Politics

And They’re Off…

And They’re Off…

By Joe King, King@heraldnewstn.com It’s candidate after candidate vying for local office as early voting kicks off in Sevier County. With three County Commission seats in the Seymour area up for grabs, a two man race for Sheriff, clerk positions challenged, judges contending, and still other office holders to be[Read More...]

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April 17, 2014 Featured, News, Politics, Seymour
Sheriff Ron Seals: A Continued Career of Accomplishment

Sheriff Ron Seals: A Continued Career of Accomplishment

In his tenure as Sheriff, Ron Seals has made stride after stride that has made Seymour and Sevier County a better and safer place to live. With crash rates down, drug related arrests resulting in a high conviction rate, greater officer presence, and being named 2012 Sheriff of the year,[Read More...]

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April 17, 2014 Featured, News, Politics, Sevier County, Seymour

Week in Review with Rep. Harry Brooks

We are nearing the end of the regular session season: we expect our last day on the floor to be during the week of April 14-18. This means the rush to get bills discussed and passed has been on for the past few weeks One method of moving a bill[Read More...]

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April 17, 2014 News, Politics
Early Voting Closing In: Campaign Signs Springing Up

Early Voting Closing In: Campaign Signs Springing Up

By Joe King, king@heraldnewstn.com Judge Dick Vance, Sheriff Ron Seals, and Greg Haggard are just a few of the names that cover many of the campaign signs that are popping up all over Seymour. This is for good reason as early voting will begin in just about two weeks on[Read More...]

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April 3, 2014 Featured, News, Politics, Seymour
Week in Review with State Senator Doug Overbey

Week in Review with State Senator Doug Overbey

Wine in Grocery Stores – Governor Bill Haslam held a ceremony on Thursday to sign Senate Bill 837 that would let Tennesseans in certain communities vote on whether to allow the sale of wine in retail food stores via a local referendum.  The referendum bill applies to communities that currently[Read More...]

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March 27, 2014 Guest, Politics
Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Jobs

Preventing Government Waste and Protecting Jobs

By U.S. Congressman Phil Roe Do you know how important coal is to our nation’s electricity?  Nationwide, 94 percent of the coal produced is used to generate electricity, and coal provides nearly half of Tennessee’s electricity. Despite coal’s importance to affordable energy, EPA regulations are making it more difficult to[Read More...]

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March 27, 2014 Guest, Politics
Rep. Harry Brooks Weekly Wrap Up: Legislature Would Preserve Teaching of Cursive Writing

Rep. Harry Brooks Weekly Wrap Up: Legislature Would Preserve Teaching of Cursive Writing

House lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a measure this week calling for children in schools across Tennessee to learn the ability to read and write in cursive. House Bill 1697, which was approved 85-6, would add handwriting instruction to the state standards. The bill is meant to prevent a decline in the[Read More...]

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March 27, 2014 Guest, Politics
Commission Challenger Puts Community First

Commission Challenger Puts Community First

By Joe King, king@heraldnewstn.com Greg Haggard, the man running to replace a fellow Republican as a Sevier County Commissioner for District Six, said he wants to give Seymour a bigger voice in the County than it has under its current representation. “As some may recall, I ran for commissioner in[Read More...]

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Senate Candidate to Speak to Tea Party

Senate Candidate to Speak to Tea Party

By Joe King, king@heraldnewstn.com Tea Party groups all across Tennessee have made their desire to oust Republican Senator Lamar Alexander very apparent and the Sevier County congregation is no exception. Yet, despite that desire, they haven’t officially mounted an endorsement for any challengers, but a candidate slated to speak at[Read More...]

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March 13, 2014 Featured, News, Politics
Rep. Harry Brooks Weekly Wrap-Up: Elected Responsibilities, Data Tracking, and Hall Tax.

Rep. Harry Brooks Weekly Wrap-Up: Elected Responsibilities, Data Tracking, and Hall Tax.

Elected Responsibilities There are a number of duties and responsibilities we, as state legislators, must uphold when performing our elected position. Most of these are obligations to our constituents; but we must also keep commitments we have made to our colleagues and to ourselves. A few weeks ago, a state[Read More...]

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March 13, 2014 Guest, Knoxville, Politics