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GOP gains to give Tenn. new clout in U.S. Senate

GOP gains to give Tenn. new clout in U.S. Senate

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is about to gain new clout in the U.S. Senate following national gains by Republicans in Tuesday's election.

Republicans succeeded in picking up at least seven seats, one more than they needed to take over control of the Senate. That means Sen. Lamar Alexander, who resoundingly defeated Democrat Gordon Ball on Tuesday, is now poised to head the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, while Sen. Bob Corker is set to become chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.

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Roundup: News briefs

Roundup: News briefs

5 W.Va., Ky., Tenn. counties off drug areas list

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Five counties in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee have been removed from a federal list of high-traffic drug areas.
A Federal Register notice filed Monday says a threat assessment indicated the counties no longer met criteria for high-trafficking drug areas.
The notice says Mason County in West Virginia, Cumberland and Clinton counties in Kentucky, and Clay and White counties in Tennessee have been removed from the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program list.
The program makes federal resources available to local and state police that face growing illicit drug markets. It was established through the Office of National Drug Control Policy in 1988.
An Appalachia list was established in 1998 to combat trafficking in 68 Kentucky, Tennessee, and West Virginia counties.

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Roundup: News briefs

Roundup: News briefs

Tenn. ranked top for foreign direct investment

NASHVILLE  (AP) — Tennessee has been ranked the top state in the nation for foreign direct investment job commitments in 2013.

That's according to the recently released 2014 Global Location Trends report.

The annual report from the IBM Institute for Business Value measured the number of jobs created by foreign-owned companies in each state during the 2013 calendar year. Following Tennessee in the rankings were Texas, Georgia and Ohio.

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Rivals gear up for next round of Tenn. whiskey war

Rivals gear up for next round of Tenn. whiskey war

NASHVILLE – The passage of several months since a heated legislative debate over the legal definition of Tennessee whiskey has done little to mellow the dispute between two global liquor giants and the growing number of craft distillers caught between them.

Jack Daniel's master distiller Jeff Arnett on Thursday urged state lawmakers to stick with the state law enacted in 2013 that required any product labeled as Tennessee whiskey to be made from 51 percent corn, aged in new charred oak barrels, filtered through maple charcoal and bottled at a minimum of 80 proof.

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Say NO to the four, but wine is fine!

Say NO to the four, but wine is fine!

Among the most important ballot items for the upcoming November 4, 2014 election are four proposed constitutional amendments. In addition, you will also have an opportunity to help decide if wine will ultimately be sold in retail outlets (grocery stores and similar outlets) other than liquor stores.

The constitutional amendments will serve to – in some instances – greatly expand the power and reach of government and particularly the Tennessee General Assembly. Any amendments to the law of the land, the constitution, represent significant implications to the enforcement, interpretation, implementation and carrying out of the law. The proposed amendments individually and collectively represent an unnecessary and potentially dangerous expansion of government power. As proposed, the amendments usurp power from the people (voters) and put it in the hands of the legislative body.

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Black Dollar Project gathers for re-creation of historic Black Wall Street photo

Black Dollar Project gathers for re-creation of historic Black Wall Street photo

This past Saturday (Oct. 18) was a sight to remember, as members of the Black Dollar Project gathered together on the steps of the historic St. John MBC on Dowling to re-create the Black Wall Street photo. The same spirit and unity captured on the faces of the individuals in the Black Wall Street photo could only be emulated by a like-minded movement with people who embodies the same spirit as those in the photo – that movement is the Black Dollar Project.

The Black Dollar Project was created to address the need for stronger business relationships and alliances through commerce in the African American community between business owners and consumers that spearheads steady economic growth and empowerment. Studies show that when a community chooses to participate in a conscientious initiative to support businesses in their own community by purposefully spending money with those businesses and stimulating economic growth, then the community is positively affected.

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School Choice Equals Parental Choice

School Choice Equals Parental Choice

While every parent wants to provide the best education for their children, not every parent has access to a quality school. In a perfect world every family would live a neighborhood with an excellent public school or be able to afford to send their children to the private school of their choosing that meets their needs. Unfortunately, we don’t live in perfect world and many parents, based on their zip code alone, must send their children to failing and underperforming schools.

In 2004, while serving as member of the Louisiana State Senate in New Orleans, my constituents were calling and visiting my Senate office begging me to do something to help their children. The public school system was in turmoil. Many of the schools were failing academically and parents considered them unsafe.

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