Post Tagged with: "Federal Government"

Supreme Court Decision-making Not Based in Politics: Justice Breyer

by / on November 16, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer spoke in Nashville today, where he told Vanderbilt law students that despite what some see as a divided and politically-charged court, that’s not really the case.

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Corker Warns of Looming Deficit; Some In Audience Lash Out

by / on November 11, 2010

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker has a trademark presentation on the federal budget deficit, which he delivered for what he says was the 45th public time last night in Nashville. While some in the audience were receptive, afterward others took the live broadcast as a chance to criticize Corker on talk radio.

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DOJ to Rutherford County Court: Islam Constitutionally Protected

by / on October 18, 2010

The Department of Justice reminded a state court on Monday that Islam is legally protected a religion. That’s as a lawsuit in Rutherford County tries to hold off the planned Islamic center in Murfreesboro.

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Tennessee Lags Behind In Earmark Bounty

by / on September 20, 2010

Lawmakers in Washington often bring federal dollars to Tennessee through the controversial earmarking process. But a recent Harvard Business School study found the state isn’t doing too well in comparison. Manuel Quinones has more from Washington.

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TVA Draft Plan Looks to Trim Coal, Boost Efficiency and Nuclear Power

by / on September 16, 2010

The Tennessee Valley Authority is weighing plans that would shrink its dependence on coal to make electricity. That’s while ramping up an emphasis on efficiency, and nuclear power.

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Clinton Calls on Party Faithful to Win Others Over

by / on September 10, 2010

Former President Bill Clinton made a stop in Nashville last night to stump for the state’s Democratic candidate for governor, Mike McWherter. Roughly a thousand people turned out for the event.

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Economic Lull Grants TVA Respite to Re-evaluate Plants

by / on July 28, 2010

The Tennessee Valley Authority is making far less electricity today than it thought it would need to if the economy hadn’t cooled down over the last few years. Because of that lull in demand, officials say they’re not depending as much on some of TVA’s less efficient power plants. And they’re thinking about which ones they might replace.

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Almost Half of Appeals to Get FEMA Aid Successful

by / on July 26, 2010

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has received more than 2,000 appeals from applicants either rejected or asking for more help after May’s flooding. And of those appeals, just under half have succeeded.

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Time Running Out on Stimulus Jobs in Perry County

by / on July 23, 2010

Federal stimulus dollars for fighting unemployment in Perry County are set to expire at the end of September. After that, state officials aren’t yet sure how many of the program’s 400 workers will be able to hold on to their jobs.

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New Monitors to Detect Seepage at TVA Gallatin Plant’s Ash Pond

by / on July 21, 2010

The project comes after an ash pond’s dyke burst at a TVA plant in Kingston in 2008, spilling millions of cubic yards of ash into a nearby river.

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Former U.S. Education Secretary Expects RTTT to Boost Science and Math Quickly

by / on July 19, 2010

The former U.S. education secretary says Tennessee should expect some results from new Race to the Top programs within the next year or two. The state is receiving half a billion federal dollars to spend on classroom innovation over the next several years.

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State Could’ve Created More Jobs With Stimulus If Not for Federal Rules: Bredesen

by / on July 19, 2010

Governor Phil Bredesen says Tennessee could’ve created more jobs if it had been given a freer hand in spending federal stimulus dollars. He says federal rules dictating where and how to spend most of the money made it hard for the state to get the best bang for its buck.

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Wamp Defends TARP Vote

by / on July 12, 2010

A Republican Congressman running for governor defended his vote for a federal bailout during last night’s statewide debate.

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Pilot, Flying J Complete Merger, With FTC Conditions

by / on July 1, 2010

Thursday, Knoxville-based Pilot Travel Centers finished a deal to buy the Flying J truck-stop chain for some $1.8 billion. But to close the deal, the Federal Trade Commission made Pilot sell off 26 stores, saying otherwise the lack of competition could have driven up diesel prices.

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Thirteen Counties Could Get Federal Farm Assistance

by / on May 25, 2010

Farmers have reported damage to some 40 percent of the state’s corn crop and 20 percent of winter wheat.

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Alexander: Relaxing Lead-Paint Rule Would Help Flood Repair

by / on May 25, 2010

A new EPA regulation requires contractors be certified to guard against lead poisoning, but Alexander argues that could hinder recovery. Updated with a statement from the EPA.

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Former First Lady Praises Red Cross Volunteers

Former First Lady Praises Red Cross Volunteers

by / on May 18, 2010

Former First Lady Laura Bush visited the Red Cross Disaster Relief Headquarters in Madison today to thank volunteers for their service in the wake of this month’s flooding.

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Congressman Joins Call to Investigate How Dams Managed Flood

by / on May 17, 2010

Nashville Congressman Jim Cooper is joining the call for a federal investigation into how the Army Corps of Engineers handled rising floodwaters at its dams.

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‘Race to the Top’ Funds Can’t Plug Budget Holes, and Won’t Create New Ones Later, Bredesen Says

by / on May 14, 2010

Governor Phil Bredesen is reminding people that federal “Race to the Top” funds can’t be used to plug budget holes. That’s after Tennessee was chosen to receive a federal $500 million for classroom innovation.

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Corps Should’ve Better Communicated Water Releases From Dams, Bredesen Says

by / on May 11, 2010

Governor Phil Bredesen says the Army Corps of Engineers could’ve done a better job communicating last week how it was managing floodwaters at area dams. But Bredesen says he doesn’t know whether the corps should’ve handled the rising waters differently.

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