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Tenn. Senate approves voting on election of state AG

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NASHVILLE — A resolution that would allow Tennessee voters to decide if they want to popularly elect the state’s attorney general (AG) was approved 22 to 8 Monday night by the State Senate on final consideration.Senate Joint Resolution 57, sponsored by Senator Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet), begins the process of amending the State Constitution, which […]

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TN Broadband Accessibility Act overcomes committee hurdle

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Senate committees wrapped up budget hearings for various agencies and departments of state government last week and moved a number of important bills to the Senate floor for final action. This includes the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act, which proposes a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation and education. Senate Bill 1215, […]

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Assaults up, forcible sex offenses down at TN colleges

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Assaults, robberies, drug offenses and fraud were up for Tennessee’s colleges and universities last year, according to the 2016 “Crime on Campus” report by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. DUI, liquor law violations and forcible sex offenses all dropped significantly. Larceny/theft accounted for more than a quarter (27 percent) of all 2016 offenses, an 8 percent […]

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Make your ancestors part of new TN State Museum

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NASHVILLE — The Tennessee State Museum is seeking family photographs of Tennesseans who fought during the Civil War. The images could become part of an exhibit in the new museum, currently under construction on the Bicentennial Mall in downtown Nashville. Both the State Museum and State Library and Archives currently have Civil War soldier photographs […]

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TN among 9 states that cut taxes in 2016

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ARLINGTON, Va. — Nine states substantially cut taxes in the 2016 legislative session, according to a new report by the Center for State Fiscal Reform at the American Legislative Exchange Council. State Tax Cut Roundup, an annual publication, highlights the pro-growth reforms that encourage economic expansion and competition and what certain states are doing to […]

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Now is the time for medicinal cannabis

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Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner has stated that expanding medical marijuana does more harm than good to any additional legalization. In our opinion, the swamp of deceit foisted on Tennesseans could not get any deeper. “Currently, the weight of evidence is that when marijuana is used as medicine, it will do more harm […]

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Majority opposes costly Nashville waterpark deal

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NASHVILLE—As the Metro Nashville City Council’s upcoming vote on an incentive deal for a waterpark in Nashville that a stunning 95 percent of Tennessee taxpayers oppose grows closer, the Beacon Center took a look at how else that $14 million could have been used. Based on average salaries in the city of Nashville, this $14 million […]

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TWRA seeks wildlife photos for calendar

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The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is now accepting entries for its 2017-18 photo contest for publication in the Tennessee Wildlife annual calendar issue. All interested photographers are invited to submit up to 10 of their best photos on fishing, hunting, boating, and wildlife species native to Tennessee. The photos will be reviewed for publication […]

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WGU Tennessee adds new MS program, gains HR endorsement

Western Governors University (WGU) Tennessee has two curriculum updates to help the state’s students prepare for careers in high-growth fields. WGU Tennessee has added a new master of science program in nursing informatics. It will train graduates to prepare, gather, document and analyze data to serve as a foundation for data-driven decisions. A prestigious endorsement […]

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TFWC sets 2017-18 waterfowl hunting seasons

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NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission established the 2017-18 waterfowl and other migratory bird hunting seasons at its Feb. 16-17 meeting. The meeting was held at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building. The TFWC approved the TWRA’s recommendation to establish an operational sandhill crane hunting season. For the past four years, […]

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Hunting, fishing guide licenses now required in Tenn.

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NASHVILLE—Tennessee sportsmen and non-residents who work as hunting and fishing guides in the state will now have to complete an application for their licenses beginning with the 2017-18 license year. Resident and non-resident guide licenses are now available by application, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Guides wishing to apply can go online at […]

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TN Chamber program helps workers pursue education

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NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry is enabling Tennessee employers to make it easier for workers to pursue their education. The new TN Chamber/GEDWorks program aims to create a better-educated and prepared Tennessee workforce as part of the Chamber’s Workforce Development Initiative. Data shows that more than 300,000 Tennesseans who did not complete their […]

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