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Opinion

First burglary in 30 years doesn’t spoil a good day

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It only took 30 years. That’s how long I’ve been living in my home. That’s how long I’ve lived in Bartlett. In that time my wife and I have raised four children and several dogs. We’ve survived countless storms and straight-line winds. Our house burned and was then rebuilt. Three decades of love, laughter, a […]

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Vet proclaims readiness of U.S. military

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Dear editor, In 1917 and 1942 when our young men and women went off to war, they were told it was “a war to end all wars” and “a war to make the world safe for democracy.” Well, here we are 97 years later and we have less of a democracy now than we had […]

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Legislative roundup for June 11, 2015

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Alexander says college debt aid sets a bad precedent WASHINGTON, D.C., June 8 — Senate education committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) made the following statement June 8 on the Department of Education’s announcement regarding its debt-relief plan for former Corinthian Colleges students: “Students have been hurt, but the department is establishing a precedent that puts taxpayers on the […]

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Stop telling students they can’t afford college

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One question we often hear is: “Is college affordable?” I believe the answer for most Americans is, “yes.” For millions, two years of college is free. For most students, four years at a public university is affordable, and these include some of the best colleges and universities in the world. It is never easy to […]

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Senate education bill will restore local responsibility for schools

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate education committee, hosted a roundtable Friday in Jackson, Tenn., with area education leaders, college presidents, and state officials to discuss his bill to fix “No Child Left Behind” as well as his plan to simplify the FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, […]

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We need better reviews of police, rail upgrades, women’s rights

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Last week, Congresman Lacy Clay (who represents Ferguson, Mo.) and I introduced a plan to end the use of excessive force by police officers, I defended a woman’s right to choose from House Republicans’ unconstitutional effort to ban abortions, Memphis lost former state Sen. Kathryn Bowers and the world lost legendary musician B.B. King. Ending […]

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108-question student aid form needs streamlining

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There are approximately 66,000 high school seniors in the state of Tennessee. Of that number, by April 24 this year, nearly 45,000 or 68 percent had completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the complicated, 108-question student aid formevery student seeking federal financial aid for college must fill out. Now that tuition is […]

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Lawmakers focus on drug trials, infant deaths, tourism, Iran deal

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Tennessee to let terminally ill try unproven drugs NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Governor Bill Haslam has signed HB0143 — the Tennessee Right To Try Act — into law. This act lets doctors prescribe treatments to the terminally ill even though the medications are still in clinical trials and are not yet on pharmacy shelves. Right To […]

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Legislative roundup on crime funds, open records, Iran Act

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More crime funds to go to victims WASHINGTON, D.C. — Victims of crime would have access to hundreds of millions more dollars next year under a provision included in the budget resolution that was being considered on Tuesday. In response to calls from multiple U.S. senators, including Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the budget resolution provides an estimated […]

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Congress must address root causes of Baltimore unrest

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What we see happening in Baltimore is a microcosm of what’s happening in urban areas across the country, and the underlying causes are the same causes that led to the civil and voting rights movements as well as the 1968 riots. A lack of access to quality education, lack of opportunity, and lack of hope […]

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