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Monday, September 10, 2018

US Senate/Governor poll
Democrat Phil Bredesen and Republican Marsha Blackburn are essentially tied in their U.S. Senate battle in Tennessee, despite the state's Republican leanings, according to a new NBC News/Marist poll of likely voters. Bredesen, a former governor and one-time Nashville mayor, has support from 48 percent of 538 likely voters, while U.S. Rep. Blackburn has 46 percent. Five percent of those surveyed are undecided. Bredesen and Blackburn are vying to succeed Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, who decided not to seek re-election. Recently Bredesen received criticism for taking a Greenbelt deduction on 80 acres of farm land he owns in Middle Tennessee. State law provides a property tax reduction for more than 15 acres of farmland or forest land. Thousands of landowners across the state receive a reduction in taxes under the Greenbelt law. And Blackburn has been criticized for her failure to timely pay property taxes on a home she owns in South Carolina, resulting in thousands of dollars in penalties. Tennessee's race for governor to succeed the term-limited Republican Gov. Bill Haslam isn't as competitive, according to the poll. Republican businessman Bill Lee holds a 13-point lead over Democrat Karl Dean, another former Nashville mayor, by 53 percent to 40 percent among likely voters. The poll found the top issues in Tennessee are the economy and healthcare, with 27 percent of likely voters citing the economy and jobs while 20 percent named health care. Immigration was the most important factor to 13 percent of those surveyed. Regarding tariffs, 43 percent told pollsters they hurt the economy by raising the cost of goods. That compares to 30 percent who said they help the economy by protecting American jobs. The state has a number of major auto assembly factories and suppliers, including Volkswagen in Chattanooga. Asked what message should be sent to Congress, 48 percent said more Democrats should serve as a check and balance to President Trump. Forty-six percent said there should be more Republicans to help pass Trump's agenda.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

  • Consolidated Cocke County social services
  • Cocke County home destroyed by fire
  • Haney conviction upheld
  • Deer monitoring
  • Stargazing at Cades Cove
  • Lamotte murder

    Wednesday, November 14, 2018

  • Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Dinner
  • Newport City Council
  • Cocke County Finance Committee
  • Amazon coming to Nashville
  • Lee to review open records

    Monday, November 12, 2018

  • Classical concert
  • Sanderlin/Toby pursuit and arrest
  • Empower planning a tiny home community
  • Allison died of smoke inhalation
  • Byrd charged in Sunday stabbing
  • Commodity distribution
  • Gas prices

    Sunday, November 11, 2018

  • Allison fire death
  • Office on Aging Thanksgiving

    Friday, November 09, 2018

  • Cocke County School Board meets
  • Inmates Warren and Mantooth face charges
  • KCCB electronics recycling
  • After Thanksgiving hikes
  • Small/Johnson indicted federally

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