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Tennessee Business Expansions On Rise Across State

Tennessee Business Expansions On Rise Across State

In 2016, Tennessee was named State of the Year for Economic Development by Southern Business & Development Magazine based on project totals and the variety of industries that invested in the state and created jobs. So far in 2017, Tennessee is well on its way to living up to this recognition, with multiple major job [...]

Tennessee State Building Commission Chooses Ann McGauran As State Architect

Tennessee State Building Commission Chooses Ann McGauran As State Architect

The Tennessee State Building Commission voted unanimously to appoint Ann McGauran as State Architect. McGauran is the first woman to serve Tennessee in this capacity since the position was created in 1955. McGauran is a Senior Architect and Facilities Management Professional who has more than 25 years of architectural and project management experience. Since 2014, [...]

Legislation aims to ensure transparency, full vetting and public input regarding guides to practice for all licensed professions in Tennessee

Legislation aims to ensure transparency, full vetting and public input regarding guides to practice for all licensed professions in Tennessee

Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Chairman Jack Johnson (R-Franklin), Senate Government Operations Committee Chairman Mike Bell (R-Riceville) and Representative Dan Howell (R-Georgetown) held a press conference today to announce the introduction of new legislation to ensure transparency, full vetting and public input regarding “guides to practice” for all licensed professions in Tennessee. Guides to practice [...]

Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Jim Tracy Files Legislation Calling for Photos on EBT Cards Used for SNAP and TANF Benefits

Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Jim Tracy Files Legislation Calling for Photos on EBT Cards Used for SNAP and TANF Benefits

Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) has filed legislation requiring photos to be added to the state’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards, the method used for delivering Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to eligible Tennesseans.  The bill aims to deter theft and the selling or trafficking of the cards, while ensuring eligible Tennesseans continue to receive the [...]

Senate Approves Resolution Calling for Convention of States

Senate Approves Resolution Calling for Convention of States

The Senate approved a resolution today calling for a convention of states in Nashville for the purpose of planning a future Article V Convention. The convention would be the first formal meeting of the states since 1861. Senate Joint Resolution 9, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) provides that the convention of [...]

Office of Open Records Counsels Creates Model Public Records Policy

Office of Open Records Counsels Creates Model Public Records Policy

For the first time in state history, Tennessee government entities now have a model policy to help define how public records requests are handled. The Comptroller’s Office of Open Records Counsel (OORC) established a model public records policy to assist all Tennessee government entities. The model policy was created after Representative Bill Dunn and Senator [...]

Representative Andrew Farmer Officially Sworn In; Appointed Chairman Of House Civil Justice Committee

Representative Andrew Farmer Officially Sworn In; Appointed Chairman Of House Civil Justice Committee

The House of Representatives officially gaveled into session this week in Nashville, marking the beginning of the 110th General Assembly. As part of the opening day ceremonies, State Representative Andrew Farmer (R–Sevierville) took the oath of office and was officially sworn into the Tennessee House of Representatives. In addition, Representative Farmer was appointed as Chairman of [...]

State Representative Andrew Farmer Recognized By Tennessee American Academy Of Pediatrics

State Representative Andrew Farmer Recognized By Tennessee American Academy Of Pediatrics

State Representative Andrew Farmer (R–Sevierville) was recently honored by the American Academy of Pediatrics during the organization’s annual Excellence in Pediatrics event at the Cool Springs Marriott in Franklin, TN. The group specifically recognized Representative Farmer for his work promoting children’s health legislation within the Tennessee General Assembly and working to improve the quality of [...]

State Representative Andrew Farmer Receives Legislator Of The Year Award From State’s Top Addiction Help Group

State Representative Andrew Farmer Receives Legislator Of The Year Award From State’s Top Addiction Help Group

Earlier this month, the Tennessee Association of Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services (TAADAS) held its annual banquet and awards dinner in recognition of Recovery Month and of the accomplishments of the recovery community. During the event, the state’s top addiction help organization named State Representative Andrew Farmer (R–Sevierville) as its Tennessee Legislator of the [...]

Fain Appointed to State-Wide Taskforce

Fain Appointed to State-Wide Taskforce

On August 31st, Barry Fain, a Dandridge native and resident, was appointed by House Speaker Beth Harwell to a newly-created state-wide taskforce. The taskforce was created under Public Chapter No. 1057 of 2016, commonly cited as the “Juvenile Justice Realignment Act,” to study new approaches to the administration of juvenile justice in Tennessee, including the [...]

Statement from Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III Regarding Today’s U.S. Supreme Court Decision (Texas v. U.S.)

Statement from Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery III Regarding Today’s U.S. Supreme Court Decision (Texas v. U.S.)

“Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision is a welcome result.  With the Court affirming the lower court, we finally have a decision placing limits on executive authority and confining its role to enforcing, and not making, our laws.  The original complaint in this action said it best, “this lawsuit is not about immigration. It is about [...]

Historical Legislation Becomes Law to Eliminate the Hall Income Tax

Historical Legislation Becomes Law to Eliminate the Hall Income Tax

Legislation sponsored by TN Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) and TN Rep. Charles Sargent (R-Franklin) to statutorily phase out the Hall Income Tax was signed into law today by Governor Bill Haslam sending Tennessee on its way to an income tax-free status by January 1, 2022. First sponsored in 2012 by Green, the proposal to remove the [...]

State Representative Jeremy Faison Joins All Saints’ Episcopal School to Complete Their “Walk Across Tennessee”

State Representative Jeremy Faison Joins All Saints’ Episcopal School to Complete Their “Walk Across Tennessee”

All Saints’ Episcopal School’s was excited the share the completion of their yearlong “Walk Across Tennessee” program with State Representative Jeremy Faison. Rep. Faison joined students and faculty as they presented some of the facts the students learned, highlighted their commitment to physical fitness and debuted a “Walking Across Tennessee” brochure that was designed by [...]

Representative Faison Encourages JCHS Students To Learn About Government

Representative Faison Encourages JCHS Students To Learn About Government

Tennessee State Representative Jeremy Faison visited Jefferson County High School on Tuesday to speak with students about the importance of government. Representative Faison was invited to speak to students in the second year HVAC and Construction classes by JCHS teacher David Seal. A Jefferson County Commissioner, Seal encourages awareness of local, state, and national government [...]

State Representative Andrew Farmer Appointed Vice-Chairman Of House Judicial Confirmation Committee

State Representative Andrew Farmer Appointed Vice-Chairman Of House Judicial Confirmation Committee

This week in Nashville, State Representative Andrew Farmer (R–Sevierville) was officially appointed Vice-Chairman of the House Judicial Confirmation Committee. The appointment comes after former committee member Jon Lundberg was called to active duty in the United States Navy. The Judicial Confirmation Committee reviews the judicial nominees made by the governor and makes recommendations to the full House [...]

Representative Jeremy Faison To Run For Re-election

Representative Jeremy Faison To Run For Re-election

Six years ago, the good people of Cocke, Jefferson, and Greene Counties sent me to Nashville to speak on their behalf-something I consider one of the greatest honors of my life. I have had the privilege of listening to your concerns, your needs, and the issues which you are most passionate about. Meeting so many [...]

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