5:00 PM Oct 8, 2015
By Mike Sheppard Professional Educators of Tennessee Many Americans believe that the major problem within public education is the lack of focus within the administration of a school.
4:00 PM Sep 27, 2015
A pair of Tennessee Republican lawmakers are marching down the same path to legal defeat trod so many times before — nullification.
3:00 PM Sep 26, 2015
Republicans who want to abolish the filibuster in the U.S. Senate are Republicans with short memories.
3:00 PM Sep 24, 2015
As Wilson County students begin a new school year, returning to the classroom can signify many new challenges and many new opportunities for all students both young and old.
3:00 PM Sep 9, 2015
As I traveled across the Volunteer State during August, I spoke with many Tennesseans about the nuclear agreement between Iran, the United States, and other world powers. While opinions of the agreement vary, there is perhaps no greater geopolitical issue facing the world today than preventing a nuclear-armed Iran.
3:00 PM Sep 2, 2015
Aug. 24 marked a big day for thousands of Tennesseans and a big day for the future of our state as the first class of Tennessee Promise students began their college careers.
3:00 PM Aug 29, 2015
The Commercial Appeal published a story Friday that examined 22 shooting deaths of suspects by Memphis police since 2009.
3:00 PM Aug 25, 2015
Saturday, Maureen and I participated in a special event in the Southwest corner.
2:00 PM Aug 25, 2015
It’s really easy to look at the actions of others and make judgments then tell ourselves how we could have done it differently or better.
3:00 PM Aug 19, 2015
Lots is happening in the area of open government lately. In recent columns I’ve talked about legislation that would control access to police videos and about a proposed Supreme Court rule that would limit reporters’ use of electronic devices in courtrooms.
2:00 PM Aug 12, 2015
There is an impending problem with road funding that’s compounded by the failure of the President and Congress to address the federal funding mechanism. As innovation has driven more fuel efficiency, the dollars collected per mile driven in Tennessee fell while the costs of road construction increased. And, it seems the revenue lines and the expenditure lines are about to cross in the negative.
3:00 PM Aug 4, 2015
Amid all the controversy over the recent push in New York and elsewhere for a $15 minimum wage, it’s important to remember the big picture. In the decades after World War II, the United States had powerful policies and popular movements that lifted up working men and women. A third of employed Americans were members of unions, and a pro-worker lobby pushed Washington to raise the minimum wage to more than $10 in today’s dollars.
3:00 PM May 21, 2015
Recently, during our annual Memorial Day ceremony, I had the privilege of honoring the lives and service of three Tennesseans who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, Pfc. Cecil Harris, of Shelbyville, Pfc. Lotchie Jones, of Jasper, and Spc. Frederick Greene, of Mountain City.
6:00 PM May 14, 2015
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, chairman of the upper chamber’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, recently outlined his reform agenda, which includes a measure that could force colleges to assume some of the financial risk for their students’ loans.
3:00 PM May 13, 2015
It is hard to recall a time in history when pragmatic U.S. leadership around the world mattered more to our nation’s security and prosperity.
3:00 PM May 12, 2015
There are about 66,000 high school seniors in the state of Tennessee.
7:30 AM May 5, 2015
Our community in many ways is facing the same challenges as those around us.