Corker Seeks To "Rein In" Sweeping New EPA Rules On Fossil Fuel Plants

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Senator Bob Corker on Thursday backed legislation "to rein in the administration’s proposed rules on fossil fuel power plants announced earlier this week by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)."

He said, “Low-cost, reliable energy is essential to driving economic development and job growth, but I’m concerned the president’s proposal will limit our country’s use of abundant resources and increase the cost of energy.

“This bill would ensure Tennessee families and businesses are not burdened by costly, heavy-handed Washington regulations.

The legislation, introduced by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, would require the following benchmarks are met before the president’s climate change rules could take effect:

·         The secretary of Labor would have to certify the rules would not generate loss of employment;

·         The director of the Congressional Budget Office would have to certify the rules would not result in any loss in U.S. gross domestic product;

·         The administrator of the Energy Information Administration would have to certify the rules would not increase electricity rates; and

·         The chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the president of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation would have to certify that electricity delivery would remain reliable.

 Click here for a copy of the legislation.

Avery Charged In Attack With Chair Leg At Moccasin Bend That Left Man In Critical Condition

An arrest has been made in the aggravated assault Thursday at the Moccasin Bend Mental Health facility that left 38-year-old Kevin Green in critical condition. He was struck in the head with a chair leg, police said. Leviticus Avery, 37, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault. He is an inmate at the Hamilton County Jail. ... (click for more)

Police Say Mullis Was Involved In Incident In Which Woman Was Shot Outside Hixson Walmart

Anthony Lee Mullis, 21, is facing several charges including attempted aggravated robbery on Sept. 28.       In that incident, the victim was found at the Hixson Walmart with a gunshot wound to her hip.   She stated that she had agreed to meet with the defendant in the parking lot to buy some “Roxys” or Oxycodone, but that when she ... (click for more)

The Facts About Jail

Since Roy had such a positive reaction to Jeffrey Cross's wonderful (and wonderfully civil--how refreshing) email response to his column on the bike lanes, allow me to speak on the subject of the jail.  First off, Roy's right about some things:  It is overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed.  This is no secret, it's in the Grand Jury report every term.  Here's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Must Learn To Tell

On July 4th of this year, FBI agents – acting on a tip -- arrested Alexander Ciccolo, a 23-year-old with known mental problems, as he carried a duffle bag full of automatic attack weapons. Moments before, he had bought the illegal firearms from an undercover informant outside of Boston. As agents later scoured his apartment, they found bomb-making equipment including a pressure ... (click for more)

Impressive Baylor Rolls Past Father Ryan In D-II Volleyball

If you wanted to watch a rematch of last year's Division II state volleyball championship match, then you should have been at Baylor Friday afternoon. The defending state champ Baylor Lady Red Raiders look poised and ready to defend as they beat Father Ryan 3-1, winning by scores of 25-15, 25-14, 22-25 and 25-20. Baylor improves to 39-4 overall and 10-0 in region play while ... (click for more)

Friday Night Football Scores: Week Eight

Email scores: Find us on Twitter:  @chattasports Follow us on Facebook: Sports THURSDAY NIGHT FINAL: Oak Ridge 24 McMinn County 0 FRIDAY NIGHT FINALS: CCS 28 Copper Basin 7 Brainerd 15 Polk County 7 DeKalb County 28 Grundy County 20 Warren County 20 Sequatchie County 14 Rhea County 41 Cleveland ... (click for more)