Sam Anderson — a 34-year veteran of Knoxville city government and the longest-serving member of the Knox County school board — is the unindicted co-conspirator of Rep. Joe Armstrong, his attorney confirmed.
The governor says he'd back a move to remove the Confederate flag from license plates (a Sons of Confederate Veterans plate is available at surcharge; the SCV, based in Columbia, has fought numerous court cases to preserve the flag on speciality plates and the Supreme Court ruled recently states have the right to ban same).
Megan Barry and Jerry Maynard seperately said they'd sponsor resolutions asking the state to restore trees and brush in front of the cartoonish Nathan Bedford Forrest statue on I-65.
Both TNGOP chair Ryan Haynes and TNDP chair Mary Mancini think it's time for the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest to get out of the Capitol.
The state has struggled with enforcement of various and sundry things because of outdated computers; the Alcoholic Beverage Commission is getting an upgrade thereto.
Tennessee's junior senator was born in South Carolina and he thinks the flag oughta come down. Meanwhile, a vexillologist makes a pretty big reach to suggest that Tennessee's flag calls to mind the Confederate flag.
Note: The original headline on this post read "American flag," which was obviously an error.
The USPTO has ruled against the trademark application for the state's controversial new logo:
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office refused to accept Tennessee's attempt to register the logo for a trademark. The refusal, dated Tuesday, is due to the fact the logo is "primarily geographically descriptive," according to the federal office.
Essentially, that means the main significance of the logo is geographic. This type of symbol or item can't be trademarked, according to the federal office.
"It's to prevent someone from claiming exclusive rights to use a term that other people need to use to communicate that their product comes from Tennessee," said Wayne Beavers, shareholder with Nashville-based Patterson Intellectual Property Law.
Littleton was later asked about Tennessee increasing its minimum wage, which is currently $7.25 per hour.
“I think it will eventually happen. I think we need to do it gradually,” Littleton said. “Maybe even this next session.”
Sen. Kerry Roberts, also a Republican, didn't exactly say he was against the increase himself, but said it would have tough sledding in the Senate:
“The House and Senate truly do operate very differently from each other. The bodies truly do have their own personalities,” Roberts said. “I don’t think it would pass the Senate. I don’t see the support in the Senate. It might move forward in the House.”
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