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Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2015
Legislature working to finish before year-end (03/29/15)
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." -- Thomas Edison The first year of the 109th Legislative Session is winding down and we should finish up in about 3 to 4 weeks. We still have a lot to get done before we can end session for the year. ...
Let's be blunt: We're not supporting marijuana (03/26/15)
So you want to read about...marijuana? According to one reader, yes. We've received several emails in the past few days from a guy who says, "We have over 10,000 marijuana using and supporting individuals" in Shelbyville and "nearly 20,000 individuals" in Bedford County...
President snubs new NATO leader (03/26/15)
You would think with all the crises raging in the Middle East and eastern Europe, the president would want to keep on top of international affairs. So it was a mystery to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) officials and others why Obama has yet to meet with its new head, Secretary General Jen Stoltenburg this week while he is in Washington...
Sullivan was backbone of shelter (03/26/15)
It is with a deep feeling of sadness and a profound sense of loss that the CROSS Shelter for the homeless announces to the community the passing of our beloved President, Dixie Sullivan. Dixie passed away as she slept last weekend and is survived by her daughter Anna...
Insurance for our tax dollars (03/22/15)
Dear Editor, I, being a Bedford County taxpayer, have pondered for some time over elected city and officials making reckless and costly decisions with our tax dollars. It seems these elected "professionals" have free run with taxpayers' money, and are never held liable for all this wrongdoing. If we are compelled by law to pay taxes, our tax dollars should be protected by libelous decisions such as those both past and future...
God's word alive and well among state legislators (03/22/15)
"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." -- Benjamin Franklin I wanted to let you know that God and the church are very alive at the State Legislature! We open each and every floor session with a prayer and a pledge. Also, each Wednesday morning at 7:30 AM, we have a devotional in one of our committee rooms and usually have a guest speaker bring us a great message. ...
Money available for road work (03/22/15)
Legislation returning millions of dollars to taxpayers in the form of road infrastructure improvements was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee this week. The "County Road Relief Act of 2015" changes the way Tennessee currently manages its State Aid Road Grant Program to make it easier for counties to access state funds to upgrade, repair and improve roads...
Letters to the Editor, March 19 (03/19/15)
Dear Editor, Regarding your March 10 story about trying to preserve the old house at 705 Alton Ave., I applaud the preservationists' goal of preserving our past. I would suggest a better way may be to identify, buy, then preserve what they own...
White House closes drapes during Sunshine Week (03/19/15)
March 15-21 is Sunshine Week -- the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information. So, of course, it was the perfect time for the White House to remove a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)...
Hillary Clinton's claims hard to believe (03/15/15)
It feels like the 1990s all over again. With Hillary Clinton back in the news, you can be sure there will be scandals, denials and spin from all sides over the latest news that she used a personal e-mail account while serving as Secretary of State. I guess it all depends on what your definition of ISP is...
Visitors, bills make week busiest of year in House (03/15/15)
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." --Thomas Edison I think this past week was our busiest week yet so far this year. I ran 8 different bills of mine through the committee system and had visits from lots of different people including The Bedford County Leadership group and the Lincoln County Leadership group. ...
A typical day of not-so-typical telephone calls (03/08/15)
It was a typical Friday morning at the Times-Gazette. Reporters, ad reps and other employees tucked away in their places, smiling, chatting while whistling away as they worked. Everyone was happy it was Friday. Even though many businesses in town remained closed due to weather, it was really just an ordinary day at the office. Sort of...
City must be prepared for dangerous situations (03/08/15)
This past week's snow and ice left citizens and businesses once again having to deal with delays, closings, and hazardous driving conditions. Now that the ice has turned to slush, there's a lesson that needs to be frozen in time. The city of Shelbyville needs to be better prepared for such storms in the future...
Much to accomplish in a short time (03/08/15)
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails." -- Mark Twain The Legislative Session seems to be in full swing with about 1,400 bills set to go through the system. ...
False 'terrorist camp' claim based on misinformation (03/05/15)
Journalists, or at least those of us who actually report instead of just posting opinions as if they were facts, fight constantly against rumors and misinformation. That's why it's disconcerting to see many Bedford County residents up in arms over a report of a supposed "terrorist camp" near Shelbyville...
Letters to the Editor, March 5 (03/05/15)
Dear Editor, I'd like to publicly thank the city and county workers that are committed to doing their jobs regardless of weather. Our area has experienced some very drastic weather of late, last week especially, with numerous limbs littering yards due to branches snapping under the pressure of ice. Here's a SHOUT OUT to the workers driving the large, white truck around with the scissor claw that picks up piles of limbs at the roadside. They are to be commended!...
City doesn't determine where businesses locate (03/05/15)
I used to enjoy the computer game "Sim City," in which the player lays out a city and watches it develop (or not develop, if you've done a poor job of design and budgeting). It's fun to imagine planning your own city, but that's not necessarily the way things work in real life...
World more, not less, violent (03/05/15)
It is becoming painfully apparent that some members of our government are living in an alternate universe where the international situation is just hunky-dory. Last Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress that despite those guys in the Middle East who are conducting bloodbaths on a daily basis, everything is just fine...
Speak positively - it makes a huge difference (03/01/15)
As we go about our everyday lives, both personally and professionally, it's easy to get bogged down by challenges, yielding negative attitudes and perspectives on any given situation. But negativity breeds negativity, only making a bad situation spiral into a worse situation in a hurry...
State senators look closely at budgets (03/01/15)
Senate Committees worked at "full steam" this week as state senators examined the budgets of 12 agencies and departments of state government and approved a number of important bills. The budget hearings are part of the process of reviewing how taxpayer dollars are spent to examine whether the money is being used efficiently and effectively to meet the state's goals for each department or agency. ...
State's beauty, friendliness make tourism flourish (03/01/15)
"Individually we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean." -- Ryunosuke Satoro This week the legislative session kicked into a much higher gear as the bills started going through the committee system. I have 15 bills on my agenda for this Session. Four of them will be going to the sub committees next week and then hopefully on to the full committee the following week. We have about 1,300 to 1,400 total bills that will be heard during this session...
State Senators remember storm victims (02/22/15)
The Tennessee General Assembly met in an abbreviated week of meetings as a severe winter storm created hazardous conditions across Tennessee. Lawmakers paused in prayer during the Wednesday morning session of the State Senate to remember victims of the storm, including two good Samaritans who were struck and killed while they were offering assistance to passengers involved in a crash in Williamson County...
Letters to the Editor, Feb. 22 (02/22/15)
Dear Editor, Recently, I found an informative letter from the FEMA Distribution Center in my mailbox sent from Buckeystown, Maryland. Upon reading the contents, I wondered how many property owners in the entire country would receive this letter?...
Soccer isn't answer for ISIS (02/22/15)
Last month, this column reported that the Obama administration seemed crippled by far too much political correctness -- mainly the reluctance of labeling radical Islam as radical Islam. I mean, when the Islamic State beheads 21 Coptic Christians, saying that Rome is their next target, it's fairly obvious where they are getting their ideas from...
War kindling in eastern Europe (02/15/15)
History buffs can rejoice -- this week, we witnessed the 21st Century version of the 1938 Munich Agreement. It's the new ceasefire worked out by Germany and France, with a deal between Russia and Ukraine to stop the fighting that's been going on for months in eastern Ukraine between government forces and rebels supplied by Russia...