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AG Slatery Urges Congress to Consider Pandemic Liability Protections

AG Slatery Urges Congress to Consider Pandemic Liability Protections

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, along with 21 other state attorneys general, co-signed a letter to Congress urging the adoption of the protections contained in the Safe to Work Act. The legislation would help mitigate the threat of frivolous COVID-related litigation for much-needed goods and services while still ensuring victims have legal options where […]

Gov. Lee Announces $150 Million in Relief Funds for Tennessee Non-Profits

Gov. Lee Announces $150 Million in Relief Funds for Tennessee Non-Profits

Today Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group announced $150 million in Coronavirus Relief Funds will be made available to Tennessee non-profits to assist their ongoing efforts to address the ongoing health and economic impacts of COVID-19. “The COVID-19 pandemic has placed enormous strain on all aspects of our society, and non-profit […]

Agritourism Bill Signed Into Law by Governor Lee

Agritourism Bill Signed Into Law by Governor Lee

State Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) and Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains) sponsored legislation in the 111th General Assembly to protect Agritourism venues from liability. House Bill 2371 and Senate Bill 2423 shield Agritourism professionals and farm businesses from liability that may result from damage to a participant’s property during a Agritourism activity. In passing this […]

Unemployment Rates Decrease in Every Tennessee County

Unemployment Rates Decrease in Every Tennessee County

Record-high unemployment rates recorded in counties across Tennessee in April experienced sizable decreases as the state slowly reopened in May 2020, according to preliminary data released by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. All 95 of Tennessee’s counties had lower unemployment rates in May, compared to the number of individuals who could not […]

Legislation Expires in Tennessee General Assembly on Civil Asset Forfeiture – Reporting Standards and Due Process Delayed

Legislation Expires in Tennessee General Assembly on Civil Asset Forfeiture – Reporting Standards and Due Process Delayed

By David Seal With the conclusion of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly, adjourning sine die, a number of bills of great interest have expired. Among those are civil asset forfeiture bills sponsored by Representative Martin Daniel (R-Knoxville) and Senator Frank Niceley (R-Strawberry Plains). HB 340 / SB 362 as amended would have repealed a code […]

Tennessee Department of Education Announces COVID-19 Child Wellbeing Task Force

Tennessee Department of Education Announces COVID-19 Child Wellbeing Task Force

Thursday, the Tennessee Department of Education announced members and objectives of the statewide COVID-19 Child Wellbeing Task Force, which was convened to support the holistic needs of Tennessee children in response to extended school building closures.  Governor Bill Lee charged Commissioner Schwinn to convene the COVID-19 Child Wellbeing Task Force in response to the pandemic’s long-term effects on Tennessee’s school districts and students.  The goal of the taskforce is to […]

AG Slatery Urges Apple, Google to Ensure All Contact Tracing Apps Protect Personal Information

AG Slatery Urges Apple, Google to Ensure All Contact Tracing Apps Protect Personal Information

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III and a bipartisan coalition of 38 attorneys general asked Google and Apple to ensure all contact tracing and exposure notification apps related to COVID-19 adequately protect consumers’ personal information. Specifically, the coalition asked Google and Apple to guarantee that such apps, when available to consumers, are affiliated with a […]

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 […]

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