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A Look at GOP Candidates in the New House District 89

The area designated by state law as House District 89, today geographically covering a part of urban Memphis and represented by one of the few acknowledged liberal Democrats remaining in Tennessee, will be transformed on Nov. 6.
On that date, House District 89 will certainly become, geographically, a rural-suburban enclave within Knox County 300 miles away, thanks to the new state legislative redistricting plan enacted to change state law earlier this year by the General Assembly.
And, almost certainly, House District 89 will be politically represented by one of four Republican men who — based on recent interviews — have few philosophical differences in adhering to basic conservative Republican principles and equal ambivalence on issues that have split sitting Republican legislators. The race to represent the relocated District 89, then, would seem to be largely a personality contest.

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Buying Guns With City Money Deemed a Firing Offense

Rockwood Mayor James Watts says he’s recommending that City Council on Monday fire Tom Pierce, the city’s longtime public works director, reports the News Sentinel.
An investigation of records shows that Pierce in 2010 used the city’s credit card to buy 13 weapons — including an assault rifle — at a cost of “somewhere around $6,000,” Watts said.
…Pierce at first told officials he needed the weapons “for personal protection in working with animal control,” Watts said.
“When we got into it, and there were that many weapons involved, it changed the course of what we were looking at,” the mayor said.
The city also is looking into Pierce’s purchases of clothing with the city credit card, Watts said,