Early voting nears 350,000 ballots in Tennessee election
Tennesseans are voting in record numbers with close to 350,000 ballots cast in the first three days of early voting. According to vote totals on the Secretary of State’s website 345,844 early and absentee ballots had been cast in the midterm elections by the end of the day Friday. The election includes a high-profile race between U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and Democratic former Gov. Phil Bredesen to replace retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker. In the governor’s race, polls show businessman Bill Lee with a lead over Democratic former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean in the race to succeed term-limited GOP Gov. Bill Haslam. Voters can cast their ballots early through Nov. 1. Only those already registered to vote can participate.
Why not give it a try? You never know’: Mega Millions’ $1.6 billion jackpot creates a frenzy
Those are a few of the words being used by convenience store workers to describe business over the past week — all because of the now record-breaking $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot, the biggest lottery prize in U.S. history. While the crowds typically increase as the jackpot gets bigger, several workers and ticket-buyers told USA TODAY that this one has drawn the longest lines.
A Kappa Frat Party At Clemson University Goes Terribly WRONG!
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity was hosting a homecoming party at the clubhouse at Woodlands Apartments, said Clemson University Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications Joe Galbraith. “It’s not atypical for student organizations to host event off campus, especially during a busy weekend like homecoming,” Galbraith said. The university is offering counseling for students involved.
CHRISTION ABERCROMBIE STARTING TO RESPOND
Injured TSU linebacker Christion Abercrombie is making tremendous progress in his recovery. According to his mother, Staci Abercrombie, Christion is able to wave his hand, tell time, and mumble names and the word “Yes”. “It started when his dad heard something, and said ‘can you talk’, he whispered YES! Blessings on Blessings! Said Staci Abercrombie in a tweet Sunday. Christion Abercrombie was injured on a play during TSU’s game versus Vanderbilt on Sept. 29.He was rushed to the emergency room and had to have emergency surgery. The linebacker was discharged last week and is currently at a rehab facility in Atlanta, Georgia. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help Christion and his family.
NO MORE ‘TRANSGENDER’ UNDER TRUMP ADMINISTRATION?
The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.
A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs, including in education and health care, recognizing gender largely as an individual’s choice and not determined by the sex assigned at birth. The policy prompted fights over bathrooms, dormitories, single-sex programs and other arenas where gender was once seen as a simple concept. Conservatives, especially evangelical Christians, were incensed.
The department argued in its memo that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by The Times. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.
“Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” the department proposed in the memo, which was drafted and has been circulating since last spring. “The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”
The new definition would essentially eradicate federal recognition of the estimated 1.4 million Americans who have opted to recognize themselves — surgically or otherwise — as a gender other than the one they were born into.