It's that time again. Primaries for many local offices were held in May, and the general election for many state and federal offices comes in November. In between is the August 7 primary, in which the Democratic and Republican parties will hold primaries for their state and federal candidates. Early voting for that primary begins today.
A state-sponsored effort to address Tennessee’s spiraling rate of prescription drug abuse comes to East Tennessee today as part of a statewide tour. Tennessee’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Doug Varney and other addiction experts have been traveling the state this summer to draw attention to what they’re calling an “epidemic”, while highlighting specific strategies designed to bring it under control.
Chances are pretty good that you are an investor. Even if you don’t own any stocks yourself, your employer probably does. Your retirement fund probably does. Even if you never glance at the Dow Jones average, you are an investor. And it’s you that Joe Carcello thinks about when he helps make recommendations designed to make sure your portfolio, stocks or mutual funds get a fair shake on Wall Street.
The nation's largest truck stop chain will pay the federal government $92 million over two years and cooperate in a criminal investigation, according to the terms of a settlement reached between Pilot and federal prosecutors on Monday.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam hosted governors from all over the nation. The focus of discussions was limited to collecting state taxes on Internet sales; the Marketplace Fairness Act that’s pending before Congress would authorize states to collect sales tax on online sales. Tennessee US Senator Lamar Alexander said the issue is expected in the US House in the next few weeks.
Six Tennessee communities have collected enough petition signatures to place wine referenda on their respective ballots in November.
All six are in East Tennessee.
According to the advocacy group Red, White and Food, residents of Clinton, Morristown, Church Hill, Rogersville, Loudon and Newport have all collected the minimum number of signatures required to force a ballot referendum on whether their local grocery stores should be able to offer wine.
The National Senior Spelling Bee was held for 18 years in Cheyenne, Wyoming, but the competition is now coming to Knoxville. More than 20 people will compete tomorrow at the Knoxville Convention Center.