Switching the Discipline Mind from punishment to restorative.

Hillsboro’s unique C.O.R.E. counsel recently participated in a two day retreat with other schools in order to improve their group leading skills and learn more about Restorative Justice.

September 12th and 13th, the Hillsboro C.O.R.E. Team met with the Peace Team from Glencliff and shared a bus to Horton Haven Christian Camp in Lewisburg, Tennessee to work on team building.

The C.O.R.E. team is advised by two of Hillsboro’s favorite teachers: Ellen Montgomery and Amy Cate.

The CORE and Peace Team are group of students that follow and promote Restorative Student Practices. The team also works with Oasis Center,  where they learn how to mitigate conflict in the school.  The Practices are important to building a better social culture at schools, but the same skills, our team found, were beneficial to us personally.

At the camp, we focused on a lot of games that helped with team bonding, building, and growth. We also learned about trusting in each other and making new friendships.

The use of restorative practices has the potential to:

    • reduce crime, violence and bullying
    • improve human behavior
    • strengthen civil society
    • provide effective leadership
    • restore relationships
    • repair harm

An obstacle courses was one of the activities held: It included walking on a wire, getting ten people to stand on a stand, balancing a board, and getting a marble to the end of the sidewalk. Other activities included zip-lining, rock climbing, and canoeing.

The Restorative Student Practice is more available in Nashville schools, however, other counties such as Wilson, Maury and Cheathum are visiting Nashville programs to learn how to implement RSP and CORE at their school.

This is a great opportunity for us to share what we have learned with other students. Having other schools contact us about the program is a positive for our team. Being able to share what we know with other schools helps us to take it more seriously.

 




Will the aliens be freed during the Area 51 Raid?


A mans holds an inflatable alien at an entrance to the Nevada Test and Training Range near Area 51 Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, near Rachel, Nev. People gathered at the gate inspired by the “Storm Area 51” internet hoax. (AP Photo/John Locher)

On September 10th 2019, a Dutch YouTuber, and his friend, were arrested 3 miles deep into Area 51. On June 27th 2019, California resident , Matty Roberts created a Facebook group dedicated to storming the military compound. It was originally done as a joke but quickly amassed millions of supporters.

The date for the storm is on September 20th, 2019, or 2 days from the writing of this article. The main goal of the raid is to “free aliens” which it is not yet confirmed of the existence of said aliens in Area 51.

The movement has spawned thousands of memes online and has currently had more people sign up that the US military has soldiers. Several plans have been made for the raid, including strategies have been made of how to storm the complex. 

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This image taken from video posted by the Nye County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, shows a recorded police interview with Dutch tourists Ties Granzier, left, and Govert Sweep, in the Nye County Jail in Pahrump, Nev. The pair, who wanted to take video of Area 51, have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor trespass and illegal parking following their arrests at the secure U.S. government site in Nevada.expected release Thursday. (Nye County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

The creator of the group said that “If we can Naruto run we can run faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens”. He later stated that he was afraid of the government raiding his house saying to CNN “I was just like, the FBI’s going to show up at my house and it got a little spooky from there.”

He reportedly intended it to be entirely satirical stating “I just thought it would be a funny idea for the meme page”. Some people have even started to camp around and visit the site itself while refusing to actually travel inside.

Currently, people are actually flying to Nevada for the raid. The total amount actually attending the raid is currently unknown. 




A Short Breakdown of Brexit

Image # 1: EU countries


Since June of 2016, the United Kingdom has been voting to leave the EU. It was a public vote on the 26th, and had only won by 1.6%.

The EU is made up of 28 countries, in an economic and political alliance (See Image 1)

It is mainly being led by the Conservative Party. They started by invoking Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union. This is what started the now 3 year process in an attempt to leave the EU. The previous Prime Minister, Theresa May, struggled to get the process out of chambers. Neither party is able to agree on a process to begin the exodus.

The main issue with Brexit is that there could be serious socioeconomic consequences if they did leave.

The current Prime Minister Boris Johnson says that even without an agreement, they will leave on October 31st 2019. Associated Press reported September 16, 2019 that “Johnson says the U.K. will leave the EU on the scheduled date of Oct. 31 with or without a Brexit divorce deal. But he insists he can strike a revised agreement with the bloc in time for an orderly departure. The agreement made by his predecessor, Theresa May, was rejected three times by Britain’s Parliament, prompting her to resign.

