Rep. Watson: In Reference To Flag Day

Friday, June 14, 2013

One of my most proud moments in the Tennessee General Assembly was when I passed HB1408 and HB1409 which protects the American flag on government state owned property.

Both bills soared through the house with all members voting aye for HB1408. House Bill 1408 sets the protocol of the placement of flags when being flown on government property. The order of placement from top to bottom will be the U.S .flag, the Tennessee flag and then other flags, if flown.

House bill 1409 also passed the House of Representatives with 98 members voting aye. HB1409 makes it a class A misdemeanor when failing to give the official flag of the United States first order of precedence above any other flag on government property. 

During this past, the issue of illegal immigration has become a major concern for many U.S. citizens. We’ve seen occasions where thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in opposition to U.S. immigration policy. During these protests, the national flags of Mexico, Guatemala, and other countries have been prominently flown and displayed on U.S. owned flag poles.

As Americans, we have no problem with peaceful protest and free speech is not only a cherished right in this country, it is vital to a free society but, what some people do have a problem with, is the manner in which our flag is treated during these protests. 

One incident in particular took place at Montebello High School in California where a Mexican flag was raised on the same flagpole with an American flag, but the Mexican flag was flown ABOVE the flag of the United States and to add insult to injury, the American flag ~ a flag that has stood for liberty and freedom for over 200 years ~ was positioned upside-down.

There has been several other incidents where these protestors showed disrespect and no concern for the flag. 

It’s hard for a lot of U.S. citizens to stand by and watch the flag being desecrated especially when the best and brightest of our youth are dying in defense of freedom on foreign soil

America is still the greatest country on earth and Tennessee is still the greatest state and there’s no reason we should have to allow flags of foreign nations to be flown above ~ or at the expense of ~ the American flag here on our soil.

Rep. Eric Watson


Where's The Money?

Don't worry about your condemned bleachers, East Ridge.   I'm certain all that money the Tennessee lottery makes for schools will have everything fixed ASAP.   Michael Burns (click for more)

Dangerous Tailgating

In the 1960's I worked in the CPD traffic division as a traffic accident investigator.  The leading causes of most accidents were driver not paying attention and following too close. I believe this is true today.  As I drive on the freeway or watch news video of freeway traffic, most drivers are guilty of following too close or tailgating.   The recommended ... (click for more)

Large Search On For 2 Soddy Daisy Children Last Seen Tuesday Night On Porch Of Their Home

A large search is on for two Soddy Daisy children, ages 4 and 7, who were last seen playing on the front porch of their home at 440 Depot St. on Tuesday night. Police are looking for Hannah Musgrave, 7, and her brother, Gideon. They are the subject of an East Tennessee Endangered Child Alert. They were last seen around 9 p.m. Matthew was wearing camo pants with no ... (click for more)

Hutcheson Medical Center Unsecured Creditors Committee Asks Trustee Be Appointed For Fort Oglethorpe Hospital; Asks Bankruptcy Not Be Dismissed

The Unsecured Creditors Committee of Hutcheson Medical Center is opposing a motion by U.S. Trustee Guy Gebhardt for a bankruptcy judge to dismiss the bankruptcy for the financially-ailing Fort Oglethorpe hospital.   Instead, the group is asking Judge Paul Bonapfel to appoint a trustee to oversee the Hutcheson finances. In a 16-page motion, the committee said if the bankruptcy ... (click for more)

Pugh, Smith Lead Sale Creek Past East Ridge, 3-0

If Sale Creek’s Bailey Pugh and Ariana Smith were a comedy act, Pugh would be Ed McMahan and Smith would play Johnny Carson. On the court, Pugh sets up Smith, who finishes things with killer punch lines. That was certainly the case Tuesday at East Ridge High School where the visiting Lady Panthers rolled over the Lady Pioneers, 3-0, with game scores of 25-16, 25-8 and ... (click for more)

Luthringer, Boyd Earn First Wins In Prep Cross Country Tuesday

There were a couple of first-time winners on Tuesday afternoon at Camp Jordan as the Chattanooga Cross Country League had its first official meet of the season. It was plenty hot and the humidity was relentless, so race officials decided to shorten the first race from the customary 5K distance to a two-mile test. The heat didn’t seem to bother the overall winners as Signal ... (click for more)