Mon October 7, 2013

Tenn. Mayor Asks to Reopen Smoky Mountains

The Blount County Courthouse
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MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — An East Tennessee mayor is asking the federal government to allow Blount County to take on the financial responsibility of reopening portions of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

October is one of the busiest times of the year for the park, which was closed during the partial government shutdown.

Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell says he sent the request to the Department of Interior, but hasn’t yet received a reply. He says the park's closure is having a "tremendous impact" on county residents and businesses.

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Tue October 1, 2013

Carr Gets Tenn. Tea Party Endorsement

State Rep. Joe Carr
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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  State Rep. Joe Carr has picked up the endorsement of Tennessee’s Tea Parties for his bid to unseat Senator Lamar Alexander.

The Tennessean says a coalition of in-state tea party groups held a convention in Nashville this past weekend. Early rounds of voting indicate Carr’s support among tea party enthusiasts is not unanimous, but he eventually won with about 70 percent of those casting a vote endorsing his candidacy.

Carr says he was pleased to get the conservative nod and believes tea party volunteers will prove crucial to his campaign.

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Mon September 30, 2013

Group Wants to Oust Tenn. GOP head

GOP Chairman Devaney
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group seeking to deny incumbent U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander another term in office is pushing to oust the head of Tennessee's Republican Party.

The tea party group Beat Lamar demanded last week that Chairman Chris Devaney resign. Beat Lamar says Devaney violated party bylaws by signing a fundraising letter that appeared to assume Alexander would be the GOP nominee in the 2014 general election

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Fri September 27, 2013

Thune to Headline Rutherford County GOP Event

U.S. Senator John Thune will speak in Rutherford County.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — John Thune, the third-ranking Republican in the U.S. Senate, is scheduled to be the featured speaker at a Rutherford County Republican Party event in November.

The South Dakota senator is considered a rising star within the GOP. He weighed a White House bid in the 2012 cycle, but instead decided to stay in the Senate to move up in his party's leadership.

Thune first won his Senate seat by defeating Democratic Leader Tom Daschle in 2004 and coasted to a second term without a Democratic opponent.

The event is scheduled for Nov. 9.

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Thu September 19, 2013

Unlikely Coalition Opposses New Common Core Education Standards

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The State Senate Education Committee is holding hearings this week to discuss a new set of controversial benchmarks for math and reading.

So far, 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core Standards. They're designed to raise the bar for American students with advanced problem solving, writing, and critical thinking skills.

Jamie Woodson, president of the influential State Collaborative on Reforming Education, says Tennessee’s children need to be challenged to reach higher.

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