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Tenn. Baptists voice support for abortion amendment

Tenn. Baptists voice support for abortion amendment

The state's largest group of Protestants is expressing its support for an abortion amendment set to go before Tennessee voters next year.

Amendment One adds language to the state's constitution saying in part, "Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion." It could pave the way for lawmakers to pass abortion restrictions currently prevented by the state constitution's privacy protections.

10 complaints filed on Pigeon Forge liquor vote

10 complaints filed on Pigeon Forge liquor vote

Complaints have been filed on a liquor-by-the-drink referendum in Pigeon Forge.  The measure passed by 100 votes Tuesday.

"Nothing popped up about the liquor referendum [while voting].  When I mentioned it they said, 'Oh, gee.  There's nothing we can do.', said Gail Croson from Pigeon Forge.

Pigeon Forge residents only should have voted on the referendum.

According to residents, the issue showed up on the wrong ballots.

Complaints follow passage of Pigeon Forge liquor referendum

Complaints follow passage of Pigeon Forge liquor referendum

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Potential problems have come to light in the Pigeon Forge liquor referendum passed by voters this week.

According to The Mountain Press, Sevier County election officials are investigating two formal complaints. Election commission Deputy Administrator Ed Kuncitis said the commission was talking with state election officials about the complaints.

Pigeon Forge leaders move forward after liquor vote passes

Pigeon Forge leaders move forward after liquor vote passes

The third time was the charm for a measure to approve liquor by the drink in Pigeon Forge. Now city leaders are figuring out how to move forward.

Voters in Pigeon Forge approved liquor by the drink on Tuesday by 100 votes. It's the third time in three years that a liquor by the drink referendum has appeared on the ballot.

Etowah, Madisonville, Pigeon Forge, Winfield, Hawkins Co. voters say yes to liquor

Etowah, Madisonville, Pigeon Forge, Winfield, Hawkins Co. voters say yes to liquor

Results from Hawkins County: Voters in Mt. Carmel, Church Hill, and Rogersville approve liquor by the drink.  Rogersville also approves package stores.

Results from Sevier County: Pigeon Forge approves liquor by the drink 

Results from McMinn County: Etowah voters approve liquor by the drink and package stores.

Results from Oliver Springs:  Voters vote down package store proposal.

Results from Monroe County: Madisonville voters approve liquor by the drink.

HomeGrown: Sen. Lamar Alexander

"I'm not a Senator from Tennessee, I'm a Senator of Tennessee."

Senator Lamar Alexander is not only a familiar name in Tennessee politics, but across the country. 

"I feel lucky to be doing what I'm doing."

The Maryville native has certainly come a long way.

"I was a little mischievous."

Alexander got his first library card at age three. A year later, he started taking piano lessons at Maryville College. He practiced every morning before school after his paper deliveries.

6 East TN communities prepare for liquor votes

6 East TN communities prepare for liquor votes

Pigeon Forge will vote on whether to allow liquor by the drink next month, which will be the third time it has been voted on in the past three years.

The referendum will take place Nov. 6. Currently, Pigeon Forge facilities can sell beer and wine, but not liquor.

Phil Campbell, general manager of Mainstay Suites and president of Pigeon Forge Hospitality Association says that members of his group are split on the matter.

"Time will tell, because it's up to the voters," Campbell said. "And that's the way it should be."