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Powdered alcohol could soon become illegal in Tennessee

WhiskeyHave you ever heard of such a thing as powdered alcohol?  If you’re like most people, the concept may sound completely foreign to you – and that’s absolutely understandable.  A federal agency, just a few days ago, approved powdered alcohol for sale in the US, with a company that’s branding it “Palcohol” leading the way. [Read more...]

Tennessee wants to charge hourly for public records requests

DollarsIn an ironic twist of fate, citizens have always been at odds with the bodies that are meant to represent them.  More specifically, those seeking public records from governing and tax-funded organizations often run into obstacles in retrieving the documents that they’re looking for. [Read more...]

Winter storms keep Tennessee in a state of emergency

CloudsWinter storms have bombarded the northeastern parts of the United States for the past couple of weeks, and it looks like residents of Tennessee aren’t quite out of the woods yet.  As of early Monday, the state is still in a state of emergency.  Last week, a powerful storm stacked on top of the already harsh winter in the state, dumping snow throughout the region. [Read more...]

Tennessee lawmakers decide against Medicaid expansion

DeniedSome time ago, big news hit the state of Tennessee, especially for the region’s underserved populations living near or below the poverty line.  The governor, Bill Haslam, announced that the state of Tennessee would accept the federal government’s Medicaid expansion offer.  The governor soon announced an “Insure Tennessee” plan which was rolled out before members of the public and the elected government alike. [Read more...]

Supreme Court to decide if Tennessee’s same sex marriage ban is constitutional

CourtSame sex marriage has been a very divisive issue in the United States.  So much so, that it wasn’t until 2004 that Massachusetts became the first state to legalize it.  In the decade since, many states have followed suit, and now a full 36 of them allow for same sex couples to [Read more...]

Tennessee revises its water protection rules and permitting policy

ApprovedHave you ever tried to remodel your house, build a new structure on your property, or repair an existing one?  If you happened to live near any kind of body of water, you probably found out fairly quickly that your process was going to be a bit more involved than that of someone who wasn’t close to any lakes, rivers, etc.  For some people, their projects are called off altogether because of the additional red tape. [Read more...]

Tennessee governor claims Promise program is working

GraduationYou’ve likely read about the Tennessee Promise before – it’s the state’s radical new program to help subsidize the cost of higher education and continue to bring degrees to a larger and larger percentage of the state’s population.  The program, which was only started this year, just got its first real checkup, and things are looking good. [Read more...]

First bill proposed following abortion amendment in Tennessee

CourtThis past election, Tennessee learned that its voters had elected to pass an amendment to the state constitution regarding abortion. Specifically, the amendment would make it so that there was no specific language in the constitution that guaranteed anyone in the state the right to an abortion. This amendment followed a Supreme Court ruling that said that the constitution previously did guarantee this right to women in the state. The new bill doesn’t make abortions illegal, far from it, but it does open the floodgates for government regulation of the procedure. [Read more...]

Tennessee voters lock in big changes this election cycle

VoteWith offices and legislation alike in flux the past few days, many states are expecting some big changes to come about in the next few months to a year. That could definitely be said for the state of Tennessee, where all four of the state constitutional amendments on the ballot appear to have passed. What are these amendments exactly? [Read more...]

Nuclear reactor might finally be completed after 40 years

ChecklistSpring City, Tennessee is a bit of an odd one; government projects and contracts abound, though none may be of as much current interest as the nuclear power plant “Watts Bar 2.” WB2 is the twin of another reactor system project that started up nearly 40 years ago, when demand for electricity was rapidly rising year over year, and lawmakers, namely those within the Tennessee Valley Authority (or TVA), were looking for effective ways to keep up with demand. [Read more...]