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My Two Cents: Grapplers

 

My Two-Cents with Hank BonecutterClarksville, TN – Being able to defend yourself is nothing new, but in today’s world, it’s become even more important.

In the world of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, self defense is just one of the many benefits of the training. It’s a discipline.  It’s respect.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a martial art and combat sport system that focuses on “grappling”, especially ground fighting.  BJJ was formed from Kodokan judo ground fighting, and eventually came to be its own combat sport.

Bowen Cambative Arts Academy

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American Heart Association says Abuse and Adversity in Childhood linked to more Cardiovascular Risk in Adulthood

 

American Heart Association Scientific Statement

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Children and teens who are abused, witness violence, are bullied or face other adversities are more likely to develop cardiovascular diseases in adulthood, according to a new scientific statement by the American Heart Association published in the Association’s journal Circulation.

The statement is based on a review of existing scientific research published in peer-reviewed medical journals that documents a strong association between adverse experiences in childhood and teen years and a greater likelihood of developing risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes earlier than those not experiencing adverse experiences.

Children and teens who experience abuse, bullying, neglect or witness violence and other forms of adversity are more likely to develop heart and blood vessel diseases as adults. (American Heart Association)

Children and teens who experience abuse, bullying, neglect or witness violence and other forms of adversity are more likely to develop heart and blood vessel diseases as adults. (American Heart Association)

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Marsha Blackburn spends time with Rossview Elementary students

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. Congress

Washington, D.C. – On Monday, I spent time with some amazing children from the Clarksville area. The 1st and 2nd graders from Rossview Elementary invited me to read with them. We read the book called One Proud Penny and talked about how pennies are made. They were great readers and very curious about my job as a U.S. Congressman.

Later in the afternoon, I had lunch with Robyn Gordon, an inspirational 13-year-old who has written a children’s book called Stop Bullying. Robyn is a brave and courageous young woman who was bullied when she was 6.

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

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2016 Legislative Session of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly report

 

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The 109th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on April 22nd, 2016 to become a part of Tennessee history with passage of major legislation to reduce crime, cut tax burdens, spur job growth, accelerate the state’s success in K-12 education, boost the number of college graduates, curb drug abuse and curtail drunk driving.

State lawmakers also passed significant legislation to ease traffic congestion, reduce child abuse, aid farmers, increase access to healthcare and medication, increase voter participation and provide a safer environment for the elderly.

Following, please find a copy of some of the highlights of this year’s legislative action.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Harlem Globetrotters to be at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on January 15th, 2016

 

Harlem GlobetrottersNashville, TN – The Harlem Globetrotters will be in Music City for a game at the Bridgestone Arena on Friday January 15th, 2016 starting at 7:00pm. They are also celebrating 90 years of ball handling wizardry. The globally recognized basketball team will be on a world tour during the first half of 2016 dazzling fans with their unique style of athleticism, comedy and theater.

Over the years various incarnations of the Globetrotters have played more than 20,000 games in 120 countries. The team’s signature song is Brother Bones’ whistled version of “Sweet Georgia Brown”.

Harlem Globetrotters' Zeus McClurkin

Harlem Globetrotters’ Zeus McClurkin

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Unique Anti-Bullying Tactic

 

Jesus Sowing SeedClarksville, TN – On Tuesday, September 8th, 2015, during the bus ride home from Barkers Mill Elementary school, an older student decided to bully 3rd grader, Jaylen Garrett by punching him repeatedly in his chest.

Instead of retaliating or telling the bus driver, Jaylen used it as an opportunity to ask the kid if he knew Jesus. The kid replied that he had heard of Jesus, but didn’t know much about him.

3rd grader, Jaylen Garrett.

3rd grader, Jaylen Garrett.

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Infinity Dance Fitness Academy conducts 1st Annual Dance Camp

 

Infinity Dance Fitness AcademyClarksville, TN – The Infinity Dance Fitness Academy (IDFA) conducted its first one-week dance camp July 27th-31st, 2015 at the Emmanuel Family Life Center. The IDFA Dance Camp was fun and exciting for the campers while creating a positive and empowering environment which allowed the campers to explore the art of dance i.

The 1st Annual IDFA Dance Camp had thirty campers ages 5-17. The campers received instruction in several disciplines of dance to include ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, belly dance and liturgical.

Infinity Dance Fitness Academy holds First Annual Dance Camp at Emmanuel Family Life Center.

Infinity Dance Fitness Academy holds First Annual Dance Camp at Emmanuel Family Life Center.

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Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office takes on school bullying head-on

 

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office - MCSOMontgomery County, TN – Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Jayme DeLaRosa has only been an elementary school SRO for a year and a half, but has already taken a stand against bullying.

She wanted to carry on the original program of “Girls Night Out” for boys and girls when one of the guidance counselors left at the end of last year.

“Last year, I saw the guidance counselor do a presentation for all grade levels of girls in our school,” DeLaRosa said. “She left, and I wanted to tweak the program to include boys. I also wanted to have just fourth and fifth grade age levels so we could use age appropriate real life scenarios for role-playing. I wanted them to be able to interact between the two grade levels and be excited about learning about the subject of bullying.”

Jayme DeLaRosa speaks to children in the anti-bullying program.

Jayme DeLaRosa speaks to children in the anti-bullying program.

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Scholastic to Publish Teen Author Aija Mayrock’s “Survival Guide to Bullying”

 

ScholasticNew York, NY – Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, has acquired North American rights to 19-year-old Aija Mayrock’s self-published ebook,

The Survival Guide to Bullying. The revised Scholastic edition (The Survival Guide to Bullying: Revised Edition) will be published simultaneously in paperback and ebook formats in July 2015, with a hardcover library edition to follow in September 2015.  The deal was negotiated by Debra Dorfman, VP and Publisher, Scholastic, and Jay Kramer for Aija Mayrock.

"The Survival Guide to Bullying" by Aija Mayrock (Scholastic)

“The Survival Guide to Bullying” by Aija Mayrock (Scholastic)

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Signs Healthy Workplace Act

 

Tennessee’s new anti-bullying law for the workplace leads National efforts

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam joined State Representative Antonio Parkinson (D-Memphis) for a ceremonial bill signing of HB1981, the “Healthy Workplace Act”.

The new law will require the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) to create a model policy that state and local government employers can follow that will reduce instances of workplace bullying – which will both protect employees from harassment and protect employers from future litigation.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivered his State of the State address on January 30th.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivered his State of the State address on January 30th.

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