Tag Archives: Tennessee

TENNESSEE: Trump Cultist Sorry After Getting Fired For Racist, Homophobic Abuse At Black Lives Matter Rally

NBC News reports: An Elizabethton woman has been fired after yelling racial and homophobic slurs at a Black Lives Matter rally this weekend. Keith Family Vision Clinic in Johnson City confirms Sonya Holt is no longer an employee there. She is the subject of a video that went viral over the weekend. In the video, Holt is seen chanting, “White …

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Tennessee Paper Apologizes After Running Full-Page Ad Claiming “Islam” Will Nuke Nashville On July 18th

The Tennessean reports: The Tennessean is investigating how a paid advertisement from a fringe religious group was published on Sunday in violation of the newspaper’s long-established standards. The ad featured a bizarre, pseudo-religious “prophecy,” including the declaration of an impending nuclear attack in Nashville by “Islam.” The ad was immediately ordered to be pulled from future editions by sales executives …

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Tennessee House Approves Resolution Congratulating Public For Ignoring Media’s “COVID-19 Sensationalism”

Mediaite reports: Tennessee’s state House on Friday passed a resolution congratulating residents of the state for seeing through what it described as the media’s “sensationalism” of the coronavirus. “We congratulate the people of Tennessee for clearly seeing that the mainstream media has sensationalized the reporting on COVID-19 in the service of political agendas,” said House Resolution 340, which passed the …

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TENNESSEE: Governor Gets Bill Allowing Students To Miss One Hour Of School Every Day To Attend Church

Hemant Mehta reports at The Friendly Atheist: The Tennessee legislature passed a bill yesterday, House Bill 2542/Senate Bill 2473, that would force public schools to allow kids to miss class for up to one hour each day in order to attend church. (They would also allow school buses to transport those kids, as long as the churches paid for it.) …

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Tennessee GOP Loses Fight Against Voting By Mail

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports: Tennessee must give all of its 4.1 million registered voters the option to cast ballots by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, a judge ruled Thursday. Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle ruled that the state’s limits on absentee voting during the pandemic constitute “an unreasonable burden on the fundamental right to vote guaranteed by …

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TN Gov In Talks With GOP For Nashville Convention

The Nashville Business Journal reports: Republicans are looking for a place to hold a party, and Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says Nashville is open for business. Lee’s office is in “early” talks with the GOP about moving the 2020 Republican National Convention from Charlotte to Nashville, Lee said Tuesday. RNC officials are expected to visit Music City on Thursday. “Nashville …

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GOP Rep Dumped Cruise Stocks, Snatched Up Pharma

USA Today reports: With a global pandemic threatening to hit the United States earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Phil Roe made hundreds of financial transactions, buying stocks in companies now working on vaccines and selling other shares before a historic market plunge in March. While it’s unclear if the stock trades were based on information unavailable to the public, Roe’s …

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Tennessee Gov Won’t Extend Lockdown Past April 30th

The Tennessean reports: Gov. Bill Lee announced Monday that his stay-at-home order will not be extended past April 30, and that some businesses around the state will begin reopening next week. “For the good of our state, social distancing must continue, but our economic shutdown cannot,” Lee said at his Monday afternoon briefing. A governor-appointed, 30-member economic recovery group is …

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GOP Tennessee Gov Issues Statewide Lockdown Order

The Tennessean reports: Days after issuing an executive order urging Tennesseans to stay at home amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Bill Lee will now mandate the action. The governor’s office said in a news release he would be signing an executive order on Thursday. The order will be effective immediately, said Gillum Ferguson, the governor’s spokesman. It will last …

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Projection: Joe Biden Wins Tennessee

NBC News reports: NBC News is projecting former Vice President Joe Biden has won the Democratic primary in the State of Tennessee. With 24 percent of the vote in, Biden has 31 percent of the vote, a narrow lead over Bernie Sanders with 24 percent of the vote. At that point, Mike Bloomberg had 20 percent of the vote and …