There are multiple reasons why Brexit is not viewed as a good move for the United Kingdom. A prime factor is  the fact that European Health Insurance Cards (EHICs) will no longer be valid, medicine becoming more expensive, multiple goods would increase in price, and a large amount of their food imports are from the EU.

British lawmakers stage a protest in the House of Commons before prorogation of Parliament, in London, Tuesday Sept. 10, 2019. The British government has formally suspended Parliament, sending lawmakers home for five weeks amid a Brexit crisis. (Parliament TV via PA via AP)

The key sticking point to a Brexit deal is the “backstop,” an insurance policy in Prime Ministers May’s agreement intended to guarantee an open border between EU member Ireland and the U.K.’s Northern Ireland. That is vital both to the local economy and to Northern Ireland’s peace process.

Brexiteers argued that leaving the EU would result in an immediate cost saving, as the country would no longer contribute to the EU budget.

In 2016, Britain paid in £13.1bn, but it also received £4.5bn worth of spending, said Full Fact, “so the UK’s net contribution was £8.5bn”.What is harder to determine is whether the financial advantages of EU membership, such as free trade and inward investment, outweighed the upfront costs.

Currently, Johnson is holding special meetings in Luxembourg with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to discuss the starkly two different sides that the UK has in contrast to the EU. Finding a compromise is seen by many Europeans to be a long-shot.

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18 years later, America vows to ‘never forget’ 9/11

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New York Fire Department members attend a second funeral service for FDNY firefighter Michael Haub in Franklin Square, N.Y., Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.  (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)

NEW YORK (AP) — People who were too young on 9/11 to even remember their lost loved ones, and others for whom the grief is still raw, paid tribute with wreath-layings and the solemn roll call of the dead Wednesday as America marked the 18th anniversary of the worst terror attack on U.S. soil.

“As long as the city will gift us this moment, I will be here,” Margie Miller, who lost her husband, Joel, said as she attended the ground zero anniversary ceremony, as she has every year. “I want people to remember.”

President Donald Trump laid a wreath at the Pentagon, telling victims’ relatives there: “This is your anniversary of personal and permanent loss.”

Near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the third site where planes crashed on Sept. 11, 2001, Vice President Mike Pence credited the crew and passengers who fought back against the hijackers with protecting him and others in the U.S. Capitol that day.

“It’s the day that has replayed in your memory a thousand times over. The last kiss. The last phone call. The last time hearing those precious words, ‘I love you,'””

— President Trump

“I will always believe that I and many others in our nation’s capital were able to go home that day and hug our families because of the courage and selflessness of your families,” said Pence, who was an Indiana congressman at the time. Officials concluded the attackers had been aiming the plane toward Washington.

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President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump participate in a moment of silence honoring the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Nearly 3,000 people were killed when terrorist-piloted planes slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the field in Pennsylvania.

For families like Mary Ann Marino’s, “18 years has not lessened our loss,” she told those gathered at ground zero after she read part of the long list of victims’ names. She lost her son, firefighter Kenneth Marino.

Parboti Parbhu choked up as she spoke from the podium about her slain sister, Hardai. Even after nearly two decades, “There’s no easy way to say goodbye,” she said.

By now, the heritage of grief has been handed down to a new generation, including children and young adults who knew their lost relatives barely or not at all.

Jacob Campbell was 10 months old when his mother, Jill Maurer-Campbell, died on 9/11.

“It’s interesting growing up in a generation that doesn’t really remember it. I feel a connection that no one I go to school with can really understand,” Campbell, a University of Michigan sophomore, said as he attended the ceremony.

Like the families, the nation is still grappling with the aftermath of Sept. 11. The effects are visible from airport security checkpoints to Afghanistan, where the post-9/11 U.S. invasion has become America’s longest war. The aim was to dislodge Afghanistan’s then-ruling Taliban militants for harboring al-Qaida leader and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.

