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Weekly Crop Comments Feb 22, 2013

Price Change US Dollar 81.56 +0.98 Crude 93.24 -3.17 Dow 14,000 +18 Soybeans prices are up; cotton prices mixed while corn and wheat prices are down for the week. USDA held their annual Ag Outlook Forum on February 21 & 22 and offered an overall bearish outlook for 2013 crops, especially corn and soybeans. We [...]

Constitutional Officers Tout Tennessee Financial Success

Constitutional Officers Tout Tennessee Financial Success

This week, State Treasurer David Lillard and Comptroller of the Treasury Justin P. Wilson discussed the positive financial position of Tennessee state government. Both Constitutional Officers credit the financial success the state has experienced over the last two years to conservative fiscal policies implemented by Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly. Despite a poor [...]

Faison’s Safe Commute Bill Sails Through Committee

Faison’s Safe Commute Bill Sails Through Committee

Representative Jeremy Faison – (R) Cosby, passed HB 118 through the Civil Justice Committee on Wednesday. The “Safe Commute” bill is set to be heard on the House floor on Thursday, February 28, 2013. This bill creates an exemption for carry permit holders to store their firearms in a locked vehicle, out of sight, in [...]

Corker Statement on Resignation of Tunisian Prime Minister

Corker Statement on Resignation of Tunisian Prime Minister

Following meetings Tuesday with the president of Tunisia and other senior leaders of major Tunisian political parties, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement regarding the resignation of Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali. “The United States strongly supports the people of Tunisia and their desire [...]

League of Women Voters Celebrates 93nd Birthday

League of Women Voters Celebrates 93nd Birthday

The League of Women Voters celebrated our 93rd anniversary on February 14th, Valentine’s Day. Since our founding in 1920, the League has worked tirelessly to protect and uphold the constitutional right to vote, a right that composes the very foundation of our democracy. However, while we celebrate our successes, we are concerned by stark challenges [...]

Corker Returns from Trip to North and West Africa, Says International Coordination Needed to Confront Terrorist Threat to Region

Corker Returns from Trip to North and West Africa, Says International Coordination Needed to Confront Terrorist Threat to Region

At the conclusion of a trip to Senegal, Mali, Algeria and Tunisia today, U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said confronting the terrorist threat to the region requires international coordination. “It goes without saying that the security situation in North Africa has substantially deteriorated in recent months. The [...]

Planning Commission Rescinds Dandridge Development Decision

Planning Commission Rescinds Dandridge Development Decision

The Dandridge Planning Commission met in a Special Called Meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 in the Public Works Building in Dandridge. The purpose of the meeting was for consideration to Act Upon or Rescind the Revitalization Plan of WODA Development for the Shrader Road area around the Field of Dreams and new Dandridge Activity [...]

Examining The Battlefield

Examining The Battlefield

The Save Our Farms and Homes organization met on Monday evening to discuss issues pertaining to the recent decision by the Jefferson County Commission to tie County funding of the proposed Megasite to eminent domain and recent information concerning TVA and State of Tennessee’s statements on their participation in the proposed project. Present at the [...]

Common Core Leadership Council Begins Second Year of Work

Common Core Leadership Council Begins Second Year of Work

Following the success of Tennessee’s first Common Core Leadership Council, the department of education today announces a new group of principals, supervisors and superintendents who will give districts a voice in the statewide transition to the Common Core State Standards. The new Leadership Council will advise the department on the Common Core transition plan and [...]

Tennessee January Revenues

Tennessee January Revenues

Tennessee tax collections continued an overall upward trend in January, even though sales tax collections were worse than the previous year. January sales tax collections represent retail activity that occurred during December. Finance and Administration Commissioner Mark Emkes today announced that overall January revenues were $1.1 billion, which is $15.4 million more than the state [...]

C-N department chairs give presentation at San Antonio conference

Four Carson-Newman University department chairs traveled to the Academic Chairperson’s Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on Thursday, Feb. 7, to present their paper: “Navigating Waves of Change: A Peer-Led Chair Development Series.” Drs. Jeremy Buckner, Christine Dalton, Kara Stooksbury, and Laura Wadlington presented their research before department chairs from across the country. “This came about [...]

Norris “LEAP” Law to Educate and Employ Tennesseans

Norris “LEAP” Law to Educate and Employ Tennesseans

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) has filed legislation creating an innovative statewide initiative merging traditional college coursework with technical training to address the skilled labor shortage faced by Tennessee employers. Senate Bill 1330 creates the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) allowing students at Tennessee’s technology centers and community colleges the opportunity to combine occupational [...]

Suicide Prevention Program named to Best Practice Registry

Suicide Prevention Program named to Best Practice Registry

The Shield of Care –– a juvenile-justice suicide-prevention gatekeeper program that was developed and copyrighted by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) –– was recently accepted to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s (SPRC’s) Best Practice Registry (BPR), which is a collaborative effort with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and [...]

TVA and State Statements Regarding Megasite Funding Participaton

TVA and State Statements Regarding Megasite Funding Participaton

Jefferson County Commission recently appropriated $442,311 in initial funding for the certification phase of the proposed East Tennessee Regional Megasite. There has been question of the level of involvement, particularly concerning financing of the project, from the State of Tennessee and Tennessee Valley Authority. Though a TVA spokesman recently stated during an interview that the [...]

Senate Bills Could Have Wide Impact on Tennessee Elections and Directors of Schools

Senate Bills Could Have Wide Impact on Tennessee Elections and Directors of Schools

The 108th Tennessee General Assembly is in Session and there have been a significant number of Bills introduced for consideration. Two Bills that will have widespread impact on voters in Tennessee came from District 8 Senator Frank Niceley. Senator Niceley has sponsored a total of 47 Bills since January 30, 2013, including SB0471 and SB0916. [...]

U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, MD. Comments on State of the Union

U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, MD. Comments on State of the Union

In his fifth State of the Union address, President Obama underscored the importance of creating jobs and promoting economic growth, addressing the upcoming sequester, making investments in education and infrastructure, and passing comprehensive immigration reform. While most can agree these things are important, unfortunately, the president’s speech focused on what divides us as a nation, [...]