Oct 10

Georgia Senate Brawl

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Downtown Perry, Georgia is the sort of place you could roll a ball through with one pitch. The coffee shop on the corner is called “The Coffee Shop.” A few doors down, Jack West, the local barber, has been cutting locals’ hair for 64 years. …

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Oct 09

Gay marriages start in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina court issued a marriage license to a same-sex couple on Wednesday despite the state’s constitutional ban against the practice & the attorney general’s pledge to defend it. Charleston County Probate Judge Irvin Condon issued the license Charleston County Councilwoman Colleen Condon & Nichols Bleckley. The couple said they had wanted to wait until same-sex marriages were legal in South Carolina, as opposed to getting married elsewhere, & they planned a wedding celebration next year. Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal of a ruling allowing same-sex marriage by a federal appeals court with jurisdiction over South Carolina. In a statement, Condon said that as a result, his court is required to accept & issue marriage licenses. He said the couple’s license would be presented after the mandatory 24-hour waiting period unless it is blocked by the South Carolina Supreme Court or another appropriate court. State Attorney General Alan Wilson had vowed to keep fighting a case in which a same-sex couple married in Washington, D.C., had asked South Carolina to recognize their union. On Tuesday, U.S. …

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Oct 09

South Carolina attorney general asks state Supreme Court to halt gay marriage licenses

CHARLESTON, S.C. — South Carolina’s attorney general has asked the state Supreme Court to stop a judge from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Lawyers for the state filed paperwork late Wednesday saying Charleston County Probate Judge Irvin Condon acted prematurely earlier in the day when he accepted marriage license applications from more than 15 same-sex couples. South Carolina law requires all couples to wait 24 hours before getting a marriage license. Attorney General Alan Wilson asked the state justices to rule before the license could be issued around 9:15 a.m. Thursday. The justices gave no indication when they might rule. The judge’s decision to accept the applications surprised many in South Carolina, & turned a rally at the Statehouse asking South Carolina to overturn its gay marriage ban into a celebration.

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Oct 09

Rome native arrested in South Carolina, charged with felony possession of stolen property

ROME – A camp trailer worth $13,000 stolen from a home on Franklyn Street in September of 2012 has been located & a man has been arrested, said Rome Police Captain Tim Bates on Thursday. After an anonymous tip lead to another recent look into the case, Carlos Benito Pacheco, 37, of 3 Taylors St., Taylors, S.C., was found in possession of the camper & arrested. He was moreover wanted by South Carolina authorities regarding an outstanding assault warrant. Shortly after the brand new 14-foot Starcraft AR-1 camper was taken in 2012, Rome Police posted photos of the suspect vehicle towing away the camper on the department’s website & Facebook page as well as throughout the media. After the recent tip was given, Detective E.A. D’Alessandro to contact members of the Greensville County South Carolina Sheriff’s Office. D’Alessandro worked with Deputies of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office who were able to locate the camper & charge Pacheco, a native Roman, now living in Greensville County, South Carolina with felony possession of stolen property under South Carolina Law. A photo of the suspect is not available at this time. ROME – A camp trailer worth $13,000 stolen from a home on Franklyn Street in September of 2012 has been located & a man has been arrested, said Rome Police Captain Tim Bates on Thursday.After an anonymous tip lead to another recent look into the case, Carlos Benito Pacheco, 37, of 3 Taylors St., Taylors, S.C., was found in possession of the camper & arrested. He was moreover wanted by South Carolina authorities regarding an outstanding assault warrant. …

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Oct 09

South Carolina judge to issue marriage license to same-sex couple

<!– google_ad_section_start –> <!– –> By Harriet McLeod CHARLESTON S.C. (Reuters) – A judge in South Carolina said on Wednesday he would issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple even though the state’s ban on gay unions remains in place after actions by the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for them elsewhere. Charleston County Probate Judge Irvin Condon accepted an application for a marriage license from a lesbian couple on Wednesday. He said he would issue it after the mandatory 24-hour waiting period, unless a higher court intervened to block him. “As a result of the actions of the U.S. Supreme Court on (Monday), the Charleston County Probate Court is required to accept & issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples,” the judge said in a statement. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals to uphold same-sex marriage bans in five states, ending bans in those states yet leaving intact bans in 20 other states. South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, a Republican, on Wednesday afternoon asked the state Supreme Court to block the judge from issuing gay marriage licenses, citing the state’s voter-approved ban. …

