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If the Senate confirms President Barack Obama's most recent selections for the Tennessee Valley Authority board, its part-time members will for the first time be all Democrats.

Herbert Slatery, legal counsel for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, is likely to do an effective job as Tennessee's new attorney general. But it may be time for legislators to consider a new way for the state's attorney general to be chosen, instead of by the state Supreme Court.

A Washington, D.C., public school, apparently in an effort to shape students like the majority of residents in the District of Columbia, recently assigned sixth-graders a homework assignment that required students to compare former President George W. Bush and Adolf Hitler.

A recent Los Angeles Times article, published in the Times Free Press on Sept. 7, reveals — perhaps unintentionally — one of the fallacies of legalizing marijuana.

Put yourself in the place of an enlisted man — one of some 300 — in the bowels of USS LST 325 as it moves slowly across the English Channel from England to France on June 6, 1944.

  • Sept. 13th, 2014  |
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Making decisions to degrade and destroy a terrorist group like the Islamic State is not for amateurs.

  • Sept. 12th, 2014  |
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Chances are, Ray Rice is not through hitting the woman who is now his wife. Statistics say he is likely to continue to abuse her.

  • Sept. 10th, 2014  |
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East Ridge is hoping Bass Pro Shops will be its Tennessee Aquarium.

  • Sept. 9th, 2014  |
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Lest anyone think the Obama administration's policies help the little guy, the Federal Reserve released a survey last week that found the richest 10 percent of the country was the only group of Americans to see their median incomes rise in the years 2010-2013, according to The Washington Times.

Every two minutes, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States, according to Endthebacklog, a program of the New York-based Joyful Heart Foundation.

  • Sept. 7th, 2014  |
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Will Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd be the passionate champion for a centralized vocational high school as his general election opponent Kenny Smith has been for the past 15 years, or will he become just another voice in a nearly 25-year parade of people who suggested students have needed such an option since the closing of Kirkman Technical High School in 1991?

  • Sept. 6th, 2014  |
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City Councilman Yusuf Hakeem said Wednesday "the Bessie Smith Cultural Center is too valuable an asset to this community to allow it to languish in the position it is right now."

  • Sept. 5th, 2014  |
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Thirty-eight people were sworn into Hamilton County constitutional offices at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Tuesday without incident or controversy. Had there been an incident or controversy, it would have been highly unprecedented.

On Labor Day, it's instructive and perhaps inspirational to see how some people work and what they do with their talents and what they earn.

  • Sept. 1st, 2014  |
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Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Food Stamp Act of 1964.

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