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Opinion

Katherin Estes Nesbit: Small woman, big friendly heart

Editor’s note: This series will run weekly throughout 2016 to highlight Bartlett’s history in honor of its 150th anniversary this year. Katherine Nesbit was a little woman with a big heart. A petite lady, she stood barely 4 feet 10 inches tall, her hair knotted on top of her head as was the style at […]

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Tenn. senators call for Haslam to fight Obama’s transgender decree

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NASHVILLE — Senator Mark Green joined twenty-six colleagues of the upper chamber in signing a letter calling on Governor Haslam to oppose the U.S. government in the directive issued to accommodate transgender individuals in taxpayer-funded toilets and locker rooms to maintain Title IX funding for education. Citing the public safety and privacy of citizens, the […]

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Sen. Alexander: EEOC workplace wellness rules put health, money at risk

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate health and labor committee chairman on Monday said the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) final rules on workplace wellness programs released that day will make it harder for employees to choose healthy lifestyles and to save money. “Wellness programs are the only part of Obamacare that everyone agreed on — everyone […]

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Legislative updates for May 12, 2016

Tenn. Campus Carry law goes into effect July 1 A new law that goes into effect July 1 will allow full-time employees at Tennessee colleges and universities to be armed on campus. Senate Bill 2376, known as Tennessee Campus Carry, will allow full-time employees of public higher education institutions who have a handgun permit to […]

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Atheists sue sheriff for alleged censorship, religious messaging

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American Atheists along with a resident of Bradley County, Tenn., filed suit in federal district court in Eastern Tennessee Monday against Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson for alleged violations of the First Amendment. The organization states that the purpose of the suit is to stop the sheriff’s policy of censoring comments that are negative or […]

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Sen. Alexander: Revised Labor rule could spike Tenn. college tuition

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KINGSPORT — Senate labor committee Chairman Lamar (R-Tenn.) Alexander said on May 4 that the administration’s reported plans to revise its proposed overtime rule “won’t do much to protect students from tuition hikes” — as one Tennessee independent college estimated the revised rule could increase tuition by nearly $850 per student. Politico reported earlier that […]

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Legislative updates for May 5, 2016

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Senators mark 17th Charter Schools Week WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), along with 26 cosponsors, on Monday commemorated this week as the 17th annual National Charter Schools Week. The event congratulates the students, parents, teachers, and leaders of 6,800 U.S. charter schools. Senate education committee chairman Alexander said, “Today, […]

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First in 14 years: State Department authorization bill passes Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On April 28, U.S. Senators Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, applauded Senate passage of the first State Department authorization bill in 14 years. The 2016 U.S. Department of State authorization bill, which was approved unanimously by the committee in […]

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Corker: China’s provocative territorial claims threaten U.S. strategic interests in Asia-Pacific

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WASHINGTON — At a recent hearing to assess the state of U.S. relations with China, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, cited China’s increasingly aggressive land reclamation activity in the South and East China Seas as a strategic threat to U.S. interests in the Asia-Pacific region. He also warned […]

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Sen. Alexander: New law restores control of Tenn. classrooms to citizens

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NASHVILLE — Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on Monday told a room full of Tennessee education leaders, legislators, teachers and students that “Tennessee public school classrooms are back in your hands,” thanks to the new education law that fixes No Child Left Behind and restores local control of public schools. Speaking at Belmont University, he said: […]

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