Fri June 14, 2013

A Last Chance Budget for Memphis?

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State Comptroller Justin Wilson is telling Memphis officials that their next budget may be the last clear chance the city has to determine its own future.

Wilson tells the Commercial Appeal that he’s getting full cooperation from the city administration and what he called "good, fair, hard questions" from the council. He says he believes council members will make good choices themselves to balance the budget.

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Tue June 11, 2013

Judge Derails State Worker Layoffs

Credit tseaonline.org

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 200 state employees will get to keep their jobs a little longer thanks to a temporary restraining order issued Monday by a Davidson County judge.

The order comes in response to a lawsuit filed against the state by the Tennessee State Employees Association.

TSEA Executive Director Robert O’Connell says he doesn’t dispute the state’s right to furlough workers, but insists the Haslam Administration must provide the career counseling, job testing and placement services required by law.

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Mon June 10, 2013

State Panel to Explore New Common Core Standards

Senator Dolores R. Gresham, R-Somerville, District 26 — Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, McNairy, and Henderson Counties
Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The chairwoman of the state Senate Education Committee says the panel will hold meetings during the summer or fall to discuss a new set of uniform benchmarks for math and reading.The common core state standards are being adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia.

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Thu May 30, 2013

Evangelicals Targeted by Immigration Reform Ads

Credit evangelicalimmigrationtable.com/

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A political advertising campaign aimed at evangelical Christians - designed to influence congressional debate on immigration reform - is underway in Tennessee and twelve other states.

The group Evangelical Immigration Table says its media campaign is intended to promote what it calls “broad, common sense immigration reform.”

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Tue May 28, 2013

Sen. Alexander to Make Public Appearances in Tenn.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander
Credit U.S. Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander is scheduled to make four public appearances this week in Tennessee.

Alexander's office in Washington says he is the keynote speaker at the Better Business Bureau's annual lunch in Chattanooga on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Alexander is scheduled to appear at an economic and community development event in Kingsport.

Later that day, the Republican senator will discuss four principles for a competitive energy future at the Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit in Oak Ridge.

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