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Recent tragedies over the last couple of weeks have underscored why they call Tennessee the Volunteer State. Although we gained the nickname in the War of 1812 for our state’s role in sending far more than the requested number of volunteers into battle, that moniker is still alive and well i…

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One of the most tragic outcomes of the Civil War is that the real heroes and winners of the war have been completely ignored and forgotten by the historians and the descendants of the 200,000 former slaves who joined the Union Army and Navy. They valiantly fought and died to provide freedom …

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PES Energize would like to provide an update on the broadband accessibility grants, which have been changing weekly. Additionally, I would like to thank those of you who have reached out to PES Energize and provided support letters for expanding broadband services into the rural parts of Gil…

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In 2022, there will be two initiatives put before Tennessee voters to enshrine new amendments to the Tennessee Constitution. Both ballot initiatives have passed the Tennessee General Assembly with a two thirds majority vote in each chamber and must now receive a majority of the vote in the g…

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Q. We found a snake in our yard in Charleston, S.C., but have been unable to identify it from pictures in a field guide or on the web. Is it an exotic species?  

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A neighbor contacted me recently about some bees she had in her yard. They had taken up residence in a bird box right outside of her back door.

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As Tennessee State Treasurer, I am responsible for managing the state’s financial resources and serving Tennesseans as a leader in public financial stewardship. The Tennessee Department of Treasury  administers services that vary from college savings, to claims against the state, to the stat…

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The General Assembly approved legislation during the 2021 legislative session allowing Tennesseans to exercise their constitutional right to carry firearms without a permit, while cracking down on criminals who steal guns or possess them illegally.  

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Q. I have seen photographs of alligators with herons standing on their backs. This seems like risky behavior. Why would they do that? Do they mistake it for a floating log?

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Note: A public hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. this Thursday (July 8) at the Giles County Courthouse. This public hearing is in reference to the proposal to rescind Giles County’s Land Use Management Plan. The Giles County Commission is scheduled to consider rescinding the Land Use Managemen…

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