A Middle Tennessean will join Danny Glover, Cicely Tyson and several other celebrities when they pick up awards tomorrow at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
The 2011 National Freedom Awards are being presented this year to civil rights pioneers in several fields, including education, sports, the arts, and activism.
Special awards for what the museum calls “icons” of the American civil rights movement will also be presented. The museum’s Gwen Harmon says Middle Tennessee’s John Seigenthaler will be among seven Icon recipients.
The Albert Gore Research Center at Middle Tennessee State University is conducting a veteran’s oral history project in cooperation with the Library of Congress.
The Center has interviewed several hundred Middle Tennessee vets to date and has 50 more on a list waiting to be interviewed.
Center Director, Dr. Jim Williams, says it’s important to get the stories of older vets recorded quickly. He notes statistics indicating that World War II vets are now dying at a rate of 6,000 per day.
Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is part of a bi-partisan push to require online retailers to collect state sales taxes.
The group of ten senators announced yesterday that they will introduce a bill that would let states that adopt the same administrative procedure for collecting taxes to be able to require online sellers to collect those taxes
Online auction company eBay opposes the bill, saying that requiring small vendors to collect sales tax for states around the country would be an unfair burden.
The department that operates Tennessee’s State Court System, the Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts, is meeting with representatives of State Finance and Administration to discuss budgetary concerns.
According to the department’s spokesperson, Laura Click, Tennessee’s court system has seen a combined 21 percent cut in its operational budget over the last two fiscal years.