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Jefferson County Schools COVID-19 Situation, Testing Schedules and School Events

Jefferson County Schools COVID-19 Situation, Testing Schedules and School Events

Rep. Andrew Farmer appointed to Southern Legislative Conference committee

Rep. Andrew Farmer appointed to Southern Legislative Conference committee

Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, has appointed State Rep. Andrew Farmer, R-Sevierville, to serve on the Human Services & Public Safety Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) of the Council of State Governments (CSG). “Chairman Farmer stands for law and order, and he is an effective leader in our General Assembly,” said Speaker […]

Tennessee Legislature Considers Return to Elected School Directors

Tennessee Legislature Considers Return to Elected School Directors

Nearly three decades ago, state lawmakers changed the way school directors are chosen in the state of Tennessee. Abandoning the process of electing school directors was part of a sweeping education reform act known as the Education Improvement Act of 1992. Changes were made to a wide variety of education policies including school fees, BEP […]

House Bill 003 Seeks To Protect Competitive Balance of Girls’ Sports

House Bill 003 Seeks To Protect Competitive Balance of Girls’ Sports

Legislation Protecting Women’s Sports A bill protecting women’s sports has been recommended for passage and referred to Calendars and Rules Committee. House Bill 003 seeks to protect the competitive balance of girls’ sports. Women’s sports were created to give girls a fair chance at competition. That includes fair victories and fair defeats. House Bill 003 […]

House Advances Legislation Limiting Health Boards’ Autonomy

House Advances Legislation Limiting Health Boards’ Autonomy

Legislation aimed at scaling back the power of Tennessee’s six independent metropolitan health boards passed the Health Subcommittee on Tuesday. House Bill 7 would decrease the autonomy of health departments in Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Shelby, and Sullivan Counties. These boards are comprised of unelected members with their own authority to issue health directives independently […]

House Republicans Introduce Constitutional Carry

House Republicans Introduce Constitutional Carry

House Republican leadership this week presented legislation making Tennessee the 19th state in the nation to enact a constitutional right to carry law. House Bill 786 upholds freedoms granted to law-abiding citizens in the U.S. Constitution while also stiffening penalties for criminals who steal or illegally possess firearms. This legislation includes several provisions that will […]

House honors U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander with resolution

House honors U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander with resolution

The House unanimously passed HJR99 on Tuesday, a resolution honoring U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander for his lifetime of service to Tennessee. Alexander served as governor of Tennessee from 1979-87 and in the United States Senate from 2003-21, leaving office in January. The Maryville native graduated from Vanderbilt University and New York University Law School. Throughout […]

Tenn. National Guard continues COVID-19 testing and vaccinations

Tenn. National Guard continues COVID-19 testing and vaccinations

Since late December, the Tennessee National Guard has been transitioning from primarily supporting COVID-19 testing to supporting vaccine administration throughout Tennessee. “Helping citizens get vaccinated has been our primary focus since the vaccines have become available,” said Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, Tennessee’s Adjutant General. “It’s the next step to helping Tennessee return to normal.” Since […]

Tennessee Removes State Visitation Restrictions for Long-term Care Facilities

Tennessee Removes State Visitation Restrictions for Long-term Care Facilities

Today the Tennessee Department of Health announced state-specific visitation restrictions for long-term care facilities will end effective February 28, 2021. Facilities should use the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidance for safe operation and visitation with limited visitation restrictions no longer in place at the state level. The Tennessee Department of Health recognizes […]

Governor Lee Declares Energy Emergency In Tennessee

Governor Lee Declares Energy Emergency In Tennessee

Vital Policy – State Legislation Filed to Protect Property Rights – Sponsors Niceley and Carr

Vital Policy – State Legislation Filed to Protect Property Rights – Sponsors Niceley and Carr

State legislators will be considering proposed legislation in the current General Assembly aimed at protecting private property from eminent domain abuse. Under current Tennessee law, “blighted areas” are so broadly defined that virtually any property is at risk of condemnation by local housing authorities as part of a redevelopment plan. The proposed legislation, if enacted, […]

Agriculture Report – UT Crop Outlook, February 19, 2021

Agriculture Report – UT Crop Outlook, February 19, 2021

The Employment Situation in January

The Employment Situation in January

This morning’s jobs report reveals that the pace of job gains has slowed sharply in recent months as the pandemic continues to weigh on job creation, especially in face-to-face services. Strong relief is urgently and quickly needed to control the virus, get vaccine shots in arms, and finally launch a robust, equitable and racially inclusive […]

Jefferson County Schools Earns TN Pathways Certification In Welding

Jefferson County Schools Earns TN Pathways Certification In Welding

Jefferson County Schools is pleased to announce the recent notification of earning TN Pathways Certification in Welding.  The TN Department of Education notes, “The Tennessee Pathways Certification sets clear expectations for alignment, advisement, and partnerships that define strong education-to-career pathways.  In addition, “the certification elevates and celebrates innovative and exemplary pathways in the state.”  With […]

Agriculture Market Outlook, Feb 12, 2021

Agriculture Market Outlook, Feb 12, 2021

Niceley Pushes State Legislation to End Bond Requirement in Civil Forfeiture Cases

Niceley Pushes State Legislation to End Bond Requirement in Civil Forfeiture Cases

In 2014 the amount of property and cash seized by federal law enforcement under civil asset forfeiture was $4.5 billion. That figure does not include the billions in cash and property seized by state governments. According to FBI data, the amount taken in the United States by criminals that same year was $3.9 billion, making […]

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