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*Originally published in Hackaday online.  by: Bryan Cockfield Southern California is known for its nearly perfect year-round climate, excellent surf, and extremely high cost of living, but once you get away from the coast things are radically different. Rural California has huge tracts of land run by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which is publicly accessible to anyone willing to...
  Governor Bill Lee Proposes Ambitious Expansion of School Voucher Program in Tennessee Funding education is set to be a prominent topic in Tennessee’s legislature, and Governor Bill Lee is proposing a significant expansion of the school voucher program over the next two years, aiming to make it available to all students in the state. Currently, approximately 2,000 vouchers are offered...
  Syphilis cases in the United States have surged by nearly 80%, reaching over 207,000 between 2018 and 2022, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. Alarming trends are noted among all age groups, including newborns, with an astonishing 937% increase in babies born with syphilis reported in the past decade, totaling 3,755 cases in...
*This Story was originally published in the Tennessean.  By Kirsten Fiscus/Jan 31, 2024 The firing of a well-liked city manager in Millersville, a town north of Nashville, has riled residents and spurred accusations of ethics and Open Meetings Act violations. Some commissioners in charge of overseeing the drama said they had been "blindsided." In the days after winter weather led to the cancellation...
Stones river battlefield murfreesboro
December 31, 1862-January 2, 1863 The American Battlefield Trust has saved important sections of battlefield land at the site of this crucial 1862-3 battle.  To expand your appreciation for this pivotal battle, please consider these ten facts about the Battle of Stones River.   Fact #1: The Battle of Stones River was part of a grand Union offensive. In the final months of 1862, Abraham Lincoln and...
Dan Miller
By Mike Sparks Last Tuesday, January 30th I called my friend and ‘mentor’ Dan Miller and left a message. I had called to ask if he knew of a Christian book publisher for my friend Marty Luffman who is working a new book. A few minutes later Dan’s daughter Ashley called me from Dan’s phone to inform me that her...
  George Korda Guest columnist Not everyone who disagrees with you or who doesn’t believe the same things you believe is an extremist. But blunderbussed charges of “extremism” are pretty much what it’s come to in American politics. It’s easy: I don’t like what that person says or believes, so they’re extremists who endanger all right-thinking people. It’s a staple of social...
  On January 4, 2024, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced plans to amend the Tennessee franchise tax to simplify the calculation of the franchise tax to "in effect give tax relief to businesses that are invested in our state." Finance & Administration Commissioner Jim Bryson, together with Department of Revenue Commissioner David Gerregano, provided more details during testimony on January...
*This story was originally published in the Baker Donelson Newsletter.  New Legislation Proposed in Tennessee to Protect Against Deepfakes: ELVIS Act Recent advances in technology and artificial intelligence have the power to completely disrupt the world of advertising, media, music, sports, and entertainment by manipulating digital content to create synthetic photos and videos that are virtually indistinguishable from real life. These...
  Tennessee must fix the leaks in the education-to-career pipeline in order to meet the demands of the 21st century economy. Key Points Sen. Bill Frist, MD, is chairman and founder of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education. David Mansouri is president and CEO of the State Collaborative on Reforming Education. 2024 marks 15 fifteen years since the State Collaborative on Reforming...

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