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Tom Chester

Managing Editor, Knoxville News Sentinel

Tom Chester directs multimedia content for The News Sentinel, knoxnews.com and all other publishing platforms. He coordinates with editors across the newsroom to produce breaking news for the Continous News Desk, which provides content for knoxnews.com, mobile messaging, e-mail alerts, digital billboards and the print editions of the News Sentinel. He joined the News Sentinel in March 1987 and has held a variety of roles as a staff writer and editor. He is a University of Tennessee graduate and U.S. Air Force veteran.

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The latest Truth-O-Meter items from Tom Chester

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

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.

"From a standpoint of the county government, neither school system has received an increase in funding over the past six years."

Says "city leadership is threatening to lay off police and emergency services personnel to balance the budget."

"We will not ask for a tax increase to run city government."

"Nobody is leaving Memphis. That's a myth."

Says Tennessee has some of the lowest beer excise tax rates in the country.

"Shelby County donated – I’m sorry, gave – 44 schools to the city of Memphis."

AIDS was transmitted to humans because "one guy" had sex with "a monkey" and then started "having sex with men."

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