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Sparks Sponsors Bill Recognizing Fatherless Epidemic
Sparks Sponsors Bill Recognizing Fatherless Epidemic

House members have unanimously passed a resolution sponsored by State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) that recognizes Tennessee's fatherless epidemic.

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Representative Sparks Applauds Faith Based Recovery And Recovery Court Efforts
Representative Sparks Applauds Faith Based Recovery And Recovery Court Efforts

Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) applauded the efforts of faith based recovery programs and the Mental Health Recovery Court, that has realized some remarkable success since it started in 2016.

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Statuate of Limitations could be abolished for those who sexually abuse children in TN
Statuate of Limitations could be abolished for those who sexually abuse children in TN

A bill moved forward by State Representative Mike Sparks and Senator Bill Ketron could eventually abolish the statute of limitations in Tennessee against those who sexually abuse children.

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Candidates Qualify for Local Races
Candidates Qualify for Local Races

The deadline has come and gone for those wishing to run in the August 2nd elections. See whose running for local and state offices.

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Motlow State in Smyrna Growing with Nearly $28 Million Building
Motlow State in Smyrna Growing with Nearly $28 Million Building

The Town of Smyrna and Motlow State Community College received a bit of good news from Governor Bill Haslam. State Representative Mike Sparks commented...

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Rep. Mike Sparks Appointed Vice-Chair Of Calendar & Rules Committee
Rep. Mike Sparks Appointed Vice-Chair Of Calendar & Rules Committee

State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) has been appointed Vice-Chair of the House Calendar & Rules Committee by Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville).

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State Lawmakers Name Bridge after Captain Kuss
State Lawmakers Name Bridge after Captain Kuss

Members of the Rutherford County Legislative Delegation announced that they will memorialize fallen Blue Angels Captain Jeff Kuss with a proclamation and bridge dedication on Saturday, November 11, 2017.

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OPINION: First They Came
OPINION: First They Came

First they came is a poem written by German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller. The poem was written in regards to the cowardice of German intellectuals following the Nazis' rise to power and subsequent purging of their chosen targets, group after group.

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State Rep. Mike Sparks chimes in on removing historic statues
State Rep. Mike Sparks chimes in on removing historic statues

More and more talk is circulating about the idea of tearing down or moving confederate statues in Murfreesboro and throughout the state.

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IN DEPTH: Synthetic Drug Use Continues in Murfreesboro and Beyond
IN DEPTH: Synthetic Drug Use Continues in Murfreesboro and Beyond

Today, the synthetic drugs that are often called "Fake Weed" are much more dangerous and potent than they originally were.

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Rep. Rudd, Sparks, House Insurance & Banking Committee Produce Strong 2017 Results
Rep. Rudd, Sparks, House Insurance & Banking Committee Produce Strong 2017 Results

Throughout the first half of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly, the House Insurance and Banking Committee was particularly active in the legislative process.

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COMMENTARY: Why I Wrote 'Nathan Bedford Forrest's Redemption'
COMMENTARY: Why I Wrote 'Nathan Bedford Forrest's Redemption'

Nathan Bedford Forrest recently made the news again, but it is never for a good reason. Rep. Mike Sparks of Smyrna introduced a House Resolution (HR 97) to honor me, and shortly thereafter Forrest made the news.

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Gas Tax Passes; Local Reps Vote No - Senators Yes
Gas Tax Passes; Local Reps Vote No - Senators Yes

Despite a no vote from all four State House lawmakers from Rutherford County, Governor Haslam's bill to raise the gas tax passes the lower chamber.

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Rep. Mike Sparks says 'No' to Gas Tax Hike
Rep. Mike Sparks says 'No' to Gas Tax Hike

"The legislation seeks to raise the gas tax 6-cent-per-gallon gas tax and 10-cent-per-gallon diesel tax, raise registration fees on vehicles, increases the tax on rental car usage, and places a $100 fee on electric and hybrid vehicles, respectively..."

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Sparks' Bill Honoring Two African Americans Figures Stalls in Committee
Sparks' Bill Honoring Two African Americans Figures Stalls in Committee

A bill from State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) honoring historical African-Americans Sampson Keeble and Nathan Bedford Forrest fails in the House State Government Committee.

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OPINION: Juvenile Justice Task Force Wraps Up
OPINION: Juvenile Justice Task Force Wraps Up

By State Rep. Mike Sparks: Tennessee has expelled more black students than any other Southern state and it ranks 9th worst in the nation for "disconnected youth" - youths who are between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not attending school or employed.

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Reforming juveniles instead of jailing them in Tennessee
Reforming juveniles instead of jailing them in Tennessee

Reforming juveniles instead of simply holding them behind bars was the topic of discussion at a recent meeting on the Legislative Plaza.

