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Tenn. Baptists voice support for abortion amendment

Tenn. Baptists voice support for abortion amendment

The state's largest group of Protestants is expressing its support for an abortion amendment set to go before Tennessee voters next year.

Amendment One adds language to the state's constitution saying in part, "Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion." It could pave the way for lawmakers to pass abortion restrictions currently prevented by the state constitution's privacy protections.

HomeGrown: Sen. Lamar Alexander

"I'm not a Senator from Tennessee, I'm a Senator of Tennessee."

Senator Lamar Alexander is not only a familiar name in Tennessee politics, but across the country. 

"I feel lucky to be doing what I'm doing."

The Maryville native has certainly come a long way.

"I was a little mischievous."

Alexander got his first library card at age three. A year later, he started taking piano lessons at Maryville College. He practiced every morning before school after his paper deliveries.

U.S. Secretary of Labor discusses Rx Tennessee grant at Roane State

U.S. Secretary of Labor discusses Rx Tennessee grant at Roane State

Roane State Community College hopes to help more than 1,500 Tennesseans earn healthcare credentials in the next few years.

A $12.5 million Rx Tennessee grant will go to a group of schools headed up by Roane State. That's all of the Tennessee Board of Regents community colleges and Tennessee technology centers.

Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis was at Roane State to discuss the importance of the grant. She says the money will help folks here get successful and sustainable jobs in healthcare.

Register to Vote!

Register to Vote!

You can register to vote now thru Monday, October 8.

If you are not registered by Oct. 8 you will not be able to vote for the Presidential and State General Election scheduled for November 6.

Early Voting starts Octoctober 17 and ends November 1.

Here's a couple handy links:

Video shows Mayfield's son slash political opponent's tires

Surveillance video released by Kingston Police shows the son of a former political candidate slashing the tires of a staff member for an opponent's campaign.

In the video, investigators say you can see Michael Mayfield, get off his father's campaign bus, look aound the Roane County Courthouse parking lot for a couple of minutes, and then cut the tires of a car in the parking lot.

The car belonged to a member of Chuck Fleischmann's campaign staff.

Roane, Campbell enforcing "no refusal" law this weekend

Roane, Campbell enforcing "no refusal" law this weekend

State officials are gearing up for another holiday weekend by focusing on the state's "no refusal" law.

Friday, a number of law enforcement leaders and prosecutors gathered in Knoxville to announce that Roane and Campbell counties will add patrols on Labor Day weekend.

They want to ensure people traveling Tennessee roads are aware of new rules facing suspected truck drivers.

The "no refusal" law took effect in July.

The Labor Day enforcement will focus on 16 counties state-wide.