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Thursday, March 08, 2018

Republicans oppose bill to stop child marriages
A bill aimed at banning "child brides" in Tennessee is dead for the year after a former state senator who is a conservative activist asked it be delayed for fear it might interfere with his legal challenge to the U.S. Supreme Court'sruling on same-sex marriage. The Republican-led House Civil Justice Subcommittee moved the bill Wednesday to summer study, effectively killing for the year the legislation by Rep. Darren Jernigan, D-Nashville, that seeks to make marriage illegal for anyone under the age of 18. House Majority Leader Glen Casada, R-Franklin, later acknowledged he acted at the request of former state Sen. David Fowler, R-Signal Mountain, an attorney who is now head of the Family Action Council of Tennessee. It was one of two Democratic bills delayed at the request of Casada by the panel. The other was an unrelated bill banning bump stocks, devices used to make semi-automatic rifles operate as if they are fully automatic. That was delayed until the panel's last meeting. Fowler is challenging the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling which held that the right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by both the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

  • Dowell arrest
  • Dollywood is open

    Friday, March 16, 2018

  • Jobless numbers
  • Chestnut tree giveaway
  • TVA campgrounds are open
  • Executions delayed
  • Early voting coming up

    Thursday, March 15, 2018

  • Cocke County High "Walk-In"
  • Work for TennCare
  • Tennessee tax burden
  • Food for Peace program revanp
  • Great American Cleanup events

    Wednesday, March 14, 2018

  • Chuck Mason arrest
  • Cate case
  • Newport contributes to the Friends animal shelter
  • Broadway infrastructure project
  • O'Brien tools are missing

    Tuesday, March 13, 2018

  • SRO discussions
  • Medical marijuana on CLB agenda
  • Pending legislation to hold down healthcare costs
  • Goodwin being sought on AWOL charges
  • Fraud alert

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