Columbia Mayoral Candidate Debbie Matthews: ‘People in Columbia and Maury County Are Worth Fighting For’

Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Leahy welcomed conservative mayoral candidate Debbie Matthews for Columbia, Tennessee in-studio to describe the process of door-knocking in her campaign and how the people in her city and county are worth fighting for.

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Former Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles Talks Busy Grassroots Schedule for Congressional Seat

Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Leahy welcomed former mayor of Maury County Tennessee and GOP nominee for Congress in TN5 Andy Ogles in studio to talk about his busy schedule and grassroots meetings.

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Andy Ogles Talks Top Achievements as Mayor of Maury County and Key Concerns of Citizens

Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Leahy welcomed TN5 GOP Nominee, former Mayor of Maury County Andy Ogles to the studio to discuss past achievements as mayor and issues he is hearing on the ground through state townhalls.

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Representative Cepicky and Senator Hensley Request Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to Put Hold on Landfill Development Plans

State Representative Scott Cepicky and Senator Joey Hensley announced that requested the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) to hold off on plans to put a massive landfill in Maury County, Tennessee.

In a letter to the agency, State Representative Scott Cepicky stated, “Myself and others have concerns about the new permitting at the Monsanto land. It’s been almost 10 years since we fought the mega dump in Maury County. We must protect the duck river and our water source for southern middle Tennessee. Senator Hensley and myself have sent this letter to the TDEC asking for everything to slow down and perform town halls in Maury County to get the opinions of the locals. We will stay on top of this from the state level making sure everything in process is transparent.”

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Maury County Mayoral Candidate Sheila Butt Talks Passing Legislation Into Law and Accountability

Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Leahy welcomed former state representative Sheila Butt in studio to discuss legislation she passed during her time as a state representative and the lack of accountability for upholding the laws.

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Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles Vetoes Budget Citing Negative Impact of Tax Increase

Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles sent a letter to Maury County Commission Chairman Don Morrow in which he vetoed the proposed Maury County budget for the next fiscal year citing the negative impact of the proposed tax increase as citizens deal with the Biden administration’s inflationary policies.

“I have spent a great deal of time reviewing the budget in context of the greater economic factors that are occurring in United States, from record fuel prices, inverted yield curve, collapse in commodities such as copper, and record low consumer sentiment just to name a few; some analysts are speculating that the impending recession could be worse than 2008,” said Ogles in his letter.

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TN-5 Candidate Andy Ogles Talks Campaigning and Why He’s the Consistent Conservative Choice for Congress

Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Leahy welcomed Tennessee 5th Congressional District candidate, Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles to the newsmaker line to discuss his recent campaigning efforts, why he’s the best choice for Tennessee and the upcoming Epoch Times debate.

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TN-5 GOP Congressional Candidate Andy Ogles Raises $453k for Campaign in First Month

The campaign of Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles announced on Tuesday he has raised $453,000 during the first month since he announced his candidacy to secure the Republican nomination in Tennessee’s Fifth Congressional District.

Ogles is one of nine qualified candidates on the August 4, 2022 Republican primary ballot for the TN-5 nomination.

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Former State Rep. Sheila Butt, Now a Candidate for Maury County Mayor, Discusses the Importance of the Individual in Local Political Action

Wednesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Leahy welcomed former state rep. Sheila Butt in studio to talk about her start in politics and winning her first race in 2010.

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Sources: Andy Ogles Will Focus on TN-5 Congressional Bid and Not Run for Re-election as Maury County Mayor

Sources close to Andy Ogles tell The Tennessee Star that he will announce later this week that he will focus on his bid for the TN-5 GOP nomination and will withdraw as a candidate for re-election as mayor of Maury County.

First elected mayor in 2018, Ogles is currently the GOP nominee for Maury County mayor in the Aug 4 county general election, which is scheduled to be held on the same day and in the same Maury County polling locations as the TN-5 GOP primary election.

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22 Charged with Drug Distribution Crimes in Maury and Lewis Counties

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A lengthy investigation by federal and local law enforcement has resulted in the indictment of 22 individuals for illegally distributing substantial amounts of controlled substances in and around the areas of Maury County and Lewis County, Tennessee. According to a press release by the Middle District of Tennessee U.S. Attorney’s Office, the last of three federal indictments returned last month was unsealed Tuesday, and all but one charged defendant have been taken into custody.

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All Star Panelist Clint Brewer Discusses the Fifth Congressional District’s Slew of GOP Candidates

Thursday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Leahy welcomed all-star panelist Clint Brewer in studio to comment upon the recent nod to Nashville transplant Morgan Ortegas for Tennessee’s Fifth Congressional District and those confirmed and considering a run.

