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Eligible Voters Can Now Request an Absentee By-Mail Ballot for August Election

Eligible Voters Can Now Request an Absentee By-Mail Ballot for August Election

Eligible Tennesseans can request a ballot to vote absentee by-mail for the Aug. 6 State and Federal Primary and County General election without ever leaving their home. “Election offices are already accepting absentee by-mail ballot requests for the August election. One of the most popular reasons to vote absentee is being 60 years or older.” […]

TWRA Announces Availability of 2020-21 Clean Stream Grants to Assist with Habitat Protection Program

TWRA Announces Availability of 2020-21 Clean Stream Grants to Assist with Habitat Protection Program

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is announcing the availability of grant dollars to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with stream clean-up projects and planting projects during the 2020-21 fiscal year. Five grants, at a maximum of $1,000 each, are available for each of TWRA’s four regional Aquatic […]

Gov. Lee Announces Safer at Home Order Will Expire April 30, Tennessee Begins Phased Reopening Next Week

Gov. Lee Announces Safer at Home Order Will Expire April 30, Tennessee Begins Phased Reopening Next Week

Today, Governor Bill Lee announced the order for Tennesseans to remain at home will expire April 30, with the vast majority of businesses in 89 counties allowed to re-open on May 1. “Our Economic Recovery Group is working with industry leaders around the clock so that some businesses can open as soon as Monday, April […]

Local Government Grant Applications Available

Local Government Grant Applications Available

Applications are now available for $200 million in grants for Tennessee city and county governments, made available in Gov. Bill Lee’s 2020-21 budget. The grants are for one-time local expenses.   “Cities and counties across the state have been hit hard by tornadoes in March and April as well as the COVID-19 pandemic and our […]

Governor Lee Establishes Economic Recovery Group to Reboot Tennessee Economy

Governor Lee Establishes Economic Recovery Group to Reboot Tennessee Economy

Governor Bill Lee established the Economic Recovery Group, a joint effort between state departments, members of the legislature and leaders from the private sector to build guidance to safely reboot Tennessee’s economy. “COVID-19 has not only created a public health crisis, it has hurt thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of hardworking Tennesseans,” said […]

Tennessee New Unemployment Claims Filed Week ending in April 11, 2020

Tennessee New Unemployment Claims Filed Week ending in April 11, 2020

Week Number Week Ending Date Number of New Claims Filed 10 March 14, 2020 2,702 11 March 21, 2020 39,096 12 March 28, 2020 94,492 13 April 4, 2020 116,141 14 April 11, 2020 74,772 Regional Data for Week Ending April 11, 2020 Local Workforce Development Area Number of New Claims Greater Memphis 12,216 Northwest […]

Tennessee Starts Sending $600 Federal Unemployment Benefit

Tennessee Starts Sending $600 Federal Unemployment Benefit

The state of Tennessee has started paying approved unemployment claimants their first installment of the $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefit, in addition to their Tennessee Unemployment Compensation (TUC) benefit. On Tuesday, April 14, the state distributed benefit payments of close to $94 million to financial institutions for approximately 110,000 unemployed Tennesseans. Most claimants […]

Tennessee Establishes Hotline for Applicants Applying for Emergency Cash Assistance

Tennessee Establishes Hotline for Applicants Applying for Emergency Cash Assistance

The Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) launched a special hotline this month to help make it easier for families with children to check on their application for emergency cash assistance. Applicants can call 833-496-0661 to learn the status of their application, including approval or denial and how much money the approved family can expect to receive. […]

Gov. Lee Announces $10 Million in Small and Rural Hospital Readiness Grants

Gov. Lee Announces $10 Million in Small and Rural Hospital Readiness Grants

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced the State of Tennessee will allocate $10 million in Small and Rural Hospital Readiness Grants to support hospitals that are facing financial strain due to the ongoing response to COVID-19. “Small and rural hospitals are critical to fighting COVID-19 and these grants will help complement federal aid dollars to […]

Tennessee to Distribute $200 Million to County and City Governments Through Governor’s Local Support Grants

Tennessee to Distribute $200 Million to County and City Governments Through Governor’s Local Support Grants

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced $200 million in grants to be distributed to every county and city government across Tennessee for one-time, local expenses in fiscal year 2021. “Capital maintenance, public safety and road projects don’t pause for disasters like the March tornadoes and the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Lee. “This grant fund will […]

Turkey Season to Start as Scheduled; Lakes and Rivers to Remain Open

Turkey Season to Start as Scheduled; Lakes and Rivers to Remain Open

Tennessee’s 2020 statewide spring turkey hunting season will be held as scheduled and the state’s lakes and rivers and access areas controlled by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will remain open. “Governor (Bill) Lee’s Executive Orders 22 and 23 identifies outdoor activity as an essential activity provided that individuals follow Health Guidelines,” said Kurt Holbert, […]

Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Nearly $20 Million in Broadband Accessibility Grants

Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Nearly $20 Million in Broadband Accessibility Grants

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe today announced $19.7 million in broadband accessibility grants that will expand service to support 31,000 unserved Tennesseans in nearly 12,700 households and businesses. “One of my top priorities is ensuring the success of rural Tennessee. With the assistance of these grants, […]

Governor Lee Makes New Provisions on Executive Order

Governor Lee Makes New Provisions on Executive Order

Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 24 which includes the following provisions: -Gives Commissioner of Health authority to allow post-degree, pre-licensed mental or behavioral health professionals to treat patients through telemedicine under the supervision of a licensed professional. -Extends payment due date for the professional privilege tax from June 1 to July 1. -Suspends until July 1 […]

Tennessee Receives Key Education and Nutrition Waivers

Tennessee Receives Key Education and Nutrition Waivers

The Tennessee Department of Education has been granted several key waivers from federal agencies to allow significantly more flexibility at state and local levels during school building closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  “Here in Tennessee, we have moved swiftly to proactively request waivers for certain federal requirements in order to remove as many barriers […]

Gov. Lee, Commissioner Nichols Urge Citizens to Report Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19 Crisis

Gov. Lee, Commissioner Nichols Urge Citizens to Report Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19 Crisis

Gov. Bill Lee today joined Department of Children’s Services Commissioner Jennifer Nichols to call on all Tennesseans to pay extra attention to the children in their lives and in their communities as the response to stop the spread of COVID-19 could lead to an increase in child abuse and neglect and a decrease in reported […]

State Senator Presses for Broadband Deregulation to Benefit Consumers, Advance Internet Expansion

State Senator Presses for Broadband Deregulation to Benefit Consumers, Advance Internet Expansion

State Senator Janice Bowling (R-Tullahoma) continues to advance proposed legislation aimed at making broadband service more available to rural citizens and to create market competition among internet service providers (ISP’s). Her proposals would define broadband at or above the FCC standard, streamline the franchise certification process for ISP’s under certain circumstances, permit authorization for multiple […]

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