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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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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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