Opinion: ‘First They Came’

The Murfreesboro Post, September 19, 2017 “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. “First they came…

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Rep. Sparks accused of sneaking in Forrest resolution

Sam Stockard, The Murfreesboro Post, May 2, 2017 NASHVILLE – State Rep. Mike Sparks is defending himself against accusations he sneaked a resolution through the House of Representatives honoring a Nathan Bedford Forrest apologist after a similar measure failed to gain support. Members of the Legislature’s Black Caucus criticized the…

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Haslam visits TCAT in Smyrna

Dan Epright, The Murfreesboro Post, February 14, 2017 Governor Bill Haslam traveled to Smyrna Thursday to share a meal, tour the brand new Smyrna campus of Tennessee College of Applied Technology at 663 Ken Pilkerton Dr., and praise those involved in TCAT’s creation. The event was sponsored by the Rotary…

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Smyrna rep backs Trump’s travel ban

Sam Stockard, The Murfreesboro Post, February 5, 2017 State Rep. Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) is uncommitted on the governor’s fuel-tax plan, but he felt Haslam made a “great speech.” Sparks adds he believes the media are “stirring up” concerns about Trump’s executive orders and in some cases not even describing them…

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Opinion: Juvenile Justice Task Force wraps up

Rep. Mike Sparks, the Murfreesboro Post, January 24, 2017 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. Sadly,…

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Rutherford County Republicans rejoice

Sam Stockard, The Murfreesboro Post, November 9, 2017 Republican Rep. Mike Sparks of Smyrna captured a fourth two-year term, picking up 13,510 votes, 61.08 percent, to 8,585, 38.7 percent for Brandon Thomas. “I appreciate the voters because I’m held accountable by my constituents,” said Sparks, an online auto dealer. Sparks…

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State to rebid Bridge over Broad

MURFREESBORO, DAILY NEWS JOURNAL, NOVEMBER 19, 2013 — The state rejected October bids to construct a bridge over Broad Street and will take new bids in Dec. 6, a spokeswoman said today. “It won’t affect the overall time line of the project,” Deanna Lambert, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department…

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