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Opinion

  • County Clerks across Tennessee fly the Donate Life Flag

  •     Legislation allowing Tennessee to reclaim control of the state’s surface coal mining industry has passed the House of Representatives.  The Primacy and Reclamation Act, sponsored by Senator Ken Yager and Representative Dennis Powers brings direct oversight to the state through a system of issuing permits and enforcing regulations by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).

  •     With Tax Day arriving Tuesday, April 17, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs is offering Tennesseans the following tips to help navigate the income tax filing process and make the most of their income tax refund.
    1. Get your refund fast through direct deposit.

    • In some states, including California, Florida, Nevada, Alaska and Hawaii a motorist can be cited for driving too slowly.
    • In counties having populations of not less than 56,500 nor more than 59,000, according to the 1970 or any subsequent federal decennial census, domino games shall be lawful in billiard rooms or other rooms in which billiard tables are located.
    • A United States Federal law states one can be fined up to $1,000,000 for partaking in the act of Genocide.
  •     Senate State and Local Government Committee Chairman Ken Yager and Senate Transportation and Safety Committee Chairman Paul Bailey recently announced the inclusion of $600,000 in Governor Bill Haslam’s supplemental budget amendment to purchase property for the Upper Cumberland Veterans Cemetery. The amendment was recommended by the two lawmakers when Department of Veterans Affairs Many-Bears Grinder presented the department’s budget to the State and Local Government Committee for approval earlier this month.

  •     State Senator Ken Yager has been recognized by the Rural Health Association of Tennessee for his outstanding support in providing healthcare services to children and adults in the state’s rural communities. Yager received the group’s “2017 Legislator of the Year” award principally for his sponsorship of legislation that works to support rural communities and make Tennessee a better place to live.

  • *Editors Note: The following is the letter of resignation turned into Morgan County by Dennis Freels.

        Some have asked me why I quit attending the commission meetings.

  •     Senate State and Local Government Committee Chairman Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Senator Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) amended the budget for the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs to include $600,000 to purchase property for the Upper Cumberland Veterans Cemetery. The amendment was proposed in the Senate State and Local Government Committee on Tuesday when Many-Bears Grinder, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, presented the department’s budget for approval.

  • About Read20
        The purpose of the First Lady’s READ20 Book Club is to give Tennessee families a fun goal of reading together with their children for 20 minutes every day. One book will be selected each month as the featured “Book of the Month,” but we encourage you to continue reading other books after you’ve finished our featured book.

  •     There are a variety of agencies in Tennessee that are responsible for maintaining and providing access to public records. If you know the type of information you are looking for it will help you identify where to go to get the data you’re interested in. For example, vital information and statistics are managed by one agency while property assessments are maintained by another. Some documents can be ordered online while others will require a visit to an official state office in person.

  •     In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed the trade embargo against Cuba. This effectively shut down trade between the US and Cuba because of Cuba’s repressive form of government. It is still in effect today. However, Kennedy didn’t sign it before he was able to secure some Cuban goods of his own.

  • Who needs one?

        Anyone who manages or supervises the digging, drilling, or redrilling of a well or anyone who installs, or repairs well pumps or filters and treatment devices must obtain a license.

    What Information Must I Provide?

        Applicants must submit the following items with the proper fees before starting any activity:

  •     The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security is responsible for maintaining driving records and history.

        Order your driving records or history

        The Department of Safety maintains the driving history for all licensed drivers in the state.  These histories are called Motor Vehicle Records or MVRs. Your MVR is your official driving history for the previous three years.

  • NASA keeps communion on the moon a secret

    The first thing Buzz Aldrin did on the moon was take communion, but NASA kept it a secret so they wouldn’t be sued. —

  •     Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam recently announced the application is open for adults to enroll tuition-free this fall at a community or technical college through Tennessee Reconnect.
        Tennessee Reconnect builds off the groundbreaking Tennessee Promise program, which provides high school graduates two years of tuition-free community or technical college, by establishing a last-dollar scholarship for adults to earn an associate degree or technical certificate free of tuition or mandatory fees.

  • A Vice President presided over his own impeachment trial

        Due to a loophole in the US constitution, the Vice President would preside over his own impeachment trial. ­— Impeachment in the United States is when the legislature presses formal charges against a civil officer of government for crimes committed in office. These civil officers are often given a trial that is presided over by some other government official.

  •     Stories of the “locked in a hot car” variety tend to spread like wildfire on the news. When a person or pet is injured or worse due to being left in a hot vehicle for too long, there’s a collective public outcry over how the perpetrator could have been so ignorant of the risks or have known about them and proceeded anyways.

  •     In the 1850s, the Howard Banking Company printed legal tender with Santa Claus on his sleigh with reindeer. From the time the American Revolution ended until 1861 private banks were the ones who printed legal tender.
        Today, the federal government issues all of the paper currency in the United States.     Anyone else doing it is committing a federal crime. The money from back then is now called “obsolete bank notes.” Each bank made their own paper money and they often ended up being quite colorful.