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TN Reps Again Seek To Make Bible Official State Book

Knoxville’s NBC News affiliate reports: Two Tennessee representatives introduced a bill that would make the Holy Bible Tennessee’s official state book. Sen. Mark Pody and Rep. Jerry Sexton introduced HB2778/SB2696 on Feb. 5. This isn’t the first time Tennessee has seen such a proposal — Former Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed a similar bill in April 2016. At the time, Haslam …

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee To Sign Anti-LGBT Adoption Bill

The Tennessean reports: The Tennessee state Senate started the 2020 legislative session passing its first bill of the year: a controversial measure that protects religious adoption agencies if they choose to discriminate against same-sex couples. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Paul Rose, R-Covington, declares that no licensed adoption agency would be required to participate in a child placement if doing …

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Hate Group Warns TN Clerks To Stop Marrying Gays

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: Nearly five years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for same-sex marriage nationwide, all 95 county clerks in Tennessee received a letter this week informing them they should be operating instead under the state constitution law that makes “void and unenforceable” any policy or law “purporting to define marriage as anything other than …

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26th House Republican Won’t Seek Reelection In 2020

Roll Call reports: Tennessee Rep. Phil Roe, the ranking Republican on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, will not run for reelection in 2020, opening up a solidly Republican seat. “As someone who practiced medicine for over 30 years, I said I would serve five or six terms because I never intended this job to be a second career,” Roe said …

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Tennessee Hate Group Files To Undo Marriage Equality

Nashville’s Fox News affiliate reports: Eleven Christian ministers and the Tennessee Independent Baptists for Religious Liberty (TIBRL) are challenging the legality of marriage certificates issued to same-sex couples. The group filed a Declaratory Order with the Tennessee Department of Health on Thursday, arguing while the state is following a federal order allowing same-sex couples to wed in the state, there …

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Tennessee Governor: God Will Stop School Shootings And The Opioid Epidemic If Enough People Pray For It

Knoxville’s ABC News affiliate reports: Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says if residents pray to God to favor the state, God will answer those prayers. Lee said he prays that Tennessee does not experience a school shooting, that the state’s opioid epidemic will diminish and that Tennessee’s educational outcomes improve. If thousands of people offer similar prayers, he believes God will …

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Anti-Gay DA Won’t Bring Charges In Teen’s Suicide

People Magazine reports: No charges will be filed in the death of a Tennessee teen who took his own life shortly after sexually explicit messages he’d exchanged with another boy when he was 15 were leaked on social media, leaving his distraught family is fighting for stronger laws. Channing Smith, 16, of Manchester, was horrified when he learned that teens …

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IOWA: Woman Killed In Gender Reveal Explosion

CNN reports: A woman has died after an explosion at a gender reveal party in Iowa, authorities say. The 56-year-old woman, unnamed by authorities, was pronounced dead at the scene Saturday in the city of Knoxville, according to a press release from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The subsequent investigation found “a gender reveal announcement resulted in the explosion” — …

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TENNESSEE: County Official Complains About White Rights And A “Queer Running For President” [VIDEO]

Knoxville’s CBS News affiliate reports: Commissioner Warren Hurst took the floor on Oct. 21 to speak about the commission’s pending vote on becoming a gun sanctuary city. “It’s time we wake up people, it’s time, it’s passed time,” Hurst said. Hurst also voiced his opinions on other topics. “We got a queer running for president, if that ain’t about as …

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Teen Boy Takes Own Life After Anti-Gay Cyberbullying

The Washington Post reports: Channing Smith’s final Instagram post was a terse message to his followers. “I’m gonna get off social media for awhile,” the 16-year-old from Manchester, Tenn., wrote last week. “I really hate how I can’t trust anyone because those I did were so fake. Bye.” Hours later, Channing was dead, his older brother, Joshua Smith, wrote on …

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