Tommy Crangle Supports Constitutional Amendment #1

Monday, June 16, 2014

Tommy Crangle, State House candidate for Tennessee’s 27th District, Monday said he supports Governor Bill Haslam’s commitment to work this fall to pass an amendment to the Tennessee Constitution that would grant state lawmakers more authority in regulating abortions. 

Mr. Crangle said, “At the current time, beauty salons are more regulated than abortion facilities, and data that I have seen shows that women from other states are coming to Tennessee to have unregulated abortions.   We have effectively absolved ourselves of any responsibility to inform these women or even make safe the facilities being used.  That is irresponsible.” 

Tennessee’s Constitution bars other laws that neighboring states have enacted including waiting periods, bans on later trimester abortions and required ultrasounds.  According to a recent USA Today article, more than one in four abortions in Tennessee were sought by women from out of state.

“I want to thank those legislators who worked so hard to get SJR127 through the General Assembly and on the ballot," said Mr. Crangle.  "Because I believe that life begins at conception, I will continue to be a strong voice in support of innocent life in Tennessee.  Voters will never wonder where I stand on this issue.”

If Amendment #1 passes, a few lines of text will be added to the Tennessee Constitution specifying that the “right to privacy” should not deprive an in-utero baby of its rights.  It will also allow other laws to be enforceable, including laws to:  ensure women who are considering abortions know about threats to health; protect taxpayers from paying for birth control abortions; force abortion facilities to adhere to safety regulations; and enact a 24-hour waiting period to prevent abortion-on-demand.

“I am glad that Governor Haslam supports this amendment," said Mr. Crangle.  "I believe Amendment #1 will ultimately result in better information and a higher level of safety for those considering abortion.  Certainly, taxpayers who oppose their tax monies being used for abortions will have more of a say in defending Life.  I hope all Tennesseans will vote yes on #1." 

Mr. Crangle, a professional engineer and former TVA executive, is on the ballot for the Aug. 7 election. Early voting begins, Friday, July 18.

Tennessee House District 27 includes Soddy Daisy, Falling Water, Red Bank, Mowbray, Signal and Lookout Mountains, Lookout Valley and Walden.

Whitfield Government Offices To Close Friday For Holiday

Whitfield County governmental administrative offices, including the Courthouse, will be closed  Friday  in observance of Independence Day.   County offices will reopen at their regular times on  Monday . (click for more)

Dalton Dunbar Named Whitfield County's Employee Of The Month For May

Dalton Dunbar, senior telecommunicator at Whitfield 911, has been named Whitfield County’s Employee of the Month for May. He completed all three supervision training courses offered by the Georgia Public Safety Training Center and received several awards during Telecommunicator Appreciation Week.   According to the person who nominated him, Mr. Dunbar “has taken on several ... (click for more)

Boyd Asks Coppinger For Public Apology; Does Not Get One

County Commissioner Tim Boyd on Wednesday morning read a letter in which he asked County Mayor Jim Coppinger for a public apology. However, he did not get one. Instead, County Mayor Coppinger called remarks last Wednesday by Commissioner Boyd that the county mayor had $4.4 million in discretionary funds "ridiculous." He said that money includes such items as the Humane Educational ... (click for more)

New Family Justice Center Opens Near Eastgate

    The fourth Family Justice Center in Tennessee opened on Wednesday in Chattanooga to much fanfare from community members and advocacy groups with comments from Executive Director Valerie Radu, Mayor Andy Berke and City Council Chair Carol Berz among others.       Ms. Berz, who has been an advocate for the establishment of such ... (click for more)

Police Need To Stop The Road Cowboys - And Response

Where is our highway patrol?  If they were known to regularly patrol our interstate highways through our city I don't think it would take long before the "truckers" were aware of it.  There are places in our country where this is the case.   When I have traveled Interstates 24 and 75 I may see the occasional car pulled over but rarely if ever is it an 18-wheeler. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden This July

As the month of July dawns this morning, a walk through my garden shows some flowers blooming, my marigolds dying, and the grass is greener than I thought it would be. But as I look for what’s good and what’s bad, let’s remember that some firecrackers pop while others fizzle. Here we go… A BANG to career criminal Whitely Bulger, the 85-year-old master criminal who in a recent ... (click for more)