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  • California ignores travel ban to anti-LGBT states so UCLA can play in the Sweet 16

    03/25/2017 12:37:00 PM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Outsports ^ | 3/22/17 | Cyd Zeigler
    UPDATE: A spokesperson for Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian has confirmed that UCLA is funding part of the cost for the basketball team’s trip to Tennessee. Like a shell-game, they claimed that it isn’t state funds that are going to this trip — those funds are used for other things, like paying the salaries of people going on the trip and supporting the trip. Nazarian’s spokesperson said these funds are coming from ticket sales and other sources. It’s like a shell game. Just move funds around to limit exposure and liability. The funds that are going to pay for this trip could...
  • Bathroom bill flushed out of Tennessee legislature

    03/24/2017 4:18:12 PM PDT · by Coronal · 13 replies
    University of Tennessee Daily Beacon ^ | March 24, 2017 | Alex Holcomb & Annie Tieu
    The controversial bill that would require public school students and colleges to use the restroom matching their gender at birth failed without debate Wednesday, March 22, in the Senate Education Committee. Although the bill was reintroduced from last year by Mt. Juliet Republican Sen. Mae Beavers, it failed to receive a motion from senators, killing the bill for the year as legislators will not be able to be reintroduce it until the next legislative session.
  • Tennessee Lawmakers Reject Bill Shielding Drivers Who Hit Protesters

    03/24/2017 6:34:49 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 10 replies
    Insurance Journal ^ | 3/24/2017 | Staff
    A Tennessee committee has voted down a bill to protect drivers from lawsuits if they hit protesters who are blocking traffic. On Wednesday, the House Civil Justice Subcommittee voted against the legislation by Republican Rep. Matthew Hill of Jonesborough. The bill would grant immunity from civil liability to drivers who are exercising due care and accidentally injure a protester who is blocking traffic. Rep. G.A. Hardaway, a Memphis Democrat, said the bill would be constitutionally suspect and embolden people to think they can hit protesters. He read tweets about President Donald Trump’s visit to Nashville last week, including one that...
  • Peyton Manning for US Senate? Here’s the RINO he could replace

    03/20/2017 9:24:58 AM PDT · by 198ml · 50 replies
    CR ^ | 3/20/17 | Chris Pandolfo
    Is one of the U.S. Senate’s top Republican squishes on his way out in 2020? Rumor is, Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. is considering retirement. The 76-year-old moderate has served as governor of Tennessee, secretary of education under President George H.W. Bush, and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002. He has run for president twice. Were Alexander to run for and win reelection in 2020, he would be 86 at the end of his term. But should he choose not to, former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning has been mentioned as a potential candidate.
  • RIGHT NOW: Nashville Prepares for President Trump (UPDATES)

    03/15/2017 1:19:56 PM PDT · by molewhacka · 6 replies
    The Tennessee Star ^ | 03/15/2017 | Christina Botteri
    President Trump will rally in Nashville at 6:30pm, and The Tennessee Star will be here with RIGHT NOW coverage all day.
  • Amber Alert Issued For 15-Year-Old Out Of Maury Co. (TN)

    03/15/2017 11:59:12 AM PDT · by pnz1 · 15 replies
    COLUMBIA, Tenn. - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have upgraded an Endangered Child Alert for a 15-year-old from Maury County to an Amber Alert. Elizabeth Thomas was said to possibly be with suspended Maury County teacher, 50-year-old Tad Cummins, in a Nissan with Tennessee tag 976ZPT.
  • BREAKING: ...(TN)State Senator Mark Green Under Consideration for Secretary of the Army