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First Look at Smyrna T-CAT
First Look at Smyrna T-CAT

NewsRadio WGNS was the first media outlet to get a tour of the new, state-of-the-art, Smyrna Tennessee College of Applied Technology campus, better known as T-CAT.

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Sparks Wins Fourth Term in 49th State House District
Sparks Wins Fourth Term in 49th State House District

Republican Mike Sparks won a fourth term to the state House of Representatives.

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State Representative Mike Sparks Conducts a Survey
State Representative Mike Sparks Conducts a Survey

State Representative Mike Sparks (49th District, R) recently conducted a survey to get opinions on pertinent issues.

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State Representative Mike Sparks Awarded Top Conservative Honors
State Representative Mike Sparks Awarded Top Conservative Honors

The American Conservative Union (ACU), the nation's oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization, this week announced that State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) is among those legislators recently honored with the Conservative Union's prestigious "most conservative" award.

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Sparks Easily Wins GOP Nomination in State House District 49 Race
Sparks Easily Wins GOP Nomination in State House District 49 Race

State Representative Mike Sparks easily won the Republican nomination in the state House District 49 race. This despite what he calls negative print media coverage.

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Saturday Is TOMMY SANFORD DAY
Saturday Is TOMMY SANFORD DAY

This Saturday will be TOMMY SANFORD DAY. The public is encouraged to be at the Almaville Volunteer Fire Department, One Mile Lane, at 10:00AM for naming the road "Tommy Sanford Memorial Mile", honoring his 52-years of service to our community.

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Tennessee research on the juvenile justice system
Tennessee research on the juvenile justice system

State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) this month was appointed to be a member of a bi-partisan committee handpicked by House Speaker, Beth Harwell, to research and analyze key issues surrounding the juvenile justice system.

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Rep. Sparks Hosts Job Fair Thursday
Rep. Sparks Hosts Job Fair Thursday

State Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) along with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development will host a job fair this Thursday. It will be held from 10am until 2pm at Grace Church in La Vergne (108 Stones River Road).

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New Unlawful Photography Bill Signed into Law in Tennessee Thursday
New Unlawful Photography Bill Signed into Law in Tennessee Thursday

A new bill signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam on Thursday will allow for a judge to place someone convicted for taking illegal and unwanted sexually explicit photos of a victim to be placed on the Sex Offender Registry.

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Sewart Air Force Base Memorial Highway Named
Sewart Air Force Base Memorial Highway Named

Veterans and citizens gathered to pay tribute on Memorial Day to the work of those who served at Sewart Air Force Base in Smyrna.

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Kent Coleman, Former State Representative from Murfreesboro Passes Away
Kent Coleman, Former State Representative from Murfreesboro Passes Away

Former State Representative Kent Coleman passed away quietly at his home Thursday (4/28/2016) morning, surrounded by his family. A memorial service will be 3:00 o'clock Saturday afternoon at Murfreesboro's First Presbyterian Church.

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State lawmaker in Rutherford County earned his college degree this past weekend at MTSU
State lawmaker in Rutherford County earned his college degree this past weekend at MTSU

For one member of the Tennessee General Assembly, going back to college has been an education in more ways than one.

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New $40 Million Nissan Facility to Open in 2017
New $40 Million Nissan Facility to Open in 2017

State Representative Mike Sparks of Smyrna said, "This center represents the largest single Investment to the Town of Smyrna since the inception of the Nissan Assembly Plant.

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North Rutherford County Businessman Tim Tomlin Passes Away
North Rutherford County Businessman Tim Tomlin Passes Away

North Rutherford County businessman Tim Tomlin has passed away after battling cancer.

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State Rep. Mike Sparks in Smyrna comments on state funded mandates
State Rep. Mike Sparks in Smyrna comments on state funded mandates

The following is a statement from Representative Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) following the passage of House Joint Resolution 78, which he sponsored. The resolution details opposition to unfunded state mandates in Tennessee:

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State Lawmakers to Meet in Special Session on Healthcare
State Lawmakers to Meet in Special Session on Healthcare

Governor Haslam has issued a proclamation convening an "extraordinary session" of the 109th General Assembly to consider "Insure Tennessee," a two year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who do not currently have access to health insurance or have limited options.

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La Vergne Church to Open After Codes Issues

The Word of Life Family Worship Center in La Vergne is finally able to occupy their facility. Pastor Wellington Johnson, Sr., tells NewsRadio WGNS they'll hold a ribbon cutting and worship service this Sunday.

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State House: Terry Elected to 48th District, Sparks Re-Elected to 49th District
State House: Terry Elected to 48th District, Sparks Re-Elected to 49th District

Dr. Bryan Terry will be the new State Representative in District 48, succeeding Joe Carr who ran for U.S. Senate. 49th District State Represenative Mike Sparks will remain in office, defeating Democratic challenger Mike Williams by 3,247 votes.

