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ACU Foundation Announces Ratings for the 2016 meeting of the Tennessee General Assembly

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:21:05 GMT

The American Conservative Union Foundation released its 2016 ratings of the Tennessee General Assembly. In our fourth year of rating the state, ACU found that Republican legislators tended to vote less conservatively compared to last year, with the overall Republican average decreasing by 6.5 points- from 92 out of 100 in 2015, to 85.5 out of 100 in 2016.




How can you do a presidential debate without a question about ObamaCare?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:00:20 GMT

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee sent shock waves Monday across Tennessee with the company's decision to exit the Obamacare exchange in Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville, a move that highlights persistent volatility in the young health insurance marketplace. Three years into the Affordable Care Act exchange, the state's largest insurer is grappling with hefty losses and ongoing uncertainty on the marketplace.




Tennessee Department of Education Advances Reading Goals Through New Coaching Network

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 06:53:39 GMT

Two-hundred coaches and two-thirds of Tennessee school districts are participating in the new coaching network that is designed to provide intensive support and professional learning opportunities for educators focused on early grades reading. The new coaching network builds on the work started by 20 Read to be Ready summer programs across the state, which were aimed at improving the reading and writing development of first, second and third grade students who were the furthest behind in reading.




Remains of Tennessee militia members killed in Mexican-American War being returned

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:58:03 GMT

More than a century and a half later, the remains of Tennessee militia members killed in the Mexican-American War may be coming home. The remains of several American troops who died in the war will return to the United States on Wednesday with full military honors during a repatriation ceremony at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.




Tennessee Department of Health Admits It Was Wrong About Reported Huge Rise in Accidental Gun Deaths

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:58:04 GMT

That scary 105 accidental gun death figure, more than five times the previous year? Turns out to really be 5, slightly more than a quarter of the previous year. Accidental gun deaths in Tennessee, it was reported in various places a couple of weeks back , had zoomed horrifically from 19 in 2013 to 105 in 2014.




Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee is dropping most of its Obamacare customers

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:58:03 GMT

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee announced Monday it would no longer offer plans in three of the state's most heavily populated regions. The insurer posted an explanation on its website : We're trying hard to make the Affordable Care Act work in Tennessee and are offering plans in most of the state for 2017.




American Society Of Civil Engineers Grades Tennessee Infrastructure A "C"

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:51:44 GMT

The Tennessee Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers on Tuesday released its 2016 Report Card for Tennessee's Infrastructure, grading 10 categories of the state's infrastructure, resulting in an overall grade point average of "C."




No federal charges filed against MPD officer who shot Darrius Stewart

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 20:30:09 GMT

U.S. Department of Justice announced that no charges will be filed against former MPD Officer Connor Schilling, who shot and killed Darrius Stewart during a traffic stop in July 2015. After a Tennessee Grand Jury declined to indict Connor Schilling on charges related to Darrius Stewart's death, Department of Justice, along with U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI, launched an independent investigation into the case.




Female professors underpaid at MTSU, across TBR

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:16:55 GMT

Female professors at MTSU and across the state are paid significantly less than their male counterparts and are less likely to advance in rank. With the help of MTSU data journalism professor Ken Blake, Sidelines surveyed the most recent Tennessee Board of Regents salary numbers for MTSU assistant, associate and full professors, finding a clear difference in the salaries and staff positions of professors based on gender, despite comparable tenure rates.




LSU commit JaCoby Stevens reaffirms pledge following Les Miles' dismissal, per newspaper

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:48:10 GMT

Receiver Jacoby Stevens completes a drill during the Elite 50 Expirience at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. , according to The Tennessean .




Montgomery County Health Department to hold Point-of-Dispensing exercise Tuesday

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:39:45 GMT

The Montgomery County Health Department, in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Health, will conduct a full-scale Point of Dispensing Exercise on Tuesday, September 27th at Apostolic Faith Tabernacle Church, 1470 Golf Club Lane. At this exercise, health officials will use Montgomery County employees and dependents that wish to receive this year's flu vaccine for the exercise.




UAB Chamber Trio To Present Recital Oct. 19

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 05:40:26 GMT

The UAB Chamber Trio will present a guest chamber recital on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall, Fine Arts Center, UTC.




UT Students Complete 1,157-Mile Tour Of The Tennessee River

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 01:12:13 GMT

Four states, five days, 1,157 miles and all the catfish they could eat. A dozen University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Architecture and Design students have completed their tour of the Tennessee River, but their work has just begun.




Expelled state lawmaker escorted from UT football game

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 21:03:22 GMT

Former state Rep. Jeremy Durham, who earlier this month became the first lawmaker expelled from the Tennessee General Assembly in 36 years, was escorted from a University of Tennessee football game on Saturday after getting into an altercation with a Florida fan. The Tennessean reports that Durham was sitting next to Republican state Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown at the game.




BlueCross BlueShield Pulls Out Of 3 Affordable Care Act Markets In Tennessee

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:49:01 GMT

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee has made the decision to not offer Affordable Care Act plans in three of the eight Tennessee regions in 2017, including Memphis, Knoxville and Nashville. These are the three largest areas and over 131,000 people are expected to be affected.




McVeagh Appointed To Legal Aid Of East Tennessee Board

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:49:00 GMT

The Chattanooga Bar Association has nominated Alex McVeagh, attorney for Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., as the newest member of the Legal Aid of East Tennessee board of directors.




BlueCross BlueShield drops Obamacare in Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:48:59 GMT

BlueCross BlueShield will be dropping coverage for an estimated 100,000 participants in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace in Tennessee for 2017, according to a statement from the insurance company. BlueCross BlueShield elected to drop Obamacare coverage in the Memphis, Knoxville, and Nashville regions of Tennessee.