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Oct 09

Judges in Kansas, South Carolina set to allow gay marriage despite bans

A Kansas judge ordered county clerks to commence issuing same-sex marriage licenses on Wednesday, making it the latest state to do so since the U.S. Supreme Court this week cleared the way for gays & lesbians to marry in a number of states. The order, which goes against a ban on gay marriage that was written into Kansas’ state constitution in 2005, came hours after a South Carolina court accepted an application for a same-sex marriage license despite its own state’s ban. “Citizens of Johnson County are asking for marriage licenses for same-sex couples & our district court clerks & judges are entitled to protection from laws that are unconstitutional,” read the ruling from Judge Kevin Moriarty in Kansas. South Carolina’s ban against gay marriage, written into the state constitution, remains in place. But the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear an appeal of a ruling allowing same-sex marriage by a federal appeals court with jurisdiction over South Carolina created an opening for marriages to commence in the Palmetto State. ———— FOR THE RECORD 10:25 a.m.: A previous version of this post stated that a marriage license had been issued in South Carolina. There is a 24-hour waiting period for the official issuance of a marriage license in South Carolina. This story was originally published at 7:56 a.m. …

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Oct 09

2 confirmed cases of Enterovirus in Tennessee, one in East Tenn.

By KAYLA STRAYER6 News Reporter KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Tennessee Department of Health says two cases of Enterovirus D68 have been confirmed in Tennessee, one in West Tennessee & one in East Tennessee. State health officials say both cases were with young children who were hospitalized yet are now home & doing well. “As expected, Tennessee has been impacted by Enterovirus D68 as have most other states this fall,” said TDH Commissioner Dr. John Dreyzehner. “We have now confirmed two cases, while other samples have tested positive for different, common, seasonal cold viruses. It is moreover likely other samples will test positive for EV-D68 in the future.” According to the CDC website, Tennessee is one of 45 states, along with the District of Columbia, where at least one case of the virus has been confirmed. As of Wednesday, 664 confirmed cases of Enterovirus D68 have been reported in the United States since mid-August. Five deaths related to the disease have been confirmed so far. Previous story: Knox County Health Department preparing for spread of Enterovirus? The cities where those two children live have not been released. …

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Oct 09

Haslam questions Tennessee’s high unemployment rate, asks economists to study statistics

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is questioning why Tennessee’s unemployment rate remains well above the national level when other statistics indicate the state’s jobs picture should be improving. The most recent national unemployment rate released Friday was 5.9 percent — the lowest level since the depths of the Great Recession in July 2008. Meanwhile, Tennessee’s jobless rate was 7.4 percent in August. Haslam said after a recent jobs announcement in Mt. Juliet that Tennessee is among the top states adding new jobs & that the state is not adding a large number of new claims for unemployment benefits. “It’s a little complex for us to understand why that number hasn’t budged,” Haslam said. “If you look at the number of net new jobs added, & the people filing unemployment, both of those are going in the right direction in Tennessee.” Tennessee’s enduring jobless rate is coupled with sluggish revenue collections that have led the governor to have all state agencies prepare for up to 7 percent cuts in the upcoming budget year. Haslam’s critics say the jobless rate & potential spending cuts fly in the face of the governor’s often rosy outlook on the state’s fiscal outlook. …

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Oct 09

Haslam questions high jobless rate in Tennessee

<!– google_ad_section_start –> <!– –> NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is questioning why Tennessee’s unemployment rate remains well above the national level when other statistics indicate the state’s jobs picture should be improving. The most recent national unemployment rate released Friday was 5.9 percent — the lowest level since the depths of the Great Recession in July 2008. Meanwhile, Tennessee’s jobless rate was 7.4 percent in August. Haslam said after a recent jobs announcement in Mt. Juliet that Tennessee is among the top states adding new jobs & that the state is not adding a large number of new claims for unemployment benefits. “It’s a little complex for us to understand why that number hasn’t budged,” Haslam said. “If you look at the number of net new jobs added, & the people filing unemployment, both of those are going in the right direction in Tennessee.” Tennessee’s enduring jobless rate is coupled with sluggish revenue collections that have led the governor to have all state agencies prepare for up to 7 percent cuts in the upcoming budget year. Haslam’s critics say the jobless rate & potential spending cuts fly in the face of the governor’s often rosy outlook on the state’s fiscal outlook. …

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Oct 09

Turnovers haunting Tennessee during 3-game skid

<!– google_ad_section_start –> KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee keeps losing the football whenever victory seems within its grasp. After getting off to a 2-0 start while committing just one turnover in its first two games, Tennessee has coughed up the ball eight times during its three-game skid. In a 10-9 loss to Florida last week, the lone touchdown occurred after the Gators recovered a fumble at the Volunteers 30-yard line. Tennessee (2-3) heads into Saturday’s game with Chattanooga (3-2) knowing it must be more careful with the football. ”You can’t win when you turn the ball over,” Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley said. ”I, myself, have to do a better job personally. I take full responsibility for those plays. We’ve just received to protect the ball a little better.” Tennessee’s turnovers have come at particularly inopportune times. In a 34-10 loss to Oklahoma, Tennessee trailed 27-10 early in the fourth quarter & had the ball at the Sooners 4. …

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