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VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Jefferson County High School Should Honor Military Enlistees by Permitting Service Tassels at Commencement

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Jefferson County High School Should Honor Military Enlistees by Permitting Service Tassels at Commencement

After nearly a week of fact-seeking to help concerned citizens get to the bottom of an issue concerning the wearing of military tassels at the Jefferson County High School graduation ceremony, questions remain unanswered as of the publication time of this article. School system policy has always been a moving target in Jefferson County; but […]

VITAL POLICY – Local Businesses Encouraged to Promote Yes on 1 Initiative with Window Stickers and Signs

VITAL POLICY – Local Businesses Encouraged to Promote Yes on 1 Initiative with Window  Stickers and Signs

Right-to-Work has been law in Tennessee since 1947. Right-to-work simply means workers cannot be fired or penalized for joining or refusing to join a union and pay union dues. On November 8, 2022, Tennessee voters will decide if Right-to-Work becomes a constitutional right under the state constitution. The proposed amendment reads as follows: “It is […]

VITAL POLICY – “STADIUM FEVER” and the Opposition to Taxpayer Funded Sports Venues in Tennessee

VITAL POLICY – “STADIUM FEVER” and the Opposition to Taxpayer Funded Sports Venues in Tennessee

With a proposal floating in the Tennessee Legislature to provide half a billion dollars ($500,000,000.00) for a taxpayer funded stadium in Nashville, conservative activists are lining up against the plan. The Tennessee Conservative is reporting that Governor Lee proposed the bond authorization as part of an amendment to the 2022-2023 budget. Last year, the legislature […]

VITAL POLICY – Right-to-Work Constitutional Amendment Among Topics Discussed at Jefferson County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

VITAL POLICY – Right-to-Work Constitutional Amendment Among Topics Discussed at Jefferson County Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

Jefferson County Republicans celebrated freedom, promoted local and state candidates, and discussed a variety of topics at their recent Lincoln-Reagan Dinner, including the Right-to-Work State Constitutional Amendment that will appear on the November 8, 2022, ballot. For the first time, primary elections were called by the local Republican Party for county commission and school board […]

VITAL POLICY – Elections and the High Cost of Citizen Apathy

VITAL POLICY – Elections and the High Cost of Citizen Apathy

Qualifications for Office The “good ole girl” you knew in high school, or the “good ole boy” you go to church with may not be the best candidate to manage a $110 million-dollar county budget, or a $77 million-dollar annual school budget. It is up to you to be a smart voter and learn the […]

VITAL POLICY- State Representative Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) Introduces Legislation Aimed at Reforming Tennessee’s Forfeiture Laws

VITAL POLICY- State Representative Jerry Sexton (R-Bean Station) Introduces Legislation Aimed at Reforming Tennessee’s Forfeiture Laws

Tennessee’s civil forfeiture laws enable the government to seize and to forfeit permanently private property on the “suspicion” that it has been used in the commission of a crime, under the lowest standard of evidence and outside the criminal court system, a practice that has constitutional experts alarmed. Most private property and cash forfeited under […]

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Appointed School Superintendents, A Revolving Door of Instability

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Appointed School Superintendents, A Revolving Door of Instability

The system of appointed school directors has become a stepping-stone, a rung on the ladder, an instrument of promotion for individuals seeking to advance their school management careers. Small counties are just a place for would-be school directors to gain experience for a bigger and better gig. Five East Tennessee counties are currently in the […]

VITAL POLICY – Dr. Monty Sharp Facilitates Medal of Honor Character Development Training for Jefferson County High School Staff

VITAL POLICY – Dr. Monty Sharp Facilitates Medal of Honor Character Development Training for Jefferson County High School Staff

Critics of public schools often point to the lack of patriotic education and the absence of character-related values in school curriculum. These pundits would have one less thing to complain about if they spent one afternoon with Dr. Monty Sharp, Assistant Principal, Jefferson County High School, or witnessed 2000 students reciting the Pledge of Allegiance […]

