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


Bible Thumping

Few Christians argue against the significance of the Bible.  I believe it to be the most important and relevant book in the civilized world. That's my opinion. I reached the conclusion slowly after much thought. That decision wasn't forced on me by my government.   Those interested in learning about the major religions of the world cannot become genuinely informed without ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Celebrate Autism’s Victories

As I was getting my salad during lunch at the sixth annual Chattanooga Autism Conference on Friday, a simple question from a friendly kid on the other side of the buffet gave me the answer I was seeking. “Do you have Asperger’s (syndrome),” he asked in a friendly way. I told him no, but that a growing number of folks I admire did, and that’s why I joined a turn-away crowd of ... (click for more)

Prominent Business, Civic Leader, And Philanthropist Scotty Probasco Dies At 86

Prominent Chattanooga business, civic leader and philanthropist Scotty Probasco has died at the age of 86. Scotty, as he was affectionately greeted by most of Chattanooga, was known for his modesty, generosity, dependability, and unswerving loyalty. “Great work” was always on the tip of his tongue – a manifestation of his joyous humility. He was a man of high ideals, of kind ... (click for more)

Chemical Odor In Lookout Valley Traced To Chattanooga Tank Wash

Chattanooga firefighters in Lookout Valley were sent out Friday night to investigate reports of a strange odor in the area. The firefighters searched the area, but never found the source of the odor.  John Schultz, an investigator with the Air Pollution Control Bureau, was also out Friday night and eventually tracked the source of the odor to a business, the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Geno Phillips Wins Third Chickamauga Chase 15K Title

There was almost an event for everyone Saturday morning in the 47 th running of the Chickamauga Chase. As has been the case from the beginning, there was the 15K main event that attracted 373 finishers while another 392 took part in the 5K.   And yet another 126 decided to stay off the road and participate in the eight-mile trail run. And while weather in recent days ... (click for more)

Bennifield, Warren Key Players in UTC Spring Game

According to UTC football coach Russ Huesman, the annual Spring Game is about staying away from injuries, get a good look at the younger guys who are fighting for playing time, and more pass plays than running the ball.   The White Team defeated the Blue Team 6-0 on a pair of field goals by junior Henrique Ribeiro.       Players of the Game: Sophomore ... (click for more)