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  • Brookings Experts Wonder Why Early Childhood Ed Isn’t Working

    12/05/2016 8:08:13 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 21 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | December 2, 2016 | Spencer Irvine
    Ron Haskins of the Brookings Institution wondered why "children who participated in Tennessee's statewide pre-K program had worse attitudes toward school and poorer work habits than children who didn't." Haskins co-authored a policy brief (entitled "Trouble in the Land of Early Childhood Education?") with Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, a professor at Columbia University, and they noted, "the past year has seen a disagreement erupt on the playground" regarding the future of pre-K early education. They admitted, "One of the most important aspects of early education is its popularity with the public." They continued, "Public support is vital if we aim to expand...
  • Dolly Parton Plans Telethon For Wildfire Victims

    12/04/2016 6:23:32 AM PST · by ColdOne · 25 replies
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  • National Guard Wildfire pilots praise pond-filling family [Video] (Trump Voters For Sure)

    12/02/2016 6:55:43 PM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 25 replies
    conservativevideos.com ^ | November 30, 2016
    Helicopter pilots fighting wildfires in Blount County took all of the water from a backyard pond, then watched as the family generously ran several garden hoses to the pond to help keep it replenished.
  • (From November 15, 2016) Two arrested for arson in Tennessee, at least one ignited wildfire

    12/02/2016 4:14:37 PM PST · by Morgana · 35 replies
    fox17.com ^ | November 15, 2016 | WZTV Staff
    <p>Two men have been arrested for separate arson cases in Tennessee, one which ignited a wildfire.</p> <p>Matthew Ryan Wallace, 27, of Tuscaloosa, Ala. is charged with setting a wildfire along Standdifer Grant Road in Sequatchie County on Monday. The felony charges is punishable to up to six years behind bars and a $3,000 fine.</p>
  • 'Tennessine' acknowledges state institutions' roles in element's discovery

    12/02/2016 4:39:37 AM PST · by bert · 20 replies
    Oak Ridge National Laboratory ^ | November 30, 2016 | Bill Cabbage
    The recently discovered element 117 has been officially named "tennessine" in recognition of Tennessee’s contributions to its discovery, including the efforts of the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and its Tennessee collaborators at Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee. "The presence of tennessine on the Periodic Table is an affirmation of our state's standing in the international scientific community, including the facilities ORNL provides to that community as well as the knowledge and expertise of the laboratory's scientists and technicians," ORNL Director Thom Mason said.
  • Liberals Mock Victims of Wildfire in Tennessee

    12/01/2016 1:14:43 PM PST · by blackbetty59 · 39 replies
    HEATSTREET ^ | November 29, 2016 | Lukas Mikelionis
    As Tennessee battles raging wildfires, forcing an evacuation of thousands of people, a number of people on Twitter are mocking their plight, suggesting residents there deserve it for voting for Donald Trump. Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, the epicenter of the wildfires because of their proximity to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, are popular holiday resorts for conservative and Christian families from the region. The towns have a number of attractions and wholesome family activities, including Dollywood. Some of the tweets, instead of expressing horror, are declaring “let them burn” and “too bad it’s not the whole state burning.” The tweeters...
  • Fund to Help Victims of Tragic Smoky Mountain Wildfires

    11/30/2016 8:22:07 PM PST · by NellieMae · 40 replies
    http://dollywoodfoundation.org/ Here is a link to help out those affected by the horrible wildfires in the Smoky Mountains. There have been over 14,000 people evacuated,at least seven dead,several missing and hundreds of homes and businesses have been totally destroyed. The impact on that area will be tremendous for a long time.
  • TBI establishes hotline for missing people in Sevier County

    11/30/2016 4:27:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    WATE ^ | November 30, 2016, 10:59 am
    GATLINBURG (WATE) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is creating a hotline to help families find their missing loved ones in East Tennessee. People can report missing individuals that they believe are in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge or Wears Valley. The hotline is 1-800-TBI-FIND. Giving as much identifying information (names, phone numbers, vehicle information, last known place) will be helpful. TBI asks people to not call the hotline to find out about personal properties. TBI will give the missing person information immediate to law enforcement in the area.
  • Gatlinburg Fire Cause: What Started the Wildfire?

