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Haslam says no secret to positions in second term


FRANKLIN, Tenn.— Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he sees little reason to make explicit declarations about his positions on issues in order to claim a mandate in a second term.

Haslam faces political unknown Democratic nominee Charlie Brown, who has reported no fundraising activity since joining the race. Given the expected wide margin of victory, observers have questioned why the governor has decided to run a feel-good ad narrated by children instead of seeking political insulation for controversial issues like his support of Common Core education standards, a modified plan for Medicaid expansion and an overhaul of Tennessee's gas tax.

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Mavs used balanced offense to beat Grizzlies


DALLAS (AP) — Tyson Chandler's off-season work on his shot was apparent on Monday night.

Chandler scored 14 points and added a game-high eight rebounds in the Dallas Mavericks' 108-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

The center's eight points in the first quarter included two jump shots from near the foul line.

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Students make Higher-ED connection at River City (TN) Links event


Hundreds of high school students made valuable contacts for their future education during The River City (TN) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated annual HBCU College Fair at First Baptist Church-Broad last Saturday (Oct. 18).

Twenty Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) set up booths and provided information on enrollment, scholarships, campus life, financial aid and more.

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Gina the dreamer

Beyond the Lights

Born on June 10, 1969, Gina Maria Prince-Bythewood studied film at UCLA before beginning her career as a writer for the TV sitcom, “A Different World.” In 2000, she made a noteworthy directorial debut with the critically-acclaimed “Love & Basketball,” which netted a dozen accolades during awards season, including a couple of NAACP Image Awards, a BET Award and several Black Reel Awards.

Gina’s next feature was “The Secret Life of Bees (2008),” which also earned its share of trophies, including Image Awards for Best Picture and Best Director. Here, she talks about making her third movie, “Beyond the Lights,” a romance drama co-starring Gugu Mbata-Raw and Nate Parker.

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Family picnic attracts a positive-minded ‘mob’


A “mob” descended upon Audubon Park on Sunday (Oct. 19th) from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. However, this “mob” was not a group of violent individuals disturbing the peace but various people gathered together for free food, entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, bouncers for kids, and a good cause.

Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives, (F.F.U.N.) held its fifth annual Multicultural Unity in the Community Picnic. The theme of the picnic was “Celebrating Our Differences.”

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