    03/15/2017 11:42:56 AM PDT · by molewhacka · 22 replies
    The Tennessee Star ^ | 03/15/2017 | Tennessee Star Staff
    The New York Times is reporting that State Sen. Mark Green (R-Clarksville) is under consideration by President Trump to be named Secretary of the Army. Senior admin official confirms Mark Green is being considered for secretary of the Army. — Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 15, 2017 Several sources have independently confirmed this report to The Tennessee Star. Green is considered a front runner in the race for the Republican nomination for Governor of Tennessee in 2018. Should he not run, there will no longer be a strongly conservative candidate in the race to challenge Randy Boyd and potential candidate Rep....
  • Tennessee Sues Feds Over Refugee Resettlement, Cites 10th Amendment

    03/15/2017 6:52:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 14, 2017 | 12:44 PM EDT | Andrew Eicher
    The State of Tennessee filed a lawsuit on March 13, becoming the first state in the nation to sue the federal government over refugee resettlement on the grounds of the U.S. Constitution’s 10th Amendment, The Tennessean reported. Tennessee argues that the federal government has forced the states to pay for the refugee resettlement program, thereby violating the 10th Amendment, which says the federal government possesses only the powers granted to it by the U.S. Constitution and that all other powers are reserved for the states. While other states have sued the federal government over refugee resettlement, this lawsuit is the...
  • State of Tennessee Files Constitutional Challenge to Refugee Resettlement Program

    03/13/2017 12:29:28 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 03/13/17 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    The Thomas More Law Center filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the Tennessee General Assembly and the State of Tennessee in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee on Monday challenging the federal refugee resettlement program for violating the state’s sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit places Tennessee at the center of the national debate concerning the operation of the federal refugee resettlement program. President Trump will be holding a rally in Nashville on Wednesday to garner public support for his agenda. His revised Executive Order 13780 temporarily halting the federal...
  • Trump to Hold 2nd Rally of Presidency March 15 in Nashville

    03/13/2017 9:33:18 AM PDT · by euram · 39 replies
    FOX News Insider ^ | March 9 2017 | unknown
    The event at Nashville's Municipal Auditorium is set for Wednesday March 15, beginning at 6:30pm Central time.
  • How 4chan found Shia LaBeouf's #HWNDU flag!

    03/11/2017 4:52:00 AM PST · by Sgt_Schultze · 17 replies
    YouTube ^ | 10 Mar 2017 | Izzy Nonre This is a link to a YouTube video describing how Shia's Anti-Trump page has been trolled, repeatedly since it went up.
  • Grandmother Arrested After 3-Year-Old Boy Shoots 4-Year-Old Brother

    02/27/2017 11:53:42 AM PST · by simpson96 · 8 replies
    Inside Edition ^ | 2/21/2017 | Staff
    A Tennessee grandmother was arrested this week after police say her 3-year-old grandson accidentally shot his 4-year-old brother while in her care at a Memphis home. The Memphis Police Department first showed up to the home Sunday night after a report that someone had fired shots at the home at about 8 p.m. While investigating, police again heard gunfire that appeared to be coming from inside the house. "At the time they were investigating you heard another pop," neighbor Chris Hill told WREG. "Like I said, all the other police were there and they ran in the house and found...
  • How Tennessee Could Be About To Start A Constitutional Crisis (Article V)

    02/22/2017 10:54:09 PM PST · by Perseverando · 86 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | February 22, 2017 | Tyler Durden
    The State Senate of Tennessee has laid the legislative groundwork for something that hasn't been done in the United States of America since the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in Philadelphia. With a vote of 27-3, the Tennessee Senate has voted to call a "convention of the states" in order to draft and pass an amendment to the Constitution that would require balanced budgets to be passed every year. For those who are little fuzzy on their high school U.S. history knowledge, the Tennessean explains that the U.S. Constitution can be amended in two ways. The first would require a two-thirds...
  • Company fires 18 employees after they participated in 'A Day Without Immigrants'

