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  • Judge Won't Void US Senate Democratic Primary

    08/16/2012 9:03:21 AM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel 5) - A federal judge has refused to void the Tennessee Democratic primary for U.S. Senate won by an anti-gay candidate the party has disavowed. District Judge Kevin Sharp ruled that the lawsuit filed by losing candidate Larry Crim was improper because it was not filed against an individual. Crim sued the state Division of Elections and the Tennessee Democratic Party trying to keep the winner of the August 2 primary, Mark Clayton, off the November ballot. The day after the election, the state Democratic Party said it wanted nothing to do with Clayton. A statement disavowing...
  • After a Struggle, Mosque Opens in Tennessee

    08/11/2012 9:20:03 AM PDT · by Uncle Slayton · 28 replies
    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — The worshipers bowed low, their heads touching the freshly laid carpet, as the new mosque filled with echoes of exultation. “God, thank you for the ability to worship here today,” said Remziya Suleyman, 27. “Thank you, thank you.”
  • Woman's Hair Turns to Black Fingernails, Baffling Her Doctors

    08/10/2012 7:56:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    Good Morning America via Yahoo ^ | 08-10-2012 | By SUSAN DONALDSON JAMES
    Shanyna Isom has consulted every possible specialist, including a doctor in the Netherlands, but she still as no idea what is wrong with her. The 28-year-old beautician and former University of Memphis law student has developed a condition so severe, fingernails grow from the hair follicles all over her body. "Black scabs were coming out of her skin," said her mother, Kathy Gary. "The nails would grow so long and come out and regrow themselves. They are hard to touch and stick you." The disease so far has affected not only her skin, but her bones and her vision. Because...
  • Columbia man calls 911 for ride to buy beer

    08/08/2012 12:57:07 PM PDT · by kevcol · 8 replies
    WSMV ^ | August 6, 2012 | news
    Sixty-seven-year-old Allen Troy Brooks called 911 not once, not twice, but at least nine times, including one call in which he asked if someone could send him a ride so he could buy some beer. Dispatcher: "Maury 911 what's your emergency?" Man: "(Inaudible)" Dispatcher: "Sir?" Man: "Want to take me the store." Dispatcher: "Won't take you to the store? What's going on sir?" Man: "To the store want to get me a beer." Dispatcher: "No I can't take you to the store and get you a beer. You called 911." Brooks eventually hung up, but dispatchers called the number...
  • Democratic Party Faces Lawsuit Over Clayton Nomination (TN)

    08/07/2012 8:35:54 PM PDT · by radu · 43 replies
    News Channel 5 - Nashville ^ | Aug. 7, 2012 | Ben Hall
    NASHVILLE, Tenn.- The Democratic Party is vowing to fix the candidate review process that allowed Mark Clayton to become the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate. The promise came after one of the candidates who lost to Clayton promised to sue the party. Democrat Larry Crim, who finished fourth in last week's primary, says party leaders should have researched Mark Clayton and kept him off the ballot. "Mr. Forrester did not do his duty to screen this democratic candidate," Larry Crim said. Crim blames party chairman Chip Forrester for the embarrassing mess. A letter from state Coordinator of Elections, Mark Goins,...
  • Tenn. Democrat Party urges voters to vote against their own nominee -- works for pro-life group

    08/07/2012 8:58:53 AM PDT · by topher · 34 replies ^ | August 7, 2012 | Ben Johnson
    Tenn. Democrat Party urges voters to vote against their own nominee - works for pro-life group NASHVILLE, August 7, 2012, ( – The Democratic Party of Tennessee is taking the unusual step of urging citizens to vote against its own nominee for U.S. Senate, because he works for a pro-life organization it deems a “hate group.” Mark Clayton won the party’s primary by a two-to-one margin over his next closest competitor, Gary Gene Davis. Former NBC Empty Nest star Park Overall came in third. Clayton has long been active with Public Advocate, a national pro-life, pro-family organization. “Mark Clayton is...
  • VFW Magazine - Ex-GI's Battle for the Ballot - Fight Corruption

    08/05/2012 11:27:14 AM PDT · by BCW · 3 replies
    VFW ^ | 01 AUG 2012 | Kelly Gibson
    In 1946, a group of WW II veterans overthrew a political machine in a small community of Athens, TN. Turn to pg 26. for the full story.
  • TENNESSEE: GOP tries to move past divisive legislative primaries; Dems see disarray

