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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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TBI Releases Annual Statewide Crime Study

Last week, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its 2016 ‘Crime in Tennessee’ report, revealing a slight overall increase in reported instances of crime in the most recent reporting year. The annual study compiles data reported from each law enforcement agency in the state through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS). The TBI’s sophisticated …

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Elizabeth Thomas, 15, Found Safe; Former Teacher, Tad Cummins Arrested In Northern California

Elizabeth Thomas, 15, a Columbia, TN., high school student, who has not been seen since earlier this year on March 13 and prompted a nationwide Amber Alert, has been found safe, and her alleged abductor and former teacher, Tad Cummins, 50, was arrested. They were found on Thursday at a northern California commune Authorities reportedly …

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Maddux announces candidacy for US Congress 4th District of Tennessee

Cleveland, Tenn. — Navy Veteran, former police officer and local business manager, Jack Maddux, has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination to the United States Congress District 4 of Tennessee. The announcement took place on Tuesday evening, April 4th, 2017 at at the Mountain View Inn, 2400 Executive Park NW, Cleveland, Tennessee. Maddux is …

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TN legislature approves rural broadband bill

The Tennessee legislature has passed a bill that could make it easier for residents in rural areas to gain access to broadband internet amid concerns that it doesn’t do enough to guarantee high-speed access statewide. During the debate in the House Monday evening, lawmakers said they hoped the bill would be a start to getting …

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Gas prices continue to climb across the Sequatchie Valley area

For the second week in a row, area gas prices have taken another major jump upwards. According to the website GasBuddy.com, last week’s prices across the Chattanooga area rose 5.8 cents a gallon pushing the average price for a gallon of gas to $2.10. Not only did those prices go up locally, but they also …

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