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Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
Transportation committee hears need for revenue (01/31/16)
The Senate Transportation and Safety Committee heard from Deputy Governor Jim Henry, Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd regarding Tennessee's transportation outlook...
More than 2,000 bills filed in House (01/31/16)
"In order to carry a positive action, we must develop here a positive vision." -- Dalai Lama The filing deadline for bills was last Thursday when all representatives had to have their last bills in for the year. For the 109th session that we are currently in, 2,618 bills have been filed so far which is just a couple hundred more than in the 108th General Assembly. ...
Trash doesn't belong along the roadside (01/31/16)
"I don't understand this mentality of throwing it out the window," the recent caller told me about Bedford County's trash problem. "You'd think people would take more pride in their county," she said. "What can I tell visitors when they see the mess along our roads?"...
Legislators focused on jobs, education (01/24/16)
The General Assembly is moving at full steam as the second week of the 2016 legislative session comes to a close. Lawmakers worked diligently to complete their legislative agenda to meet the January 21 deadline for filing bills. Those bills will start flowing through committees next week as the General Assembly starts a thorough examination of the issues before us this year...
New industry in Lincoln County is boost for area (01/24/16)
"Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance." -- Samuel Johnson The 2016 Legislative Session was in full swing this past week. I have 15 bills filed which is our bill limit and I have several on notice to be heard next week. We were off last Monday for the holiday and snow caused some delays on Wednesday, so it was a short but very busy week...
T-G clarifies photo policy re: accident victims (01/21/16)
Once again: There is NOT a victim visible in the Times-Gazette photo of a truck involved in a fatal crash Monday on U.S. 231 North. The Times-Gazette has a firm policy that we will never publish, or post online, photographs showing victims of an accident or crime...
Safety should come first in school closings (01/21/16)
Whenever schools are closed -- or not closed -- during a winter weather scare, there's always a host of second-guessing on Facebook. "I drove to work just fine this morning -- I don't understand why they had to close the schools." "I used to live in [cold Northern state], and they'd laugh at the idea of closing school for this puny amount of snow."...
'Opt Out' gimmick is danger to workers (01/21/16)
Tennessee's economy is thriving. Business is booming with major national and international companies like Nissan, Bridgestone and American Standard announcing expansions or relocation projects that will employ thousands of Tennesseans. Tennessee is attractive to companies because we have a business-friendly environment. ...
Letter to the Editor, Jan. 21 (01/21/16)
Dear Editor, Recently, I idly pondered over names describing a "group of animals, birds and people." Over a century of naming these groups by others before me, I've never forgotten most of them so decided to see how many I could recall, thus here they be: a murder of crows, a gaggle of geese, a wake of buzzards, on land a flock of ducks but on water a paddling of ducks, a leash of foxes, an army of frogs, a cauldron of bats, a sleuth of bears, a troop of apes, a colony of beavers, a swarm of butterflies, an intrusion of roaches, a concoction of eagles, a cloud of grasshoppers, a rafter of turkeys, a confusion of guinea fowl, a company of moles, a grin of opossums, a gaze of raccoons, a kindle of kittens, a scurry of squirrels and lastly, fat men that arrive in groups are called a "bloat.". ...
2015 was great year for county sheriff's office (01/17/16)
2015 has been our first full year in office. It has been such a pleasure to be Bedford County's sheriff. Even though we shall always strive to improve the Bedford County Sheriff's Office which can create change, things have started to become more familiar and are falling into place...
State legislature is back in session (01/17/16)
"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths." -- Walt Disney The first day of the 2016 Legislative Session started Jan. 12 at noon. This is the second year of the 109th General Assembly, which means that we are just finishing what we started in 2015...
Letter to the Editor, Jan. 14 (01/14/16)
Thank you Shelbyville, I would like to thank the citizens of our community who came to participate in the Celebration Christmas. Myself, the Celebration board, fellow employees, and volunteers that put the event on were amazed with the attendance of over 2,500 people. The concept of a quality, family oriented, holiday event, with a carnival-like feel has been a goal for a couple of years...
Letters to the Editor, Jan. 7 (01/07/16)
To the editor: I am writing in response to your recent articles related to the proposed changes to the Shelbyville City Charter with specific regards to the Hotel Taxes and their use here in Bedford County. Many residents are not aware that every visitor that stays in a Hotel, Motel, or Bed & Breakfast is charged a 7 percent hotel tax which is then paid to the city monthly. ...
Former editor Philleo left a lasting impact (12/27/15)
I learned of the untimely death Saturday evening of a good friend, former colleague and professional mentor to not only myself, but likely many journalists that had the opportunity to be sprinkled by his talent over the years, most of us in Tennessee...
Letters to the Editor, Dec. 24 (12/24/15)
Dear Editor, I have to comment on the excellent reporting Jason Reynolds did on my son, Paul Martin. An article on his book was followed by a weekly "conversation." Paul grew up here, attended church and school here, and has many local ties. Former school friends, teachers, neighbors, 4-H personnel ... all have responded to Paul and his father and me. Patients of my husband, a dentist, who have never met Paul have been very complimentary, many saying Jason's articles are always great...
Letters to the Editor, Dec. 10 (12/10/15)
Dear Editor, I would like to applaud Rep. Scott DesJarlais for introducing legislation that goes to the heart of the problem in the regulation of Tennessee Walking Horses, an inspection system wrought with inconsistencies and fraud. His bill also addresses the continued government overreach that is harming industry and small business all across America...
It's Christmas in Tennessee -- even at UT (12/10/15)
It's Christmas time in Big Orange Country. But that's upsetting for a few University of Tennessee faculty members and students, who in the name of "diversity" want holiday celebrations to be secular. Thankfully, Gov. Bill Haslam and cooler heads stepped in Tuesday and toned down a memo from the school's out-of-control Office for Diversity and Inclusion that said holiday parties should have -- this is a direct quote -- "no emphasis on religion or culture" and "no games with religious or cultural themes...Ensure your holiday party is not a Christmas party in disguise.". ...