    08/05/2012 9:58:35 AM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 8/5/12 | Tom Humphrey
    NASHVILLE – Tennessee's Republican establishment is striving to move past last week's sometimes bitter legislative primary and its potential impact on officeholder leadership. The aim now for fall campaigns: Slimming even more the ranks of the minority party Democrats. The prospects look fairly bright for Republicans on both fronts, despite the losses of seven incumbent House members Thursday. The defeat of those veterans — and close calls for a couple of others — are seen by some as an indication of growing division within the state's majority party and as, possibly, a threat to House Speaker Beth Harwell remaining in...
  • Tennessee Democratic Party disavows Senate nominee

    08/04/2012 3:56:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 39 replies
    The Tennessean | Aug 3, 2012 | Michael Cass
    Here's the link.
  • Democrats' Disgrace

    08/04/2012 4:02:14 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | August 4, 2012 | Carol Platt Liebaugh
    The Tennessee Democratic Party is refusing to support the US Senate candidate chosen by the Democrats of their state: a man by the name of Mark Clayton, who openly espouses libertarian/conservative positions.  They say he belongs to a "hate group" -- Public Advocates.  All I know of the group is what its page says; check it out and decide for yourself. In any case, it strikes me that the Democrats should be embarrassed.  Does an opponent of gay rights (even a seemingly outspoken one) and a self-described conservative/libertarian attract more antipathy from them than their other recent colorful Senate contenders --...
  • Judge releases nun who broke into U.S. nuclear bomb facility

    08/03/2012 6:12:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/3/2012 | Preston Peeden
    A U.S. magistrate judge on Friday ordered the release pending trial of an 82-year-old nun and another anti-nuclear activist charged with breaching security fences at one of the most sensitive U.S. nuclear facilities, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where weapons-grade uranium is kept. The security failure was an embarrassment for the National Nuclear Security Administration, or NNSA, the Energy Department branch that operates U.S. nuclear weapons plants, and for the international security firm G4S, which owns WSI Oak Ridge, the contractor responsible for protecting the facility. G4S was also at the center of a dispute over security at the London Olympic...
  • Tennessee Democrats disavow own Senate candidate, citing hate group ties

    08/03/2012 4:43:02 PM PDT · by SmithL · 43 replies
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Democratic Party is disavowing the winner of the party's nomination to challenge Republican Sen. Bob Corker in November, saying the little-known candidate belongs to an anti-gay hate group. The winner of the seven-candidate Democratic primary, 35-year-old Mark Clayton, reported raising no money and campaigned little but received more than 48,000 votes. . . .
  • Senate nominee Mark Clayton disavowed by Tennessee Democratic Party

    08/03/2012 11:38:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Nashville Tennessean | 8/3/12 | Michael Cass
    Gannett Newspaper - Link Only:|head
  • TENNESSEE: Unofficial Incumbent Casualty Count: 7 Republicans, 5 Democrats

    08/03/2012 11:25:01 AM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 8/3/12 | Tom Humphrey
    Final unofficial returns from the state Division of Elections this morning indicate that seven incumbent Republicans and five incumbent Democrats lost bids for re-election in Thursday's primaries. Latest additions to the incumbent loser list are Rep. Jim Cobb, R-Spring City, defeated by insurance agent Ron Travis 4.357 votes to 4,252 , according to the final unofficial returns; and Rep. Mary Pruitt, D-Nashville, defeated by Harold Love Jr. by about 40 votes. Other defeated incumbent Republican legislators were House Republican Caucus Chairman Debra Maggart of Hendersonville, House Education Committee Chairman Richard Montgomery of Sevierville; and Reps. Dale Ford of Jonesborough, Julia...
  • Nuke ops halted after protesters enter TN complex

    08/02/2012 5:06:04 AM PDT · by EBH · 27 replies
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 8/2/2012
    OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (AP) — Nuclear operations were temporarily halted Wednesday at a Tennessee complex that stores and processes uranium after three protesters, including a nun, were able to intrude into a high-security area over the weekend. The Y-12 National Security Complex said all nuclear material is safe. The temporary stand-down was expected to end by next week. Special nuclear material will be moved to vaults on site, and contractor security personnel will undergo training and refresher instruction. The protesters were found hanging banners in the dark and singing on Saturday and offering to break bread with the security guards...
  • Locals show love for Chick-fil-A ( Johnson City, TN)

