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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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Friday, April 26, 2019

  • Newport Planning Commission
  • Cocke County Planning Commission
  • Unfounded Jefferson school threat
  • House members "bribed" for votes
  • March jobless numbers
  • Senate voucher bill
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Cruise Against Cancer
  • Drug take back

    Thursday, April 25, 2019

  • Martin sentence
  • Jefferson County pipe bomb
  • Wilson indictment
  • Jenkins arrest
  • Hooper portrait unveiling
  • Cocke County art contest winners

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

  • House approves voucher bill
  • Newport City Council special meeting
  • Newport Utilities
  • Drug take-back

    Tuesday, April 23, 2019

  • Six injured in crash
  • Cocke Finance Committee
  • Cocke County grand jury
  • Legislative action

    Monday, April 22, 2019

  • Cocke County flooding
  • Tennessee jobs
  • NFL draft coming to Nashville
  • Earth Day
  • Sturgein release

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