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As the fiscal cliff draws closer, many people in Tennessee are growing very frustrated with Congress.
We spoke to a number of people Monday who are all wondering why can't Congress agree.
Meanwhile voters agree there are big problems in Washington.
On most days the decisions in Congress go largely unnoticed, but on this day, everyone seems to be paying attention.
"It's just very disturbing and frustrating as far as I'm concerned," says voter Dan Eydt.
"They're worrying about their next election already. Well if they don't get something done now, none of them are going back as far as I'm concerned," says voter Christie Brown.
Voters in Nashville are watching Washington right now. They're waiting for an agreement on the so-called fiscal cliff.
Tax increases and spending cuts are on the line.
"I'm on a fixed income, retired person, and if they start taxing me more, that's less in my pocket as far as being able to keep my lights on and my mortgage going," says Dan Eydt.
"It makes me mad because we are one country united, and we can't be united when we're constantly trying to strive for one objective or the other," says voter Lidija Selimovic.
Veteran political journalist Joe White has a clear sense that voters are increasingly fed up with Congress.
"I think a lot of this is being put down as political posturing, and that's why we see so much pessimism as to what the decision makers are going to do and why they're going to do it," says White.
The frustration was easy to find downtown.
"The people in Congress are really, and I hate to use a cliché, out of touch with their constituents," says voters Marilyn Bossmann.
With midnight approaching, it's not just a new year that people are talking about.
"The country is in trouble in my opinion. We can't get along, it's not the way it should be," says voter George Fedorko.
We heard from many people who say the politicians in Washington need to start making decisions for their constituents, and not base all of their choices on their political party or special interests.
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Tuesday, January 1 2013, 02:29 AM CST
Man pleads guilty to Memphis officer's murder
May 21, 2013 22:22 GMT
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former death row inmate is set to be released from prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of a Memphis police officer.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that she has accepted Timothy McKinney's guilty plea.
McKinney was convicted of first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of Officer Don Williams. The officer was killed outside a comedy club in December 1997.
McKinney appealed and won a new trial, which ended with a deadlocked jury. A third trial earlier this year also ended in a hung jury.
The Commercial Appeal reports that McKinney was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Since he's already served more than 15 years -- including 11 on death row -- McKinney will be released this week.
Williams' family opposed the settlement.
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