    08/02/2012 4:08:01 AM PDT · by don-o · 20 replies
    Johnson City Press ^ | August 1, 2012 | Jennifer Sprouse
    The amount of cars seen on State of Franklin Road heading toward Peoples Street, as well as cars wrapped around the Walgreens on State of Franklin and West Market Street Wednesday, would easily resemble a Black Friday mob, heading out to scour the sales racks. People were not out looking for the latest deals, though, but rather they were out to buy chicken at Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day. It all started after former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee encouraged his viewers to ‘Eat More Chicken’ while speaking on his FOX News TV show and Johnson Citians turned out in numbers to support...
  • 3 people carry guns into movie theater in Putnam County(TN open carry)

    08/01/2012 4:34:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies ^ | 28 July, 2012 | Micca Terrell
    COOKEVILLE, TN (WSMV) - Despite a sign prohibiting weapons, police said three people had brought guns into a movie theater Friday night where the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" was showing. According to the Herald Citizen, all of the gun carriers had permits. Police said the movie was stopped briefly and officers entered the Carmike Highland Cinemas on South Jefferson Avenue around 9 p.m. According to investigators, a theater employee called police after seeing a man with a holstered pistol walk into the theater. Police found the gun carriers after making an announcement in the theater. The officers explained...
  • Movie theaters review gun policies after Colorado shootings

    07/31/2012 4:42:54 AM PDT · by Future Snake Eater · 33 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 31JUL12 | John Beifuss
    A screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" in Cookeville., Tenn., was halted on Thursday after a theater worker reported seeing a moviegoer with a gun. According to the Cookeville Herald-Citizen, a police officer who arrived at the auditorium discovered three men with handguns. The men didn't think they had done anything wrong: Each was one of the state's 344,000 handgun carry permit holders. They were told to put their guns in their vehicles, in accordance with theater policy, and then the movie resumed. The story didn't make national headlines, unlike the July 20 "movie massacre" in Aurora, Col., that left...
  • Hughes pushes conservative credentials in race against GOP foe Overbey

    07/26/2012 9:29:04 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 1 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | July 25, 2012 | Greg Johnson
    State Sen. Doug Overbey, a Maryville lawyer, has pocketed a passel of endorsements in the 2nd District Republican primary. Newspapers, the National Federation of Independent Business and the Tennessee Education Association endorsed Overbey, along with Republican heavyweights Gov. Bill Haslam and, a bit surprisingly, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, a tea party favorite. Given his opponent, Overbey needs all the help he can get. Scott Hughes, chief financial officer for a Knoxville church and former pro-life executive, is challenging Overbey at every turn, in every way. Though Overbey maintains an enormous financial advantage, Hughes has loquaciously roughed up Overbey in debates.
  • DOJ sues to open Tenn. mosque

    07/18/2012 2:26:38 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 18, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT | TRAVIS LOLLER
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors are asking a judge to force a Tennessee county to allow a Muslim congregation to begin worshipping in its newly built mosque, which has faced a strong opposition from a group of residents. The U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and Islamic leaders in Murfreesboro filed separate lawsuits Wednesday against Rutherford County seeking an emergency order to let worshippers into the building before the holy month of Ramadan starts at sundown Thursday. In May, a Rutherford County judge overturned the county's approval of the mosque construction and this month he ordered the county...
  • LGBT Community Could Give Nashville Economy a Boost [as desired homosexual trip destination]

    07/17/2012 8:57:47 AM PDT · by kevcol · 30 replies
    FOX17 (Nashville) ^ | July 16 2012 | news
    A local group wants Nashville to focus on marketing to the gay and lesbian communities. Businesses like Tribe say marketing Nashville to the LGBT community could bring a lot of money into the city. Joey Amato of Outreach Public Relations said he got the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau to help him with a press release promoting Nashville as a gay destination. According to Community Marketing, Inc., the LGBT community spends $65 million a year on tourism. Joey Amato says if he can help Nashville get a portion of that, it would be great for the city. "I fell in...
  • Suspect steals 1918 Rugar from 94-year-old in robbery(FL)