    11/30/2016 8:12:55 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 69 replies
    Heavy ^ | November 30, 2016 | Stephanie Dube
    The remains of a home and cars smolder after a wildfire November 29, 2016 in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Thousands of people have been evacuated from the area and over 100 houses and businesses were damaged or destroyed after drought conditions helped the fire spread through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) With more than 14,000 people evacuated from the Gatlinburg, Tennessee area and more than 400 homes and businesses damaged or destroyed, the Sevier county wildfire may have been the largest in Tennessee in the last 100 years. But what caused the fire? Experts...
  • Huge fire forces evacuations at Gatlinburg, Tennessee, arson suspected (First Israel, Now US)

    11/30/2016 5:09:43 AM PST · by brucedickinson · 36 replies
    RT ^ | 11-29-2016 | Staff
    A roaring 500-acre fire is threatening structures in downtown Gatlinburg, Tennessee, where officials have ordered mandatory evacuations. Roads near Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed, as firefighters battle the flames and gusty winds. There have been no fatalities so far, but three burn victims are in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, the Tennessean reported. Officials suspect arson in the fire, which started over the weekend. More than 100 structures have been destroyed by the massive fire, including the home of Gatlinburg Mayor Mike Werner.
  • Gatlinburg Wildfires Force Evacuations in Tennessee

    11/29/2016 9:30:21 AM PST · by knarf · 48 replies
    NYTimes ^ | November 29, 2016 | JONAH ENGEL BROMWICH
    I found this doing something else and didn't find it posted yetAnother source had posted a report around 11 AM Eastern "Wildfires in Tennessee damaged hundreds of buildings overnight, forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes as hundreds of firefighters battled the blazes and smoke that blanketed the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains." "A statement released Tuesday morning by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency said that the towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, as well as other parts of Sevier County, in the eastern part of the state, had been evacuated." "The agency said it was likely that...
  • The South Is On Fire And National Media Couldn’t Care Less

    11/29/2016 10:01:34 AM PST · by markomalley · 77 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 11/29/16 | Sean Davis
    Ravaged by months of drought, huge swaths of the southeast United States are on fire, but you wouldn’t know it judging by national media coverage.A total of six states in the southeast (Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi) are currently suffering from “exceptional drought,” a category reserved for the most severe drought conditions, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. The majority of land in four states (Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia) are facing “extreme drought,” the second most severe level.(snip)But because it’s not happening in New York or D.C. or Los Angeles, it doesn’t really count...
  • 14,000 evacuated from Gatlinburg; fires still burning

    11/29/2016 8:45:14 AM PST · by azkathy · 41 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 11-29-2016 | Amy Valuccii, Jamie Satterfield
    GATLINBURG — Firefighters across the state scrambled to douse the wildfires raging through East Tennessee Tuesday morning, and the Tennessee National Guard made plans to dump water onto the flames from a helicopter. Emergency responders have struggled to make a dent into the fires that have devastated Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and surrounding areas in Sevier County since high winds helped the flames spread Monday evening Article continues, "Hillbilly Golf, major hotels, a good portion of Regan Drive and countless other businesses and homes were destroyed in the blaze that had firefighters working throughout the night. "The center of Gatlinburg looks...
  • The Great Smoky Mountains burn: Terrified guests are TRAPPED inside a burning Hilton hotel [tr]

    11/29/2016 3:23:29 AM PST · by C19fan · 66 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 29, 2016 | Hannah Parry
    Terrified guests are trapped inside a burning Hilton hotel as a huge wildfire engulfs the Tennessee resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. Dollywood theme park has been evacuated as thousands of tourists and residents fled the Great Smoky Mountains amidst reports of cars bursting into flames, dozens of homes being engulfed by fire, and the sky turning brown with smoke and flames.  Motorists clogged the roads after the Gatlinburg Fire Department ordered the mandatory evacuation of the town at just after 6pm on Monday, as strong wind conditions fanned the flames making the fire increasingly unpredictable and dangerous.
  • Wildfires force evacuation of downtown Gatlinburg