    02/18/2017 9:56:51 AM PST · by PROCON · 44 replies ^ | Feb. 17, 2017 | WTVF Web Staff
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A total of 18 people were fired from a Tennessee business after joining the nation-wide protest "A Day Without Immigrants." The 18 employees at Bradley Coatings, Incorporated in Nolensville, Tennessee told their supervisors on Wednesday they'd be taking part in the nationwide movement. Then, on Thursday, they were told they no longer had jobs. "We are the team leaders directly under the supervisors and they informed us last night that we could not go back to work and the boss said we were fired," one employee said. The former employee asked to remain anonymous but had this...
  • Tennessee substitute teacher: 'The only good Trump supporter is a dead Trump supporter'

    02/09/2017 6:27:46 PM PST · by markomalley · 49 replies
    WZTV ^ | 2/9/17 | Kaylin Searles
    Rutherford County Schools said a substitute teacher will no longer be working in the school district after he was accused of posting “inappropriate, threatening” comments on social media regarding President Donald Trump.Rutherford County Schools received several messages about David Colin on Wednesday. Colin is accused of posting on Facebook, “the only good Trump supporter is a dead Trump supporter,” on Facebook Nov. 9 at 9:29 a.m.Colin is not employed by RCS, but is contracted through PESG. The schools said Colin is no longer permitted to work in the district. The school district has notified PESG about Colin. The contractor indicted...
  • Officials: 42 Arrested in Tennessee Sex Trafficking Operation

    02/08/2017 2:23:03 PM PST · by pax_et_bonum · 38 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | February 8, 2017 | Jack Phillips
    At least 42 suspects were arrested in during a sting targeting human and sex trafficking in Memphis, Tennessee, police said. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, in a release, said that 38 men and four women were arrested, which included “eight men responding to the ads tried to buy sex from a minor.” Meanwhile, “those arrested include a medical professional, engineers, a law student, a tow truck driver and construction workers,” the TBI added. Two juvenile female victims of human trafficking were also recovered in the sting and were referred to the Department of Children’s Services.
  • Contact TN Senators Alexander and Corker over nominations

    02/05/2017 4:40:27 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 7 replies
    Please take a moment and urge our TN senators Alexander and Corker to SUPPORT President Trump's nominees of Gorsuch, DeVos and Sessions!
  • Metro officer dies during water rescue on Cumberland River

    02/02/2017 8:24:37 AM PST · by pnz1 · 9 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The body of a Metro police officer who went missing during a water rescue Thursday morning was recovered by a Nashville Fire Department diver. Metro police identified the fallen officer as 44-year-old Eric Mumaw, an 18-year veteran of the force. He was a member of the Madison precinct and had recieved numerous awards and reconditions over the years, including Metro’s Lifesaving Award in 2011.
  • Seriously? Schools to black out Trump's inaugural address

    01/19/2017 3:01:10 PM PST · by jazusamo · 126 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 19, 2017 | Todd Starnes
    Students at Independence High School in Williamson County, Tennessee, will not be allowed to watch President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration during class on Friday. Senior Olivia Roberts was so surprised by the ban she decided to write a Facebook post that has since gone viral: “To preface this, I am not one to post or debate anything political on Facebook but wanted to hear thoughts on this: I go to public school and we are not allowed to watch the inauguration tomorrow... Teachers are banned to show it. Teachers are also not allowed to discuss anything about politics or religions which...
  • Graceland Black Lives Matter protest prompts race complaint

    01/19/2017 7:25:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 19, 2017 9:30 AM EST
    A federal civil rights lawsuit has been filed on behalf of five people who say they were discriminated against while trying to take part in a Black Lives Matter demonstration at Elvis Presley’s Graceland. The protest coincided with an annual candlelight vigil held by fans at the singer’s home on the Aug. 15 anniversary of his death. […] The lawsuit claims several people were denied entry to the vigil by Memphis police because they are black. It says others were asked to leave a public sidewalk after saying “black lives matter.” …
  • Tennessee Lawmaker: No Food Stamps for Ice Cream, Sodas

