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Opinion

  •     Employees terminated by an employer have certain rights. An employee has the right to receive a final paycheck, the option of continuing health insurance coverage, and may be eligible for severance pay and unemployment compensation benefits.

    At Will Employment

  •     Tennessee State Constitution, Article I, Section 26, reads:

        That the citizens of this state have a right to keep and to bear arms for their common defense; but the Legislature shall have power, by law, to regulate the wearing of arms with a view to prevent crime.

  • Goose Lindsay
    Morgan County News

        State Rep. John Mark Windle said Paul Scarbrough impacted countless lives.
        I am one of those.
        From my first day in kindergarten till graduation night in 1988, Mr. Scarbrough was my principal. Well, he was more than that.
        As you go through life, there are certain people that you think the world of. Outside of family members, Mr. Scarbrough is one of three people to have a big impact on my life.

  •     State Sen. Ken Yager was recently called upon by the Southern States Energy Board’s Committee on Clean Coal Energy Policies to talk about the Primacy and Reclamation Act which he sponsored in the General Assembly this year.  Yager spoke to the group at their meeting recently in Kingsport, Tenn.  The Primacy and Reclamation Act restores sovereignty over mining and reclamation operations in Tennessee.

    • It’s illegal for frogs to croak after 11 PM.
    • Panhandlers must first obtain a $10 permit before begging on the streets of downtown Memphis.
    • It is illegal to give any pie to fellow diners.
    • No person may keep a cheetah as a pet.
    • Anyone rollerblading may not tie his or herself to a moving vehicle on a highway.
    • No person may roller skate and listen to a personal cd player at the same time.
    • Throwing stones is prohibited as it might break a window.
  •     Major legislation sponsored by Sen. Ken Yager to fight Tennessee’s opioid epidemic was signed into law recently by Governor Bill Haslam.  Senate Bill 2258 is part of Governor Bill Haslam’s TN Together initiative – a three-pronged plan to combat the opioid epidemic. It addresses the law enforcement and treatment components of the plan to curb abuse, while Senate Bill 2257 addresses the prevention component.

  •     Legislation sponsored by Sen. Ken Yager that continues the Ambulance Service Provider Assessment Act has been signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam. This law allows the state to receive additional Medicaid funds to be distributed to local private and public ambulance services for transporting patients covered by the program.

    • You can’t shoot any game other than whales from a moving automobile.
    • Hollow logs may not be sold.
    • More than 8 women may not live in the same house because that would constitute a brothel.
    • It is illegal to use a lasso to catch a fish.
    • “Crimes against nature” are prohibited.
    • The definition of “dumb animal” includes every living creature.
    • Tattooing a minor is a misdemeanor.
    • It is illegal to dare a child to purchase a beer.
  •     The ability of a community to reinvent itself in an ever-changing economy is truly remarkable. Yet, that is exactly what is occurring in Morgan County with the impending opening of a new tourist attraction at the historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary site.

    • Students may not hold hands while at school.
    • It is a crime to share your Netflix password in Tennessee.
    • In Tennessee it is illegal to post images online that cause emotional distress without legitimate purpose.
    • Ministers are to be dedicated to God and therefore are not eligible to hold a seat in either House of the Legislature.
    • Any person who participates in a duel may not hold any public office in the state.
    • Stealing a horse is punishable by hanging.
  • All hospital-oriented plates:

    • are available to all Tennessee residents.
    • require a $61.50 annual fee, $35 of that fee is allocated in part to the plate’s beneficiary.
    • can be personalized between three and five characters.
       
  •     The State Senate passed legislation Thursday, supported by Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) to hold teachers and students harmless in the TNReady testing assessments conducted for the 2017-18 school year. The measure was adopted in an amendment and as part of a Senate/House Conference Committee Report to Senate Bill 1623.  

  • 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.