    11/28/2016 9:00:50 PM PST · by ReformedBeckite · 149 replies
    WSMV.com ^ | 11-28-2016 | Stuart Ervin
    GATLINBURG, TN (WSMV) - One of Tennessee’s most popular tourist destinations is being evacuated due to wildfires. Downtown Gatlinburg and numerous area neighborhoods, including the southern part of Pigeon Forge, are under a mandatory evacuation. The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has declared a level three state of emergency for the affected areas. TEMA says 30 structures are currently on fire in Gatlinburg, including a 16-story hotel. The Tennessee National Guard will be deployed to Sevier County to assist with clearing and removing debris. Officials said there are no reports of fatalities at this time. At least one person suffered a...
  • School bus driver charged in deadly Chattanooga crash

    11/26/2016 6:25:38 AM PST · by Pollard · 51 replies
    <p>CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A school bus driver who authorities say was speeding along a narrow, winding road when he wrapped his vehicle around a tree was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide in the deaths of five children.</p> <p>Calling the Monday afternoon crash "every public safety professional's worst nightmare," Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher told an overnight news conference that 24-year-old bus driver Johnthony Walker was also charged with reckless driving and reckless endangerment.</p>
  • The case for Bob Corker as Secretary of State.

    Sen. Bob Corker: US Middle East Policy - An Appraisal from Capitol Hill Published on Dec 10, 2015 Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, joins a Washington Ideas Roundtable. The topic of this dialogue is US Middle East Policy: An Appraisal from Capitol Hill
  • Speeding Tennessee school bus driver asked kids if they were 'ready to die' before fatal wreck

    11/22/2016 9:30:21 AM PST · by Zakeet · 124 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | November 22, 2016 | Meg Wagner
    The Tennessee school bus driver charged in a wreck that killed five elementary school kids allegedly asked the students if they were "ready to die" as he raced down a narrow Chattanooga road, a parent said. Johnthony Walker was speeding "well above" the posted speed limit and lost control of the bus before it flipped over and wrapped around a tree, police wrote in an arrest affidavit. [Snip] Walker, 24, is charged with five counts of vehicular homicide for the deaths of five Woodmore Elementary School students: three fourth graders, a first grader and a kindergartner. None of the children...
  • Tennessee bus driver charged in crash that left 6 dead, including 5 children

    11/22/2016 3:33:59 AM PST · by metmom · 84 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 22, 2016
    A Tennessee school bus driver was arrested and faces charges including vehicular homicide in a deadly crash that killed at least six people, including five children, police said in a news conference late Monday. Chattanooga police Chief Fred Fletcher said that 24-year-old Johnthony Walker was charged with five counts of vehicular homicide. Walker was also charged with reckless driving and reckless endangerment. Fletcher called the afternoon crash “every public safety professional’s worst nightmare.” He said earlier that investigators were looking at speed “very, very strongly” as a factor in the accident.
  • Trump Should Never Consider Adding Sen. Bob Corker To His Team Because Corker Is A Dirty Politician

    11/17/2016 4:28:07 PM PST · by Stayfree · 28 replies
    Fortune ^ | December 14, 2015 | Michael Addady
    The Republican Senator had failed to disclose $2 million in income from three hedge fund investments and additional millions from real-estate investments as well as other assets and financial transactions, the Journal reports. The fully amended filings show at least $3.8 million in additional income between 2007 and 2014 from commercial real-estate holdings.
  • Three NBA teams reportedly no longer staying in Donald Trump hotels

    11/16/2016 5:11:27 PM PST · by markomalley · 52 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/16/16 | Larry Brown
    <p>Three NBA teams reportedly are taking a stand against Donald Trump with their own form of protest.</p> <p>According to a report from ESPN’s Marc Stein and Zach Lowe, the Milwaukee Bucks, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks have stopped staying in Trump-branded hotels.</p>
  • LEVIN: TRUMP MUST NOT NOMINATE ‘LOSERS’ LIKE SEN. BOB CORKER TO ANYTHING

    11/11/2016 9:24:22 AM PST · by dontreadthis · 105 replies
    conservative review ^ | November 10, 2016 | Chris Pandolfo
    Mark Levin has a special message regarding speculation that Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. (F, 45%) is being considered for secretary of state in the administration of President-elect Trump: Hell. No. Sen. Corker, you will recall, single-handedly enabled the Obama administration to enact the Iran Nuclear Deal by surrendering the treaty clause of the U.S. Constitution to Obama. Bob Corker: Worst Advisor in the World for Donald Trump President-elect Trump must not nominate Corker for secretary of state. “We will go to war over this!” Levin exclaimed. Listen: AT LINK “Bob Corker must not be one of the individuals nominated for...
  • Inside the $30,000-a-month sex-addiction rehab center where Weiner will try to cure himself

