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United States Supreme Court Incorporates Eighth Amendment to the States in Civil Forfeiture Case

United States Supreme Court Incorporates Eighth Amendment to the States in Civil Forfeiture Case

Property rights advocates have watched the Timbs v. Indiana case with great interest because it promises to have nationwide implications on excessive fines and property forfeitures. Today, the United States Supreme Court rendered its unanimous decision in Timbs. Writing for the majority, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg states that “Indiana argues that the Excessive Fines Clause […]

Suspect Shoots Wife, Then Takes Own Life

Suspect Shoots Wife, Then Takes Own Life

Jefferson County, TN Sheriff’s Department – Investigators with the Criminal Investigation Division have finished the preliminary investigation into the events that occurred at 1893 Oak Grove Rd on February 19, 2019. The investigation revealed that Juan Lopez Pineda age 46 was the male subject observed at the front door upon deputies arrival who also stated […]

Tennessee Issues First Maternal Mortality Report

Tennessee Issues First Maternal Mortality Report

The Tennessee Department of Health today issued the first Maternal Mortality Review report, Tennessee Maternal Mortality Review of 2017 Maternal Deaths. This report describes the state of maternal mortality in Tennessee based on a comprehensive review of deaths of women who died while pregnant or within one year of pregnancy. The goal of this effort by […]

Gov. Bill Lee to Repeal the Gym Tax in the Upcoming Budget

Gov. Bill Lee to Repeal the Gym Tax in the Upcoming Budget

Tuesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced his plans to repeal the amusement tax on gym memberships in his upcoming budget. “I’m pleased to be able to include a tax cut in my first budget,” said Lee. “Repealing the gym tax is an important step in reducing the burdens on small businesses in our state.” The […]

No. 5 Tennessee Swarms Vanderbilt in 58-46 Win

No. 5 Tennessee Swarms Vanderbilt in 58-46 Win

 No. 5 Tennessee extended its winning streak in Thompson-Boling Arena to 24 games Tuesday night, defeating the Vanderbilt Commodores, 58-46. The Vols (24-2, 12-1 SEC) held the Commodores to their lowest scoring output of the season, limiting them to just 32 percent shooting from the field. Clevon Brown was the only Vanderbilt (9-17, 0-13 SEC) […]

Local Church Has New Feature, Thanks to Eagle Scout.

Local Church Has New Feature, Thanks to Eagle Scout.

Benjamin Bolinsky, who recently earned the title of Eagle Scout, wanted to do a community service project that would be useful for many years and would be beneficial to as many people possible. The choice seemed to be easy for him, though, as an active member of French Broad Baptist Church, as he chose to […]

Lady Vols Earn Gritty Win Over Mizzou, 62-60

Lady Vols Earn Gritty Win Over Mizzou, 62-60

Tennessee earned a hard-fought victory over RV/RV Missouri on Sunday, coming from four points down in the final stanza to claim a 62-60 triumph in front of a crowd of 8,559 in Mizzou Arena. Sophomore point guard Evina Westbrook led UT (17-8, 6-6 SEC) with 18 points and six assists, while sophomore forward Rennia Davis logged her 17th career double-double with […]

Happy President’s Day

Happy President’s Day

Today, February 18, 2019, is Presidents’ Day, a holiday centered around the birthdays of two former presidents: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Officially, “Presidents’ Day” is a misnomer, as the holiday originated in 1879 as remembrance of George Washington’s birthday. The date for the holiday was reset by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1971, […]

Park Announces Paving Project on Little River Road

Park Announces Paving Project on Little River Road

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials announced that a pavement preservation project will begin Tuesday, February 19 on Little River Road. A thin pavement overlay will be applied to the entire length of the 16.5-mile roadway between Sugarlands Visitor Center to the Townsend Wye along with associated pull-offs and parking lots and the 1.5-mile Elkmont […]

Tennessee General Assembly Tackles Civil Forfeiture…Again

Tennessee General Assembly Tackles Civil Forfeiture…Again

Civil asset forfeiture is once again under consideration by the Tennessee General Assembly. Forfeiture of assets became a means of confiscating property used in the commission of a crime in the early 1980’s when federal authorities set out to interrupt illicit drug cartels operating in the United States. The practice has strayed widely from its […]

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dumplin Valley Youth of the Year Winner

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dumplin Valley Youth of the Year Winner

Being named Youth of the Year is the highest honor a Boys & Girls Club member can receive. This recognition program for Club members promotes service to Club, community and family; academic success; strong moral character; life goals; and poise and public speaking ability. Boys & Girls Clubs recognize members ages 14 to 18 as […]

Happy Valentines Day 2019!

Happy Valentines Day 2019!

Valentine’s Day 2019 is upon us, and the Day of Love has a long history that makes it more than just another “greeting card holiday.” The most popular theory about how Valentine’s Day began happened during the time of the Romans.  Emperor Claudius the II didn’t want his men to marry during times of war, […]

Tennessee Needs at Least $49.8 Billion of Public Infrastructure Improvements

Tennessee Needs at Least $49.8 Billion of Public Infrastructure Improvements

Tennessee needs at least $49.8 billion of public infrastructure improvements during the five-year period of July 2017 to June 2022—a $5 billion (11.1%) increase from the year before—according to a new report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR).  Improvements needed for Transportation and Utilities, Education, and Health, Safety, and Welfare infrastructure continue […]

Join Efforts to Prevent Teen Dating Violence in Tennessee

Join Efforts to Prevent Teen Dating Violence in Tennessee

Love shouldn’t hurt. Healthy relationships consist of trust, honesty, respect, equality and compromise. It’s important to help young people learn how to build and recognize healthy relationships to support their development and keep them safe. The Tennessee Department of Health is taking part in Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month to help prevent dating violence among Tennessee teens. […]

Lady Vols Fall To NO. 6/6 Mississippi State, 91-63

Lady Vols Fall To NO. 6/6 Mississippi  State, 91-63

The Lady Vols scrapped to within three in the third quarter but couldn’t overcome a No. 6 Mississippi State team that shot an impressive 52.2 percent on the day. Tennessee (15-8, 4-6 SEC) was led by sophomore Rennia Davis, who fired in a season-high 29 points. Freshman Zaay Green also was in double figures with 13. MSU’s (22-1, […]

No. 1 Tennessee Pushes Win Streak to 18 with 73-61 Victory Over Florida

No. 1 Tennessee Pushes Win Streak to 18 with 73-61 Victory Over Florida

In front of a season-high crowd of 22,261, No. 1 Tennessee’s high-flying second half helped the Vols top the Florida Gators, 73-61, Saturday. Tennessee (22-1, 10-0 SEC) pushes its win streak to 18 games, the longest streak in Rick Barnes‘ 32-year head coaching career. Tennessee had four players score in double figures, with Grant Williams’team-high 16 points […]

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