Tennessee Department of Children’s Services Opens New Investigation Into Abuse Claims At Brentwood Academy

  The Tennessee Department of Children’s Services has opened a new investigation into alleged rape and sexual abuse committed against a male student by other male students at Brentwood Academy. DCS spokesman Rob Johnson told The Tennessee Star the new investigation was opened based on new information the department received late Wednesday. The department had investigated the case in April 2015, but Johnson could not provide more information because of confidentiality reasons. The victim’s mother filed a $30 million lawsuit against the elite private Christian school in Williamson County on Aug. 4 in Williamson County Circuit Court. The mother is identified as Jane Doe and her son, the victim, is identified as John Doe. The defendants are Brentwood Academy and several administrators and faculty members. According to the suit, John Doe was a sixth-grader at Brentwood Academy during the 2014-2015 school year when he was abused by four eighth-grade boys, who were 14 and 15 years old. On four separate dates in January and February 2015, “harassment, sexual assault, and rape were perpetrated in the locker room without adult supervision upon Plaintiff John Doe when he would only be in his shirt and underwear,” the suit says. The suit alleges, among…

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Nancy Pelosi Calls for Removing Confederate Statues from U.S. Capitol

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Thursday said she supports removing Confederate statues from the U.S. Capitol and called on Speaker Paul D. Ryan to join the push to remove them “immediately.” “The Confederate statues in the halls of Congress have always been reprehensible,” Mrs. Pelosi said in a statement. “If Republicans are serious about rejecting…

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Mark Fitzgibbons Commentary: Charlottesville, Charlottesville, Charlottesville

  by Mark J Fitzgibbons, Esq.   Charlottesville is the new meme of the far left, the media, and even the establishment GOP in their effort to replace President Trump by any means. Those means include impeachment, and by some, assassination. No longer do we hear Russia, Russia, Russia. It’s now Charlottesville, Charlottesville, Charlottesville. But whether it’s Russia or Charlottesville, the plan associated with the meme is the same. The media, often working off talking points from the left, can’t be trusted to report the facts accurately. Some members of the establishment GOP think they’ve got an issue to weaken Trump or even run him out of office, and choose the left’s narrative over facts and principles. Trump’s style has disrupted the Washington insiders’ game. On Charlottesville Trump was right again, and as facts come to the surface it is perfectly clear that two sides were responsible for the violence in Charlottesville, as explained with great reporting at The Daily Caller. Phillip Stucky’s article about how police cleared the park where the protest started before it fatally poured out onto the streets is just one of many examples. The faith leaders there to attempt to preserve the peace fled soon…

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Mitt Romney Demands That President Trump Apologize For Charlottesville Comments

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  Mitt Romney on Friday called for President Trump to apologize for his Charlottesville “both sides” comments and to put all the blame on white supremacists and none on the radical leftists who also acted violently. Earlier this week, Trump explicitly condemned white supremacist groups by name, but said both sides were to blame for the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. He also said there were innocents on both sides. A man identified as a white supremacist drove his car into a crowd, killing a woman and injuring around 20 others. White supremacists and radical leftists threw punches, bottles and rocks at each other. They also used sticks and chemical sprays. As The Daily Caller News Foundation reported, the white supremacists were attending a legally permitted “Unite the Right” rally at Emancipation Park to protest the City of Charlottesville’s decision to remove the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. The radical leftists had no legal permit, and were gathered on the street immediately in front of Emancipation Park. Romney was the Republican nominee who lost to former President Obama in the 2012 presidential election. On Tuesday, Romney was critical of Trump on Twitter. He elaborated in a…

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Bill O’Reilly: Trump Considers ‘Alt-Left’ Attacks ‘Fair Payback’ for Dishonest Media

Former Fox News Channel star Bill O’Reilly says President Trump’s recent condemnation of “alt-left” violence in Virginia was a form of revenge against the media. The author of “Old School: Life in the Sane Lane” is convinced that a cultural “civil war” was spotlighted this week during Mr. Trump’s press conference on Charlottesville. Mr. O’Reilly penned…

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What Does Tillerson’s ‘Rooney Rule’ Mean for the State Department?

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Friday announced a diversity initiative for the State Department that requires the consideration of at least one minority candidate every time an ambassador position becomes available. Tillerson did not mention it by name, but the program closely resembles a 2003 diversity initiative in the NFL that came to be known…

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Tennessee U.S. Senator Bob Corker Stands By Statements Criticizing Trump Over Charlottesville

  COLUMBIA, Tennessee — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) on Friday defended his remarks Thursday criticizing President Trump for his comments about the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend between white supremacists and leftist radicals. Corker was in Columbia on Friday to speak at a joint luncheon of the Rotary and Kiwanis clubs at the Memorial Building downtown. On Thursday in Chattanooga, Corker questioned Trump’s competence and said, “He has not demonstrated that he understands what has made this nation great and what it is today, and he’s got to demonstrate the characteristics of a president who understands that.” Trump’s critics in the mainstream media and on the left, as well as some establishment Republicans, have maintained that Trump indirectly supported white supremacy by blaming both sides for the violence and saying there were innocent people on both sides. Asked by The Tennessee Star after Friday’s luncheon what he thought Trump should have said instead, Corker said he didn’t want to get into analyzing it further. “I’m trying to steer away from that,” Corker said. “What I said yesterday I think speaks for itself. Hopefully this, myself and maybe a few others speaking out, will have an effect. But I just want good…

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Faith: Verse of the Day for Saturday, August 19

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  VERSE OF THE DAY Be blessed and be a blessing August 19, Saturday Isaiah 26:3-4 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. 4 Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.    

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