    11/04/2016 1:08:34 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 126 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | November 4, 2016 | Ben Ashford
    EXCLUSIVE: No cell phone, sweat-lodge group therapy and plenty of horseback riding: Inside the $30,000-a-month sex-addiction rehab center where Anthony Weiner will try to cure himself of his serial sexting Anthony Weiner is in the middle of a weeks-long sex-addiction rehab stint at The Ranch, a 2,000-acre facility an hour west of Nashville The former politician, 52, checked himself into The Ranch in early October Fishing, long hikes, and horseback riding along trails in the leafy woods are among the activities offered at the Tennessee center The disgraced politician cannot access to his phone during treatment Weiner sought refuge at...
  • Battle of Athens TN, August 1-2 1946 (Voter fraud and The Second Amendment)

    10/26/2016 9:42:02 PM PDT · by PanzerKardinal · 49 replies
    Constitutional Societ ^ | 2015 | Constitutional Society
    The Battle of Athens TN, August 1-2, 1946 On 1-2 August 1946, some Americans, brutalized by their county government, used armed force to overturn it. These Americans wanted honest, open elections. For years they had asked for state or Federal election monitors to prevent vote fraud -- forged ballots, secret ballot counts, and intimidation by armed sheriff's deputies -- by the local political boss. They got no help. These Americans' absolute refusal to knuckle-under had been hardened by service in World War II. Having fought to free other countries from murderous regimes, they rejected vicious abuse by their county government....
  • Did Justin Timberlake Commit Voter Fraud in Tennessee?

    10/26/2016 8:21:56 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 42 replies
    National Review ^ | October 26, 2016 10:01 AM | by HANS A. VON SPAKOVSKY
    CNN reported that Justin Timberlake took a selfie while voting early in Memphis, Tenn., which raises the question of whether he violated a new state law that prohibits taking photos or videos in a polling place. But the network missed the more important question of whether Timberlake committed voter fraud by voting in Tennessee. according to the CNN article, even though Timberlake is originally from Memphis, today “he lives in California.” Timberlake owns a five-bedroom, eight-bathroom home in the Hollywood Hills that he bought for more than $8 million in 2002, which is “his primary residence,”.... Timberlake’s possible improper registration...
  • U.N. Special Report: U.S. Workers Restricted in Exercising Basic Union Rights

    10/21/2016 10:54:50 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 33 replies
    afl-cio ^ | 10/21/2016 | Aaron Chappell
    A new report finds that the United States fails to uphold the most basic rights of workers, particularly in the South, where some states "support or collude with employers to infringe upon workers’ rights to peaceful assembly and association." The report cited examples such as Tennessee officials’ opposition to unionization at a Volkswagen plant and the "government of Mississippi [which] touts the lack of unionization as a great benefit when courting potential employers."
  • Tennessee Kids Vote Donald Trump for President

    10/19/2016 11:58:12 AM PDT · by 11th_VA · 10 replies
    patch.com ^ | 19 Oct 2016 | By Greg Hambrick (Patch National Staff)
    Scholastic's poll of kids across the country included Tennessee youth who narrowly backed the businessman. NASHVILLE, TN — If kids in Tennessee could vote, they would elect Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States. That's according to the results of a Scholastic poll, which included 153,000 kids nationwide from kindergarten through 12th grade voting by online and mail-in ballot. In Tennessee, Donald Trump received 45 percent of the vote, compared with Hillary Clinton's 42 percent. Thirteen percent of kids voted for somebody else. See the national Scholastic results.Scholastic was sure to clarify, though, that the poll...
  • I-22 finally connects Birmingham to Memphis

    10/16/2016 11:13:05 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Alabama News Center ^ | June 20, 2016 | Tom Cosby and Barry Copeland
    Hidden among all the recent great news affecting Birmingham’s amazing rebirth is the story of the long-awaited opening of I-22, or Corridor X. That’s a shame, because no single success in our recent past may prove to be more important and have greater long-term favorable impact on this region than today’s ribbon cutting. Since the days of the Roman Empire and the famous Appian Way, roads (and particularly crossroads) have always played a critically important role in the economic growth and prosperity of cities. In the earliest days of our country, waterway intersections were the places where communities grew into...
  • Woman arrested in hit and run of children