    07/15/2012 6:59:01 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies ^ | 14 July, 2012 | NA
    A 94-year-old Polk County man was forced into his own home and robbed of a 1918 Rugar firearm and a cell phone Thursday, but the suspect didn't remain at large for long. According to Polk County Sheriff's detectives, the man answered a knock at the door at his home in Waverly and the suspect asked him for money. The elderly man told the man he only had $5 on him. The suspect allegedly grabbed the victim by the arm, forced him into a back room of his house, asked him again for money and told the victim not to look...
  • Unemployment Rate Dropped In Every State That Elected A Republican Gov. In 2010

    07/08/2012 10:59:34 AM PDT · by PROCON · 26 replies ^ | July 8, 2012 | Tony Lee
    In 2010, influenced by the Tea Party and its focus on fiscal issues, 17 states elected Republican governors. And, according to an analysis, every one of those states saw a drop in their unemployment rates since January of 2011. Furthermore, the average drop in the unemployment rate in these states was 1.35%, compared to the national decline of .9%, which means, according to the analysis, that the job market in these Republican states is improving 50% faster than the national rate.
  • City (Memphis TN) could ask non-profits (churches)to make tax payments

    07/02/2012 7:53:39 PM PDT · by Sybeck1 · 48 replies
    The Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 7/2/12 | Amos Maki
    Memphis may join the growing list of cash-strapped cities that ask nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations to make payments in lieu of tax. The City Council will vote Tuesday on a resolution to form a committee to explore the idea. "We want to see if this is feasible, and if it is feasible, how much revenue it could generate," said council member Janis Fullilove, who sponsored the resolution. Fullilove said the committee, if approved, would focus on tax-exempt and nonprofit entities that gross $15 million or more annually. As municipal budgets have felt the crunch of the economic slowdown, cities across...
  • Commissioners seek to block August municipal school district referendum

    06/27/2012 12:49:50 AM PDT · by ebshumidors · 5 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 6/26/12 | Clay Bailey, Daniel Connolly,Michael Kelley
    The Shelby County Board of Commissioners filed a petition in federal court Tuesday to block Aug. 2 elections that could create six new suburban school districts, arguing that those who sought the elections are deliberately discriminating against black residents. The lawsuit alleges that "race was a motivating factor behind the enactment of the Shelby County Municipal School Acts and that such Acts are purposefully discriminatory." The filing is the latest step in a dispute over the proposed merger of the area's two largest school systems, the majority-black Memphis City Schools and the smaller, majority-white Shelby County Schools. The systems are...
  • Kids leave dad at gas station, realize mistake 100 miles away

    06/26/2012 10:39:10 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 36 replies
    WLOX 13 ^ | June 25, 2012 | unattributed
    MEMPHIS, TN - (WMC-TV)- This year's summer vacation has been anything but boring for a family driving through Memphis. A Texas dad thought his kids were kidnapped Monday morning when they left him behind at a gas station. The man, who did not want to give his name, said he was left behind after stopping on New Brunswick Road to eat and fill up the gas tank near the LaQuinta Inn. According to the father, "Somebody had been sleeping all night in the back and they were going to drive and I was going to get in the back and...
  • Mysterious money & motive behind monster mosque in Mufreesboro

    06/23/2012 2:47:51 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 19 replies
    globalinfidel.TV ^ | 22JUN12 | Eric Allen Bell
    Why is it such a big deal that a Muslim community is simply trying to build a house of worship? Let’s start with a little math. Murfreesboro, TN is located in Rutherford County which has just over 100,000 residents. According to estimates provided by the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, there are 200 to 300 Muslim families living in the area. When they announced their plans to build a 53,000 square foot mega mosque, a lot of questions came up. One subject of concern was why they needed such a huge compound for so few families. What is particularly disconcerting is...
  • Rally opposes government intervention in religious matters

    06/22/2012 5:55:00 AM PDT · by don-o · 34 replies
    Johnson City (TN) Press ^ | Jume 21, 2012 | Jennifer Sprouse
    Metro-Kiwanis Park hosted a variety of faith-based citizens Thursday night for the Stand Up for Religious Freedom rally. The outdoor event held at the gazebo to the right of the play area began packing in the people around 6:15 p.m., toting lawn chairs and signs in support of the movement. Several local churches have openly opposed the Department of Health and Human Services mandate stating that all insurance must cover birth control and abortion-causing drugs and chose to attend the rally as one unifying body. Sheila Bedford, rally committee member, said the rally was not just about getting together in...
  • Explosion rocks Nashville hotel hosting law enforcement conference

