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Tenn. Senate approves voting on election of state AG

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NASHVILLE — A resolution that would allow Tennessee voters to decide if they want to popularly elect the state’s attorney general (AG) was approved 22 to 8 Monday night by the State Senate on final consideration.Senate Joint Resolution 57, sponsored by Senator Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet), begins the process of amending the State Constitution, which […]

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TN Broadband Accessibility Act overcomes committee hurdle

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Senate committees wrapped up budget hearings for various agencies and departments of state government last week and moved a number of important bills to the Senate floor for final action. This includes the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act, which proposes a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation and education. Senate Bill 1215, […]

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Trump’s budget blueprint shows optimism

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CHATTANOOGA — U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) released the following statement regarding the Trump administration’s budget blueprint on March 16. He is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a member of the Senate Budget Committee. “I sincerely appreciate the Trump administration’s effort to cut waste and encourage efficiency, but the fact is that […]

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Conservative leaders speak out against Tenn. gas tax

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NASHVILLE — Conservative leaders across Tennessee signed a March 14 coalition letter opposing the gas tax that was delivered to legislators by Americans for Prosperity — Tennessee. Representatives with the following organizations signed on to the letter: Americans for Prosperity, the Nashville Tea Party, the Tennessee Republican Assembly, America First Tennessee, Tennessee Firearms Association, Red […]

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Think outside your lane for better highways

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The worst accidents are when a car and a tractor-trailer collide. Can you begin to comprehend the mismatch? It’s like a sumo wrestler facing off against a toddler. Or think about the motorcyclist riding behind a tractor-trailer that loses a retread (tire casing for worn tires). His bike may crash or flip if he hits […]

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‘Living on Purpose’: Compassion, mercy are the heart of God

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Editor’s note: “Living on Purpose” is a Kentucky-based religious column provided free to the Bartlett Express. We also welcome local columns with similarly universal messages; send your submissions to carolyn.bahm@journalinc.com. For those who have visited a nursing home or a medical care facility, you know what I mean when I refer to these places as […]

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‘Living on Purpose’: Darkness cannot overcome the light of God’s presence

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It’s amazing to think that without light, there is complete darkness. Thank God, every morning He directs the sun to rise, which allows us to see without stumbling and having to feel our way around like a blind person. Spiritually speaking, we were all born into spiritual darkness and are only given our vision when […]

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Now is the time for medicinal cannabis

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Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner has stated that expanding medical marijuana does more harm than good to any additional legalization. In our opinion, the swamp of deceit foisted on Tennesseans could not get any deeper. “Currently, the weight of evidence is that when marijuana is used as medicine, it will do more harm […]

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Sen. Lamar Alexander opines on Obamacare

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There is an Obamacare emergency in Tennessee. Humana just announced the week of Feb. 19-25 that it is pulling out of all Obamacare exchanges for 2018 – meaning that 40,000 Knoxville residents on the exchange may have zero options for health insurance next year. They have an Obamacare subsidy, but it’ll be like holding a […]

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Majority opposes costly Nashville waterpark deal

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NASHVILLE—As the Metro Nashville City Council’s upcoming vote on an incentive deal for a waterpark in Nashville that a stunning 95 percent of Tennessee taxpayers oppose grows closer, the Beacon Center took a look at how else that $14 million could have been used. Based on average salaries in the city of Nashville, this $14 million […]

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Lawmakers announce intent to protect elderly and vulnerable from abuse

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NASHVILLE — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), Representative Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown), Senate Health and Welfare Committee Chairman Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City), Senator Todd Gardenhire (R-Chattanooga), Representative Kevin Brooks (R-Cleveland) and Representative Dale Carr (R-Sevierville) recently announced comprehensive legislation to address abuse of elderly or vulnerable adults in Tennessee. Senate Bills 1192, 1230 and 1267 […]

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‘Living on Purpose’: Enjoying the abundant life at any age

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Editor’s note: “Living on Purpose” is a Kentucky-based religious column provided free to the Bartlett Express. We also welcome local columns with similarly universal messages; send your submissions to carolyn.bahm@journalinc.com. We are all growing older. Thanks a lot, right? I realize that many will think this is not a very optimistic or positive thought, but […]

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