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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 116 288 17,672
MORTGAGES 143 337 20,372
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 15 26 2,671
BUILDING PERMITS 139 488 36,434
BANKRUPTCIES 43 158 11,322
BUSINESS LICENSES 35 93 5,802
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 38 65 6,779
MARRIAGE LICENSES 18 86 4,002