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Brandy Arnold, MDW American History Award Winner

Brandy Arnold, MDW American History Award Winner

Brandy Arnold, teacher of U.S. History at Jefferson County High School (JCHS), has been recognized for Outstanding Work in American History for 2020 by the Martha Dandridge Washington Chapter (MDW), National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR). The certificate was presented by MDW Recording Secretary and Arnold’s teaching colleague Karen Bible on February 12. […]

Rep. Andrew Farmer appointed to Southern Legislative Conference committee

Rep. Andrew Farmer appointed to Southern Legislative Conference committee

Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, has appointed State Rep. Andrew Farmer, R-Sevierville, to serve on the Human Services & Public Safety Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC) of the Council of State Governments (CSG). “Chairman Farmer stands for law and order, and he is an effective leader in our General Assembly,” said Speaker […]

Tennessee Legislature Considers Return to Elected School Directors

Tennessee Legislature Considers Return to Elected School Directors

Nearly three decades ago, state lawmakers changed the way school directors are chosen in the state of Tennessee. Abandoning the process of electing school directors was part of a sweeping education reform act known as the Education Improvement Act of 1992. Changes were made to a wide variety of education policies including school fees, BEP […]

House Bill 003 Seeks To Protect Competitive Balance of Girls’ Sports

House Bill 003 Seeks To Protect Competitive Balance of Girls’ Sports

Legislation Protecting Women’s Sports A bill protecting women’s sports has been recommended for passage and referred to Calendars and Rules Committee. House Bill 003 seeks to protect the competitive balance of girls’ sports. Women’s sports were created to give girls a fair chance at competition. That includes fair victories and fair defeats. House Bill 003 […]

House Advances Legislation Limiting Health Boards’ Autonomy

House Advances Legislation Limiting Health Boards’ Autonomy

Legislation aimed at scaling back the power of Tennessee’s six independent metropolitan health boards passed the Health Subcommittee on Tuesday. House Bill 7 would decrease the autonomy of health departments in Davidson, Hamilton, Knox, Madison, Shelby, and Sullivan Counties. These boards are comprised of unelected members with their own authority to issue health directives independently […]

House Republicans Introduce Constitutional Carry

House Republicans Introduce Constitutional Carry

House Republican leadership this week presented legislation making Tennessee the 19th state in the nation to enact a constitutional right to carry law. House Bill 786 upholds freedoms granted to law-abiding citizens in the U.S. Constitution while also stiffening penalties for criminals who steal or illegally possess firearms. This legislation includes several provisions that will […]

Tennessee Removes State Visitation Restrictions for Long-term Care Facilities

Tennessee Removes State Visitation Restrictions for Long-term Care Facilities

Today the Tennessee Department of Health announced state-specific visitation restrictions for long-term care facilities will end effective February 28, 2021. Facilities should use the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidance for safe operation and visitation with limited visitation restrictions no longer in place at the state level. The Tennessee Department of Health recognizes […]

Governor Lee Declares Energy Emergency In Tennessee

Governor Lee Declares Energy Emergency In Tennessee

Vital Policy – State Legislation Filed to Protect Property Rights – Sponsors Niceley and Carr

Vital Policy – State Legislation Filed to Protect Property Rights – Sponsors Niceley and Carr

State legislators will be considering proposed legislation in the current General Assembly aimed at protecting private property from eminent domain abuse. Under current Tennessee law, “blighted areas” are so broadly defined that virtually any property is at risk of condemnation by local housing authorities as part of a redevelopment plan. The proposed legislation, if enacted, […]

Catherine McDonald Wins First Place Of Constitution Week Poster Contest

Catherine McDonald Wins First Place Of Constitution Week Poster Contest

Catherine “Catie” McDonald has won first place in the Tennessee state level competition of the Constitution Week Poster Contest for 2021 for the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). The achievement was announced by Regent Jane Chambers of the Martha Dandridge Washington Chapter (MDW), National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), who is also […]

The Employment Situation in January

The Employment Situation in January

This morning’s jobs report reveals that the pace of job gains has slowed sharply in recent months as the pandemic continues to weigh on job creation, especially in face-to-face services. Strong relief is urgently and quickly needed to control the virus, get vaccine shots in arms, and finally launch a robust, equitable and racially inclusive […]

Jefferson County Schools Earns TN Pathways Certification In Welding

Jefferson County Schools Earns TN Pathways Certification In Welding

Jefferson County Schools is pleased to announce the recent notification of earning TN Pathways Certification in Welding.  The TN Department of Education notes, “The Tennessee Pathways Certification sets clear expectations for alignment, advisement, and partnerships that define strong education-to-career pathways.  In addition, “the certification elevates and celebrates innovative and exemplary pathways in the state.”  With […]

Niceley Pushes State Legislation to End Bond Requirement in Civil Forfeiture Cases

Niceley Pushes State Legislation to End Bond Requirement in Civil Forfeiture Cases

In 2014 the amount of property and cash seized by federal law enforcement under civil asset forfeiture was $4.5 billion. That figure does not include the billions in cash and property seized by state governments. According to FBI data, the amount taken in the United States by criminals that same year was $3.9 billion, making […]

Environmentally friendly behavior is easy — tourists just need a ‘nudge’

Environmentally friendly behavior is easy — tourists just need a ‘nudge’

A new study in Frontiers in Communication has demonstrated the powerful impact that subtle messaging and cues, or ‘nudges’, can provide on encouraging people to show socially desirable behaviors. Travelers who were observed on the Indonesian island of Gili Trawangan, a popular tourist destination, were more likely to demonstrate environmentally conscious actions, such as refusing a plastic […]

Unemployment rate falls to 6.3% in January; payroll employment changes little (+49,000)

Unemployment rate falls to 6.3% in January; payroll employment changes little (+49,000)

The unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage point to 6.3 percent in January, while nonfarm payroll employment changed little (+49,000), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The labor market continued to reflect the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it. In January, notable job gains in professional and business […]

Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Amazon to Create 800 New Jobs in Alcoa

Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Amazon to Create 800 New Jobs in Alcoa

Third Amazon fulfillment center announced in Tennessee in just over 12 months 634,000-square-foot fulfillment center will utilize Amazon Robotics Technology   NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Amazon officials announced today that Amazon will establish a new, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in Alcoa. The site, […]

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