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FILE – In this Sept. 11, 2001, file photo, smoke rises from the burning twin towers of the World Trade Center after hijacked planes crashed into the towers in New York City.  (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Earlier this week, Trump called off a secret meeting at Camp David with Taliban and Afghan government leaders and declared the peace talks “dead.” As the Sept. 11 anniversary began in Afghanistan, a rocket exploded at the U.S. Embassy just after midnight, with no injuries reported.

The politics of 9/11 flowed into the ground zero ceremony, too.

After reading victims’ names, Nicholas Haros Jr. used his turn at the podium to tear into Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota over her recent “Some people did something” reference to 9/11.

“Madam, objectively speaking, we know who and what was done,” Haros, who lost his mother, Frances, said as he reminded the audience of the al-Qaida attackers.

“Our constitutional freedoms were attacked, and our nation’s founding on Judeo-Christian values was attacked. That’s what ‘some people’ did. Got that now?” he said to applause.

Omar, one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress, has said she didn’t intend to minimize what happened on Sept. 11, and accused critics of taking her words out of context. She tweeted Wednesday that “September 11th was an attack on all of us.”

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A man holds a photo of a victim during a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, at the National September 11 Memorial, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The dead included Muslims, as Zaheda Rahman underscored after reading names at ground zero. She called her uncle, Abul Chowdhury, a “proud Muslim-American man who lived his life with a carefree nature, a zeal for adventure and a tenacity which I emulate every single day.”

Others made a point of spotlighting the suffering of firefighters, police and others who died or fell ill after being exposed to the smoke and dust at ground zero.

A compensation fund for people with potentially Sept. 11-related health problems has paid out more than $5.5 billion so far. More than 51,000 people have applied. Over the summer, Congress made sure the fund won’t run dry. The sick also gained new recognition this year at the World Trade Center site, where a memorial glade was dedicated this spring.

Sept. 11 has become known also as a day of service. People around the country volunteer at food banks, schools, home-building projects, park cleanups and other community events around the anniversary.

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2018 NFL Official ‘No Call’ Leads New Rule in NFL 2019-20 Season

 

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New Orleans, LA – Background Last season, the Los Angeles Rams played the New Orleans Saints in the playoff game to determine who was going to go to the Super Bowl. It was an extremely close game, with every down, every penalty being more important than if there was a blowout.

It was so close, the Saints and Rams exchanged leads every couple of drives.

The game was eventually turning in the favor of the Saints when they managed to stop the Ram’s offense, and got possession of the ball. The Saints’ plan was for a pass to Saints’ receiver, Tommylee Lewis, to score a first down and continue the drive downfield.

The Saints’ quarterback, Drew Brees, snapped the ball and dropped back to throw a pass to Lewis. The pass was in front of Lewis, but before he got the chance to lay hands on it, the Rams’ safety, Nickel Robey-Coleman, blindsided Lewis.

The Saints’ sideline was furious and expected a flag to be thrown for pass interference, but no flag was thrown. The TV audience thought a flag would be thrown; the play-byplay and color broadcasters thought a penalty was coming. But nothing was called and that moment has come to be known at the “No Call” play.

The Saints had to settle for a field goal. But the No Call turned the momentum in favor of the Rams, who eventually scored and won the game.

Saints fans around America were devastated and angry with the NFL for letting something like this happen. Later that month the NFL issued an apology and told of their intentions to implement a new rule starting the 2019 NFL season.

The rule that will start with the season allows teams to challenge interference and non-calls in the first 28 minutes of each half. “One thing everyone will agree on is we needed a system to correct that egregious, oh boy, jump-out-at-you play…But, we’ve added a subjective portion of the game to replay,” said Parry, a 2019 Super Bowl referee.

How the new rule is implemented remains to be seen. The New Orleans Saints played the Houston Texans  on Monday night to the first Monday Night Football game and though the game was close, it was played without incident.




Latest updates on deadly hurricane Dorian

Sep 03, 2019 7:34AM (GMT 12:34)

Watch Lightening Storm from above the hurricane. 

FREEPORT, Bahamas (AP) — Practically parking itself over the Bahamas for a day and a half, Hurricane Dorian pounded away at the islands Tuesday in a catastrophic onslaught that sent floodwaters up to the second floors of buildings, trapped people in attics and chased others from one shelter to another. At least five deaths were reported. This hurricane is the only Category 5 hurricane to ever hit the chain of islands known as the Bahamas.

