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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.

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.

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:

Loudon rejects $60,000 aid for school officers

Loudon rejects $60,000 aid for school officers

According to Loudon City Manager Lynn Mills, city council members rejected the Loudon County Board of Educations $60,000 offer to help fund School Resource Officers in county schools located in the city.  The county school system's offer was approved Saturday, September 1.

Mills said the rejection was caused by a missed deadline.  The city council asked the county board of education to make a decision on the funding help by August 20, however the BOE did not approve the extra funding until September.

3 Loudon schools cut SROs from budget

3 Loudon schools cut SROs from budget

There will no longer be school resource officers at three schools in the city of Loudon.

They include Loudon High, Fort Loudon Middle and Loudon Elementary schools.

The city has been paying for two SROs at a cost of $150,000 a year. The city had asked the school board to help pay for the officers because of a budget pinch.

Following a city council meeting Monday night, the two officers will return to regular patrol shifts.