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Do you want Foreign Nuclear Waste in TN?

Marsha Blackburn

Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn voted to allow foreign countries to dump their nuclear waste in TN! I don’t think any Tennesseans would agree with that vote. Specifically a company was trying to import 20,000 tons of low level radioactive waste from Italian nuclear facilities for processing. The bill in question banned the importation of nuclear waste.

Members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill 34-12 on a mostly party-line vote, with Democrats voting yes and Republicans voting no. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Brentwood, the only other Tennessee member of the committee, voted against the bill.

Her explanation “Blackburn is confident that the  foreign waste would have a minimal impact and that processing the material would create jobs in Tennessee”. Blackburn is my representative and I am very unhappy that someone supposedly representing me voted for importing toxic waste into my state. «Read the rest of this article»

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Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate expands to Tennessee and Kentucky


Award-Winning Vaughn Team Aligns with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Hometown Connection

BHG logo_greenPARSIPPANY, N.J. – Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate LLC today announced the addition of The Vaughn Team, a Clarksville, Tenn.-based real estate brokerage serving Clarksville, Tennessee and Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to its growing network of agents.  The company will do business as Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Hometown Connection. This brings the Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate network to nearly 80 offices with over 2,200 sales associates in 12 states.

The Vaughn Team founder, Maurice Vaughn, a 25-year real estate veteran and recipient of numerous prestigious achievement awards, will serve as CEO of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Hometown Connection. The Vaughn Team will continue to operate and maintain the team name under Better Homes and Gardens Hometown Connection.


The Vaughn Team

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Govs set for third annual Glenn Wilkes Classic


apsugovernorsDAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—For Austin Peay men’s basketball team, the competition will improve as much as the weather when it travels for three games, on-site, at the Glenn Wilkes Classic, played at the Ocean Center. The Govs opened the classic with a 80-77 upset of Akron, which was ranked No. 6 in the Mid-Major preseason poll.

APSU Governor's Head Coach Dave Loos

APSU Governor's Head Coach Dave Loos

Govs head coach Dave Loos fields a young team, led by preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference selection senior Wesley Channels, who had a game-high 17 points and six assists at Akron. The young Govs have featured a balanced scoring attack through their first two games. Sophomore Anthony Campbell leads the way averaging 15.5 ppg., followed by Channels at 15 ppg. and sophomore point guard Tyrone Caldwell at 12.5 ppg. Youth will be served for Austin Peay in a starting lineup that likely will feature Channels as the only upperclassmen.

Now the Govs turn their attention to a challenging three-game slate that begins with IUPUI, Friday, followed by ACC power North Carolina State, Saturday, before a Sunday game against Niagra. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tanner: Senate Action Is Step Toward Fort Campbell, Montgomery Co. VA Investments


tannerheaderU.S. Rep. John Tanner today praised the Senate for its passage Tuesday of its version of the Military/VA Construction Appropriations bill. The bill will now be sent to a conference committee to reconcile differences with the House-passed bill, Tanner said.

The House bill passed July 10 includes projects Tanner requested for Fort Campbell facility improvements and to push for construction of a veterans’ nursing home in Montgomery County.

“Passage of the Senate bill gets us another step closer to making these crucial investments at Fort Campbell and to make the VA understand what many of us have long known: that Middle Tennessee veterans deserve a nursing home in Montgomery County,” Congressman Tanner said. “We will continue following the legislative process and encourage the conference committee to realize why these are important commitments.” «Read the rest of this article»

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Humdrum Season Paves the Way


sec_logoThe 2009 SEC season is a script that has been played out before. Perhaps the coaches’ off field battles and minor controversies are compensating for a lack of on field action. After all, Florida has remained #1 the entire season, just as the prognosticators predicted. Their rematch against Alabama in the SEC championship game has been a sure thing since September. The rebuilding teams are showing the inconsistent improvement fans expected, the overhyped media darling (this year played by Ole Miss) crumbled under expectations, and South Carolina jumped to a promising start only to suffer a string of late season defeats. One might question why they bothered watching this season.

Any fan who chose to sit this one out will surely regret it. They would have missed the season in which Alabama’s field goal kicker broke school records for all-time scoring. They would have missed some of the wackiest fumble recoveries in recent memory. And they would have missed the unimaginable decline of Florida’s super-quarterback Tim Tebow.

Todd Tebow (University of Florida Athletics)

Todd Tebow (University of Florida Athletics)

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Gifts Teachers Really Want for the Holidays


christmasclassroomYou have one to five children, each of whom has one to six teachers. You want to do something nice to say thanks to each teacher, but you’re definitely on a limited budget. Here are some ideas that may help you out:

First, never underestimate the power of a hand-written note that expresses your appreciation. Of all the gifts I’ve received from parents, those heartfelt notes mean the most.

When I was a young teacher in Florida, I included every child in the Christmas program. (This was in ancient times when everyone in the community had grown up there, had gone to church together, and it was still politically correct to mention “Christmas” as the reason for the program.) At the end of the evening all the kids entered the auditorium, filled the aisles holding up tiny flashlights that resembled candles, and sang together, “Let There Be Peach on Earth.” It was a moving experience that I, for one, never forgot. «Read the rest of this article»

Radio Talk Show Hosts vs. Common Sense: The Lost Article “Left vs. Right”


I wrote this in July but never posted it…hence the “lost” article.

On the Monday of this last July 4th weekend, I was driving back from visiting my brothers family. I passed the time listening to the satellite radio, particularly both Left and Right political talk channels.

The talk shows on the liberal channels were very similar to the talk shows on the conservative channels. They were talking about the same topics, they had the same sponsors, the same sound bytes, the same timed commercial breaks, the same news at the top and bottom of the hour…for the entire seven hours. I couldn’t take it that long, but I did listen long enough to make some observations. «Read the rest of this article»

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