VITAL POLICY – Commissioner Marcus Reed Proposes County Resolution for Voter Choice on Elected School Directors

VITAL POLICY – Commissioner Marcus Reed Proposes County Resolution for Voter Choice on Elected School Directors

Thirty years ago, the legislature enacted a package of education reforms called The Tennessee Education Improvement Act of 1992. Within that legislation, signed by then Democrat Governor Ned Ray McWherter, a provision of the act mandated that school directors be appointed by local school boards rather than be elected by the people. Liberals and the […]

VITAL POLICY – Tennessee and Jefferson County’s Constitutional Dilemma with Food Truck Regulations

VITAL POLICY – Tennessee and Jefferson County’s Constitutional Dilemma with Food Truck Regulations

Local Regulations Two of Jefferson County’s five municipalities regulate the operation of food trucks, White Pine and Dandridge; Jefferson City, New Market, and Baneberry do not. The regulations and fees that Dandridge impose on food trucks are centered around health and safety; but the White Pine regulations exceed health and safety by regulating the number […]

VITAL POLICY – Governor Lee Signs Partisan School Board Elections into Law, Jefferson County Republican Party Calls Primary

VITAL POLICY – Governor Lee Signs Partisan School Board Elections into Law, Jefferson County Republican Party Calls Primary

Governor Bill Lee signed multiple bills into law late Friday that were enacted in the Third Extraordinary Session of the Tennessee General Assembly, among those House Bill 9072 authorizing partisan school board elections, supported by Representatives Jeremy Faison, Andrew Farmer, and co-sponsored by Senator Frank Niceley (SB9009). Jefferson County Republican Executive Committee, expecting Lee’s signature […]

VITAL POLICY – Tennessee Legislature Approves Partisan School Board Races

VITAL POLICY – Tennessee Legislature Approves Partisan School Board Races

With a myriad of legislative proposals floating in the third Extraordinary Session of the Tennessee General Assembly, bills aimed at making school board elections partisan were approved in fast succession by the house of representatives, and then by the senate on Friday October 29, 2021. House Bill 9072 was approved as amended in a floor […]

VITAL POLICY – STATE LAWMAKERS CONSIDER PARTISAN SCHOOL BOARD RACES IN SPECIAL SESSION

VITAL POLICY – STATE LAWMAKERS CONSIDER PARTISAN SCHOOL BOARD RACES IN SPECIAL SESSION

Representative Scott Cepicky (R-Culleoka) has introduced proposed legislation that will allow candidates for school board to run for office and be nominated by a political party on or after July 1, 2022. Senator Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) is the sponsor of a companion Senate Bill (9003). In light of Covid-19 issues and controversial decisions made by […]

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Knoxville Tennessee’s Everlasting Threat to Your Property Rights

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Knoxville Tennessee’s Everlasting Threat to Your Property Rights

Imagine getting a letter from the local government stating that it intends to take your property, and your neighbor’s property, for private development. MOTIVATION FOR ABUSE Your little residential community just doesn’t generate enough tax revenue; so, the city or county decides to take the whole neighborhood away from its rightful owners and turn it […]

VITAL POLICY – Arthur Bohanan Reflects on 911 Terror Attack, Advises Vigilance

VITAL POLICY – Arthur Bohanan Reflects on 911 Terror Attack, Advises Vigilance

“We are not dismissing school early today. Despite the events unfolding in Washington D.C., New York, and Pennsylvania, we are not canceling class. We are not changing our schedule or yielding to those who are doing evil”, words spoken to Jefferson County High School students and staff via intercom by Assistant Principal Louie Vesser at […]

VITAL POLICY – Tennesseans Will Vote on State Constitutional Amendment in November 2022

VITAL POLICY – Tennesseans Will Vote on State Constitutional Amendment in November 2022

Tennessee is one of the most financially responsible states in the nation, has a fully funded retirement system for teachers and other civil service employees, no income tax, low unemployment, very low debt, and a healthy economy that has weathered many financial storms. Tennessee ended its 2020-2021 fiscal year with a budget surplus of over […]

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