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Opinion

Preventing shutdown was the right choice

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Congress has a responsibility to both keep our government running and keep the American people safe. I am pleased that many on both sides of the aisle came together this week (Sept. 14-20) to pass H.J.Res.124, which prevents yet another government shutdown and shows our support for President Obama’s plan to degrade and ultimately destroy […]

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Century Farm program honors ag heritage

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A few weeks back, I was invited to speak at the Wilson County Fair Century Farm Luncheon. It was a grand day for a visit to one of Tennessee’s top county fairs and a chance to celebrate the Century Farm Program. Government-related guests at the event brought to mind an old story about my Uncle […]

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Trust doctors and patients to make abortion choices

Dear Editor, Pregnancy always poses some health risks for women. Even young and otherwise healthy women can develop serious, sometimes life-threatening complications during pregnancy. Women and their families have to make difficult decisions when complications threaten a woman’s health or when a fetus has a tragic congenital defect incompatible with life. The last thing that […]

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Criticism is inaccurate, Bartlett jail official says

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A man jailed in Bartlett for four days wrote a scathing criticism Sunday of the facility’s cleanliness and the staff’s actions, but a jail spokesman said the facility’s condition and records show that all the allegations are untrue. Jeff Davis of Bartlett said he was jailed for public intoxication. He alleged unsanitary conditions, near-starvation-level food […]

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THDA helps Tennesseans build dreams

On Sept. 3, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) is helping Tennesseans build the American Dream “brick by brick, block by block and street by street” by giving families a chance at owning their own homes. “This is being done in part with help from the Tennessee Housing Development […]

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Address concerns, opposition to renewable energy transmission projects

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The Center for Rural Affairs recently released a statement and official communications with the federal Department of Energy, urging them and the energy sector to address community concerns and landowner opposition to renewable energy transmission projects. “Engagement is most effective at a local, grassroots level,” said Johnathan Hladik, Senior Advocate for Energy Policy at the […]

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Americans: Always remember Sept. 11

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Once again, we approach that date on the calendar that many of us will always remember as one when we experienced feelings of fear, tragedy, total confusion, outrage and patriotism all in one day. Sept. 11, 2001, for our generation will be like another generation’s Pearl Harbor, and as we arrive at the 13th anniversary […]

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Senator calls for ban on intrusive personal cell phone calls on planes

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U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) issued a press release on Aug. 25, stating that he has called on the U.S. Department of Transport-ation to propose formal rules that would prohibit cell phone conversations on commercial airline flights, preserving the “last vestige of quiet in our busy skies.” Alexander commented, “I’m glad the Department of Transportation […]

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Vote ‘Yes’ on amendment ending threat of state income tax

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On November 4 you will have a chance to vote to put the final nail in the coffin of the income tax in Tennessee. Please vote “Yes” on an amendment I sponsored to the state constitution: Amendment 3. As a law student in 2001, I was at the state capitol the day that income tax […]

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Non-GMO label sends farmer shopping elsewhere

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The other day as I pushed my grocery cart down the aisle of my favorite food store, I was stopped in my tracks as I approached the dairy case. There on the top of the blue and yellow container that holds my low-sodium, whipped buttery spread, which I have eaten for more than six years […]

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