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Rutherford County Property Assessors Office buys new Hybrid Vehicles in Murfreesboro
Rutherford County Property Assessors Office buys new Hybrid Vehicles in Murfreesboro

The Rutherford County Property Assessors Office is one of the first in the state to go with a hybrid Ford product to assess properties. Property Assessor Rob Mitchell stated...

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This show was recorded in Smyrna, TN
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"LIVE" from Motlow State in Smyrna, TN with guest from the broadcasting class
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Special Rutherford Issues on the drug issues our youth face in Tennessee
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Politics: State Rep. Mike Sparks gets endorsement by the NRA
Politics: State Rep. Mike Sparks gets endorsement by the NRA

Earlier this week, The National Rifle Association (NRA) posted their candidate ratings for the Tennessee House of Representatives.

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Local politician running for State Representative Seat and County Commission Seat - What happens if he wins both?
Local politician running for State Representative Seat and County Commission Seat - What happens if he wins both?

Have you ever heard of a politician holding two offices in Rutherford County at the same time?

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Political forum for the 49th District State House of Representatives (Audio)

On Friday, WGNS held a political forum that involved State Representative (49th district) Mike Sparks and candidates Robert Stevens...

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Representative Mike Sparks to hold TOWN HALL MEETING Tonight

Sparks told WGNS, "Issues from I-24 congestion to Nashville, education, immigration, human trafficking, Tennessee's drug epidemic, taxes and anything else on your minds can be discussed."

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Did you know the TBI has a citizens academy for you?

State Representative Mike Sparks (R–Smyrna) joined with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation recently to participate in the Bureau's Citizens’ Academy. 

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Combatting Prescription Drug Abuse
Combatting Prescription Drug Abuse

Major changes are on the way to tackle the prescription drug abuse problem in Tennessee. Gov. Bill Haslam recently unveiled a seven-step plan to fight prescription drug abuse in Tennessee.

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Smyrna History Lesson Saturday: Dewitt Smith Jobe
Smyrna History Lesson Saturday: Dewitt Smith Jobe

Representative Mike Sparks invites you to the 2nd annual event detailing the life of Confederate Soldier Dewitt Smith Jobe and the Coleman Scouts this Saturday at 9 am.

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Joe Carr for Senate Campaign Gaining Momentum: Announces Endorsement of Seven Tennessee Legislators

Today, the Joe Carr for Senate Campaign announced the endorsements of Middle Tennessee Representatives Sheila Butt (R-Columbia), Judd Matheny (R-Tullahoma), Mark Pody (R-Lebanon), Courtney Rogers (R-Goodlettsville), Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna), Billy Spivey (R-Lewisburg), and Rick Womick (R-Rockvale).

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Politics: County Commissioner Robert Stevens says fundraising going well in his run for State Representative
Politics: County Commissioner Robert Stevens says fundraising going well in his run for State Representative

Rutherford County Commissioner Robert Stevens, candidate in the Republican primary for the Tennessee House of Representatives in the 49th district, announced his total fundraising for the first quarter, collecting $11,800 between the time he entered the race in late February through March 31. 

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Son of State Representative Mike Sparks to run for County Commission in Rutherford County

The son of State Representative Mike Sparks has decided to run for County Commission. Preston Sparks will enter the race for District 11, the same seat his father held for a 8 years. 

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Local guest included State Senator Bill Ketron, State Representatives Joe Carr, Rick Womick and Mike Sparks
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UPDATE: Rape Testing Kits Backlogged in Memphis by 12,000 - What about Rutherford County and Murfreesboro?

UPDATE: New York-based Rape Kit Action Project says that there are more than 12,000 untested rape kits going back to the 1980s in places like Memphis, Tenn. We talked to State Representative Mike Sparks who lives in Smyrna about this issue and he suggested that even though the rape kit “testing backlog” does not exist in Rutherford County...

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UPDATE: Local State Representative Chimes in on UAW Vote in Chattanooga and What That Could Represent for Nissan in Smyrna, TN
UPDATE: Local State Representative Chimes in on UAW Vote in Chattanooga and What That Could Represent for Nissan in Smyrna, TN

State Representative Mike Sparks, who lives in Smyrna and once worked at Nissan, told us that he believes if the workers at the Nissan plant in Rutherford County were to ever unionize, they would shut down...

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Two Local Lawmakers Awarded Top Honors By Conservative Group
Two Local Lawmakers Awarded Top Honors By Conservative Group

The American Conservative Union (ACU), the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization, this week announced State Representative Mike Sparks (R–Smyrna) and State Senator Jim Tracy (R–Shelbyville) have been awarded the A-C-U ‘Defender of Liberty’ award.