    06/20/2012 7:11:11 AM PDT · by Grammy · 18 replies
    KDFW Fox 4 Dallas Fort Worth ^ | 6/20/12 | NewsCore
    NASHVILLE -- As many as 5,000 people were evacuated on Tuesday night after an explosion at the Opryland Hotel and Convention Center in Nashville -- where hundreds of the nation's sheriffs are attending a conference. The blast occurred in a mechanical room at the convention center about 8:30pm local time, WSMV-TV reported, adding that no injuries had been reported. The convention center suffered significant damage from the blast and a Nashville Fire Department spokesperson told the station there was a smell of natural gas in the area. Gas was switched off in the building as officials responded to the scene.
  • Homophobic Christian pretends to be gay for a year, writes book about experiment

    06/19/2012 8:09:51 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 76 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Friday, June 15, 2012 | Rheana Murray
    A self-described homophobic Christian posed as a gay man for an entire year, even “coming out” to family and friends in the process, all to reform his beliefs. “[I wanted] to see if there was any justification in the fear I had,” Timothy Kurek, of Nashville, told MSNBC. Kurek, 26, who says his religious upbringing taught him that homosexuality was a sin, launched the experiment in January 2009 after a close female friend broke down in tears and admitted she was gay. “She had just come out to her family and been brutally disowned,” Kurek said. “She had been excommunicated...
  • Sheriff Hammond: Defending The Sheriff's Posse (TN)

    06/19/2012 6:33:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 18 June, 2012 | Sheriff Jim Hammond
    As your sheriff, I am writing this open letter to the citizens of Hamilton County. In recent days, I have been taking a lot of heat from some in the print media regarding my stand on commission cards, special deputies and the Sheriff’s Posse. I normally refrain from commenting publicly about such articles, because I realize everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Also, as an elected individual, I know I am fair game. This time, however; I feel I need to defend this matter more vigorously. Unfortunately, there are those in our community who strongly oppose our Second Amendment...
  • Churches set to rally for religious freedom at Arch of Friendship (J City TN)

    06/16/2012 11:48:10 AM PDT · by don-o · 6 replies
    Johnson City (TN) Press ^ | June 15, 2012 | Jennifer Sprouse
    Local churches in the area have decided to rally for a cause that is near and dear to their beliefs –– religious freedom. Many religious institutions and organizations within the Tri-Cities feel as though the HSS mandate set forth under the current ObamaCare law, requiring that employers, including faith-based institutions, fund and provide for certain medical procedures would violate their religious and ethical beliefs. “They ruled recently that all insurance, no matter what the individual holder wants, must carry birth control and abortion-causing drugs as a priority,” said Julianne Wiley, one of the organizers of the event and representative of...
  • Faculty and Student Records Hacked from CMCSS

    06/11/2012 11:24:28 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Clarksville Now ^ | June 11, 2012
    CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – On Sunday, a 911 call was made to the Clarksville Police Department that 110,000 records of students and employees had been hacked. The Police Department contacted CMCSS, which deployed its technology specialists to begin investigating what might have been accessed. It was determined that a group of hackers has made a direct threat with plans to release a portion of the data. As a result of the hacking, all school system websites have been shut down. CMCSS is currently seeking outside expertise in additional web security, and have requested law enforcement assistance. The Clarksville Police Department, the...
  • YouTube running live Bonnaroo Music Festival feed all weekend

    Fantastic 2-channel live feed available for nothing on YouTube. I just watched Charles Bradley do a fantastic old time soul set. Right now, watching/listening to Sam Bush and his band on channel 2. Das Racist is on channel 1, and they're awful!
  • Tennessee’s Republican Leadership Appoints Shariah Finance Specialist to Key Economic Post

    06/07/2012 7:59:36 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 11 replies
    Shariah Finance Watch ^ | 7 June 2012 | Unknown
    Regular, long-time readers of SFW may recall a posting from almost exactly 2 years ago in which it was announced that an attorney who had specialized in Shariah Finance had been appointed as a White House fellow by President Barack Obama: The attorney in question is named Samar Ali. At the time she was appointed to the Obama White House, Ali raised some concerns nationwide due to her specialization in Shariah-Compliant Finance and her association with the World Islamic Economic Forum, an organization that has essentially designated Shariah Finance as “missionary operations” to promote Islam and Shariah. Now we...
  • Judge Blackwood orders new trials in Christian/Newsom torture slayings

