Lawmakers work together to boost number of teen voters

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Two lawmakers from Nashville are working together to encourage more teens to register to vote. The Tennessean reports Republican state Sen. Steve Dickerson and Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper are working with the Davidson County Election Commission to raise awareness of a program that allows 17-year-old high school students to register to vote, though they have … Read More

Support grows in legislature for new Indian Center

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A group of state lawmakers are forming a coalition of advocates for a budget amendment towards construction of a new $1.1 million Native American cultural and education center in Nashville. The Native American Indian Association of Tennessee is proposing the Circle of Life Cultural Center to be used as a historical museum for local educators and as a headquarters where the nonprofit … Read More

Nashville interchange named for fallen Metro officer

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A Davidson County interchange now bears the name of a Metro police officer who was struck and killed by a motor home last year. The green sign with the words “Officer Michael Petrina Memorial Interchange” stands where Old Hickory Boulevard crosses over Interstate 65 near Brentwood. It will serve as a permanent reminder of the 25-year-old officer’s service and the grave consequences of drivers … Read More

Hundreds stand in line for free care from St. Thomas Health

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Keena Kleckley helped guide patients at Saint Thomas’ Medical Mission at Home from the screening area to where they would wait for medical, dental or vision checkups. Some patients came for all the checkups, while others came to the Municipal Auditorium for a particular service. There were about 100 people registered and an estimated 300 more in line at 8:45 a.m. … Read More

Bellevue celebrates mall’s demolition, property’s rebirth

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It used to be the place to go in Bellevue. It was the center of the suburban community, where people shopped and met up with friends. But for the past seven years, the Bellevue Center mall has been shuttered, an empty relic of what it once was. On Saturday evening, Bellevue residents came in droves to celebrate both its destruction … Read More

Undocumented students rally after tuition defeat

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Despite a bruising defeat this spring, undocumented students and their allies are more confident than ever that they can rally the support needed to win more affordable college tuition. Under state law, undocumented students who want to go to public colleges must pay out-of-state rates that are often two or three times higher than those offered to Tennessee citizens. This … Read More

Medical marijuana would help neediest Tennesseans

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by Senator Steve Dickerson, The Tennessean, April 6, 2015- Tennesseans are in need. About one in three Tennesseans will suffer from cancer at some point in their lives and over 30,000 Tennesseans depend on end-of-life palliative care. While medical science is rapidly advancing in both areas, we have a medicine now that could be of great benefit but we are … Read More

Senate approves in-state tuition for immigrant students

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Cesar Bautista was born in Mexico City, but he’s lived in Rutherford County for the past 19 years. The 26-year-old had to drop down to taking one class at a time from Volunteer State Community College because he couldn’t afford the tuition. But with a bill approved by the full Senate on Thursday, he’s optimistic he can become a full-time … Read More

Medical marijuana moves through House

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Chloe Lea was born in October 2011, and when she was 8 days old she was diagnosed with a genetic disorder that dealt with the development of her brain. She had intractable seizures, hundreds of them on a given day. Chloe’s mother, Peden Lea from Memphis, did everything in her power, visited every doctor she could and tried every medication … Read More

Bill aims to legalize use of cannabis oil by suffering Tennesseans

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Sporting a pale pink helmet and flanked by her faithful German shepherd, 5-year-old Cora Vowell looks ready to hop on a tricycle, or maybe go barreling headfirst into a backyard football game. But Cora cannot ride her bike or play sports.The helmet is part of her everyday outfit, protecting her head against the nine to 12 seizures that batter her … Read More