    10/12/2016 6:00:44 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 8 replies
    WREG.com ^ | 10/11/2016 | George Brown
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A woman is behind bars on a list of charges for running over a crowd that left several people injured including two one-year-old children. Sharita Oliver is being held on a $3 million bond for several charges of attempted murder and aggravated assault. She is expected in court this morning on those charges. Police say Oliver turned herself in late Monday, two days after the incident was caught on camera, and posted on social media. In the video, you can see a car plow into a crowd in North Memphis. One of the youngest victims, one-year-old Rekevia...
  • HX Video: Obama exposes himself while having erection

    10/11/2016 3:40:17 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 30 replies
    Published on Oct 11, 2016 While talking on the phone on a plane
  • (2010) Al Gore A "Crazed Sex Poodle?"

    10/11/2016 5:41:53 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 12 replies
    The Smoking Gun ^ | June 24, 2010 | Staff
    UNE 24--In a bizarre statement to police, the Oregon woman who claims that Al Gore fondled and groped her during a massage session described the former Vice President as a giggling "crazed sex poodle" who gave a "come hither" look before pouncing on her in a Portland hotel suite. In a taped January 2009 interview with cops, the 54-year-old woman, a licensed masseuse whose name has been redacted from police records, read from a lengthy prepared statement that detailed her alleged October 2006 encounter with Gore at the Hotel Lucia. Excerpts from the Portland Police Bureau transcript of the 2009...
  • Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam wants Donald Trump to step down

    By - Associated Press - Sunday, October 9, 2016 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is calling on Donald Trump to step down as the party’s presidential nominee for his recently released comments about women. Haslam issued a statement Sunday calling on Trump to remove himself and clear the way for Trump running mate Mike Pence to face Democrat Hillary Clinton next month. “I want to emphasize that character in our leaders does matter,” Haslam said. “None of us in elected office are perfect, but the decisions that are made in the Oval Office have too many...
  • Haslam Says Trump Should Step Aside As Nominee

    10/09/2016 12:55:23 PM PDT · by pnz1 · 118 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Governor Bill Haslam has released a statement calling for Donald Trump to step aside and let Governor Mike Pence take the lead as the Republican party’s nominee.
  • Hugh Fitzgerald: Teaching About Islam In Tennessee

    10/03/2016 10:49:35 AM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Hugh Fitzgerald | October 2, 2016
    For nearly a year some Tennessee parents have been up arms about the teaching of Islam to seventh graders in their public schools. They are disturbed that more attention has been given to “studying” Islam than to Christianity or Judaism. And they especially were upset that the students were asked to recite and write out the Shehada, in a unit on the Five Pillars of Islam: “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet.” Some called it “indoctrination.” And the Tennessee State Board of Education, in response, has decided to omit the section “Islamic World, 400 AD/CE-1500s”...
  • Mexican Nationals Arrested on Multiple Child Rape Charges

    09/30/2016 12:12:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Big Government (Breitbart) ^ | September 29, 2016 | Katie McHugh
    Authorities have arrested and indicted a pair of Mexican nationals with several charges after they allegedly raped young children. Fernando Limon, 23, along with his brother Ramiro Limon, 28, are charged with four counts of child rape each and were arrested in Tennessee on September 20 “without incident,” according to the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.
  • Tennessee college student arrested after wearing gorilla mask to Black Lives Matter protest

    09/28/2016 8:31:05 PM PDT · by BeadCounter · 68 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | September 28, 2016 | Tobias Salinger
    A Tennessee man wore a gorilla mask, carried a rope and tried to hand out bananas at a college Black Lives Matter protest Wednesday, police said. East Tennessee State University campus police arrested freshman student Tristan Rettke, who is white, on a charge of civil rights intimidation following the disruption, the Johnson City Press reported. University officials condemned his act and scheduled a community discussion. A video published by the newspaper showed the man later identified as Rettke wearing overalls and also holding a burlap sack with a marijuana leaf and Confederate flag on it. He dangled a banana with...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 25 September 2016