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Maury County, Tennessee Mayor Andy Ogles Says He’ll Go to Jail Before He Forces County Employees to Take COVID-19 Vaccine

Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles on Monday delivered a bold and unconventional message not only to his employees but also to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) bureaucrats concerning that agency’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Ogles said that the county will not submit.

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Williamson County Elementary School Teacher Arrested, Charged with Child Rape, Other Sex Crimes

Maury County Sheriff’s deputies this week arrested a Fairview Elementary School teacher and charged him with aggravated sexual exploitation, incest, aggravated sexual battery, and rape of a child. This, according to intake details that the Maury County Sheriff’s Department provided to The Tennessee Star on Tuesday.

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Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles: ‘There’s a Time in History Where You Stand up to Your Government and You Tell Them Enough Is Enough’

Friday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles to the newsmakers line to explain his pushback on the federal government’s mandate requiring Tennessee healthcare workers to be vaccinated by Janauary sixth of 2022.

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Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles Declares State of Emergency in County to Protect Health Care Workers’ Rights

Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles — flanked by several state legislators — declared a state of emergency in the county at a press conference  on Thursday.

Ogles said the U.S. Constitution entitles health care workers to religious exemptions and other rights of conscience to refuse the COVID-19 vaccine. He also said the U.S. Constitution protects those workers from harassment or even job loss.

The Biden administration now mandates that healthcare workers vaccinate themselves against COVID-19, and Ogles warned his constituents Thursday that more than 1,000 local health care employees in Maury County could lose their jobs.

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State Representative Scott Cepicky Weighs in on Tennessee Department of Health Commissioners Monoclonal Antibody Guidelines

Wednesday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Maury County Tennessee State Representative Scott Cepicky to the newsmakers line to discuss monoclonal antibody guidelines, calling a special session, and circumventing the federal government.

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Nashville Area’s Population Approaches Two Million People

The Nashville metropolitan area was the 20th-fastest growing statistical area in the country since 2010, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

With a growth rate of 20.9% from 2010 to 2020, the Nashville area now is the 36th-largest metropolitan area in the country with nearly 2 million residents. The census numbers showed the metro Nashville population increased by 343,319 people to 1,989,519.

Tennessee’s population grew by 8.9% between 2010 and 2020; lower than the 11.5% and 16.7% increases during the previous two census counts. Four of the past six census counts have shown double-digit increases in Tennessee’s population growth.

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Andy Ogles Weighs in on Tennessee Department of Health Mature Minor Doctrine and Parental Consent

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Tuesday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Mayor Andy Ogles in studio to weigh in on the push for COVID vaccines for minors, parental consent, and the confusion surrounding the mature minor doctrine.

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Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles Talks Booming Growth Ignited by Manufacturing Industry in the County

Tuesday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Mayor Andy Ogles in studio to discuss the economic growth initiated by manufacturing and automotive distribution in Maury County.

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Mayor Andy Ogles and Americans for Prosperity-Tennessee’s Grant Henry Discuss the Cuban Protests and the Fight for Freedom

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Tuesday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Mayor Ogles and AFP’s Henry in studio to weigh in on the Cuban protests, false narratives by mainstream media and questioned American’s value of freedom.

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Andy Ogles and Grant Henry Discuss Big Tech Censorship and Its Potential Status as a Public Utility

Tuesday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Maury County Mayor Ogles and AFP’s Grassroots Director Henry to the studio to discuss Big Tech, censorship, and public utility.

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Mayor Andy Ogles in Dismay of Williamson County Textbook Teaching Second Graders About Gender Change

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Tuesday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Mayor Andy Ogles of Maury County to the studio to discuss his disbelief about the gendered curriculum in textbooks being taught to second graders in Williamson County.

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Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles Gets Back to Normal with MuleFest May 28 and 29 in Downtown Columbia, Tennessee

Maury County MuleFest

Tuesday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles in studio to give details on the upcoming MuleFest over Memorial Day weekend May 28 thru 29 in downtown Columbia, Tennessee.

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Mayor of Maury County Andy Ogles Talks About County Growth, Conservative California Refugee’s, and Being Accessible

Tuesday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles to the studio to discuss his county’s growth, real estate market trends in the county, California conservative refugees, and being accessible to his constituents.

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Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles Reviews the Emergency Powers Granted to Governor Lee by Statute but Limited by The Tennessee Constitution

Tuesday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles to the studio to explain and clarify the governor’s emergency powers according to the Tennessee Constitution.

