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Opinion

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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Medical identity theft could cause disaster

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By now, most people know about the perils of identity theft, where someone steals your personal or financial account information and makes fraudulent charges or opens bogus accounts in your name. Lately, a not-so-new twist has been getting a lot of attention – medical identity theft. That’s where someone gains access to your health insurance […]

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Laws prevent employer abuses of teen workers

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If you are like me, you have pretty much always been working since you were a youngster. At age 9, I started mowing yards and kept that up in my teen years. But my first job outside yard work was washing dishes at a Huddle House. Scraping food off stranger’s plates (along with cigarette butts […]

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Country people know art of ‘mater saminch’

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Here we are once again in the glory days of homegrown ‘maters (tomatoes), and I’m still finding folks who can’t make a ‘mater saminch (sandwich). I put out one of those videos a couple of years back, wrote articles, was featured in a few fancy magazines scraping a Miracle Whip jar with a knife and […]

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Decision against TNVA is criticized

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The Center for Education Reform strongly condemns the recent directive by the Tennessee Education Commissioner to un-enroll 626 students from the Tennessee Virtual Academy (TNVA), denying them their school choice rights. “It’s an outrage that these 626 legally enrolled students are now being forcefully turned away, just two weeks before the start of the school […]

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