“We are in the midst of a historic tragedy,” Prime Minister Hubert Minnis said. “The devastation is unprecedented and extensive.”

The storm’s relentless winds and rain battered homes and businesses on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama, which have a combined population of about 70,000 and are no more than 40 feet (12 meters) above sea level at their highest points. The Grand Bahama airport was under 6 feet (2 meters) of water.

Desperate callers trying to find loved ones left messages with local radio stations as the country’s health minister said medical teams would be sent to the Abaco islands by the afternoon.

As of daybreak, Dorian’s winds had dipped to 120 mph (193 kph), making it a still highly dangerous Category 3 hurricane, and the storm was barely moving at 1 mph (2 kph), with part of its eyewall hanging over Grand Bahama Island since Sunday night.

The storm was centered 40 miles (70 kilometers) northeast of Freeport and 110 miles (175 kilometers) northeast of West Palm Beach, Florida. Hurricane-force winds extended out as far as 45 miles (75 kilometers) in some directions.

Dorian was expected to approach the Florida coast later Tuesday, but the threat to the state eased significantly, with the National Hurricane Center’s projected track showing most of the coast just outside the cone of potential landfall. No place in Florida had more than an 8% chance of getting hit by hurricane-force winds.

As Labor Day weekend drew to a close, hundreds of thousands of people in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina — more than 800,000 in South Carolina alone, and a half-million in Georgia — were warned to evacuate for fear Dorian could bring life-threatening storm-surge flooding even if the hurricane’s center stayed offshore, as forecast. Several large airports announced closings, and hundreds of flights were canceled.

The U.S. Coast Guard airlifted at least 21 people injured on Abaco Island, which Dorian hit on Sunday with sustained winds of 185 mph (295 kph) and gusts up to 220 mph (355 kph), a strength matched only by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, before storms were given names.

Scientists say climate change generally has been fueling more powerful and wetter storms, and the only recorded hurricane more powerful than Dorian was Allen in 1980, with 190 mph (305 kph) winds, though it did not hit land at that strength.

Bahamian officials said they received a “tremendous” number of calls from people in flooded homes. One radio station said it got more than 2,000 distress messages, including reports of a 5-month-old baby stranded on a roof and a woman with six grandchildren who cut a hole in a roof to escape rising floodwaters. At least two designated storm shelters flooded.

Dorian was blamed for one death in Puerto Rico at the start of its path through the Caribbean.

Minnis said many homes and buildings were severely damaged or destroyed. Choppy brown floodwaters reached roofs and the tops of palm trees.

Parliament member Iram Lewis said he feared waters would keep rising and stranded people would lose contact with officials as their cellphone batteries died.

“It is scary,” he said, adding that people were moving from one shelter to another as floodwaters kept surging. “We’re definitely in dire straits.”

Forecasters said that the storm had come to a near standstill because the steering currents in the atmosphere had collapsed, but that Dorian would resume moving later in the day, getting “dangerously close” to the Florida coast through Wednesday evening, very near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts Wednesday night and Thursday, and near or over the North Carolina shoreline late Thursday.

Meteorologist Daniel Brown cautioned that even “a small deviation” in its projected track could take the storm toward land.

In South Carolina, Interstate 26 was turned into a one-way evacuation route away from Charleston on the coast, and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp likewise planned to reverse lanes on I-16 on Tuesday to speed the flow of traffic away from the danger zone.

“We’re taking the ‘better safe than sorry’ attitude,” Kemp said.




Maurice Hill, a Philadelphia gunman with a long criminal history, wounded six police officers that led to a seven hour standoff

PHILADELPHIA  — On August 15th, 2019, shots rang out at around 5:00 in the afternoon in Tioga-Nicetown, Pennsylvania.  The criminal history of a man suspected of barricading himself inside a Philadelphia row home should have prevented him from legally owning the firepower he used Wednesday to wound six police officers in a police standoff. None of the officers sustained life-threatening injuries and they’ve been released from the hospital, Philadelphia police Sgt. Eric Gripp said.