    01/18/2017 7:36:41 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 70 replies
    WTVC ^ | Sunday, January 15th 2017 | Alana LaFlore
    UPDATE: Sheila Butt announced on Tuesday that she is withdrawing the bill. Read more about that here.Tennessee, more than 1 million people depend on benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to put food on their tables. Rep. Shelia Butt, R-Columbia, introduced a bill that would stop people from using those benefits, know as SNAP or food stamps, to buy foods high in calories, sugar and fat. Some people in our area think the bill is a good idea. "Milk and food items is fine," said Alan Rogers. "That's what they're for. Just to sustain life. All this other stuff...
  • 10 Years Later: The Brutal Murders of Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom

    01/08/2017 7:49:19 PM PST · by digger48 · 39 replies ^ | January 8, 2017 | Fuzzy Slippers
    A chilling act of brutality largely ignored by national media because of racial implicationsYou probably have not heard the names Channon Christian and Christopher Newsom. But I remember those names, and the tears that were brought to my eyes when I heard about what happened to them. On January 7, 2007, the young white couple—Channon was 21, her boyfriend Chris was 23—was abducted, beaten, raped, tortured, and murdered. Chris eventually shot to death before being set on fire, and Channon left to die with a plastic bag over her head in a trash can. The perpetrators were all black. If...
  • Terminally ill Army sergeant, who used military grit to meet pope, dies

    01/03/2017 10:37:25 AM PST · by AC Beach Patrol · 77 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 01/03/2017 | Carol Glatz
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cheryl Tobin, a former master sergeant with the U.S. Army who used her military might to flag down the pope for a blessing, died in her sleep New Year’s Eve. She was 48. Terminally ill with a rare form of cancer, Tobin went on a pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in May thanks to the generosity, prayers and assistance of many people who wanted to help her fulfill her dream. Despite the fatigue that came from radiation treatments, chemotherapy and surgery, Tobin was able to climb the Holy Stairs on her knees, climb to the top...
  • Man gets 30 years for building lethal X-ray machine to kill Muslims, Obama

    12/22/2016 8:22:01 AM PST · by digger48 · 45 replies
    WISH ^ | December 22, 2016 | WKRN Staff Reports
    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – He concocted a plan to build a death ray machine, calling it Hiroshima on a light switch. His target was apparently Muslims and President Barack Obama, according to federal officials. This week, the New York man and reputed Klansman and Muslim extremist was sentenced to 30 years in prison. And one of the key witnesses in the trial of Glendon Crawford is from Murfreesboro. Owner and publisher of The Reader, Pete Doughtie saw a news flash that Crawford had been sentenced. “There’s another guy that had the potential danger to other people that has been taken...
  • Ben Ferguson Dismantles Ivanka Trump Pay-for-Play Accusations (St. Jude)

    12/22/2016 6:52:09 AM PST · by Sybeck1 · 20 replies
    The liberal media had been trying to make a lot of hay out of accusations that the Trump family had tried to sell access to themselves and their president-elect father. So far such concerns seem to have little merit since all of the instances pointed to by accusers have not actually happened. But that didn’t stop it from being a topic of conversation on CNN’s OutFront on Wednesday. “This has been a stumbling block for the Trumps,” argued fill in host Poppy Harlow, after a long winded report about the accusations was aired, “Why even open yourself up to this...
  • Tennessee Electors Pledge Not to Budge From Trump Support

    12/18/2016 10:42:29 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 19 replies
    Memphis Daily News via AP ^ | December 18, 2016 | Erik Schelzig
    A flood of emails, phone calls and letters isn't expected to influence the decisions of Tennessee's 11 members of the Electoral College when they cast their ballots... Donald Trump overwhelmingly carried Tennessee last month, and the state's Republican electors say they would wholeheartedly cast their ballots for Trump even if state law didn't require them to support the winner. [snip] "...I absolutely cannot ever see a reason why an elector would do anything different," Mumpower said. "And if they are inclined to, in my opinion, they should resign their position as an elector and allow for another one to be...
  • TNGOPe Sen. Bob Corker: first he was against illegal immigration, now he’s for it

