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Opinion

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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Legislative & court updates for June 30, 2016

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Immigration: U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said June 23 that he supports the 4-4 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on immigration. The decision affirmed an appeals court ruling that blocks President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. “I strongly oppose President Obama’s unilateral actions, which effectively changed immigration laws without going through Congress, and I […]

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Tennessee Forum praises best, slams worst of state politicians

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NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Forum— a not-for-profit political organization that advocates for better government — has identified 10 Republican legislators in the state who they believe embody the best and worst of state government. The list appears in the first-ever edition of The Best & Worst of the 109th General Assembly. Intended to educate and […]

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New laws to address abuse, exploitation of senior citizens

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While most caregivers and family members look after senior citizens with love and compassion, there are those who carry out unconscionable acts of violence. The abuse can take many other forms, including psychological cruelty, wanton neglect and financial exploitation. For seniors targeted with financial crimes, this can mean the loss of lifelong savings and pension […]

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Obama: Americans need to look after each other in wake of Orlando attack

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President Barack Obama spoke to a nation grieving over the nightclub slaughter in Orlando, Fla., mid-day Monday after receiving an FBI briefing. Following are his remarks, in part. See the full White House press release at http://1.usa.gov/ 1WMO1VS. Sympathy first “First of all, our hearts go out to the families of those who have been […]

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Alexander votes to restore year-round Pell grants for college students

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) is hoping to help bring back year-round Pell grants to aid college students. On June 9, he voted for the Fiscal Year 2017 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill to do just that, along with providing additional support for advances in biomedical research. Alexander is the […]

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German immigrant establishes Bartlett family legacy

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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. Frederick (Fred) Ludwig Warner was born Feb. 14, 1835, in Stuttgart, Germany, and as a young man he immigrated to the U.S. and made his way to Memphis. He worked as a merchant and […]

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Ticket-burning legislator labels traffic camera supporters ‘irresponsible’

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A recent, seemingly anonymous, editorial (one of many across the state) appeared in the Knoxville News Sentinel, claiming that my campaign against unmanned photo-enforcement is “irresponsible,” and I would like to take a moment to respond. The editorial claimed that photo-enforcement cameras make our roads safer, and, well, the timing on that statement could not […]

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Disability rights advocates protest ‘Me Before You’ as ‘disability snuff film’

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Disability rights advocates in cities across the U.S. and around the world are protesting the latest Hollywood movie to end with the assisted suicide or euthanasia of the lead disabled character. Protests already have been held in New York City, Boston and Denver, with more planned in other cities. Me Before You was released on Friday, June 3. Some […]

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Got a traffic camera ticket? Read your rights on the citation

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Law enforcement spokesmen have this advice: Be cautious if following the example of a Tennessee state legislator, at least when it comes to certain traffic tickets. Rep. Andy Holt (R-District 76) made headlines on May 25 when he posted a Facebook video of himself burning his own ticket that was based on an automated traffic […]

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