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Gas Tax Increase Approved by Tennessee House

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – The IMPROVE Act,  Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s proposal to fund critical infrastructure projects and offer local government the option to fund transportation needs passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday. 

The more than six hour debate saw House members carefully and thoroughly consider dozens of amendments and counter proposals to the IMPROVE Act.  At the end of the debate, the bill cleared the House by a narrow margin.

“I have been out front and very public about my disappointment in our State government’s neglect, in recent years, to address our over-burdened roads, highways and dangerous bridges with a responsible funding plan.”

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Shadow “Shada” Brooke Lowe bill passes the House, Tennessee Reconnect Act on House Floor

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – On Monday April 10th, I was honored to recognize Mr. Gordon Wayne Miller on the occasion of his retirement. Mr. Miller is the current executive director of the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS). Prior to coming to TOSS, he enjoyed a 27 year career at Lenoir City Schools.

HB 500 sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts, has passed the Full Senate and Full House and is on its way to the Governor for his signature. This legislation was requested by members of the Board of Osteopathic Examination to increase members’ per diem reimbursement for their meetings.

These volunteers spend precious time away from their medical practice, seeing patients, to provide guidance and oversight of Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Tennessee Vols Baskeball plays Arkansas at Thompson-Bowling Arena, Tuesday

 

Tennessee (8-5, 1-0 SEC) vs. Arkansas (11-2, 0-1 SEC)

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2016 | 5:30pm CT
Knoxville, TN | Thompson-Boling Arena

Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsKnoxville, TN – Tennessee chases its first 2-0 start to SEC play since 2010 when it welcomes Arkansas to Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday night for a 5:30pm CT tip on SEC Network.

The Vols (8-5, 1-0 SEC) opened SEC play last week, picking up an 83-73 road win at Texas A&M. UT got a balanced team effort offensively with four players finishing in double figures. Lamonte Turner led the way with 14 points and true freshman Grant Williams chipped in 12 points to go along with five rebounds and a school-record-tying six blocks.

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Clarksville Ranks 19th Among Top U.S. Cities for Fastest Job Growth

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development CouncilClarksville, TN – The Clarksville metropolitan statistical area (MSA) ranked 19th in the nation for fastest job growth. A report released today from 24/7 Wall Street, a Delaware-based financial news company, studied employment and job growth from October 2015 to October 2016 for 387 metro areas and announced the top 25 U.S. cities.

The Clarksville MSA added more than 4,700 jobs, an increase of 4.61%, with total jobs at 106,811 in October 2016.

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TFWC announces Elk Hunt Winners, Commercial Fishing Proposals at August Meeting

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRACrossville, TN – The participants in Tennessee’s 2016 elk hunt were announced at the August meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission which concluded Friday. The TFWC was also presented a preview of next year’s 2016-17 proposed commercial fishing regulations, and update on recommendations for cervid deer carcass importations as they pertain to states with chronic wasting disease (CWD).

Tennessee began its elk hunt in 2009 with the participants selected from a computer draw. At its May meeting, the TFWC approved the addition of an archery only elk hunt which will be held October 3rd-7th.

TWRA Elk Hunts to take place October 3rd - 7th and October 17th - 21st.

TWRA Elk Hunts to take place October 3rd – 7th and October 17th – 21st.

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Tennessee Department of Education announces ACT Senior Retake Opportunity

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Education announced today the launch of the statewide ACT Senior Retake Opportunity that provides every eligible high school senior, meaning any public school student who took the ACT as a junior, the ability to retake the ACT free of charge on Saturday, October 22nd, regardless of socioeconomic status.

Tennessee’s historical ACT data indicate that students who retake the ACT typically increase their composite score by one to three points.

Eligible high school seniors have the opportunity to retake ACT.

Eligible high school seniors have the opportunity to retake ACT.

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Tennessee Historical Commission gives City of Clarksville grant to restore historic Smith-Trahern Mansion

 

The Tennessee Historical CommissionNashville, TN – The Tennessee Historical Commission has awarded 31 grants from the federal Historic Preservation Fund to community and civic organizations for projects that support the preservation of historic and archaeological resources.

“Tennessee’s treasured historic places make our state unique and contribute to our quality of life,” said Patrick McIntyre, state historic preservation officer and executive director of the Tennessee Historical Commission. “These grants will help protect the sites for future generations to study and enjoy.”

City of Clarksville receives $24,600 grant from Tennessee Historical Commission for restoration of Smith-Trahern Mansion.

City of Clarksville receives $24,600 grant from Tennessee Historical Commission for restoration of Smith-Trahern Mansion.

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AT&T Expands Access to Gigabit Speeds to Clarksville Tennessee

 

AT&T Gigabit Speeds also now available to Businesses in 22 Tennessee Communities

AT&T INCNashville, TNAT&T1 is bringing gigabit internet speeds to Clarksville and even more businesses in 22 Tennessee communities. With AT&T Business Fiber, more businesses can download and upload up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps).2

“For years, as a result of the pro-business policies that have been pursued by our elected leaders at the state and local levels, AT&T has provided Gigabit and multi-Gigabit connections to businesses across Tennessee, helping to spur business success and job creation,” said Joelle Phillips, president of AT&T Tennessee.  “With the increased speeds now available through AT&T Business Fiber, AT&T employees have shown yet another example of how we are innovating to increase connectivity to businesses in urban and rural areas alike.”

1 Gigabit per Second Internet speeds are now available through AT&T Business Fiber

1 Gigabit per Second Internet speeds are now available through AT&T Business Fiber

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Veterans Property Tax Relief Bill Advances

 

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts
Attorney General Opinion regarding the use of Veterans Income in Calculating Property Tax Relief

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – On February 3rd, 2016, I requested the State Attorney General Herbert Slatery to review and issue a legal opinion on the property tax relief legislation (Public Chapter 481) passed last year.

On Tuesday, March 29th, we received the following opinion from the Attorney General attached at the bottom of this article.

House Bill 1410/Senate Bill 1484 (Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) passed both the Senate Local Government Committee and the House Local Sub-Government Committee on March 30th.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Gateway Medical Center becomes Tennova Healthcare – Clarksville

 

Tennova HealthcareClarksville, TN – On Monday, February 22nd, 2016, Clarksville’s Gateway Medical Center became part of Tennova Healthcare, one of the Tennessee’s largest health networks.

Gateway Medical Center joins a system formed over four years ago to enhance access and improve coordination of care for patients in the communities they serve. Gateway’s name has also changed to Tennova Healthcare – Clarksville.

Gateway Medical Center changes it's name to Tennova Healthcare – Clarksville.

Gateway Medical Center changes it’s name to Tennova Healthcare – Clarksville.

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