    06/06/2012 1:05:20 PM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 6/6/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    KNOXVILLE — An order has been filed ordering new trials for the defendants in a January 2007 torture slaying, according to John Gill, special counsel to Knox County District Attorney General Randy Nichols. This comes despite a request from prosecutors that Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood recuse himself from the case of the killings of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23. . . . Late last month, the Tennessee Supreme Court ruled Blackwood's legal reasoning for granting new trials was faulty but left the door open for him to do so if he found different legal grounds.
  • Deadly Shooting Appears To Be Case Of Self-Defense(TN)

    06/04/2012 4:44:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies ^ | 4 June, 2012 | NA
    MADISON, Tenn. - A man gunned down in a Nashville apartment complex Saturday night appears to be a case of self-defense. Police said 28-year-old Javonte Johnson tried to rob Howard Bridgeforth at in the Mission Apartments on Saturday. That's when Bridgeforth pulled out his own gun, opened fire, killing Johnson. An accomplice took off running. A stray bullet went into a neighbor's apartment, where kids were sitting inside. No one was hurt. But at least one of the four bullets fired went into a nearby apartment with children inside. Phyllis Richardson showed NewsChannel 5 the shattered glass door in her...
  • One Person Dead After Attempted Robbery In Madison(TN)

    06/04/2012 4:41:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies ^ | 3 June, 2012 | NA
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Metro police are looking for the person involved in an attempted armed robbery in the Madison area that left one person dead. Police said the incident happened around nine p.m. Saturday night at the Mission Madison Apartments at 501 Heritage Drive. A man walking to his car was approached by two people who then tried rob him. One of the robbers had a gun but so did the victim who shot and killed one of the robbers. The other would-be robber ran off. Police believe the two may have also been involved in another robbery earlier at...
  • The Murfreesboro Mosque: Built on a Foundation of Lies

    06/01/2012 8:09:32 PM PDT · by cradle of freedom · 16 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | June 1, 2012 | Eric Allen Bell
  • Judge's ruling stops construction of Tenn. mosque

    05/29/2012 1:26:54 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 29, 2012 | TRAVIS LOLLER
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A judge in Tennessee ruled Tuesday that the public wasn't properly notified about a meeting where local officials approved the plan for a proposed mosque, meaning construction of the disputed project will be stopped. The new facility for the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro was one of several Muslim projects in the U.S. that hit a swell of conservative opposition around the same time as the controversy over a plan to build a Muslim community center near New York's ground zero.
  • Man Loses $22,000 In New 'Policing For Profit' Case

    MONTEREY, Tenn. -- "If somebody told me this happened to them, I absolutely would not believe this could happen in America." "You live in the United States, you think you have rights -- and apparently you don't," said George Reby.
  • South Knox store clerk shoots teen in botched robbery attempt(TN)

    05/26/2012 4:30:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies ^ | 23 May, 2012 | Matt Lakin
    KNOXVILLE — A botched holdup attempt today sent three would-be robbers running and left one shot in the chest, police said. The shooting happened just after 10:45 a.m. at the South Side Market, 1316 Maryville Pike, near the Montgomery Village housing project, Knox County E-911 records show. A store clerk told police three men in masks tried to rob him. He pulled a pistol and shot one of them in the chest, Knoxville Police Department Capt. Nate Allen said. Officers arrived and canvassed the area. They found the wounded man lying on the ground on Cook Drive, Allen said.
  • Man Finds Military Tombstones in Backyard

    05/24/2012 8:41:05 AM PDT · by Sopater · 29 replies
    A Tennessee man, Jason Blackburn, digging in his backyard garden over the weekend found 13 tombstones that have been traced to a historic military cemetery. “My first reaction was, ‘Oh my goodness, I hope there’s not dead bodies in my backyard,” Blackburn said. “I mean that’s the first reaction when you’re digging in your backyard and you find tombstones.” Blackburn searched a name on one of the gravestones -- Pvt. Arthur Woodson -- on the Internet and determined it was linked to Memphis National Cemetery, a historic memorial park that goes back to the Civil War and is now run...
  • The Booker insurgency grows - We few, we unhappy few.

