First Amendment, Second Amendment values jostle

via First Amendment Center By Allie Diffendal NASHVILLE, Tenn. — First Amendment and Second Amendment values jostled  yesterday in a First Amendment Center panel discussion on whether state handgun-permit records should be public. A dispute arose last year when The Commercial Appeal newspaper of Memphis posted the full state database of some 257,000 handgun-permit holders […]

Bredesen Proclaims October 30 Weatherization Day in Tennessee

State of Tennessee press Release; Fri, Oct 30, 2009 Recovery Act Human Services Recovery Act Helps Boost Participation In Program NASHVILLE— Governor Phil Bredesen has proclaimed October 30th Weatherization Day in Tennessee to promote the economic and environmental benefits of this home energy efficiency program. “The Recovery Act has increased funding and expanded eligibility for […]

Committee Questions Need for Sex-Offender Oversight Board

A state panel that develops standards and guidelines for monitoring and treating sex offenders is in limbo due to spotty board member attendance at regular meetings.

New Rep Bolsters GOP House Majority

Republicans expand control to majority plus one — gain dominance over key committees. Shelbyville trucking line operator Pat Marsh, a graduate of Fayetteville Central High and UT, will serve on commerce and transportation committees.

Bredesen Announces SBA Declaration Granted for Hamilton and Surrounding Counties

(Oct. 10, 2009) Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has granted his request for a disaster declaration for Hamilton and the contiguous counties in Tennessee and Georgia following severe storms and flooding in September. “This is welcome news for Tennesseans in these counties,” said Bredesen. “The ability to access low-interest […]

Bredesen Announces Recovery Act Funds to Eight Transit Agencies

Eight small urban transit agencies will receive $9.7 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

TN Rated High in Economic Freedom & Limited Government

Two studies released this year by separate free-market think tanks paint Tennessee state government as among the most fiscally prudent and constitutionally restrained in the country.

Still Draining the Nation

Earlier this year Reason magazine offered up a much dimmer view of the Tennessee Valley Authority than that no doubt favored by the federally owned corporation’s 50-member public relations staff. In “How Big Government Infrastructure Projects Go Wrong,” the libertarian Cato Institute’s Jim Powell cast “America’s biggest monopoly” in a light that by no means […]

TN Stimulus Snapshot

The Wall Street Journal breaks down federal spending on a state-by-state basis. Education monies make up largest portion of Tennessee’s allocation.