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Opinion

Opioids legislation is landmark victory for Tennessee

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Each year, more than 1,000 Tennesseans die from opioid abuse or overdose — this epidemic takes more Tennessee lives than car accidents or gunshots do. Last week, the Senate sent the bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) to the president’s desk to be signed into law. As the chairman of the Senate Health Education […]

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Memphis org supports having hard conversations in violent times

Editor’s note: The following July 8 statement was provided by Bridge Builders, a Memphis-based organization helping diverse young people become committed to community transformation. See more information at bridgesusa.org. This statement was lightly edited to change present-tense verbs to past tense as some events have passed since the original statement was written. We at Bridges […]

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Legislative and court updates for July 21, 2016

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Recognizing civil rights sites will preserve heritage WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) has praised committee approval of legislation that would create a national network of sites that were central to the Civil Rghts Movement. “Memphis plays a crucial role in the civil rights movement, and the Mason Temple, the Church of God […]

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Raleigh’s cool, clear water drew visitors

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Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. This is the second section of a two-part article looking at the roots of Raleigh, Tenn.; see the first section of the two-part article here. One of the major reasons the first settlers decided […]

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Corker: ‘Show support for men and women in uniform’

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CHATTANOOGA – Appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) expressed support for law enforcement officials and called for unity after recent tragedies in Baton Rouge, St. Paul, and Dallas. “It’s the number one responsibility that we have is to keep our citizens safe and secure,” Corker said. “But the fact […]

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AG: Traffic camera companies violate state law by viewing footage

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NASHVILLE — Tennessee State Representative Andy Holt (R-Dresden) has been on a crusade against the use of photo-enforcement cameras for many years, citing that they are illegal and that they turn the American justice system on its head. Giving a boost to Holt’s argument, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery responded to a request by Holt […]

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Legislative & court updates for July 14, 2016

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Global Food Security Act passes House WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following passage of the Global Food Security Act in the House of Representatives on July 6, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, highlighted progress in bipartisan effort to ensure U.S. food assistance is being used as effectively as possible. The […]

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Pastors’ network: ‘Christian values have been under attack’

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WHITLEYVILLE, Tenn. — Dale Walker, president of The Tennessee Pastors Network, invited multiple state legislators to this past weekend’s Religious Freedom Sunday at the McCormick Ridge Holiness Church in Whitleyville. Walker is an outspoken advocate for pastor engagement in policy matters that relate to traditional Christian values. “Christianity and Christian values have been under attack […]

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Legislative updates for July 7, 2016

Corker calls for U.S.-led effort to end slavery WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following the release of the State Department’s 2016 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), reiterated his call for a U.S.-led global effort to end human trafficking and modern slavery. Corker is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and author […]

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Patriotism is year-round, not just a seasonal nod to history

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The upcoming July 4th holiday marks the conclusion of a month-long celebration of America and 240 years of independence. But it really should mark the beginning, not the end, of our celebration — of the renewed dedication it takes to fortify freedom and democracy daily. Under various Congressional resolutions, the people of the United States have been […]

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