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U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down NY Law Restricting Concealed Carry – Justice Thomas “2nd Amendment Not A Second Class Right”

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down NY Law Restricting Concealed Carry – Justice Thomas “2nd Amendment Not A Second Class Right”

In a landmark case Thursday, June 23, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled (6-3) in NYSRPA v. Bruen in favor of Gun Owner rights and more clearly defines 2nd Amendment Rights. Justice Thomas noted in his opinion: ” The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self defense is not “a second-class right, subject […]

Sharks may be closer to the city than you think, new study finds

Sharks may be closer to the city than you think, new study finds

The world’s coastlines are rapidly urbanizing, but how this increased human presence may impact species living in the ocean is not fully understood. In a new study led by scientists at the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, researchers tracked the movements of three shark species, bull, nurse and great […]

Agribusinesses Can Apply for Ag Enterprise Fund Cost Shares

Agribusinesses Can Apply for Ag Enterprise Fund Cost Shares

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) is accepting applications from agricultural, food, and forestry businesses to receive cost-share funding through its Agricultural Enterprise Fund (AEF) program. AEF grants are awarded to agricultural businesses in Tennessee that demonstrate a potential for impact on local farm income, access to markets, increased capacity, or agricultural innovation. The program […]

Tennessee Unemployment Inches Up Slightly from Historic Low

Tennessee Unemployment Inches Up Slightly from Historic Low

NASHVILLE – Preliminary data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) indicated Tennessee’s unemployment rate for May 2022 increased slightly from April’s record-breaking number. The seasonally adjusted statewide rate for the month was 3.3%, 0.1 of a percentage point higher than the previous month’s revised figure. The state’s civilian workforce also grew in May […]

VITAL POLICY – Tennessee Supreme Court, School Voucher Law Upheld as Constitutional

VITAL POLICY – Tennessee Supreme Court, School Voucher Law Upheld as Constitutional

Changes on the horizon for education in Tennessee Tennessee legislators enacted the “Tennessee Education Savings Account Pilot Program“, commonly known as “school vouchers” on May 24, 2019, legislation that was touted as a way-out for students zoned to attend failing schools. After weeks of negotiating, compromising, and even arm-twisting, the Tennessee General Assembly narrowly approved […]

DANDRIDGE JUNE JUBILEE 2022 THIS SATURDAY

DANDRIDGE JUNE JUBILEE 2022 THIS SATURDAY

June Jubilee is coming to the streets of the Historic Town Square in downtown Dandridge on Saturday, June 18, 2022. The county’s largest and oldest street festival will kick off at 10 am Saturday morning with food, music and vendors galore! June Jubilee is a family friendly event and there is something for everyone to […]

State Fee Waived on Vehicle Registrations Starting July 1

State Fee Waived on Vehicle Registrations Starting July 1

Under a new state law, the Tennessee General Assembly has waived state registration fees for Class A and Class B motor vehicles, for renewals after July 1, 2022 and before June 30, 2023. Class A includes motorcycles and autocycles and Class B includes passenger motor vehicles and motor homes. The state portion of the fee […]

Gov. Lee Issues Executive Order to Enhance School Safety

Gov. Lee Issues Executive Order to Enhance School Safety

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee will sign an executive order directing accountability measures for school safety and an evaluation of training for Tennessee law enforcement. The order also establishes additional resources to support parents, teachers and law enforcement in improving school security practices. “Parents need to have full confidence that their children are safe at […]

College-Going Rate Decline Requires a Call to Action for Postsecondary Access and Completion Efforts in Tennessee

College-Going Rate Decline Requires a Call to Action for Postsecondary Access and Completion Efforts in Tennessee

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) today released the inaugural state college-going status report, College Going and the Class of 2021. The report examines the annual college-going rate and explores student aspirations and plans for after high school graduation. The new college-going rate, the portion of Tennessee public high school graduates who enrolled in postsecondary education […]

Tennessee State Parks Host National Trails Day Hikes Saturday, June 4

Tennessee State Parks Host National Trails Day Hikes Saturday, June 4

Tennessee State Parks will celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4 with free guided hikes at all 56 state parks. The events come as National Trails Day celebrates its 30th anniversary and Tennessee State Parks celebrate their 85th anniversary. One of the parks, Radnor Lake State Park, will hold a kickoff night hike on […]

AEC Works to Meet Transformer Shortage During Unprecedented Demand

AEC Works to Meet Transformer Shortage During Unprecedented Demand

Appalachian Electric Cooperative (AEC) along with other utilities across the country, are getting low on overhead distribution transformers. These transformers decrease voltage traveling through power lines to a level that is suited for residential and commercial use and are essential for homes and businesses powered by electricity. According to AEC General Manager, Greg Williams, “We […]

Voluntary Recall of Select Jif® Products Sold in the U.S. for Potential Salmonella Contamination

Voluntary Recall of Select Jif® Products Sold in the U.S. for Potential Salmonella Contamination

The J. M. Smucker Co. is recalling select Jif® peanut butter products sold in the U.S. due to potential Salmonella contamination. Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting […]

Mental Health Month 2022: Overcoming Isolation and Finding Connection

Mental Health Month 2022: Overcoming Isolation and Finding Connection

“We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.”  As I recently read those words about one of the best singer-songwriters in my lifetime, I was struck by how many people are struggling with untreated mental illness across our great state and how many families have experienced a similar tragic loss of life.  […]

Starliner Launches to Space Station on Uncrewed Flight Test for NASA

Starliner Launches to Space Station on Uncrewed Flight Test for NASA

Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner is in orbit, heading for the International Space Station following launch Thursday of the next-generation spacecraft on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket on a mission designed to test the end-to-end capabilities of the crew-capable system as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. Starliner lifted off on NASA’s Boeing Orbital […]

Growing Number of Tennessee Seniors Will Increase Demand for State Services

Growing Number of Tennessee Seniors Will Increase Demand for State Services

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has released an updated version of its report on Senior Long-Term Care in Tennessee. The report indicates the number of Tennessee seniors age 60 and over is expected to increase by 30% from 1.6 million in 2020 to 2.1 million in 2040. The number of those age 80 and over in […]

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 […]

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