Letters to the editor, June 23
To the editor: Due to the Florida shootings, gun control issues again have surfaced, almost becoming a threat it seems, to law-abiding citizens who hunt or just enjoy collecting firearms through buying or trading. It seems when an atrocity is enacted against innocent people, the politicians of this country want to quickly pass outrageous gun restrictions on law-abiding citizens. ...
Sunshine Law covers debate, not just vote
A lot of people misunderstand the Tennessee Open Meetings Act and think that it only requires that the final vote on a decision take place in the public. But the "Sunshine Law," as it's known, applies not only to the final vote but to the debate and deliberation which leads to that vote...
Letter to the Editor, 6/16/16
An open letter to the citizens of Shelbyville and Bedford County: I have spent the last hour scrolling news and op-ed feeds and I am truly heartbroken to see that most of the articles are venomous posts of political rebuke of one political party/candidate or the other...
Letter to the Editor for June 5, 2016
To the Editor: Thanks to every sponsor, guest speakers, and everyone that had a part in the Field Of Heroes Memorial Day 2016 event, as well as all attendees. Thanks for being a part of this special event reflecting on, remembering, and honoring those that sacrificed and are no longer with us, for the freedom we are enjoying this very moment. Your part made it a great success. A extra special thanks to each family that recgonized the loss of their veteran...
Accusations were unnecessary
Last week we published a story about a missing dog, picked up Sunday night, May 23 at a Shelbyville home after a neighbor's complaint, and gone when its owner went to pick it up the next day. Today Sky is safe at home, recovered the next day by animal control. Sky made his way to a nearby home, where he was cared for until the residents saw the T-G story, realized he was the missing dog and notified authorities...
Legislature fights executive overreach
On Monday, we celebrated Memorial Day and reflected upon the price paid for the freedoms we enjoy. The fact that many men and women bled and died for them is among a host of reasons that it is so important that we preserve them. Since the birth of this nation, our freedoms have been grounded in the U.S. ...
Justice center should be in safe location
No matter what the final decision is about a new jail and justice center for Bedford County, security should remain atop the list. Over the past few weeks I've heard judges and law enforcement personnel explain concerns about safety around the courthouse and a need for a jail/justice center built with today's security in mind. That security would be hard to obtain by retrofitting the 1935-vintage courthouse, rebuilt similar to the 1870s building that was burned by a mob in 1934...
Senate works toward ending Hall income tax
The 109th General Assembly adjourned on April 22, 2016 to become a part of Tennessee history with the last week of legislative action seeing passage of some of the most important bills of the 2016 session. This includes legislation to phase out the Hall Income Tax, a bill to aid 100 percent service-related disabled veterans and the elderly disabled with property tax relief, the Public Safety Act to reduce crime and improve public safety, and the Rural Economic Opportunity Act to spur economic development in some of Tennessee's most economically distressed counties.. ...
Attractions beckon across Tennessee
It was on the drive back from Lewis County when I really started thinking about it. For months I had been traveling this great state of ours, talking about things like the roughly 570 miles across, discussing with partners the diversity of the geography, history, music and attractions. We mapped out the daunting task of observing that diversity first-hand by visiting all 95 counties in a year's time -- to survey what was out there...