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New Bills in Tennessee Dealing with Annexation into City Limits - This is a Cry that has been heard in the Blackman Community in the Past
New Bills in Tennessee Dealing with Annexation into City Limits - This is a Cry that has been heard in the Blackman Community in the Past

Certain areas of the Blackman community have been the topic of recent conversations regarding annexation into Murfreesboro City Limits. 

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Rep. Mike Sparks Introduces New Book - Will Give Away Free Copies to the First to Arrive Next Tuesday in Nashville at Book Signing
Rep. Mike Sparks Introduces New Book - Will Give Away Free Copies to the First to Arrive Next Tuesday in Nashville at Book Signing
State Representative Mike Sparks who lives in Smyrna has another new book coming out that is geared towards helping people in tough economic times.
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Major James Walls Memorial Highway Naming
Major James Walls Memorial Highway Naming
The community is invited to remember a World War II hero and Smyrna business legend. South Lowery Street, from Stewarts Creek to Highway 840 is being renamed "Major James Walls Memorial Highway" in a ceremony Friday at 2pm. 
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World War II hero James Walls will be Honored on Friday
World War II hero James Walls will be Honored on Friday
Major Walls, who passed away on March 5th of last year, was a well-known member of the Smyrna community and founder of the local Omni Hut restaurant.
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Do What? Cornholing for the Republicans in Murfreesboro!
Do What? Cornholing for the Republicans in Murfreesboro!
Here is an interesting idea, a Republican Cornhole tournament…
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State Representative Tells WGNS He is Worried About the Union Forming in Smyrna at Nissan
State Representative Tells WGNS He is Worried About the Union Forming in Smyrna at Nissan
State Representative Mike Sparks tells WGNS he is concerned that the Union may be coming to Smyrna, Tennessee at the Nissan plant.
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NEED WORK? Job Fair for Rutherford County Residents!
NEED WORK? Job Fair for Rutherford County Residents!
The fair, which will include approximately 50 local employers looking to hire, is scheduled for September 18th at the Parkway Baptist Church in Smyrna from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
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New Subdivision Regulations in Rutherford County Could Be Costly
New Subdivision Regulations in Rutherford County Could Be Costly
The Rutherford County Commission may soon require NEW homes to be built with a fire sprinkler system, which would cost homeowners several thousand more dollars. 
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Rep. Mike Sparks Holds Free Event to Celebrate America
Rep. Mike Sparks Holds Free Event to Celebrate America
State Representative Mike Sparks from Smyrna told WGNS he is holding a special event to celebrate America…
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Freedom Fest Event to be Held in Murfreesboro August 17th
Freedom Fest Event to be Held in Murfreesboro August 17th
State Representative Mike Sparks from Smyrna told WGNS they are holding a special event to celebrate America…
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State Resolution Presented to MTSU Men's Basketball

Senator Bill Ketron and Representative Mike Sparks, both graduates of Middle Tennessee, were on hand in Murphy Center Monday to present a resolution to Middle Tennessee men's basketball head coach Kermit Davis and the Blue Raiders in recognition of the team's success during the 2012-13 campaign.

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Special Guest at Rotary in Smyrna was Retiring Senator Douglas Henry
An event that is rather unlikely in these political times took place at the Smyrna Rotary Club on Thursday. 
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State Budget Passed
Gov. Haslam's budget has passed the General Assembly. The 32-point-eight billion dollar proposal breezed through both chambers this week. State Rep. Mike Sparks says it includes several big funding projects for the Smyrna area, including the 38-million dollar Nissan tech center.
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New House Bill dealing with drug paraphernalia being sold in gas stations moving forward
Deciding what drug paraphernalia is and what it isn’t is pretty easy to do for the average person. However, when you put the definitions down on paper is when the subject becomes a little blurred.

 
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How do they have drug paraphernalia for sale in the gas station?
We have all seen the marijuana and crack pipes for sale in local gas stations before and many residents are asking the question, “Why is it legal for markets to sell what is blatantly drug paraphernalia?

 
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UPDATE: One of the deciding
UPDATE: One of the deciding "NO" votes on wine in grocery stores bill speaks out
State Representative Mike Sparks who lives in Smyrna, told us he was one of the deciding “NO” votes.
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Podcast: Rutherford Issues with Bryan Barrett and State Rep. Mike Sparks
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Podcast: Rutherford Issues with Bryan Barrett and State Rep. Mike Sparks
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Topic: Education in Rutherford County - Multiple Guests
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Rep. Sparks Announces Special Second Amendment Event: Rally and Pistol Shoot
State Representative Mike Sparks, who if fully behind the second amendment, will hold a Rally and Pistol Shoot this Saturday from 12-2pm. The event will feature the author of “More Guns, Less Crime,” John Lott. The $20-event should be well received in Rutherford County, as we are ranked number five in the state for having the most citizens with a handgun permit.
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