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Tenn. Baptists voice support for abortion amendment

Tenn. Baptists voice support for abortion amendment

The state's largest group of Protestants is expressing its support for an abortion amendment set to go before Tennessee voters next year.

Amendment One adds language to the state's constitution saying in part, "Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion." It could pave the way for lawmakers to pass abortion restrictions currently prevented by the state constitution's privacy protections.

Etowah, Madisonville, Pigeon Forge, Winfield, Hawkins Co. voters say yes to liquor

Etowah, Madisonville, Pigeon Forge, Winfield, Hawkins Co. voters say yes to liquor

Results from Hawkins County: Voters in Mt. Carmel, Church Hill, and Rogersville approve liquor by the drink.  Rogersville also approves package stores.

Results from Sevier County: Pigeon Forge approves liquor by the drink 

Results from McMinn County: Etowah voters approve liquor by the drink and package stores.

Results from Oliver Springs:  Voters vote down package store proposal.

Results from Monroe County: Madisonville voters approve liquor by the drink.

HomeGrown: Sen. Lamar Alexander

"I'm not a Senator from Tennessee, I'm a Senator of Tennessee."

Senator Lamar Alexander is not only a familiar name in Tennessee politics, but across the country. 

"I feel lucky to be doing what I'm doing."

The Maryville native has certainly come a long way.

"I was a little mischievous."

Alexander got his first library card at age three. A year later, he started taking piano lessons at Maryville College. He practiced every morning before school after his paper deliveries.

6 East TN communities prepare for liquor votes

6 East TN communities prepare for liquor votes

Pigeon Forge will vote on whether to allow liquor by the drink next month, which will be the third time it has been voted on in the past three years.

The referendum will take place Nov. 6. Currently, Pigeon Forge facilities can sell beer and wine, but not liquor.

Phil Campbell, general manager of Mainstay Suites and president of Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association says that members of his group are split on the matter.

"Time will tell, because it's up to the voters," Campbell said. "And that's the way it should be."

City of Etowah proposes banning pit bulls within city limits

City of Etowah proposes banning pit bulls within city limits

The city of Etowah in McMinn County has proposed making it illegal to own any breed of pit bull, including mixed-breeds, within the city limits.

An Etowah City Ordinance up for a vote by the city commission in the coming weeks claims the dogs are "dangerous to humans and other animals" and have "a tendency to attack" those who aren't provoked.

Register to Vote!

Register to Vote!

You can register to vote now thru Monday, October 8.

If you are not registered by Oct. 8 you will not be able to vote for the Presidential and State General Election scheduled for November 6.

Early Voting starts Octoctober 17 and ends November 1.

Here's a couple handy links:

Haslam, McMinn Co. mayor return from Japan trip

Governor Bill Haslam returned to Tennessee Saturday after taking his first trip to Japan as governor.

Haslam went to Japan as a part of the Southeast U.S./Japan Association. The group, which includes governors and local officials from other southeastern states like Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina, meets with Japanese business leaders to discuss potential partnerships and opportunity.

The meetings have taken place for 35 years, each one swapping between locations in Tokyo, Japan and Mississippi.