Entries by Mark Todd Engler

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Access Trails to Cummins Falls Reopening

State officials say they’ve addressed concerns and issues that may have played a role in a child’s drowning this spring, and they’re ready to reopen the scenic waterfall swimming hole along the Blackburn Fork River in Jackson County. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation issued a press release Tuesday outlining changes to safety policies […]

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Jonesborough Jury Clears Man of Civil Rights Crimes in ETSU Gorilla Mask Case

Jonesborough, Tenn. — The former East Tennessee State University student accused of violating Black Lives Matter protesters’ civil rights during one of their campus demonstrations three years ago has been found not guilty of the most serious charges he faced. Twenty-one year old Tristan Rettke, who grew up in Middle Tennessee and now attends college […]

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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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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 […]