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"More Tennesseans have hunting and fishing licenses than vote."

Says Tennessee’s higher education funding model "is 100 percent outcomes-based" and "we are already seeing this model changing the way our postsecondary institutions do business."

Says that "Tennessee law requires that schools receive half of proceeds -- $31 million per year" -- from a half-cent increase in the Shelby County sales tax.

Says that "when Congressman (Steve) Cohen took office in 2007, the unemployment rate was at 4.8 percent. The unemployment rate in Shelby County has reached 9.7 percent."

"Tennessee students now cover about 67 percent of the cost of their education at public universities, and some 60 percent at community colleges."

"All legislative mail, from the content to the timing, is approved by the speaker's office."

Says Tennessee is providing "millions of dollars" to virtual school company for "results at the bottom of the bottom."

President Obama campaign surrogate Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley "acknowledged that we are not better off than we were four years ago."

Tennessee's appeals court judges "were selected by a handful of party officials in Nashville" before the system of "merit selection" was put into effect.

The "Health Care Compact bill would end Medicare's guaranteed benefit for Tennessee's Medicare recipients and shift management of the federal health care plan to the state's TennCare program."

Recent stories from Steve Ahillen
Opponent says DesJarlais voted against pay raises for veterans

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Jasper, and his Democratic opponent, Eric Stewart, have been squabbling over veterans’ issues for much of the campaign. We take a look at one of the claims.

University of Memphis claims it has "safest" big metro campus in state

University of Memphis fans may remember when former basketball coach John Calipari needled rival Tennessee over which campus was the safest.

With students back on campuses across the state, we decided to examine the basis of the U of M’s many claims about its campus being the "safest" large metropolitan campus in the state.

On Tennessee Lottery revenues, reserve funds and Gresham’s False ruling

When the Tennessee Lottery on Monday reported another record year of revenues, everyone from all parties said they were pleased.

But as our ruling from March points out, there is a definite difference in opinion on whether the lottery should be considered in good financial health and how much of the proceeds and massive reserve fund should go toward helping students fund college tuition.

Is holding hands gateway sexual activity?

Tennessee Senate Bill 3310, which would subject instructors who promote or condone "gateway sexual activity" to a $500 fine, has drawn national attention.

So, what really is gateway sexual activity? Does it, for example, cover hand-holding? How about sitting on someone's lap?

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Our new feature will track and rate the campaign promises of Gov. Bill Haslam.

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