    09/25/2016 4:36:39 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 126 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Sep 25th, 2016 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence; Joe Benenson, chief strategist for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton; Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Clinton Campaign Chair John Podesta, Trump adviser Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.) FACE THE NATION (CBS): Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine, Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence; House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. THIS WEEK (ABC): Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway; Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook; Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson;...
  • Alabama pipeline leak: What we know so far about the spill, gas shortages and more

    09/18/2016 5:43:49 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 55 replies
    AL.com ^ | 9-18-2016 | Dennis Pillion
    On the morning of Sept. 9, an inspector with the Alabama Surface Mining Commission was performing a routine monthly check of an old coal mine in Shelby County when he noticed "a strong odor of gasoline" as well as a sheen on the surface of one of the retention ponds. The gasoline he was smelling came from Colonial Pipeline's Line 1, an underground pipeline three feet in diameter that normally pushes 1.3 million barrels of gasoline per day from refineries in Houston to distribution centers across the Southeast and along the eastern seaboard. That 36-inch line, built in 1963, has...
  • Forget the NFL, American pride still alive in college football

    09/14/2016 8:23:32 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 39 replies
    .bizpacreview.com ^ | Sept 12, 2016 | Scott Morefield
    There’s no doubt that football has long supplanted baseball as America’s favorite game, but here in SEC country, it’s the only game. After a seemingly forever offseason following recruiting, coaching hires and practices, analyzing future matchups, and dreaming of glory for your State, er, team, the real deal is FINALLY here.That’s right, I’m talking about COLLEGE football, of course. Oh, the NFL will always have plenty of fans, but lately what with all the protesting, sitting and knee-taking and politically-correct posturing – and the NFL’s refusal to do anything about it – those fans are becoming fewer by the minute....
  • Father of The Willis Clan arrested on child rape charges

    09/12/2016 1:38:12 PM PDT · by Laser_Ray · 15 replies
    People ^ | 09/10/2016 | Julie Mazziotta
    Toby Willis, Father from TLC's The Willis Family, Arrested on Child Rape Charges 3.6kSHARES [Sharing Options] subscribe Toby Willis, The Willis Family Star, Arrest for Child Rape Toby Nathaniel Willis TBI By Julie Mazziotta @julietmazz 09/10/2016 AT 05:50 PM EDT The father of The Willis Clan, a country music group that once had show on TLC, was arrested on child rape charges Friday, authorities have announced in a statement. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigations announced that they began investigating Toby Nathaniel Willis, 46, on Aug. 29, and discovered that he allegedly had a sexual encounter with an underage girl in...
  • Titans' Avery Williamson Wears 9/11 Tribute Cleats Despite NFL Fine Threat

    09/12/2016 5:25:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Williamson decided he will auction them off to benefit Operation Warrior WishesThe NFL has already ruled at least one 9/11 tribute out of bounds on opening weekend. Tennessee Titans linebacker Avery Williamson wore a pair of custom cleats to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the September 11 attacks during the home opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, despite being told by the league to shelve them. On 15th Anniversary of 9/11, 'the Grief Never Goes Away' Williamson was informed by the league he would be fined for a uniform violation if he wore the shoes.
  • Vanderbilt U. now completely obsessed with gender pronouns

    09/10/2016 9:25:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | September 10, 2016 | Aleister
    Vanderbilt University has picked up the idea of preferred gender pronouns and run away with it. There are charts on campus to explain the proper usage of gender pronouns and name plates are providing individual pronoun preferences. KLEW TV News reports: Pronoun chart at Vanderbilt to ‘provide education, awareness about gender identity’
  • Senators Introduce Legislation to Stop Tennessee Valley Authority’s Proposed Houseboat Ban

    09/09/2016 6:29:40 AM PDT · by BlueMondaySkipper · 23 replies
    Senator Burr (R-NC) website ^ | September 8, 2016 | Senate press release
    Senators Burr and Tillis Introduce Legislation to Stop Tennessee Valley Authority’s Proposed Houseboat Ban WASHINGTON — North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis today introduced legislation to stop the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) proposed ban on houseboats, which would affect nearly 400 houseboat owners on Fontana Lake in North Carolina. “TVA’s proposed removal of houseboat owners from their homes would be devastating for many hardworking North Carolina families in Swain and Graham Counties,” said Senator Burr (R-NC). “This amendment would stop this ill-conceived TVA proposal dead in its tracks and ensure that houseboat owners are able to stay in...
  • Attorneys Say Attack By Female Inmates Led To Death Of 26-Year-Old Madison Deal

