January 11, 2022

Arsonist Destroys Planned Parenthood Building in Tennessee

Fire officials confirmed that the blaze that destroyed a Planned Parenthood building in Knoxville, Tennessee, was arson.

Officials from the Knoxville Fire Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) concluded that the fire was intentionally set following an investigation, though they say they don’t know who the arsonist is.

The Knox County Emergency Communications Center received a call at 6:39 a.m. on December 31, with crews declaring a “total loss” of the building after arriving on the scene. The department said there weren’t any injuries.

“This is an appalling and heartbreaking act of violence towards Planned Parenthood, our patients, and our community,” said Ashley Coffield, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Tennessee & North Mississippi. “Unfortunately, this is not the first time we have mourned at this health center.”

On January 22, 2021, an unidentified man fired shots at the building, shattering the front glass door. According to NPR, the building was in the midst of a $2.2 million renovation when the fire occurred.

“It must be made clear that these hateful acts go much further than property damage — they harm the patients who depend on safe Planned Parenthood health centers, staff, and providers to receive trusted, essential health care services,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

The Knoxville Fire Department has requested anyone with information about the fire to contact them at 1-800-762-3017 or email [email protected] The department is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to prosecution.


A fire that destroyed a Planned Parenthood building was intentionally set

January 7, 2022

High-Ranking Lawmaker Tries to ‘Pants’ Ref at High School Basketball Game [Video]

A high-ranking Tennessee lawmaker, Rep. Jeremy Faison (R), apologized after losing his temper at a high school basketball game, where he was ejected after a half-hearted attempt at pulling down the referee’s pants.

“I acted the fool tonight and lost my temper on a ref. I was wanting him to fight me. [I] totally lost my junk and got booted from the gym,” Faison wrote in a statement posted to Twitter.

“I’ve never really lost my temper but I did tonight and it was completely stupid of me,” Faison continued. “Emotions getting in the way of rational thoughts are never good. I hope to be able to find the ref and ask for his forgiveness. I was bad wrong.”

According to The Guardian, Faison’s son plays on the Lakeway Christian Academy basketball team, and the opposing team, Providence Academy, live-streamed the game. The video shows Faison sitting in the stands before players enter a scuffle in the third quarter over a jump ball.

Faison, the Tennessee House GOP Chairman, reportedly entered the court, and a referee told him to leave. Faison pointed at the official and said: “You can’t tell me to leave the floor, this was your fault.” At that point, Faison grabbed the referee’s pants, tugged down on them, and walked away.

News of the incident quickly spread, drawing some criticism of Faison’s actions.

“As I have said, many in the supermajority are childish schoolyard bullies, focused on petty retaliation. ‘Pantsing’ a ref on the gym floor is next level bullying…not even the stuff of middle school locker rooms,” Rep. Gloria Johnson (D-TN) tweeted.


High-ranking Tennessee Republican apologizes after apparent attempt to ‘pants’ ref

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