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Tenn. Baptists voice support for abortion amendment

Tenn. Baptists voice support for abortion amendment

The state's largest group of Protestants is expressing its support for an abortion amendment set to go before Tennessee voters next year.

Amendment One adds language to the state's constitution saying in part, "Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion." It could pave the way for lawmakers to pass abortion restrictions currently prevented by the state constitution's privacy protections.

HomeGrown: Sen. Lamar Alexander

"I'm not a Senator from Tennessee, I'm a Senator of Tennessee."

Senator Lamar Alexander is not only a familiar name in Tennessee politics, but across the country. 

"I feel lucky to be doing what I'm doing."

The Maryville native has certainly come a long way.

"I was a little mischievous."

Alexander got his first library card at age three. A year later, he started taking piano lessons at Maryville College. He practiced every morning before school after his paper deliveries.

Register to Vote!

Register to Vote!

You can register to vote now thru Monday, October 8.

If you are not registered by Oct. 8 you will not be able to vote for the Presidential and State General Election scheduled for November 6.

Early Voting starts Octoctober 17 and ends November 1.

Here's a couple handy links:

Ten Commandments on display at Cocke County Courthouse

Ten Commandments on display at Cocke County Courthouse

Monday afternoon Cocke County Sheriff Armando Fontes placed the Ten Commandments on display in the county's courthouse.  The religious document is accompanied in a frame by copies of the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution.

Fontes is the 25th sheriff in Tennessee to request the framed documents from conservative activist June Griffin.  Griffin donates the framed display in order to circumvent any argument that taxpayer dollars have been utilized to purchase the religious document. 

Rezoning request for Food City in Morristown fails to pass

Rezoning request for Food City in Morristown fails to pass

Some folks in Morristown are celebrating after a vote kept a grocery store from relocating in their backyards.

For months, residents of Country Club Estates have been fighting a rezoning request that would allow a Food City to relocate 100 feet from their homes.

They used an older part of their charter to fight the plan. The charter says a 4/5 majority is needed from city council to pass a development plant if 20 percent of property-owners affected filed a petition against it.

Not in My Backyard

Not in My Backyard

Having a background in real estate, I pay attention when I see rezoning notices posted.  However, early this summer, my neighbors in Country Club Estates and I were surprised to receive a notice from a local developer in our mailboxes.  It seems one of our grocery stores, Food City, would like to relocate across AJ Highway and build a new store.  

Greene Co. schools head to class one week late

Greene Co. schools head to class one week late

Greene County students went back to school Wednesday.

They were delayed a week due to a $1.2 million budget gap.

But Monday, Greene County Commissioners approved a 20 cent property tax increase.

Though not everyone loves the idea of a tax hike, the increase helped save a small country elementary school in Greeneville.

The last week was a roller coaster for librarian Sara Brown.

"The delay has been an emotional strain on all of us," explained Brown.

Her beloved school of 11 years was on the chopping block.