Friday, January 14, 2022

Today It Ends


Today, emission testing ends in Tennessee. In 2018, the state legislature passed a bill to end the draconian measures. For some reason that nobody can properly explain to me, the EPA had to put their stamp of approval on this change. The EPA did so last year, and today, January 14, 2022, is the day that measure takes effect. 

The six counties that had mandatory emissions testing were Davidson, Hamilton, Sumner, Rutherford, Williamson, and Wilson. Davidson county "leaders" had voted to keep their testing program in place, but that decision has changed, as well, in recent days - Davidson County will end their testing in early February. 

Not everyone is happy about this. The employees from the testing company will lose their jobs. This includes my brother-in-law. However, they have known this was coming since 2018. Several times in my life, I learned I would be losing my job - and in each instance, I immediately solved the problem by getting another job. Not sure why these people didn't as they had a 3-year head start. Furthermore, These people found out for sure the date back in August. And in the middle of the best employee's job market in my lifetime, they refused to look elsewhere. 

The rest of the people in the state, save a Democrat here or there (even though most were in favor of eliminating the testing), are cheering now. And we are happy that there is one less exertion of power by our government. It is the right thing to do. 

My best wishes for the employees looking to replace their incomes in the best employee's job market in the past 45+ years. Your "sacrifice" was well worth it. 


  1. ONE of the reasons we moved to Tennessee from So. Cal. back in 1/14. Land of the FREE!(Yeah, I know, not perfect, but in the top 5 nationally).

  2. A bit sad. I was born here 57 years ago, & have lived about 2/3 of my life here; been living here uninterrupted since '92. I've watched & been disgusted by how bad it's gotten--and it's still better than most. That's a pretty sad commentary on the rest of the country.
    -Tennessee Budd


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