Tennessee Becomes First State To Offer Free Tuition To All Graduating High School Students

Tennessee Becomes First State To Offer Free Tuition To All Graduating High School Students

Earlier today, Consumerist reported on a town in Michigan that is footing the bill for recent high school graduates to attend public universities and community colleges. Little did we know that was small potatoes compared to a program brewing in Tennessee. [More]

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Tenn. Official Warns Residents That Water Quality Complaints Could Be Seen As Terrorism

Taking a page straight out of the book Things You Should Not Compare To Terrorism, Especially While You’re Being Recorded, a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation deputy director is under fire after warning a group of residents from one county that any unfounded complaints they made about water quality in their area could be considered “an act of terrorism.” [More]

Nashville-area Comcast subscribers have twice found their TVs locked on C-SPAN.

Comcast Locks Customers’ Screens On C-SPAN In Middle Of Basketball Game

Comcast customers in the Nashville area were watching college basketball this weekend when the broadcast was interrupted by emergency alerts about coming storms. Problem is, when the alert was over, the basketball game had been replaced by C-SPAN and customers were unable to change the channel. [More]

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Amazon E-Mailing Tennessee Residents To Remind Them Of Sales Tax Obligation [UPDATE: South Carolina Too]

Even if your state doesn’t require Amazon to collect sales tax on purchases, you’re still supposed to be paying any applicable tax to the state when you file your annual tax returns. Virtually no one does. That’s why Amazon is e-mailing customers in Tennessee to remind them of their obligation. [More]

Working For McDonald's Is Apparently Good Training For A Job At Volkswagen

Working For McDonald's Is Apparently Good Training For A Job At Volkswagen

Fast food jobs have been the butt of easy jokes since the first person asked if you’d like fries with that. But the volks at Volkswagen say that people who’ve worked behind the counter at McDonald’s are ideal for staffing the assembly lines at the company’s plant in Tennessee. [More]

Man Arrested For Passing Not-Counterfeit $50 Bill

Man Arrested For Passing Not-Counterfeit $50 Bill

If you’ve ever been stuck having to buy something with a $50 or $100 bill in the last decade, you have probably had to stand there while a store clerk performs the marker test to see if the note is legitimate. Unfortunately, that test doesn’t work on older bills, and that’s how a Tennessee man ended up in jail over the weekend. [More]

Firefighters Watch Another House Burn To The Ground Because Of Unpaid $75 Fee

Firefighters Watch Another House Burn To The Ground Because Of Unpaid $75 Fee

In October 2010, firefighters in South Fulton, TN, were criticized all across the country after they refused to put out a fire because the homeowner hadn’t paid a $75 “fire subscription fee” to the city. If you thought such public scrutiny might have changed that policy, think again. [More]

Tennessee Judge Deems Urban Garden A "Nuisance"

Tennessee Judge Deems Urban Garden A "Nuisance"

For two years, a Tennessee high school teacher and a group of three neighborhood teens have been crafting and tending to a garden full of flowers and other vegetation like eggplants and peppers. But now it’s all going to have to come down after a judge has deemed the garden a “nuisance.” [More]

Cheerwine-Filled Krispy Kremes Are Back, Tennessee Can Bite In Too

Cheerwine-Filled Krispy Kremes Are Back, Tennessee Can Bite In Too

The lovechild of a bottle of Cheerwine soda and a Krispy Kreme doughnut is back for seconds. It’s the Cheerwine-filled Krispy Kreme! The doughnut maker has brought back these two classic Carolina flavors that were such a hit last year for a one-monthly only run starting in July. And this year they’ve expanded the deploy zone to also include Tennessee. [More]

Tennessee Bans Posting Of Pics That Cause Emotional Distress

Tennessee Bans Posting Of Pics That Cause Emotional Distress

It’s a good thing for the internet that Tennessee lawmakers are around to learn it how to behave. After lawmakers threw down a regulation barring people from sharing passwords for services such as Netflix, the state made famous by Arrested Development (the band, not the show) has created a law that bans the posting of images that cause emotional distress. [More]

Tennessee Lawmakers Pass Bill Making It A Crime To Share Your Netflix Password

Tennessee Lawmakers Pass Bill Making It A Crime To Share Your Netflix Password

If you’ve ever let a friend or family member know your password for subscription services like Netflix or Rhapsody so they can watch a movie or listen to a song, we hope you don’t live in Tennessee, where state legislators have passed a bill making it a crime. [More]

Kroger Security Guard Shoots Homeless Man's Dog

Kroger Security Guard Shoots Homeless Man's Dog

A Nashville-area Kroger security guard got into a scuffle with a homeless man he says was stealing firewood and then shot and killed the man’s dog. [More]

Didn't Pay $75 Fee? Firefighters Watch Your Home Burn To Ground

Didn't Pay $75 Fee? Firefighters Watch Your Home Burn To Ground

A Tennessee man watched in horror last week as flames consumed his house. Also watching? The local subscription-based fire department. The man had not paid his $75 firefighting fee, so the firemen would not lift a finger or a hose. [More]

Reader Reviews White Castle's Pressed Sandwich Experiment So We Don't Have To

Reader Reviews White Castle's Pressed Sandwich Experiment So We Don't Have To

Last week, two adventurous Consumerist readers took us up on our challenge to test out White Castle’s experimental BBQ and noodle menus being tested at single restaurants in Indiana and Ohio, respectively. Now, we complete the White Castle Trilogy with a reader’s impressions of the chain’s Decker’s pressed sandwich menu in Lebanon, TN. [More]

Domino's Pizza Held Up By The Most Polite Robber Ever

Domino's Pizza Held Up By The Most Polite Robber Ever

Somewhere near Cookeville, TN, a very polite man has just saved his house from foreclosure. But what the bank doesn’t know is that he got at least some the money for the late mortgage payments from the cash register of a local Domino’s Pizza. [More]

Nashville Is Flooded! Here's How You Can Help

Nashville Is Flooded! Here's How You Can Help

The waters of the Cumberland River burst all over Tennessee this Sunday, submerging Nashville and leaving much of the state underwater. At least 29 are dead and thousands have been evacuated. If you want to pitch in, Nashvillist has rustled up a slew of shelters and donation-takers who would be glad to have your aid or volunteer hours. Pitch in! It feels good. [More]

Tackling, Stabbing, & Fake Heart Attacks: A Walmart Shoplifting Gone Awry

Tackling, Stabbing, & Fake Heart Attacks: A Walmart Shoplifting Gone Awry

A Tennessee couple tried to bum-rush the exit of a Walmart with a cart packed with $2000 worth TVs and a computer. When an off-duty police officer showed his badge after the man tried to muscle past the greeter, the would-be five-finger discounter said it was fake and tried to push through. The cop tackled the man and cuffed him. Then it got even better: [More]

Tennessee Couple Gets $5,000 Loan, 59% Interest Rate

Tennessee Couple Gets $5,000 Loan, 59% Interest Rate

Kay and Lewis Brown wanted some quick cash so they could make a moderate addition to their home. They turned to CashCall, an online loan service, after seeing the ads on TV. The company lent them $5,000 — at 59% interest. Now the couple is on the hook for $20,830.