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VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Citizen Standing to Participate in Government, A Primer on the Tennessee Constitution

VITAL POLICY – OPINION – Citizen Standing to Participate in Government, A Primer on the Tennessee Constitution

Nothing says your opinion doesn’t count like shutting down citizen comment at public meetings. If citizens wish to speak their mind at county commission, school board, or any subcommittee meeting of local government, they should be able to comment on any public policy issue. When the framers of the Tennessee Constitution included Section 23 under […]

The Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs Offers Consumer Protection Tips When Considering Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

The Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs Offers Consumer Protection Tips When Considering Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

The Food and Drug Administration rules now allow the sale of over-the-counter (“OTC”) hearing aids. Consumers over the age of 18 may buy hearing aids directly from store shelves and online at lower prices. Finding the right OTC hearing aid may require consumers to try more than one device before finding the perfect fit, and […]

Participants in State’s Families First/TANF Program to Receive a One-Time Additional Payment of $500

Participants in State’s Families First/TANF Program to Receive a One-Time Additional Payment of $500

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is providing extra support to thousands of families who receive monthly cash assistance through the state’s Families First program. Households with a case in the Families First Program as of December 1, 2022, will receive a one-time additional payment of $500 on their existing Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards. This […]

State Veterinarian Urges Biosecurity to Prevent Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

State Veterinarian Urges Biosecurity to Prevent Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

The Tennessee State Veterinarian is issuing an alert for domesticated bird owners who also engage in bird hunting. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) is prevalent in wild birds and is endangering backyard and commercial flocks in Tennessee. “HPAI detections among domesticated birds and wild birds have been on the rise.” Tennessee State Veterinarian Dr. Samantha […]

District Attorney General’s Office Finds Insufficient Evidence Of Criminal Violation By Newport Utility Board

District Attorney General’s Office Finds Insufficient Evidence Of Criminal Violation By Newport Utility Board

Investigation Details Several Issues within Newport Utilities

Investigation Details Several Issues within Newport Utilities

The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office, working in conjunction with the Tennessee Valley Authority Office of Inspector General, has completed an investigation into Newport Utilities (utilities) which provides electric, water, wastewater, and broadband services in the City of Newport and surrounding areas. Beginning in 2016, the utilities began installing a broadband system in its service area. As […]

STEPHANIE WOODS NAMED THE 2022 TONY CLARK AWARD RECIPIENT

STEPHANIE WOODS NAMED THE 2022 TONY CLARK AWARD RECIPIENT

The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference gathered in October for its annual fall conference. Among the proceedings of the three-day event is an opportunity for the state’s District Attorneys and their staffs to be recognized by the TNDAGC Executive Committee and their peers for accomplishments and service. Stephanie Gray Woods, the Administrative Assistant for 4th […]

House GOP reelects Jeremy Faison as caucus chairman

House GOP reelects Jeremy Faison as caucus chairman

Members of the Tennessee House Republican Caucus unanimously reelected State Rep. Jeremy Faison, R-Cosby, as caucus chairman for the 113th General Assembly during a biennial organizational meeting held in Buchanan, Tenn. on Nov.22. Faison, who will serve his third term as caucus chair, was instrumental in successfully guiding Republican members to victory in several competitive races on Nov. […]

THEC Announces Record-Breaking Year of Tennessee Promise Students

THEC Announces Record-Breaking Year of Tennessee Promise Students

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) recently launched a state-level vision and initiative to create a momentum-building year with key goals to increase the college-going rate and better align education to meet the state’s growing workforce needs. As an early indicator for the momentum year, a record-breaking number of students applied for Tennessee Promise program in the most […]

TN Attorney General’s Office Files Petition to Withdraw Federal Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers

TN Attorney General’s Office Files Petition to Withdraw Federal Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers

Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti joined a coalition of 21 states in filing a Petition for Rulemaking, requesting that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) repeal the unlawful federal vaccine mandate for healthcare workers and withdraw related guidance. “Evidence continues to mount that the ongoing […]

Tennessee Continues Low Unemployment Rate in October

Tennessee Continues Low Unemployment Rate in October

Tennessee continues to experience low unemployment, despite a slight uptick in October’s monthly rate, according to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The seasonally adjusted number for the month increased by just 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.5%. The state has had unemployment rates at or below 3.5% since January 2022. In a […]

East Tennessee Construction Report for November 17-23, 2022

East Tennessee Construction Report for November 17-23, 2022

ANDERSON COUNTY, I-75 South near Mile Marker 126: On Tuesday, November 22, 2022, motorists should be alert for possible temporary lane closures between the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. as crews perform roadway maintenance activities. Motorists should be alert for workers present, slow or stopped traffic, expect potential delays, and use extreme caution […]

Flu (Influenza) Prevention

Flu (Influenza) Prevention

You may need a flu vaccine before travel at other times of the year, depending on your destination . In the Northern Hemisphere, flu season can begin as early as October and can last until April or May. In the temperate regions (areas with seasons) in the Southern Hemisphere, flu activity typically occurs from April […]

More than 3 Million Youth Reported Using a Tobacco Product in 2022

More than 3 Million Youth Reported Using a Tobacco Product in 2022

A study released today from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 3.08 million (11.3%) U.S. middle and high school students reported current (past 30-day) use of any tobacco product in 2022, which includes 2.51 million (16.5%) high school students and 530,000 (4.5%) middle school […]

40 Attorneys General Announce Historic Google Settlement over Location Tracking

40 Attorneys General Announce Historic Google Settlement over Location Tracking

Attorney General Skrmetti today announced that Tennessee, along with 39 other attorneys general, has reached a $391.5 million multistate settlement with Google over its location tracking practices relating to Google Account settings. This is the largest multistate Attorney General privacy settlement in the history of the United States. Tennessee will receive $14,560,086.13 from the settlement. […]

Antibiotic Awareness Week

Antibiotic Awareness Week

The Tennessee Department of Health is recognizing the critical importance of antibiotics to public health during Antibiotic Awareness Week, Nov. 18 to Nov. 24, 2022, and encouraging Tennesseans to avoid overuse of the infection-fighting drugs. “Antibiotics fight bacteria to stop serious infections and save lives,” said TDH Commissioner Dr. Morgan McDonald, MD, FACP, FAAP. “If you […]

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