Police officers gather for crowd control as a shooting is investigated, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, in Philadelphia. (Joe Lamberti/Camden Courier-Post via AP)

The police standoff lasted hours causing residents to be escorted from the surrounding houses by SWAT teams. Near the shootout, was a daycare that also had to be evacuated.

The gunman, 36 year old Maurice Hill, is described as a man who already had an extensive criminal record. His record includes crimes involving gun violation, DUI, drugs, aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and “taunting a police animal”.

The initial reason for the police’s attempted contact with Hill was to serve a narcotics warrant, which then led to the shootout.

During the shootout, Hill  fired over 100 rounds against hundreds of officers. He hit 6 of them, all of the wounds were nonlethal. 5 were hit in their limbs, 1 was grazed on the side of the head. One officer was injured in a vehicle crash related to the shootout.

Police take shooting suspect, Maurice Hill, into custody after an hourslong standoff with police, that wounded several police officers, in Philadelphia early Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. The standoff started Wednesday afternoon, as officers went to a home to serve a narcotics warrant in an operation “that went awry almost immediately,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross said. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) PHOTO 2

There were luckily no casualties during this 7 hour shootout.

After hours of barricading himself, Hill finally surrendered around midnight after a tear gas barrage was fired into his house.

This event prompted the mayor to call for gun control laws due to the fact that the shooter had an extensive criminal record and was still able to obtain a large amount of firepower.

Police commissioner Richard Ross stated, “It’s nothing short of a miracle that we don’t have multiple officers killed today”. With Hill’s current charges, it is very possible for him to get life in prison. Larry Krasner says that Hill has “more than enough charges.”




MNPS student password policy changes begin August 1, 2019

MNPS Department of Technology Information Service announced August 1, 2019 that how a student resets his or her password will change in order to better protect the privacy of the students. The modified default password structure for all student accounts in MNPS will be different for returning high school and middle school students.

This change in policy applies to student access to school-related computers and will affect the student’s first logon.

The new format and policy are designed to reduce potential account hacking and will better protect the privacy of individuals. Metro Nashville Public Schools values the privacy of every student including the work product produced on a school computer.

 

 

This new password policy will require that students in middle and high school grades to change their password on the first attempt to use a school computer or wifi.

Elementary grade students, while not forced to change their password as part of a reset, are encouraged to use a password they choose that they can easily remember.

This will begin to instill in them safe computing practices and have them ready to follow these practices as they are required to manage their accounts in later grades.

A common frustration for students using school technology is the requirement to reset passwords multiple times during a school year. The new 180-day new framework will align their password password expiration date more in line with the typical school year.

Teachers have been encouraged to set aside time to allow students the opportunity to set their new password as part of the first few days of class.

It is also recommended to have students reset their passwords on their return from winter break. This will reset the 180- day password expiration counter to cover the 2nd semester timeframe. This will help to reduce the impact of passwords expiring during class, at odd times after students return to classes in January.

We also recommend that students, and staff alike, sign up through the self-service password reset portal. In the event a user forgets their password, this service allows the user to utilize the ‘forgot password’ link on the Office 365 login page and manually reset their password on their own. This recovery is available through any PC, smartphone or tablet that has Internet access.

For more information about setting up this feature, see the overview document here: Service Pro Password Reset

To reset a forgotten password, access the Office 365 portal at https://login.microsoftonline.com.

Enter your mnps username with the appropriate ‘@’ suffix ([email protected] for students)

Students will then select “NEXT’ , click “forgot password link “at the password entry screen.

Follow the remaining steps, as presented through the portal, to reset the password.




“Choices, never forget you have choices” – Timely advice given at the Inaugural All-Metro Athletic Banquet

Metro Nashville Public Schools held its inaugural Athlete of the Year Banquet Monday evening at the Millenium Maxwell House Hotel.

Each Metroc  Nashville Public School was asked to select their male and female athletes of the year.

Following the keynote address by MNPS Athletic Director Roosevelt Sanders, each athlete was honored with a commemorative plaque handed out by Mark North of The FANS  and MNPS Chief of Schools Sito Narcisse.

