Barrett Rich R-Somerville, retiring) Republican: Stephen Lee Hale, Rossville Republican: Hal Rounds, Somerville Republican: Leigh Rosser Wilburn, Somerville This district contains Fayette, McNairy, and parts of Hardeman counties in West Tennessee. While organizing […]

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Constitutional Crisis

Constitutional Crisis

on July 12, 2014, 7:25 AM / in News, State News

by: David Fowler Our state’s elected leaders are playing a game of constitutional roulette. And if they lose, Tennessee will face a constitutional crisis of tsunami proportions. I say that because of the United States Supreme Court’s decision regarding the unconstitutionality of the President’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board. The Court affirmed the decision of the Court […]

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Register Locks Arms With Council, Charters

Register Locks Arms With Council, Charters

on July 12, 2014, 7:19 AM / in News, State News

Posted By Andrea Zelinski  /  The Nashville Scene The room was largely empty, but Director of Schools Jesse Register’s call to stop to the fighting over Nashville education was heard far and wide last night. His message was two-fold: let’s bring charter schools more fully into the MNPS fold and let’s stop the assault on his leadership. The message came […]

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TENNESSEAN: House Republicans blast JPEC

TENNESSEAN: House Republicans blast JPEC

on July 12, 2014, 7:10 AM / in News, State News

The majority leader criticized the JPEC, which is responsible for recommending whether incumbent judges can stand for an unopposed retention election, for essentially being a rubber stamp. “The JPEC literally determines which judges we citizens have the opportunity to vote for by weeding out the bad judges and keeping the good judges,” McCormick says. “The only problem is that the […]

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KNOX NEWS: Both sides now advertising in Supreme Court retention election

KNOX NEWS: Both sides now advertising in Supreme Court retention election

on July 12, 2014, 7:03 AM / in News, State News

The direct mail advertising attack ad targeting the justices, sponsored by Tennessee Forum, does not mention crime and focuses on the court members’ political affiliations, linking the judges to President Obama. On one side is a picture of a judicial gavel and the headline, “Drop the hammer on our liberal Supreme Court.” On the flip side, the mailer has a […]

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Tea Party Patriots Fund Endorses Joe Carr in Tennessee Primary

Tea Party Patriots Fund Endorses Joe Carr in Tennessee Primary

on July 11, 2014, 8:04 AM / in National News, News, State News

The Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund announced today that they have endorsed Joe Carr, the Republican challenger to Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) by Charlie Spiering  / Breitbart “Joe Carr embodies the values of personal freedom, economic freedom and a debt-free future,” TPPCF Chairman Jenny Beth Martin said in a statement. “In contrast to his incumbent opponent, Joe is willing to […]

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“probably” Word That Excuses Commissioner Justin Ford But Not You

“probably” Word That Excuses Commissioner Justin Ford But Not You

on July 11, 2014, 6:49 AM / in News, State News

An investigation into where County Commissioner Justin Ford lives has found that he “probably” lives at 638 Tulane Cove in Whitehaven, which is inside the district he represents, according to the county attorney. Ford, who could not be reached for comment, has leased the apartment since 2010 when he was elected to the District 3, Position 3 seat and has […]

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