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Marion residents and other Tennesseans can now register to vote online

Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett has officially launched the state’s new online voter registration system offering a convenient way for voters to easily register or change their address if they have moved. Counties across Tennessee including Marion County can now securely receive voter registration information faster than using traditional paper registrations. “This system meets …

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Beavers applauds Trump’s DACA decision

MT. JULIET, Tenn. — Conservative Republican Mae Beavers is standing with President Donald J. Trump and his decision to terminate the DACA program. “The Executive Order that President Barack Obama relied upon to create DACA was unconstitutional and should never have been allowed to remain in place as long as it has,” Beavers said. “The …

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Childhood Obesity: Heavy Issue for Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Many Tennessee children are overweight, with approximately one out of every five classified as obese, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The foundation’s State of Obesity report ranks Tennessee fifth in the nation compared to other states for its number of overweight children. The cause, according to experts such as Kindall …

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TN at Risk? Report examines proposed EPA cuts

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A new report suggests proposed cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency would diminish the quality of Tennessee’s air and water. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, Tennessee has received more than $230 million in EPA grants over the last five years – funding that would be cut 30 percent under President Donald …

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TVA Board approves 2018 budget trimming expenses and boosting rates

The Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors on Wednesday approved a $10.37 billion budget that will keep TVA on track to achieving its long-range goals of improving financial and operational performance and reducing debt. The FY 2018 budget keeps operating and maintenance spending flat, maintains low energy costs and invests in TVA’s generation and transmission …

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Mae Beavers resigns from State Senate to go all in for Governor’s Race

MT. JULIET, Tenn. — Tennessee State Senator and conservative Republican candidate for Governor Mae Beavers has announced that she will resign her seat in the legislature effective Friday, September 1st at Noon. Beavers also disclosed key additions to her gubernatorial campaign team. “It is with mixed emotions that I am announcing that next Wednesday (August …

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Winning Powerball Jackpot ticket sold in Massachusetts; Five $200,000 tickets sold in TN

Multiple sources are now reporting that a single winning ticket has been sold for the massive Powerball $758.7 million jackpot in Wednesday night’s drawing. Lottery officials say the winning ticket was sold in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Hitting the jackpot is all about having those right lucky numbers, and the numbers from Wednesday night’s drawing are 6, …

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NAFTA Talks Expected to Impact TN Jobs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Trump administration reopens talks Wednesday on the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA supporters say it has boosted American farm exports and trade in general between the U.S., Canada and Mexico. But critics say it has hurt people in all three countries by rewarding low pay and diminished environmental standards. Juliette …

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Rep. Diane Black announces she’s running for Governor of Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Rep. Diane Black, R-Tennessee, has annoucned her gubernatorial bid for 2018 in Tennessee. Black, a staunch conservative from Sumner County who is in her fourth term representing Tennessee’s 6th Congressional District, made the announcement Wednesday morning on her campaign website ending months of speculation on whether or not the widely-considered “deep-pocketed” candidate would …

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Federal Judge says TVA must limit their tree-cutting policy

A federal judge has ruled that the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) can’t continue to use its “15-foot rule” for removing trees until it submits an environmental impact statement. According to The Knoxville News Sentinel, residents of a Knoxville area subdivision filed a lawsuit against the TVA in 2014, claiming the TVA changed its policy from …

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Health Care Uncertainty Trickles Down to Local Leaders

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – While the U.S. Senate battles over its version of a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act – uncertainty about the future of health care is impacting local leaders. The topic is among those being discussed this week at the National Association of Counties’ annual conference in Columbus, Ohio. …

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Tennessee’s back-to-school shoppers prepare for “Sales Tax Holiday” this weekend

Tennessee’s Sales Tax Holiday will begin at 12:01 AM local time this Friday, July 28th, 2017 and will end on Sunday, July 30 at 11:59 PM local time. During the event, residents and especially parents of school children can purchase clothes, school supplies, and computer equipment without paying Tennessee state sales tax, which is usually …

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