MNPS Athletes of the Year –

Antioch – Destiny Johnson, Nestor Corea

Cane Ridge – Soziema Dauda, Christian Nunez

East Nashville – Quentarra Mitchell, Caleb Grimes

Glencliff – Yenlhy Perez, Ramy Youssef

Hillsboro – Anna Ball, Jamaal Thomp

Hillwood – Ellie E. Smith, Miller O. Baker

Hume-Fogg – Tinsley Sheppard, Cliff Goidel

Hunters Lane – Rachel Hernandez, Sid Souksangouane

John Overton – Ashley Kwak, John Livingston

Maplewood – Kiara English. Travares Springer

MLK Jr – Zoe Robinson, Jacob Sowell

McGavock – Charlize Edrozo, Barrett Boese

Pearl-Cohn – Kiah Hayes-Woods, Jayden Harrison

Stratford – Sadie Escalona, Clema Balilre

Whites Creek – Sheridan Jones, Dominique Rodriguez




High school students worry that Tennessee #SB971 will change how voter registration drives are held for TN teens

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Senate voted “yes” on SB#971, Thursday, a bill which would  fine voter registration groups for mistakes after a voter registration drive.

The vote left unclear how #SB971  could change the way voter registration drives are held at high schools, colleges and universities. Previously, the Secretary of State’s office has rallied behind young adults to register to vote enabling teachers and administrators to hold drives specifically for young adults who have just turned eighteen or will be voting in their first election.

Historically, on or near a November voting day, high school history teachers engage with the office of the Secretary of State for the state of Tennessee to hold voter registration drives for those who will soon be graduating.The proposed bills advanced despite outcry from Democrats and some voting rights groups, who argue threats of civil penalties and misdemeanors could discourage people from registering to vote. Certainly, if teachers or principals are held responsible for the registrations, it can be assumed that the stiff penalties would halt any further drives.Secretary of State Tre Hargett has been the organizer of the high school registration drives.

Hargett, however,  is in favor of the proposed  bill and has yet to comment on how this bill will affect voter registration drives at the college and high school levels.

 

Why it is important

In the November 5, 2018 election, TargetSmart, a data collection agency, reported the young voter turnout  in Tennessee grew nearly seven-fold from 2014 to 2018. TargetSmart’s analysis reveals, “98,000 people age 18 to 29 have voted early in the state, compared to 12,800 in 2014 — a more than seven-fold increase. The data includes early voters and absentee voters, as of Nov. 1, 2018.”

Tennessee, one of the states with the lowest historic voter turnout, has been the subject this year of targeted get-out-the-vote efforts.

Teens, specifically teens of color, wonder if it is their specific demographic that being targeted or if specific areas of the state are the cause for the change in legislation. “See, they don’t care about us.” one student stated about the legislators who have been vocal supporting the bill. The flip-flop of Knox County legislator, Zachary Johnson, did not help to rid students of their cynicism when it comes to politics.

Before the senate bill can become law, another House vote is first needed on uncontroversial Senate changes. The bill is expected to pass.

Tennessee could be the first state with civil penalties for submitting incomplete forms, state Elections Coordinator Mark Goins has said.

The legislation creates class A misdemeanors if groups knowingly or intentionally pay workers based on quotas; if they enroll 100 or more voters and don’t complete state training; or if they enroll 100-plus voters and fail to ship completed forms by the deadline or within 10 days of registration drives. A class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to almost a year in jail and up to $2,500 in fines.

The bill was amended to apply only to paid workers.  It is unclear if teachers, who are paid by local governments,  fall into the category of “paid workers. ”

The state could also fine high schools and colleges that submit 100 or more incomplete voter registration forms that lack a name, address, date of birth, declaration of eligibility or signature $2,500 in fines .

The latest version wouldn’t penalize voter registration groups for fraudulent forms, since state law already covers those.

The bill was also amended to apply only to groups with paid workers – it is unclear if teachers and administrators, who are paid by local governments fall into the exemption category that enables companies help their employees register, though Sen. Steve Dickerson of Nashville, the lone Republican “no” vote Thursday, said the amendment didn’t go far enough to protect employers.

Additionally, the bill was changed to spell out that voter registration groups can throw away forms with only a name or initial on them.




