By Chris Butler | | Jun 24, 2015 5:00 AM | 535
By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Tennessee wants drivers to pay higher fuel taxes for roads as the state spends millions on bike trails. Republican Gov. Bill Haslam is pushing for an increase to the gas tax, but the specifics are unclear. He told the Tennessean drivers are “paying 33 percent less tax now than they were 10 years ago, [...]
By Chris Butler | | Jun 18, 2015 2:13 PM | 2.8K
Officials with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have rejected a controversial new Tennessee logo because they say the state’s prominent abbreviation doesn’t fall within trademark guidelines, according to that agency’s website.
By Chris Butler | | Jun 18, 2015 5:00 AM | 184
Community Health Systems, which has pushed expanded Medicaid in Tennessee, overcharged the uninsured by as much as 10 times what they should have says a new study.
By Chris Butler | | Jun 12, 2015 12:18 PM | 32
By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — Revamped state websites featuring the controversial Tennessee logo were supposed to debut last weekend, but officials postponed plans because those websites are slow, according to a memo from the state’s Department of Environment and Conservation. “When OIR deployed the new platform with the Content Management System (CMS) databases this weekend, OIR [...]
By Chris Butler | | Jun 09, 2015 5:00 AM | 319
If you’re one of the thousands of Tennessee taxpayers grumbling on social media about the simple yet expensive new state logo, know that certain graphic designers say you’re no better than a mindless barking dog.
By Chris Butler | | Jun 08, 2015 9:00 AM | 135
By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog Top bigwigs at Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board, publicly criticized for their $200,000-plus annual salaries, have accepted bumps of as much as $25,000 a year. Records show two of EPB’s assistant vice presidents, for example, make more money than Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, who makes $154,781 per year. The highest-level executives at the public [...]
By Chris Butler | | Jun 03, 2015 5:00 AM
By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog Eleven-year-old Chandler Crawford of Memphis needed just two days and her artistic wit to develop her vision for a Tennessee logo. You might even prefer it over the state’s official version. Two hundred miles away, officials at 23 state agencies in Nashville needed nine-months, $46,000 and a top-level firm to come up with a [...]
By Chris Butler | | Jun 01, 2015 5:00 AM
By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog NASHVILLE — The Tennessee General Assembly had nothing to do with creating or approving a controversial new state logo that cost taxpayers $46,000, state Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, says. But Holt acting now, asking Tennessee Attorney General Herb Slattery to issue an opinion on whether the logo is even legally eligible for its own [...]
By Chris Butler | | May 27, 2015 1:24 PM | 1.2K
Tennessee has eight graphic artists and designers costing taxpayers a yearly sum of $293,000, state records show, yet officials paid a private firm $46,000 to create a new state logo.
By Chris Butler | | May 25, 2015 5:00 AM
Some taxpayers in Tennessee saw the new official state logo and said they cackled with laughter. Others took to social media to vent their anger after learning state officials paid $46,000 for a Nashville-based firm to create a new state logo they say a 5-year-old could design.