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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 HB 340 / SB 362 as amended would have repealed a code […]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 […]

Tennesseans Now Able to Use SNAP Benefits on Amazon & Walmart Online

Tennesseans Now Able to Use SNAP Benefits on Amazon & Walmart Online

Tennesseans who utilize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to feed their families now have a new resource to help during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved Tennessee for a pilot program that allows SNAP benefits to be used to buy food online with Amazon and Walmart.  SNAP recipients […]

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.” […]

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 […]

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 […]

Gov. Bill Lee Signs Executive Order Mandating Alternative Business Models for Restaurants and Gyms, Lifts Alcohol Regulations

Gov. Bill Lee Signs Executive Order Mandating Alternative Business Models for Restaurants and Gyms, Lifts Alcohol Regulations

Sunday, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed Executive Order 17 calling for businesses across the state to utilize alternative business models beginning at midnight CDT on Monday, March 23, 2020 until midnight CDT April 6, 2020. The order also outlines ways businesses and citizens should work to protect vulnerable populations. “The COVID-19 pandemic has created both […]

Agriculture Commissioner: We Are Committed to Food Safety and Supply

Agriculture Commissioner: We Are Committed to Food Safety and Supply

During this time of uncertainty, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) remains committed in our mission to safeguard your food and fiber and ensure equity in the marketplace. With our citizens and our employees in mind, TDA inspectors, administrators, and support staff continue to provide the services you count on while also following CDC guidelines […]

New State Resources For Employers and Employees Impacted by COVID-19

New State Resources For Employers and Employees Impacted by COVID-19

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has new resources available for employers and employees impacted by the COVID-19 emergency. The Department revamped its website to put information and resources in a convenient form for Tennesseans to access. The website now has separate sections for employers, employees, frequently asked questions, and for information […]

In-person Photo Requirement to be Waived for Renewals and License Expiration Dates Extended Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak.

In-person Photo Requirement to be Waived for Renewals and License Expiration Dates Extended Due to the COVID-19 Outbreak.

The Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security (TDOSHS) continues to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak closely. At this time, most State Driver Services Centers remain open and the Department is currently taking precautions to protect the health and safety of our customers and employees. To relieve as many customers as possible from needing to visit […]

Governor Lee Issues Statement – “All Schools Expected to Close by Friday, March 20, 2020 at the Latest through March 31, 2020”

Governor Lee Issues Statement  – “All Schools Expected to Close by Friday, March 20, 2020 at the Latest through March 31, 2020”

Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee issued the following statement regarding statewide school closure: “As the response to COVID-19 evolves, I urge every school district in Tennessee to close as soon as practically possible, with all schools expected to close by Friday, March 20, 2020 at the latest. Schools should remain closed through March 31, 2020 […]

Nashville Weekly Wrap

Nashville Weekly Wrap

House of Representatives responds to communities devastated by historic tornado outbreak Early this week, several communities across Tennessee suffered extensive damage as a result of an historic tornado outbreak. In the early morning hours of March 3, a powerful tornado tore through Germantown and North Nashville with wind speeds reaching 125 miles per hour. The […]

Tennessee’s Broadband Initiatives Featured in New Pew Broadband Report

Tennessee’s Broadband Initiatives Featured in New Pew Broadband Report

Tennessee’s broadband initiatives are highlighted in a new report released today by the Pew Charitable Trusts. The report, ‘How States are Expanding Broadband Access,’ features best practices from nine states that are developing leading broadband programs to address critical connectivity gaps in their communities. Tennessee’s best practices include the Department of Economic and Community Development’s […]

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