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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...