- Associated Press - Saturday, July 19, 2014
Early voting underway for Tennessee primary

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Early voters began casting their ballots Friday for Tennessee’s primary election, with tea party-styled challenges to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s bid for the Republican nomination to a third term.

Alexander is looking to avoid an upset from state Rep. Joe Carr of Murfreesboro or Memphis physician and radio station owner George Flinn. Carr has sought to consolidate tea party support, while Flinn has given $1.8 million of his own money into his final push.

Turnout for the Aug. 7 primary is expected to be light. Hard-fought statewide primaries drew about 30 percent of voters in 2006 and 2010, but lower-profile campaigns in 2008 and 2012 drew less than 20 percent of voters. Close to half of all ballots in the last two primaries were cast by early or absentee voters, meaning time is running out to make a case to undecided Republicans.

Alexander, a former two-term governor who also ran for president twice, in a recent interview noted that he has gained a majority in each of his previous five primary campaigns and that he has campaigned heavily to persuade Republican voters to rally behind him again this time.

“I’ve focused over the year on staying in touch with Tennesseans and presenting myself as a conservative with an independent streak who knows how to get results,” Alexander said. “And if Tennesseans want more of that, why then I’ll be re-elected.”

Carr has cited the upset tea party win over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Virginia as a blueprint for his campaign against Alexander. Conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham has declared herself “all in for Joe Carr,” and plans to campaign on his behalf next week.

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Greene County board resubmits pipeline plan

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An eastern Tennessee county has asked the state again for permits that would allow US Nitrogen to build miles-long pipelines to and from the Nolichucky River.

The Greene County Industrial Development Board voted Friday to resubmit an application requesting the Tennessee Department Of Transportation to allow the board to place a double-pipeline along state and county right of ways from the area of the US Nitrogen plant to the Nolichucky River.

The pipeline would supply industries in Midway with raw water directly from the river and return wastewater to the river.

The Greeneville Sun reported (http://bit.ly/1mR2EEqhttp://bit.ly/1mR2EEq ) that regulators rejected a previous request for permits because they concluded that only US Nitrogen would benefit from the project. The state requires applicants to show the project will benefit the greater public.

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Information from: The Greeneville Sun, http://www.greenevillesun.comhttp://www.greenevillesun.com

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