    05/22/2012 12:01:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 05/22/2012 | John Hayward
    Newark mayor Cory Booker may have been reduced to filming “hostage videos” in which he apologizes for throwing sharp spikes of reason and temperance beneath the madly spinning wheels of the Obama re-election bus, but the Booker Insurgency continues to grow. Harold Ford Jr., formerly a Democrat congressman from Tennessee, was welcomed to the ranks on Monday. Ford was no small-time back-bencher. He took a credible shot at wrestling House leadership away from Nancy Pelosi, and served as leader of the Democratic Leadership Council - a now-forgotten artifact of an earlier time, when there really were “moderates” in the Democrat...
  • Two 'Shame on...' protestors arrested on sex offender registry violations

    05/18/2012 7:40:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 8 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 5/18/12 | Lance Coleman
    Since February, workers hired by a union to picket First Baptist Church of Dandridge have held up a sign reading, "Shame on Pastor Brown," to protest nonunion workers building a new addition at the church. Each day the church's pastor, Dr. Robert Brown, waved at the men and waved off the criticism they leveled at him and the church. On Friday, Jefferson County Sheriff G.W. "Bud" McCoig arrested the two men and charged them with violating the sex offender registry act. "It's hard to miss the irony, isn't it?" Brown said. "I've said to several folks that I've done a...
  • Man With 30 Kids Can’t Pay Child Support [TN]

    05/18/2012 8:42:02 AM PDT · by kevcol · 87 replies
    Fox2Now ^ | May 17, 2012 | Staff Writer
    (Knoxville, TN – WREG) Desmond Hatchett is pleading with the state of Tennessee to help him pay for child support. With 30 kids, who could afford to pay child support? Yes, 30 children by 11 different “baby mamas.” Desmond explained how it all happened, well you know what we mean, “I had four kids in the same year. Twice.” The children range in age from toddlers to 14 years old. He was last in court in 2009, at which time he had 21 children. That means he’s had at least 9 more children in the last 3 years. Hatchett...
  • State Supreme Court to review appeal request in Christian/Newsom slayings

    05/16/2012 10:13:30 AM PDT · by SmithL · 4 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 5/16/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    The Tennessee Supreme Court on Tuesday signaled a willingness to at least consider the state Attorney General's Office's bid to appeal a decision ordering new trials in the January 2007 torture slayings of a Knox County couple. Rather than dismissing at the onset the state's request to appeal Special Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood's ruling upending convictions in the slayings of Channon Christian, 21, and Christopher Newsom, 23, the state's high court is inviting debate on the issue instead. In an order released Tuesday, the court is requiring attorneys for the defendants at issue in the case to respond to the...
  • Former Judge Richard Baumgartner faces 7 federal counts of failing to report felonious activity

    05/16/2012 9:54:32 AM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 5/16/12 | Jamie Satterfield
    Once a revered Knox County Criminal Court judge, Richard Baumgartner on Tuesday shuffled into a federal courtroom in shackles, accused of covering up the drug-trafficking crimes of the mistress he met via a Drug Court program he helped found. Baumgartner, who sent thousands of people to prison in his nearly two-decade-long tenure as judge, was arrested Tuesday as he drove away from his East Knox County farm and hauled into U.S. District Court with shackles on his feet and a chain wrapped around his belly and connected to handcuffs. He said little during his appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford...
  • U.S. Sen. Bob Corker calls for hearing on JPMorgan's $2B trading loss(Let the show trials begin!)

    05/15/2012 6:51:35 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 26 replies
    Times Free Press ^ | May 15th | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican who serves on the Senate Banking Committee, has called for a hearing on the $2-billion trading loss by JPMorgan Chase & Co., saying that "policies are going to be derived out of what’s happened." Corker, who was a key participant in the debate over the 2010 financial reform law, said it was important for policymakers to get the facts about the situation and whether pending regulations would have prevented it.
  • Americans for Prosperity: Nashville 'under attack' by mayor's tax increase

    05/15/2012 8:46:59 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies
    Nashville City Paper ^ | 5/15/12 | Joey Garrison
    Mayor Karl Dean’s proposed property tax hike, which has already drawn the ire of the Nashville Tea Party, has reverberated up to the conservative-backed Americans for Prosperity political advocacy organization. Arlington, Va.-based Americans for Prosperity, an advocacy group that professes to educate citizens on education policies, has highlighted Dean’s tax proposal as its top story on its website.“Nashville taxpayers are under attack by Mayor Dean’s proposed 13 percent property tax increase,” reads a short blog post penned by the organization’s Tennessee state director Brad Stevens.“Taxpayers should not be on the hook for Nashville city leaders’ lack of fiscal responsibility,” the post continues.Oddly,...