    08/24/2016 9:14:06 PM PDT · by Sheapdog · 24 replies
    TheChattanoogan.com ^ | August 22nd, 2016 | Staff
    Attorneys Tom O'Neal and Bryan Hoss said Monday that 26-year-old Madison Deal's death was caused by an attack by female inmates at the county workhouse and by inadequate medical care by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). District Attorney Neal Pinkston has asked for an investigation by the Sheriff's Office into the death of Ms. Deal. A spokesperson for the sheriff said a preliminary autopsy found the death was related to a medical problem and did not involve "physical trauma." The attorneys said, "On Wednesday, Aug. 10, Madison Deal, 26, of Chattanooga, turned herself into the Hamilton County Jail for...
  • Coal towns hit by layoffs to get job grants from US gov't

    08/24/2016 7:52:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2016 5:26 PM EDT | John Raby
    Communities in nine U.S. states that have been hard-hit by coal layoffs are being promised more than 3,000 jobs in several industries through a multimillion-dollar federal grant. Officials for the Appalachian Regional Commission and other agencies announced the 29 projects totaling nearly $39 million Wednesday at a news conference in Huntington, West Virginia. The investments are expected to create or retain more than 3,400 jobs in agriculture, health care, manufacturing, technology and other industries. The projects are intended to help communities in Texas and in eight Appalachian states: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. …
  • Black College Democrat turns Republican: How one millennial decided to think for himself

    08/19/2016 4:24:53 AM PDT · by Right Wing Assault · 15 replies
    thecollegefix.com ^ | 8/5/16 | William Nardi - Roger Williams University
    Growing up, Jimmie Williams’ family and friends supported the Democrat Party. So naturally, he decided he too was a Democrat. But the older he got, the more he questioned the political path that seemed predetermined for him. He suppressed his doubts, telling The College Fix in an email interview dissenters are branded traitors to the black community. In private, however, his concerns grew — even as he took on leadership roles within the University of Memphis College Democrats and the College Democrats of Tennessee. Then, in 2014, Williams attended a meeting of the College Republicans at the University of Memphis...
  • Sea of Blue for TBI Special Agent De’Greaun Frazier (Black Officer)

    08/17/2016 8:14:18 AM PDT · by GailA · 16 replies
    WREG TV ^ | 8/15/16 | NA
    Not sure of the copyright so just link, not much coverage of actual events of the arrest and murder of Agent Degreaun-Frazier. Black Thug was wanted for MURDER in another state had a visible gun in hand. Black TBI agent was shot and killed trying to make the arrest. Well respected former LEO as well as TBI agent.
  • Vanderbilt pays $1.2M to remove ‘Confederate’ from dorm name

    08/16/2016 7:03:54 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 26 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Vanderbilt University announced Monday that it will pay more than a million dollars to remove an inscription containing the word “Confederate” from one of its campus dorms. The private university has referred to the Confederate Memorial Hall simply as “Memorial Hall” since 2002, but was blocked in court from changing the name chiseled on the building because it was constructed with the help of a $50,000 gift from the United Daughters of the Confederacy in 1933. Under the agreement, Vanderbilt will pay $1.2 million, the equivalent of the gift made 83 years ago, to the organization’s Tennessee...
  • Black Lives Matter Targets Graceland: Plans To "Shut Down" Elvis Week

    08/14/2016 11:09:08 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 80 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 14, 2016 | Aaron Klein
    The Coalition of Concerned Citizens, a radical group that includes Black Lives Matter protesters, has set its sights on Elvis territory, with a plan to “Shut Down Graceland” on Monday.
  • Video shows St. Jude patient thrown to ground by security personnel

    08/12/2016 9:55:19 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    Fox 13 Memphis ^ | Updated: Aug 12, 2016 - 10:47 AM | FOX13 obtained surveillance video of the incident.
    A St Jude patient and her mother are suing TSA, the Memphis Shelby County Airport Authority, and its police department after a security screening got physical.