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State Senator Green Issues Call for Photos of Vietnam War Dead

State Senator Green Issues Call for Photos of Vietnam War Dead

Standing before a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, State Senator Mark Green, MD today called for Tennesseans to search their photo albums for photographs of those who were killed in Vietnam. In addition, Green implored his fellow state legislators from across the nation to joinTennessee in the search for the remaining 22,000-plus photos [...]

Treasury Department Hosts Workshops on College Savings

Treasury Department Hosts Workshops on College Savings

With the high costs of college tuition and the many different types of investment options, it’s understandable that many parents feel overwhelmed about how they will pay for their children’s higher education expenses. However, a program offered by the Tennessee Treasury Department can help parents develop strategies for saving the money they will need. This [...]

Proposed Constitutional Amendments Now Online at Secretary of State’s Website

Proposed Constitutional Amendments Now Online at Secretary of State’s Website

As a convenience to Tennessee voters, the Secretary of State’s office has posted the four proposed constitutional amendments that will be on the November 4 ballot. The amendments appear on the website in the same order they will appear on the ballot. Article XI Section 3 of the Tennessee Constitution outlines the process for approving [...]

Three Senior Republican Senators Introduce Legislation to Allow Songwriters to Recieve Fair Pay

Three Senior Republican Senators Introduce Legislation to Allow Songwriters to Recieve Fair Pay

Three senior Republican U.S. senators announced today at The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville that they were introducing legislation that would allow songwriters to receive compensation based on the fair market value of their songs. The Songwriter Equity Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate today by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Orrin [...]

Faison To Seek Re-Election As State Representative In 11th District

Faison To Seek Re-Election As State Representative In 11th District

Thank you so much for the responsibility of being your State Representative over the last three and half years.  Functioning as your ear at home and your voice in Nashville has truly been one of the greatest honors of my life. Besides making TN the greatest state to locate a business, lowering taxes, protecting life, [...]

State budget passes after attempts to preserve cost-of-living increases

State budget passes after attempts to preserve cost-of-living increases

Governor Bill Haslam announced several days ago that he would be eliminating teacher and state employee pay increases from his proposed budget that had been promised in his State of the State address in February. As a result, several members of the Tennessee General Assembly began pouring over the new budget. “Several representatives in the [...]

State Library and Archives Receives Papers Detailing Civil War Love Story

State Library and Archives Receives Papers Detailing Civil War Love Story

He lovingly called her “Toad.” She affectionately referred to him as “Oll.” And although they shared political views that were out of step with many of their East Tennessee neighbors, Oliver Caswell King and his sweetheart Catherine Rebecca Rutledge managed to keep their romance alive through the hardships imposed by the Civil War. Thanks to [...]

Multiple Education-Related Bills Pass in General Assembly

Multiple Education-Related Bills Pass in General Assembly

April 7th was a busy day for bills relating to public education in Tennessee. Legislators voted overwhelmingly in favor of educators on licensure and salary bills before the body. HB1375 passed in the House by a margin of 88-0 to prohibit licensure decisions from being based on student growth data compiled from the Tennessee Value-Added [...]

Representative Faison’s Pro-Hemp, Pro-Jobs Legislation Passes House With Bipartisan Support

Representative Faison’s Pro-Hemp, Pro-Jobs Legislation Passes House With Bipartisan Support

Legislation sponsored by State Representative Jeremy Faison (R–Cosby) which will legalize the growth of industrial hemp in Tennessee passed the full House of Representatives this week with strong bipartisan support from state lawmakers. Currently, because of federal guidelines, the cultivation of hemp in our state is illegal, despite numerous studies that have shown hemp production would [...]

Tennessee Main Street Communities See Big Success In 2013

Tennessee Main Street Communities See Big Success In 2013

House Republicans joined with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development last week to announce the 2013 Economic Impact and Reinvestment Statistics from Tennessee’s 23 Main Street communities for activities occurring between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. These Main Street communities generated more than $59 million of public and private investment in [...]

“Noah Dean and Nate Act” Approved By House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee

“Noah Dean and Nate Act” Approved By House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee

Legislation which aimed at preventing electric shock injuries and drowning deaths near marinas and boat docks in Tennessee passed out of this House Agriculture & Natural Resources Subcommittee this week in Nashville.  The “Noah Dean and Nate Act” requires marinas to install ground fault protection, post notices about the danger of electrical leakage into waters [...]

Faison (R-Cosby) – House Votes To Protect Tennessee Values In Tennessee Schools

Faison (R-Cosby) – House Votes To Protect Tennessee Values In Tennessee Schools

State Representative Jeremy Faison (R-Cosby) co-sponsored legislation that would protect education in the State of Tennessee. This week, House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly to pass legislation protecting Tennessee educational values in schools across the state. The bill, which passed the House 81-9 and with strong bipartisan support, is the first piece of legislation passed this year to [...]

Legislation To Overhaul Tennessee Textbook Selection Process Moves Forward In House

Legislation To Overhaul Tennessee Textbook Selection Process Moves Forward In House

House Republicans moved forward this week with legislation that will move the Tennessee educational bar forward by overhauling the way our State Textbook Commission conducts business while also helping to empower parents to become more involved in the daily lives of our students. The State Textbook Commission, which is responsible for recommending an official list [...]

House Expands Second Amendment Rights For Tennesseans

House Expands Second Amendment Rights For Tennesseans

House Republican lawmakers moved forward this week with several pieces of legislation aimed at expanding the Second Amendment rights of Tennesseans, with all four measures being backed by the National Rifle Association. The first measure, House Bill 1404, clarifies a bill passed last year which allows individuals to carry their firearms safely secured in the [...]

Blakeleigh Rone Act Passes House With Unanimous Support From State Lawmakers

Legislation sponsored by State Representative Jeremy Faison (R–Cosby) aimed at helping the parents of newborns in the state receive proper training in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques passed the House of Representatives this week with full support from both parties. The bill, named in honor of the late Blakeleigh Rone of Cocke County who passed away [...]

State of Tennessee Reducing Debt by Hundreds of Millions

State of Tennessee Reducing Debt by Hundreds of Millions

The State of Tennessee Indebtedness Report, which was released by the Comptroller’s office last week, documents how the state’s total debt fell during the last six months of last year by $347 million – or more than a third of a billion dollars. Of that decrease, the state reduced the debt on its general obligation [...]