    12/18/2016 3:13:08 PM PST · by molewhacka · 23 replies
    Tennessee Leaders ^ | 12-13-2016 | Tennessee Leaders
    In 2007, after only one year as a Senator, Bob Corker voted against amnesty for illegal immigrants. Democrats controlled the Senate, and enough Senate Democrats also voted to kill the 2007 comprehensive immigration reform bill. Ted Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) was the key engineer of the bill along with Diane Feinstein (D-California). Yet, Kennedy had the support of GOPe senators John McCain (R-Arizona) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) along with President George Bush. Feinstein, McCain and Graham are still in the Senate. So is Corker. The bill was titled the “Secure Borders, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Reform Act of 2007.” Key features...
  • The Corruption of Bob Corker – Part 3

    12/18/2016 3:05:32 PM PST · by molewhacka · 9 replies
    Rocky Top Politics ^ | 12-9-2016 | Rocky Top Politics
    Crony Capitalism on Steroids. Did inside information by The Hutton Co. and/or Wells Fargo allow Bob Coker to make a killing on a speculative, taxpayer-backed investment? We report, you decide. The extent of Corker’s relationship with Wells Fargo is absolutely astonishing. We have already told you how Wells rode to the rescue of Corker’s business buddy Henry Luken (and likely Bob himself) with the refinancing of over $28 million in debt at a time when “refinancing” and “real estate debt” were mutually exclusive terms. Now comes an even more egregious example of how Wells Fargo appears to be financially joined...
  • Police officer shot in north Nashville; Subject barricaded inside Cumberland Inn (TN)

    12/13/2016 4:17:02 AM PST · by PghBaldy · 15 replies
    WMSV TV 4 - Nashville ^ | December 13 | Kara Apel
    NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) - A police officer was shot while responding to a scene in north Nashville, according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.
  • Veterans Affairs chief: 'No VA medical facility is bad'

    12/09/2016 6:42:05 PM PST · by kevcol · 41 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 9, 2016 | Sarah Westwood
    Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald argued no VA hospital is "bad" in a letter to USA Today on Friday, just one day after the publication exposed an internal rating system that showed several clinics in Texas and Tennessee had received low marks. "To be clear, no VA medical facility is bad or failing," wrote McDonald and Sloan Gibson, his deputy, in a letter that was obtained by the Washington Examiner.
  • Man Who Called Tennessee Wildfire Victims 'Trump-Suckin Pond Scum' Fired

    12/09/2016 5:48:21 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 112 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 12/9 | Christopher Brennan
    A man who called residents of fire-ravaged Gatlinburg, Tenn., “Trump-suckin pond scum” has lost his job. “Funny story. I was recently in gatlinburg. Had a terrible time, I felt that the place was a cesspool of consumerism and a bastion of the worst aspects of southern culture. Turns out a wildfire just burned most of the town to the ground,” Coleman Bonner said in a post late last month. “Good riddance gatlinburg. And good luck, you mouth-breathing, toothless, diabetic, cousin-humpin, mountain-drew chuggin, moon-pie-munchin, pall-mall smokin, trump-suckin pond scum.” Bonner, who was listed as posting from Wessington, Ala., ended his litany...
  • Memphis ties record of 213 homicides

    12/09/2016 1:08:20 PM PST · by seacapn · 22 replies
    WREG-TV Channel 3 (CBS) Memphis ^ | Updated at 11:53AM, December 9, 2016 | Eric Lipford
    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Police are investigating a pair of murders in two Memphis neighborhoods. These murders mean the city has tied its record of 213 homicides set in 1993.
  • Brookings Experts Wonder Why Early Childhood Ed Isn’t Working

    12/05/2016 8:08:13 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 54 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 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 ^ | 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...