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Government
3:58 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Jowers to Run for 24th District Senate Seat

Obion County Commissioner Danny Jowers announced he will run for the 24th district Senate seat left vacant by Roy Herron. Jowers is a resident of Kenton where he is serving his third term on the Obion County Commission. He has served as director for Obion County Emergency Management since 2009. Jowers will run on the Republican ticket. He says his campaign will focus on job creation and retention. Other candidates have yet to file for the position.

Education
3:08 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Tennessee Educators Balk at Haslam Class Size Proposal

Governor Bill Haslam's plan to lift a cap on class size averages is meeting resistance from educators, but the Republican calls the proposal a key element of his effort to allow school districts to raise teacher pay.  Haslam told reporters after a visit to a Maury County middle school this week that Tennessee is alone in setting both maximum total and average class sizes.  Removing the average size requirement would allow schools to have larger classes, meaning the total number of teachers could drop.  Haslam stressed that the maximum class size limits would remain in place, but some educat

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Government & Politics
3:02 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

'Don't Say Gay' Bill Delayed in Tennessee Committee

Opponents of a measure that bans Tennessee public schools from teaching about gay issues say they'll continue to show up in large groups to protest the legislation.  The proposal, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, is sponsored by Republican Representative and House Education Subcommittee chair Joey Hensley.  It was scheduled to be heard by the subcommittee Wednesday, but Hensley says he wanted to be out by a certain time and delayed taking up his bill and others until next week.  Chris Sanders is chairman of the Nashville committee of the Tennessee Equality Project, which organized the gathe

Education
2:40 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Bill Would Allow Tennessee Students to Opt Out of Activities

Tennessee parents would be able to opt their children out of extracurricular school activities under a proposal advancing in the state House.  The measure passed the House Education Subcommittee Wednesday on a voice vote. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate Education Committee.  Under the legislation, schools would notify parents about the activities by way of student handbooks or policy guidebooks. Lawmakers say those parents who don't want their children to participate in a certain activity would be able to send a note to the school.

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