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Gov. Bill Lee to Repeal the Gym Tax in the Upcoming Budget

Gov. Bill Lee to Repeal the Gym Tax in the Upcoming Budget

Tuesday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced his plans to repeal the amusement tax on gym memberships in his upcoming budget. “I’m pleased to be able to include a tax cut in my first budget,” said Lee. “Repealing the gym tax is an important step in reducing the burdens on small businesses in our state.” The […]

Tennessee General Assembly Tackles Civil Forfeiture…Again

Tennessee General Assembly Tackles Civil Forfeiture…Again

Civil asset forfeiture is once again under consideration by the Tennessee General Assembly. Forfeiture of assets became a means of confiscating property used in the commission of a crime in the early 1980’s when federal authorities set out to interrupt illicit drug cartels operating in the United States. The practice has strayed widely from its […]

Tennessee Needs at Least $49.8 Billion of Public Infrastructure Improvements

Tennessee Needs at Least $49.8 Billion of Public Infrastructure Improvements

Tennessee needs at least $49.8 billion of public infrastructure improvements during the five-year period of July 2017 to June 2022—a $5 billion (11.1%) increase from the year before—according to a new report by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR).  Improvements needed for Transportation and Utilities, Education, and Health, Safety, and Welfare infrastructure continue […]

Join Efforts to Prevent Teen Dating Violence in Tennessee

Join Efforts to Prevent Teen Dating Violence in Tennessee

Love shouldn’t hurt. Healthy relationships consist of trust, honesty, respect, equality and compromise. It’s important to help young people learn how to build and recognize healthy relationships to support their development and keep them safe. The Tennessee Department of Health is taking part in Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month to help prevent dating violence among Tennessee teens. […]

SFMO Reminds Tennesseans to “Candle with Care” ahead of Valentine’s Day

SFMO Reminds Tennesseans to “Candle with Care” ahead of Valentine’s Day

Along with chocolates and flowers, decorative candles are often given by sweethearts at Valentine’s Day (Thursday, Feb. 14). While candles are fragrant home décor, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office (SFMO) reminds consumers that candles must be used properly to avoid the potential loss of life, injury, and property damage from an accidental fire. Though […]

TDCI: ‘Sweetheart’ Scammers Will Break Your Heart and Empty Your Wallet

TDCI: ‘Sweetheart’ Scammers Will Break Your Heart and Empty Your Wallet

With Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14, 2019) quickly approaching, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance’s (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs reminds Tennesseans to be wary of ‘sweetheart’ scammers who claim to love you but, in reality, are only after your money. “Valentine’s Day is a time to show your loved ones how much you care, […]

Committee Conversations: House Transportation Committee Discusses REAL ID Act Of 2005

Committee Conversations: House Transportation Committee Discusses REAL ID Act Of 2005

This week, members of the House Transportation Committee met with the Department of Safety to discuss changes to Tennessee driver’s licenses under the REAL ID Act of 2005. The federal measure was created in 2005 and was designed to increase security following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on our nation. Its goal is to […]

House Republicans Introduce Legislation To Create Balance Within Community Oversight Boards

House Republicans Introduce Legislation To Create Balance Within Community Oversight Boards

This week in Nashville, House Republicans introduced legislation aimed at creating balance within community oversight boards across Tennessee. Backed by Republican leadership, this legislation balances both the interests of our citizens to voice their opinion while also protecting the fundamental rights of officers and their families from malicious or politically focused persecution. Community oversight boards […]

Over 56,000 Tennessee Promise Applicants Submit FAFSA

Over 56,000 Tennessee Promise Applicants Submit FAFSA

 The Tennessee Higher Education Commission announced today that over 56,000 Tennessee Promise applicants submitted a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the Feb. 1 deadline.  “We are proud to report that more students have taken their first step toward college with the Tennessee Promise program than at any point since its inception,” said THEC/TSAC Executive […]

TDCI Urges Consumers to Familiarize Themselves with Flood Insurance Coverage

TDCI Urges Consumers to Familiarize Themselves with Flood Insurance Coverage

In the wake of flooding Wednesday night that affected consumers across Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) and the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) are sharing tips to help consumers familiarize themselves with flood insurance. Flooding is the most common and expensive type of natural disaster in the United States, according […]

Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce 13 Communities to Receive Site Development Grants

Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce 13 Communities to Receive Site Development Grants

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today that 13 communities will receive more than $5 million in Site Development Grant funding. The Site Development Grant program is part of the larger Rural Economic Opportunity Act supported by the Tennessee General Assembly for the last three years. […]

Gov. Bill Lee Announces the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education (GIVE) Initiative

Gov. Bill Lee Announces the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education (GIVE) Initiative

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced his first legislative initiative, the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education (GIVE) to expand access to vocational and technical training for Tennessee students.  “I believe that expanding our vocational and technical offerings will be transformational for Tennesseans and the future of our state,” said Lee. “We have the opportunity to […]

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III and 45 Attorneys General Reach $120 Million Settlement Concerning Hip Implant devices

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III and 45 Attorneys General Reach $120 Million Settlement Concerning Hip Implant devices

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III and 45 Attorneys General reached a $120 million Consent Judgment with Johnson & Johnson and DePuy to resolve allegations DePuy unlawfully promoted its metal-on-metal hip implant devices, the ASR XL and the Pinnacle Ultamet. Under the settlement Tennessee shall receive $2,354,489.83. The Attorneys General allege DePuy engaged in unfair […]

Gov. Bill Lee Issues First Executive Order to Address Accelerated Transformation of Rural Areas

Gov. Bill Lee Issues First Executive Order to Address Accelerated Transformation of Rural Areas

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued his first executive order, requiring all state executive departments to issue a statement of rural impact and provide recommendations for better serving rural Tennessee. “My administration will place a high emphasis on the development and success of our rural areas,” said Lee. “Our first executive order sends a clear message […]

Jefferson County Woman Charged with TennCare Fraud

Jefferson County Woman Charged with TennCare Fraud

A Jefferson County woman is charged with TennCare fraud for falsely reporting her income in order to obtain healthcare insurance benefits through the state program. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) with the assistance of the Jefferson City Police Department today announced the arrest of Consuelo Morales, 44, of Jefferson City. A Jefferson County Grand Jury charged Morales […]

Tennessee Reconnect Continues Extraordinary Success

Tennessee Reconnect Continues Extraordinary Success

When Republican leaders created Tennessee Reconnect in 2017, an estimated 7,000 adults were expected to benefit from this groundbreaking education initiative. New numbers recently released by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) indicate that Reconnect has greatly exceeded those early expectations. Through Jan. 15, more than 38,000 Tennesseans have already applied for the Reconnect Grant, […]

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