Entries by Mark Todd Engler

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Jury Getting ETSU Gorilla Mask Case

Jurors are scheduled to take up deliberations Wednesday in the Washington County civil rights intimidation case involving a former East Tennessee State University student who wore a gorilla mask to a Black Lives Matter demonstration. Lawyers for both the prosecution and the defendant, 21-year-old Tristan Rettke, finished up closing arguments Tuesday following a day of […]

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Tennessee Monkey Trial 2: Roll Gorilla Troll Tape

Plenty more simian imbecility to go around this time too A three-year running free-speech fiasco is approaching an apex in Washington County, and it befittingly coincides with the 94th anniversary of the legendary Tennessee Scopes Monkey Trial of July 1925. A former East Tennessee State University student is scheduled July 15 to begin standing trial […]

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State Comptroller’s Office Launches TN Tax Relief Portal

Press Release from the Office of Tennessee State Comptroller of the Treasury Justin P. Wilson, July 8, 2019: The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office has created a new interactive web tool that provides important information about Tennessee’s Tax Relief program. The Tax Relief program began in 1973 and provides property tax relief to qualifying low-income elderly and […]

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Cummins Falls Closed Pending Investigation Into Child’s Drowning

Use-permit and mandatory safety course under consideration for entry into gorge area after Sunday tragedy Trails in and out of the Cummins Falls river-gorge area in Jackson County have been closed as a result of a fatal weekend flash flood that took the life of a 2-year-old boy. Jim Bryson, deputy director of the Tennessee […]


TFA: Speaker Casada Needs to Go

Press Release from The Tennessee Firearms Association, May 9, 2019: Link: https://tennesseefirearms.com/2019/05/tennessee-firearms-association-calls-for-house-members-to-remove-speaker-casada/ Tennessee Firearms Association is calling for members of the Tennessee House of Representatives to vote to remove Glen Casada as Speaker of the Tennessee House based on investigations surrounding the lewd text messaging, the attempted coverup, intentionally false statements to reporters, and related […]

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CHL Hosting Pan-Am Kayak Bass Derby

Paddlesport fishing promoters chart course into international waters A potentially sea-changing angling competition is set to launch on the vast, bass-rich reaches of Center Hill Lake at the end of May. During the week following Memorial Day, elite kayak anglers from across the Western Hemisphere will converge on the Upper Cumberland to test their skills […]

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White County State Senator Pushing for Medicaid Block Grants

News Release from the Republican Party of Tennessee, April 18, 2019: Link: https://www.tngopsenate.com/2019/04/18/capitol-hill-week-legislation-calls-for-medicaid-block-grant-waiver-to-construct-an-innovative-plan-that-better-serves-the-needs-of-tenncare-recipients/ Legislation calls for Medicaid block grant waiver to construct an innovative plan that better serves the needs of TennCare recipients (NASHVILLE, Tenn.), April 18, 2019 – Major legislation calling for Tennessee’s Commissioner of Finance and Administration to request a block grant waiver […]

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Tennessee Among States Petitioning for Greater Control Over Water Resource Management

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, April 16, 2019: Link: https://www.tn.gov/attorneygeneral/news/2019/4/16/pr19-12.html Slatery Joins 17 State Coalition Supporting EPA Plan to Ease Burden on Farmers, Landowners Nashville- Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III joined a 17-state coalition this week to support farmers and landowners by urging the Trump administration to adopt its proposed replacement of […]

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‘BurgerFit’ Flips Fat-Fighting Script

Cookeville mom-on-the-go publishing (healthy) hamburger cookbook Alane Boyd isn’t a woman with a lot of extra time on her hands. The Putnam County software engineer-entrepreneur may have “retired” for the first time at just 35 after selling a successful company she and her husband co-founded, but her daily life remains a whirl of activity and […]