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| TN legislator moves to outlaw red-light cameras within state|
(Posted Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015) State Rep. Andy Holt (R-Dresden) says his constituents are tired of being constantly watched by street cameras hoping to make a quick dollar off of them. Holt took to social media to ask voters in his district whether or not they were in favor of highly controversial speed and red light cameras. FULL STORY
"If I could single-handedly outlaw every speed camera in the Great State of Tennessee, I would do it without a second thought," said Holt. "Regardless of political party, the vast majority of folks are 100 percent against them."
Holt says he received hundreds of messages from Democrats and Republicans supporting his call to outlaw the controversial cameras that have been ruled unconstitutional in many states.
"Speed & red-light cameras are nothing more than a modernized form of speed-trapping. They have very little to do with safety, and everything to do with municipal greed. Apart from being a technically unlawful form of local fundraising off the backs of local citizens, it's a poorly contracted scheme since a large portion of the "revenue" is sent elsewhere, outside the State of Tennessee," Holt continued.
Holt says that many businesses in his district are concerned due to the fact that motorists are now avoiding streets where the cameras are located which is hurting their bottom line.
"In a depressed economic environment, I believe we should all be aware that money walks. This goes for all policy makers; federal, state and local. When people and businesses are over-regulated, they leave. I support these movements if necessary; that's the basis of liberty and freedom as our founders intended, and Tennessee is currently a beneficiary of these movements from other states. We need to ensure that our state does not begin moving in the wrong direction by allowing folks' rights to be violated so out-of-state businesses can collect revenue," said Holt.
Holt says that some are upset and have accused him of being soft on crime.
"Some have argued against the calls to outlaw speed traps and red-light cameras by saying that I am being "soft on crime." Let me be clear... I believe in the rule of law. Therefore, due process of the law. How can one ever claim to believe in the rule of law, set forth by our Constitution, if they willingly allow the rights of millions of Tennesseans to be violated by these cameras and traps? On Tuesday, I swore an oath to protect the Constitution of Tennessee and the United States of America, and that is exactly what I plan to do."
Posted: Saturday, January 17, 2015 9:55 am
|Eagleville council members table consideration of buying land on Old 99|
(Posted Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015) Eagleville City Council members on Thursday tabled consideration of buying 3 acres of land on Old Highway 99 across from the library. Property owner John Edward Turner has offered to sell the acreage to the city for $100,000 as a potential site for a new fire and police building. Councilman Chris Hendrix said the offer includes a 20-foot easement out to Highway 41A. The topic was discussed at last Tuesday's workshop and again at Thursday's council meeting. Councilman David Rigsby objected to the idea of buying any property now, saying the city has the sewer project yet to finish. "I like to get stuff done that we have going on, and if the lots are still there when we get through this situation, we can buy them," he said. "If they are not, it wasn't meant for us to buy them." FULL STORY
|Bills filed to allow wine, other alcoholic beverage service in restaurants|
(Posted Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015) Bills have been introduced in the state Legislature that would allow wine and other alcoholic beverages to be served by the drink in Eagleville's Maple Street Grill and Las Fiestas restaurants.The two restaurants already have permits to serve beer. Sen. Bill Ketron, who represents Eagleville, filed Senate Bill 18 on Jan. 13 that would authorize "any establishment in Eagleville that is licensed to serve beer to also serve alcoholic beverages and wine on premises with a premier-type tourist resort license." Rep. Curtis Johnson, who represents part of Montgomery County east and south of Clarksville, filed companion House Bill 131 on Jan. 20. FULL STORY
Maple Street Grill opens in Eagleville on Wednesday
(Posted Monday, Jan. 19, 2015) When Mike Zelenak and his wife, Debbie, came to Eagleville to shop at the recumbent bike shop on North Main Street earlier in the year, they learned about a vacant restaurant building farther down the street. On Wednesday at 11 a.m., they will open their second Maple Street Grill in the once vacant building located at 161 N. Main St. Hours for the new restaurant will be Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The restaurant can seat 100 people, but for the first week or so, only the front room, which seats 52, will be open. It will offer soups, salads, sandwiches, steak, seafood, chicken, sides and more. FULL STORY
|Senators Ketron and Tracy appointed to key Senate committees|
(Posted Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015) State Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) have been appointed to key committees in the State Senate. Ketron will serve on the Senate Finance Committee, which holds the purse strings for all of state government, while Tracy has been reappointed Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. The announcement was made by Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey as the 109th General Assembly concluded their organizational session in Nashville today (Jan. 17). FULL STORY
|Switching county jail to LED lighting expected to save taxpayer money|
(Posted Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015) Replacing the Detention Center roof and switching to LED lighting is expected to save taxpayers more than $53,358 annually in energy savings, said Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold. The Sheriff’s Office received a $130,241 grant to help pay for a new roof and replace fluorescent lights with LED lights resulting in annual energy savings, the sheriff said. Total project cost is $325,602, requiring the county to provide a match of $174,481, Arnold explained. Detention Center inmates will provide $20,880 worth of volunteer labor. “We are constantly reducing operating costs in the Detention Center through inmate labor, recycling and food costs,” Arnold said. “These grant funds will result in significant savings to our taxpayers.” FULL STORY
|Franklin firefighter passing through Eagleville stopped to help with Tuesday's blaze|
(Posted Monday, Jan. 12, 2015) Eagleville had unexpected assistance in battling last Tuesday's cabinet shop fire after a passerby stopped and offered to help. Local Fire Chief Rick Parks said Andy Hackford, a firefighter with the Franklin Fire Department, was just traveling through town when he saw the blaze and stopped to ask if he could be of assistance. At that time, one of Eagleville's firefighters was working the pump valves on both of the city's trucks at the scene so Hackford was asked to monitor the pump panels. "He didn't go in the fire but it helped a lot for him to operate and monitor the equipment delivering water to the guys who were inside," Parks said, noting Hackford stayed until someone relieved him. FULL STORY