Prayers, hymns, community shared in firelight of Notre Dame de Paris

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In this combination of photos, flames and smoke rise as the spire on the Notre Dame Cathedral collapses during a fire in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Diana Ayanna)

Today, the cathedral Notre Dame de Paris, stands blackened with much of its roof gone. The spire, that famously  graced a skyline free of skyscrapers is gone, collapsed and now a pile of burnt rubble. The alter inside the famous cathedral was spared significant damage and is a symbol of hope for the French people.

Last week, the iconic cathedral, the Notre Dame de Paris, was destroyed by a catastrophic fire. The Cathedral has been a place of worship since 856. ‘The commander of the Paris firefighter brigade, Jean-Claude Gallet, stated  Monday night, “the cathedral’s main structure and two towers of the cathedral had been saved.”

The country of France is taking the loss quite seriously for a number of reasons. The timing of the fire broke out during Christians’ Holy Week, the most holy for Roman Catholics. In addition to the timing, massive statues, artifacts, and artwork have severely damaged or lost from the cathedral which is over 800 years old. Many French are ready to rebuild, but the loss of art is irreplaceable.

People gathered as night fell Monday during fire to pray and join in group song of “Ave Maria.” President Emmanuel Macron stated, “Notre Dame is our history, our literature, part of our psyche” and pledged that the iconic cathedral will be rebuilt.

The president followed up by saying “Let’s be proud, because we built this cathedral more than 800 years ago, we’ve built it and, throughout the centuries, let it grow and improved it. So I solemnly say tonight: We will rebuild it together.”

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Smoke is seen around the alter inside Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. (Philippe Wojazer/Pool via AP)

Later in the week, firefighters involved in saving the cathedral were honored at the Easter Mass held at neighboring chapels on Sunday. They were honored  for their bravery and remarkable keeping what could have bee a high death toll to one person.

Though France has been weakened, the country will continue to stand tall like the unburned cross of the cathedral carrying a beacon of hope for all.

 

 

“The Holy See has learned with incredulity and sadness the news of the terrible fire that ravaged the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris, a symbol of Christianity, in France and in the world,” Alessandro Gisotti, interim Director of the Holy See tweeted in French. “We express our closeness with the French Catholics and with the Parisian population. We pray for firefighters and for all those who do their best to cope with this dramatic situation.””

— The Vatican Statement on the fire of Notre Dame




Music City USA and the National Football League announce the entertainment line-up for NFL Draft

UPDATED APRIL 25, 2019 1:18 PM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The stars of the gridiron will meet the stars of Music City when the NFL Draft comes to Nashville, Tennessee, in April.

The NFL announced Monday that Grammy-winning country star Tim McGraw will perform a free outdoor concert on April 26 and Grammy-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans will sing the National Anthem on April 25 to open the three days of draft events.

The league added that more than 20 Nashville-based acts will perform with additional names announced soon.

The draft will take place on an outdoor stage in downtown Nashville with additional events for fans at the NFL Draft Experience to be held outside Nissan Stadium, home of the Titans.

Tim McGrawDierks Bentley, and Moon Taxi will play free outdoor concerts at the NFL Draft!
Moon Taxi – Thursday, April 25.
Tim McGraw April 26.
Dierks Bentley April 27.
Moon Taxi will play before the selection activities on Thursday.

Thursday, April 25:
12:15pm: New North (Americana)
1:05pm: DJ Mel (DJ)
2pm: Striking Matches (alternative, pop rock, blues rock)
3:05pm: Mez (rap)
4-5pm: Mikky Ekko (alternative)

Friday, April 26:
12:30pm: Jessy Wilson (neo soul/rock)
1:30pm: Willie Jones (country)
2:30pm: DJ Mel (DJ)
3:30pm: Kid Politics (indie pop)
4:30pm: Jonny P (soul)
6pm: Charlie Worsham (country singer-songwriter)
7:30pm: Rayland Baxter (alternative)
8:45pm: DJ Mel (DJ)

Saturday, April 27:
9am: Ryan Hurd (country)
10:50am: Katie Schecter (rock n roll and soul)
11:50am: Jason Eskridge (soul)
12:50pm: Three Star Revival (soul/jam/funk/Americana/rock)
1:45pm: DJ Case Bloom (DJ)
3pm: Andrew Combs (indie folk)
4:30pm: Charles Esten (country/rock “Nashville” show star)