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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.

Blount Co. looking at other options after sales tax increase failed

Blount Co. looking at other options after sales tax increase failed

On Tuesday, Blount County voters turned down an initiative that would raise the county's sales tax by a half-cent.

If it passed, Maryville City Schools, Blount County Schools, and the county highway department would have split the sales tax revenue.

It appears the measure failed by a 2000 vote margin.

Blount County was asking for a measure like the one that Alcoa voters already improved. Alcoa's sales tax revenue will fund a new high school and athletic upgrades.

Blount Co. voters strike down sales tax increase

Blount Co. voters strike down sales tax increase

Blount County voters struck down a sales tax increase on Tuesday. 52 percent of voters said "no" to the increase.

The measure would have increased the sales tax from 2.25 percent to 2.75 percent, with money going to the Blount County Schools, Maryville City Schools, and the county highway department, according to Blount County Director of Schools Rob Britt.

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.

Mother's quest for "Amelia's Law" continues

Mother's quest for "Amelia's Law" continues

The death of a Blount County teenager has sparked her family in to action, trying to prevent their nightmare from happening to someone else.

Thursday morning, Amanda Moore, the mother of 16-year-old Amelia Keown, spoke with State Senator Doug Overbey about getting "Amelia's Law" passed in Tennessee.

In August, Amelia Keown was killed in a head-on collision in Blount County.

The man who hit Keown had a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1998.

Amelia Keown's family takes law proposal to the capitol

Amelia Keown's family takes law proposal to the capitol

A family struck by tragedy is now working to prevent others from suffering their same loss.

Sales tax increase to be on Nov. ballot in Blount Co.

Sales tax increase to be on Nov. ballot in Blount Co.

Blount County commissioners voted in favor of putting a sales tax referendum on the November ballot.

In a 19-to-1 vote Thursday, the commission agreed to let voters decide whether to increase the sales tax from 2.25% to 2.75%.

The director of Blount County schools called for the referendum. Earlier this month, Alcoa voters approved a tax increase.

All voters except those in Alcoa can vote on the countywide measure in November.