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Haslam opens Tennessee Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam officially opened the ‘Tennessee Volunteer ChalleNGe Academy’ on Friday as an alternative residential program operated by the Tennessee National Guard that offers youth between ages 16-18 who have dropped out of school a chance to earn a high school equivalency diploma outside of a traditional school setting. The …

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Tennessee and Alabama Sales Tax Holidays coming later this month; None scheduled for Georgia

Tennessee’s Sales Tax Holiday will begin at 12:01 AM local time on Friday, July 28th, 2017 and ends 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 around …

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Grundy Sheriff receives grants to help prepare inmates for life outside of jail

ALTAMONT, Tenn. – The State of Tennessee has awarded a grant to the Grundy County Sheriff’s Office to study what you can teach prison inmates. The Office of Criminal Justice is offering a grant in the amount of $195,000, as part of a three year project that focuses on pre-release case management for inmates.. The …

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Tennessee CASA launches ‘Be For The Child’ statewide volunteer recruitment campaign

Marion County, Tenn. – Tennessee Court Appointed Special Advocates (TN CASA) announced the launch of a statewide campaign aimed at attracting volunteers to close the gap between abused and neglected children in need of an advocate to represent their best interests with the goal of securing a safe, permanent home.  It is estimated that 20,000 …

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Former Trezevant principal calls out football program and district leaders, citing ‘illegal and ethical wrongdoings’ in resignation letter

Following up on a story we brought you in September 2016, principal Ronnie Mackin of Trezevant High School in Memphis has resigned his position from the school district citing that the Shelby County School district “promotes dishonesty, fraud and misrepresentations of academic progress in order to promote athletic success,” a statement which puts a dark …

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Multiple County Mayors In East Tennessee Endorse Randy Boyd For Governor

Randy Boyd announced on Wednesday that nearly two dozen county mayors from across East Tennessee have endorsed him and are already working in support of his Republican campaign for governor of Tennessee. Boyd is the only gubernatorial candidate from East Tennessee and more than 40 percent of the projected 2018 Republican gubernatorial primary vote is …

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House Freedom Caucus member, Rep. Scott DesJarlais, votes for American Health Care Act with state waivers to lower costs

  Congressman Scott DesJarlais praised the work of his colleagues on the House Freedom Caucus to improve the American Health Care Act, which will lower Tennesseans’ health insurance costs, thanks to state waivers the group secured during tough negotiations. He voted for the bill today. “We’re helping President Trump to fulfill his promise to the …

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TN Legislature passes ‘sexting law’ for minors

Tennessee’s Legislature has passed a new bill that would allow minors who send sexually explicit photos of themselves to others to face less serious consequences than they currently face. The current law states that juveniles who email or text sexually explicit photos to another person can be charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, even if …

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Rep. Scott DesJarlais, Freedom Caucus member, announces support for amended American Health Care Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a member of the House Freedom Caucus and GOP Doctors Caucus, has announced his support for the American Health Care Act, Republicans’ Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation, now including waivers for states to opt out of expensive federal regulations, driving up the cost of health insurance in Tennessee: “Obamacare hit …

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TN Rural Transit Jeopardized by Lack of Federal Funding

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – Who funds regional transportation is a growing issue as the state’s rural population expands outside of city limits. NET Trans in northeast Tennessee is one example. It serves 48 percent of the coverage area in the region but receives no federal funding. That’s expected to change soon, now that the Johnson …

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Stressed Out? TN in Top 10 Stressed States

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Feeling stressed out these days? You’re not alone. A recent national survey ranks Tennessee the ninth most stressed state in the country – when taking into account family, health, work and money considerations. However, the analysis by research firm WalletHub ranks the state fifth when it comes to money-related stress. Bill Fox, …

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Governor Haslam applauds passage of ‘IMPROVE Act’

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam praised passage of the IMPROVE Act on Monday, a key piece of his NextTennessee legislative plan, giving the largest tax cut in Tennessee history and making the state more competitive in recruiting manufacturing jobs while delivering a safe, reliable and debt-free transportation network for the next generation of …

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