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VOL. 122 | NO. 202 | Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Conservation Group Releases Ratings of State Lawmakers

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NASHVILLE (AP) - Democratic Sens. Beverly Marrero and Rosalind Kurita tied for the top score in the Tennessee Conservation Voters' annual ratings of lawmakers released Monday.

Kurita, of Clarksville, and Marrero, of Memphis, each scored 11 points on the group's scale based on votes cast on selected legislation affecting the environment.

Sen. Raymond Finney, of Maryville, was the top rated Republican with 10 points.

Five lawmakers received negative scores. They were: Rep. Stacey Campfield, R-Knoxville; Rep. Dolores Gresham, R-Somerville; Rep. Joey Hensley, R-Hohenwald; Rep. Frank S. Niceley, R-Strawberry Plains; and Rep. John Mark Windle, D-Livingston.

The group praised Gov. Phil Bredesen for proposing the acquisition of 124,000 acres on the Cumberland Plateau, and Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris, of Collierville, for his role passing the funding for the state's largest ever land conservation plan.

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RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 0 277 20,909
MORTGAGES 0 329 24,074
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 0 48 3,095
BUILDING PERMITS 0 672 43,265
BANKRUPTCIES 0 238 13,418
BUSINESS LICENSES 0 56 6,678
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 94 7,883
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 59 4,702