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Mayor Andy Ogles Weighs in on the Unconstitutionality of Mask Mandates By State Governors and County Mayors

Tuesday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Mayor Andy Ogles to the studio to discuss the unconstitutionality of mask mandates by county mayors and the governor.

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Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles on State of the State Address and His Role Helping to Recruit Businesses to Growing Tennessee

Tuesday morning on the Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles to the studio to weigh in on Governor Bill Lee’s State of the State address and the rapid development of Tennessee.

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Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles Calls for Tennessee to Dump Any State-Held Equity in Big Tech Companies Over Censorship

Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles is calling on the Tennessee General Assembly to dump any state-held equity and debt in the Big Tech companies over their “war on freedom of speech.”

Ogles made the announcement on his Facebook page Wednesday, available here. It is addressed to Governor Bill Lee, Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge), House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) and the other members of the Legislature.

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Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles Forms ‘Andy’s Army TN’ Facebook Group to Promote Liberty

Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles formed a Facebook group called “Andy’s Army TN” for “patriots and Fans of Andy Ogles who believe in taking a stand for our Constitution and Liberties.”

The private group’s page is here. Since it is a private group, people have to request to join. Facebook showed the membership to be approximately 1,800 as of Monday.

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Tennessee Board Approves $35M Grant to Retrain GM’s Spring Hill Employees as Part of $2B Deal to Produce Electric Cadillac Vehicles

A state board on Tuesday approved a $35 million jobs training grant to encourage General Motors to retain workers at its Spring Hill plant as the company looks to invest approximately $2 billion to produce electric vehicles, including the Cadillac LYRIQ.

The State Funding Board approved the FastTrack Job Training Assistance Grant. More information is available here.

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General Motors Says It Will Invest $2 Billion in Spring Hill Plant

General Motors will invest nearly $2 billion in its Spring Hill manufacturing plant, in Maury County, to build fully electric vehicles, including the all-new, luxury Cadillac LYRIQ.

This, according to a press release that Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) officials posted on their website Tuesday.

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Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles Tells Bill Lee and John Cooper That it’s Time to Open up Tennessee

 

Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles said Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Nashville Mayor John Cooper can heal an economy wounded after COVID-19, and Ogles said now is the time to do so.

Simply put, Ogles said Middle Tennessee is Tennessee’s economic engine and what happens there reverberates throughout the rest of the state. He also said it’s time for the state to go back to what life was like February, before COVID-19 impacted the United States. Ogles also said it’s safe to do so.

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Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles Formally Asks Tennessee Governor Bill Lee to Fire Penny Schwinn

Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner (TDEC) Penny Schwinn must leave, said Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles on Wednesday.

Ogles posted on his Facebook page that Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee must remove Schwinn. Ogles said he formally called on Lee to do this only hours after he read Wednesday’s Tennessee Star article that quoted three former TDEC higher-ups. Those former employees, speaking anonymously, denounced Schwinn and her alleged on-the-job behavior. They said she falsified government records, ridiculed Lee at TDEC staff meetings, and lied to avoid appearing in public alongside U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.

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Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles Blasts Department of Education’s ‘Child Wellbeing’ Checkup Program, Says It’s Time for Penny Schwinn to Go

Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report, host Michael Patrick Leahy welcomed Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles to the show to discuss the Tennessee Department of Education’s new “wellness liaisons” that can check up on children at schools and at their homes.

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Report: Maury County Superintendent Chris Marczak Misused School Credit Card

  Maury County School Superintendent Chris Marczak reportedly mismanaged his school-issued credit card, and he had to return it to the school system. This, according to The Columbia Daily Herald, which reported Marczak improperly and incorrectly filed expense reports. School system officials did not return The Tennessee Star’s repeated requests for…

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Columbia Officials Want Public Art, Including a Mural in Multiple Languages

  Columbia officials reportedly want a permanent public art display, and one suggestion includes a mural saying “Welcome” in multiple world languages. This, according to OakRidger.com, which did not specify whether taxpayers would have to pay for this public art. The proposed mural “would showcase the county’s diverse citizenship, as…

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Audit: Maury County School System Fined Nearly $400,000 in IRS Late Fees

The Internal Revenue Service has assessed nearly $400,000 in penalties and interests against the Maury County School Department, according to an audit Tennessee Comptrollers released this week. The fines and penalties come from 2016 and 2017, according to the audit. County taxpayers, of course, are the ones who must foot…

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Maury County School System Test Scores Are Below State Average

The Maury County School System has performed below the state average on state assessments in math, English, science, and social studies, according to the Tennessee Department of Education’s website. This, according to an academic achievement indicator that measures the percentage of students who perform on grade level on state assessments…

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