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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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Saturday, September 22, 2018

  • Newport East Broadway Update
  • Cocke County Industrial Park
  • Medical issue may have led to Thursday crash

    Friday, September 21, 2018

  • Cocke County to be asked to fund grading for an industrial prospect
  • Justice receives 10 year prison term
  • Tennessee jobless rate remains low
  • Tennessee revenues are up

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

  • Paulin home burglary
  • Four vehicle crash
  • Boyd may be UT president
  • More opioid crisis funding

    Wednesday, September 19, 2018

  • Daniel approved for ballot
  • Tennessee average income is rising
  • Tennessee and opioids
  • Roe on Kavanaugh
  • Blake Shelton on Ole Red
  • Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018

  • Cocke CLB
  • Cocke Circuit Court
  • Brett Kavanaugh

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