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A Local Fight for the Future of the Internet

The front line in this fight is Chattanooga, Tenn., where officials at the city’s public electric utility, EPB, realized that smart-grid energy infrastructure could also provide consumers super-fast Internet speeds at competitive prices.

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Right Wing Mounts Stealth Campaign in Freshening Labor Battle in Tennessee

Volkswagen and the United Auto Workers are working toward labor harmony with union representation at VW’s Chattanooga plant. So a right-wing anti-union group is mounting the fight that VW doesn’t want to wage, fearing that success by the UAW could give unionization momentum in the “right-to-work” South.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 READ MORE



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With Auto Industry Recovery, UAW Comes Fighting Back

The United Auto Workers union has mounted significant efforts to do what seems the impossible: Organize two foreign-owned auto plants in the Deep South, the cradle of the nation’s right-to-work movement. Their success could mean a rebirth for a major player in organized labor.

Posted on Oct 11, 2013 READ MORE



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The Worst States for the Unemployed

Tennessee, Louisiana and Illinois are the worst states for the jobless. 24/7 Wall St. breaks them and seven other states down by unemployment rate, job growth and the percentage of unemployed who are receiving benefits.

Posted on Jul 29, 2013 READ MORE


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Hagel Clashes With McCain, Geraldo Contemplates Senate Run, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including details on the newest version of Tennessee’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill and Denver’s mayor channels Ray Lewis after losing an NFL playoff bet.

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 READ MORE



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White Power to the Rescue

As Southern whites sink into economic and cultural despair, more and more are retreating into a fictional past. They ignore Confederate atrocities in a desperate effort to restore what they view as a lost paradise.

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Could Climate Change Mean Scarce Christmas Trees?

Droughts are expected to intensify as global warming advances. Abnormally low rainfall in Tennessee this year hit the evergreen crops that will supply Christmas trees in roughly eight years.

Posted on Dec 8, 2012 READ MORE



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The Voter ID Trap

Voter ID laws adopted in 10 states representing nearly half of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency will make it harder for hundreds of thousands of poor and minority Americans to vote and could decide the outcome of the 2012 election.

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Romney Book Oops, Chick-fil-A Protests, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Reid challenging Romney’s tax records and two Republican congressional candidates competing to see which one is more intolerant.

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Tennessee Senate: ‘Don’t Say Gay’ in School

The Tennessee Senate has passed legislation that would keep teachers from educating their students about homosexuality, with language in the bill asserting that “some subjects are best explained and discussed at home.”

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In the Wake of the Southern Tornadoes

The death toll from Wednesday’s outbreak of devastating tornadoes in several Southern states has risen past the number reported Thursday afternoon in this Associated Press clip, but the twisters’ scope and strength are evident from the visuals recorded ...

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In a Tea Party World, Firemen Let Your House Burn Down

Last week a Tennessee family lost its home, worldly possessions, three dogs and a cat when firefighters refused to put out a blaze. In that corner of America, they don’t believe in taxing and spending on things like firefighting. Rather, it’s a service for which one pays—or, in this case, forgets to pay—a $75 annual fee.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE


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Schooling Scholars on Classroom Success

There is of course no doubt that our public education system is broken. There is also no doubt that wages are too low. But blaming “bad teachers” is not the answer to either.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Nashville Walloped by Flood

Last weekend was a very wet one for residents of Nashville, Tenn., as record flooding from the Cumberland River displaced thousands, claimed 12 lives and continued to pose a watery threat to the southeastern city that was expected to persist through Tuesday.

Posted on May 3, 2010 READ MORE


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Russia Puts Adoptions by Americans on Hold

Following last week’s diplomatically embarrassing—and for the child in question, no doubt traumatizing—fiasco involving a 7-year-old Russian boy whose adoptive American mom returned him to Moscow alone a year after bringing him to the States ... (continued)

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Does Harold Ford Jr.’s Race Matter?

New Yorkers, beware. It seems that former U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr., a transplant from Tennessee, has upset people again. Ford, an executive at Merrill Lynch and a New York University lecturer who might be seeking to unseat fellow Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand of New York in a race for the U.S. Senate, has made a very bold statement about his identity.

Posted on Jan 18, 2010 READ MORE


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That Good Ol’ Tennessee Socialism

Faced with one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, Tennessee has taken matters into its own hands. In a work project inspired by the New Deal, the state is using money from the federal stimulus package to create hundreds of jobs ranging from working for the state Transportation Department to baking goodies at the local pie shop.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009 READ MORE


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Killing Time (and People) In Tenn. Bars

There’s a war on guns raging all over the United States ... except in Tennessee. Thanks to American hero/state Sen. Doug Jackson, Tennessee gun owners can now carry concealed weapons into bars to settle their differences over a round of shots. Check out this clip from Wednesday’s “Colbert Report.”

Posted on Jul 16, 2009 READ MORE


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Getting Loaded in Tennessee

Believe it or not, Tennessee is relaxing its already liberal gun laws even more. Starting Tuesday, residents of the state will legally be able to go to bars and restaurants with loaded guns. Letting people get drunk in public places while they’re packing heat = a really really smart decision.

Posted on Jul 13, 2009 READ MORE


Suspect in Unitarian Church Killings Hated Liberals

Jim David Adkisson, the suspect in Sunday’s deadly shooting in a Unitarian Universalist church in Knoxville, Tenn., left a note expressing his hatred for “what he perceived to be the liberals in our country,” according to Knoxville Police Chief Sterling Owen, who said the incident was being treated as a hate crime.

Posted on Jul 28, 2008 READ MORE


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Obama: ‘Lay Off My Wife’

Barack Obama responds to the Tennessee GOP, which went after his wife,  Michelle, in a recent ad.

Posted on May 19, 2008 READ MORE


More Tornadoes Hit the Heartland

Yet another round of ferocious weather pounded parts of Missouri, Oklahoma and nearby states Saturday, with tornadoes that reportedly killed at least 18 people just a week after deadly storms hit Arkansas.

Posted on May 10, 2008 READ MORE


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McCain Chastises Supporters, Again

About a day after John McCain expressed his disapproval over the insensitive comments of a supporter, the candidate was once again forced to disown ignoble behavior, this time from an official part of his party. The Tennessee Republican Party issued a press release that featured a photo of Barack Obama wearing traditional African clothing, cited his middle name (Hussein) and attempted to portray him as an anti-Semite.

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Gore Isn’t Telling

Al Gore voted in Tennessee’s primary, but he’s not saying for whom. According to a spokeswoman, “As private citizens, neither of the Gores are releasing who they voted for.” There’s been much speculation over whether Bill Clinton’s former vice president, in light of his known animus toward Hillary, would endorse a candidate, but we suspect that Gore enjoys life above the fray a bit too much to bother.

Posted on Feb 6, 2008 READ MORE


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Survivors Sought After Deadly Storms

President Bush offered prayers and government assistance Wednesday to the Southern communities hit hardest by devastating storms Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. At least 50 people were killed, twice as many were injured and crews rushed to try to save others trapped in the rubble.

Posted on Feb 6, 2008 READ MORE


Court OKs Anti-Abortion License Plates

A federal appeals court allows the state of Tennessee to offer anti-abortion license plates that read, “Choose Life.” The court says that although the decision to offer the plates may be ill-advised, it does not contravene the First Amendment.
Of all the odd places for an abortion-rights battle to show up, state license plates has to be atop the list.

Posted on Mar 17, 2006 READ MORE


Tenn. Backs Anti-Abortion Step

Right on the heels of South Dakota, the Tennessee Legislature is moving to ban abortion.

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