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Americans for Prosperity condemns committee passage of gas tax hike

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NASHVILLE — Americans for Prosperity Tennessee (AFP-TN), an advocate for taxpayers, has been connecting grassroots groups across Tennessee to stop the gas tax hike. Thousands of concerned citizens have contacted legislators through phone calls and emails opposed to the tax increase. After the bill passed the legislative committee hurdle, AFP-TN State Director Andy Ogles released […]

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FALSE SIGHTING: Video didn’t show suspect

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C’ville sighting of supposed kidnapper dismissed by TBI. An update from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation late Thursday afternoon revealed that a man spotted on surveillance video in Collierville today was not Tad Cummins, a suspect on Tennessee’s Most Wanted List. The 50-year-old is suspected of kidnapping his former student, 15-year-old Elizabeth Thomas. Mid-day reports of […]

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Regaining balance with clear and undisputed tax cut

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Critics of the original IMPROVE Act made a legitimate point opposing the bill as first drafted. They argued that state government cannot in good conscience ask for more money when Tennessee is running an overall budget surplus. They were right. That was then, this is now. The original proposal is no longer before us. Those […]

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State Library and Archives can’t afford more funding delays

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As the legislative session winds down, I am cautiously optimistic that the General Assembly will include funding for a new Tennessee State Library and Archives building in the next state budget. I am optimistic because I have heard from many House and Senate members who support funding for the new building. But I am also […]

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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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