Alexander Hits Obama Idea For Selling TVA

Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Senator Lamar Alexander on Wednesday was critical of President Obama’s plan to have the federal government consider selling the Tennessee Valley Authority.

“This is one more bad idea in a budget full of bad ideas,” Senator Alexander said. “There is today no federal taxpayer subsidy for TVA, period. There is by law no federal taxpayer liability for TVA debt. And after deducting its debt, selling TVA would probably cost taxpayers money.


“Finally, there is no assurance that selling TVA to a profit-making entity would reduce electric bills in the Tennessee Valley – which should be the overriding objective – and it could lead to higher electricity rates. While TVA management prefers a flexible debt cap, it has assured me that it can live within the current debt limit if necessary.”

Attorney General Says State Cannot Refuse To Accept Syrian Refugees

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slattery III says in an opinion that the state cannot legally refuse to accept Syrian refugees. In the opinion issued Monday, he stated, "Such a refusal would impinge on and conflict with the federal government's authority to regulate the admission of aliens to the United States and thus would violate the Supremacy Clause of the U.S. Constitution." ... (click for more)

Rite Aid On Apison Pike Robbed By Man With Note Threatening To Blow Up A Bomb

Collegedale Police said the Rite Aid on Apison Pike was robbed shortly after 3 p.m. o n Monday by a man wearing a ski cap . Witnesses say the suspect came in and was initially asking about back braces, but returned with a folder that contained a note. The suspect’s note said that employees were to give him high levels of controlled substances or he would blow the bomb ... (click for more)

Why Are We Allowing Poor Architecture And Urban Design Downtown?

   Over the past four decades our fair city has enjoyed striking improvements to our City Center and Northshore areas in large part due to citizen input and the guidance of the former Urban Design Studio. We are now widely recognized as a hotbed of entrepreneurship, neighborhood revitalization and good Urban Design. At the most recent City Council meeting, the leader and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Great Thanksgiving

In order for you to best understand this, last Thursday was the first Thanksgiving I have ever spent alone.  Don’t misunderstand, I had a fistful of kind invitations but I am the only remaining member of my immediate family around here and I guess I started dwelling on that a little too much as the holiday neared. Making out my “thankful” list helped, and I ate enough with ... (click for more)

Foster and Auriemma - Hall of Fame Coaches – Meet at McKenzie Arena Tonight

  A young basketball coach with lots of drive and knowledge but little money was in desperate need of a dependable car to get from home to work and back. A good friend gave his reliable $100 car to the coach and went out and replaced it with another $100 car. That same friend – also an up-and-coming coach – had also helped his brother a few years earlier by taking a ... (click for more)

Ryan Parker and Traneil Moore Are Mr Football Winners

Senior Ryan Parker of Baylor School and junior Traneil Moore of  East Ridge have been selected as Tennessee Titans Mr. Football winners for 2015. Parker is the D-II AA Lineman of the Year and Moore is the D-I 3A Back of the Year Ryan Parker - Baylor School ... senior linebacker/running back ... 2015 stats included 95 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, eight quarterback sacks, ... (click for more)