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

Tennessee: Let businesses profit and benefit community

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Tennessee is a great state for doing business, but if we want to keep our reputation, we will need to keep up with the evolving goals of many entrepreneurs. This year, state lawmakers will decide whether Tennessee joins a growing number of states that allow the formation of benefit corporations, organizations that focus on social good and profitable enterprise. For-profit … Read More

GOP medical marijuana bill has oils, legal growing

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Marijuana legally grown, processed and given for treatment at the recommendation of a doctor in Tennessee could become a reality if lawmakers approve a new Republican-led initiative. The chances of changing current law aren’t fantastic: Sen. Steve Dickerson, R-Nashville, put the odds of the General Assembly approving his limited medical marijuana plan this year at “50-50, plus or minus 5 … Read More

Police Departments Hiring Non-citizen Immigrants

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A spokesman for the department, Don Aaron, said it seeks to hire immigrants who have been honorably discharged from the U.S. military to be eligible for police service, USA Today reported. “Persons who have given of themselves in the service to this country potentially have much to offer Tennesseans,” Aaron said. “We feel that … would benefit both the country and … Read More

Nashville GOP senator to propose medical marijuana bill

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A Nashville Republican senator is working on legislation that will, to some degree, suggest changing Tennessee law to allow marijuana for medicinal usage. Sen. Steve Dickerson, who is also an anesthesiologist, confirmed Thursday he’s working on the legislation with Rep. Ryan Williams, R-Cookeville. “We want to make sure that it’s medical appropriate, substantiated, and that it answers the real needs … Read More