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VITAL POLICY – Getting Jefferson County’s Financial House In Order – A Path To Providing Better Education Services

VITAL POLICY – Getting Jefferson County’s Financial House In Order – A Path To Providing Better Education Services

My 5th Grade teacher, Nancy Jones, always gave her students sound advice, especially in the areas of life, respect, and humility. If you are going to criticize someone, she would say, at least be willing to suggest a better plan or be willing to listen to the ideas of others. We have a set of […]

Vital Policy – Property Rights Protection Bills Delayed by Special Interest Groups in Tennessee General Assembly

Vital Policy – Property Rights Protection Bills Delayed by Special Interest Groups in Tennessee General Assembly

For the second legislative session in a row, housing authority and community development agency lobbyists have persuaded state legislators to place property rights protection bills on the back burner. A bill filled in 2020 to prevent eminent domain proceedings against non-blighted property in a redevelopment area was opposed by Knoxville Community Development Corporation (KCDC). Speaking […]

Vital Policy – Jefferson County and City of Farragut Make Resolutions Expressing Concerns Over 5G Small Cell Installations, State Legislation Pending

Vital Policy – Jefferson County and City of Farragut Make Resolutions Expressing Concerns Over 5G Small Cell Installations, State Legislation Pending

What do the governments of Farragut and Jefferson County, Tennessee have in common, two seemingly unlike jurisdictions? In addition to the typical tax and public service issues that all municipalities grapple with, that would be the safety and property rights concerns of 5G small cell support structure installations in public rights of way, as well […]

Tennessee Legislature Considers Return to Elected School Directors

Tennessee Legislature Considers Return to Elected School Directors

Nearly three decades ago, state lawmakers changed the way school directors are chosen in the state of Tennessee. Abandoning the process of electing school directors was part of a sweeping education reform act known as the Education Improvement Act of 1992. Changes were made to a wide variety of education policies including school fees, BEP […]

Vital Policy – Legislation Filed to Protect Property Rights, Sponsors Niceley and Carr

Vital Policy – Legislation Filed to Protect Property Rights, Sponsors Niceley and Carr

State legislators will be considering proposed legislation in the current General Assembly aimed at protecting private property from eminent domain abuse. Under current Tennessee law, “blighted areas” are so broadly defined that virtually any property is at risk of condemnation by local housing authorities as part of a redevelopment plan. The proposed legislation, if enacted, […]

VITAL POLICY – Third Time May be a Charm for School Vouchers – Tennessee Supreme Court to Hear Case

VITAL POLICY – Third Time May be a Charm for School Vouchers – Tennessee Supreme Court to Hear Case

In a court order filed February 4, 2021, the Tennessee Supreme Court granted permission for appeal and ordered the school voucher case to be set for oral arguments upon filing of briefs. After the General Assembly enacted the controversial ESA school voucher pilot program in 2019, a Chancery Court in Davidson County ruled that ESA’s […]

Niceley Pushes State Legislation to End Bond Requirement in Civil Forfeiture Cases

Niceley Pushes State Legislation to End Bond Requirement in Civil Forfeiture Cases

In 2014 the amount of property and cash seized by federal law enforcement under civil asset forfeiture was $4.5 billion. That figure does not include the billions in cash and property seized by state governments. According to FBI data, the amount taken in the United States by criminals that same year was $3.9 billion, making […]

Black Friday and Children

Black Friday and Children

With Black Friday a few days away, I felt it was a good time to share an earlier article on purchasing appropriate toys. When selecting toys for your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, etc., there are a few things to keep in mind. Before buying consider these questions. Is the toy age appropriate? Always consider the […]

Brandon Sanderson’s “The Way of Kings”

Brandon Sanderson’s “The Way of Kings”

Since the Christmas shopping season is upon us, I figured it’d be a good time to pick up a newer series and see if it is worth getting someone as a gift. The Way of Kings is the first entry in The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson. Just starting out in 2010 with several […]

Biltmore in Fall

Mother Earth continues to ready her world for the onslaught of fall colors. The weather is cooperating, giving relief from the smoldering summer days. Memories are vivid, just like the beautiful fall colors. One memory is of a trip, with friends, to Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. It was fall and the colors were […]

William Peter Blatty’s “The Exorcism”

William Peter Blatty’s “The Exorcism”

Since we’re gearing up for Halloween, I figured I should review what is, quite possibly, one of the freakiest books ever written, and if you have read it, yourself, you know what I mean: William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcism. If you have seen the movie adaptation, don’t think you know what you are in for. […]

Learning Through Movement

Learning Through Movement

Children learn through movement, yet, more often than not, we tell them to sit still and be quiet while learning new material. Many children are capable of learning visually and auditorially without movement, but some are not. When we get new information, it has to be stored for future retrieval. If a child’s memory storage […]

Jedediah Berry’s “The Manual of Detection”

Jedediah Berry’s “The Manual of Detection”

This week I am doing a quick review of a rather unusual mystery/detective novel: Jedediah Berry’s The Manual of Detection. The story follows Charles Unwin, a clerk at a massive detective agency. In fact, Charles works at The detective agency. Set in a sci-fi unnamed city, the world of The Manual of Detection has seen […]

Multiple Types of Learning

Multiple Types of Learning

According to multiple intelligences learning theory (1983 Howard Gardner), we are all intelligent beings, but in different ways. We learn in different ways and we express ourselves in different ways, as well. It is good to know we are all good at something. When children begin to understand how they are intelligent, they understand the […]

Good Seasons and Bad Seasons

Have you ever noticed cable/TV programming seems to be much like a roller-coaster, with lots of ups and downs, some slow starts, as well as some head rushing dives. Year after year, we wait for the perfect shows to fill the fall line-up and tweak our interest, providing entertainment for the cold days ahead. Sometimes, […]

Spiderwebs, Frogs, and Raccoons

Well, fall is here, and much too soon might I say. It seems only yesterday we were experiencing spring. I’ll have to say, we certainly have had an unbelievably hot summer. But, what will our winter bring? I recently noticed spiders had built numerous webs at the highest peak of my cathedral windows, making it […]

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