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First Meeting of Tennessee Legislative Task Force on Opioid Abuse Kicks Off

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – This week in Nashville, the first meeting of the legislative task force on opioid and prescription drug abuse kicked off in Nashville, with stakeholders from across the state coming to the Legislative Plaza to speak out about Tennessee’s growing drug epidemic.

The task force was created this month by House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) with the immediate goal of working on legislation and determining best strategies for tackling Tennessee’s opioid problems. Tennessee is consistently ranked at the top of the charts nationally with regards to prescription drug abuse.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivers 2017 State of the State Address

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivered his annual State of the State Address to a joint convention of the legislature this week, unveiling his budget for the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Haslam addressed multiple issues during the State of the State, the most prominent of which include job recruitment and infrastructure investments, bolstering the state’s Rainy Day Fund, a continued push to make government more efficient and effective, and major contributions in both K-12 and higher education.

Haslam’s $37 billion balanced budget proposal builds up state reserves, puts Tennessee on the path to catch up on long-deferred maintenance of buildings, and reinvests in the state workforce. For a second year in a row, and the second year in Tennessee recorded history, the state budget does not take on any new debt.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivers State of the State Address

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivers State of the State Address

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110th Tennessee General Assembly convenes in Nashville

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – On Tuesday, January 10th, 2017, the House and Senate of the Tennessee General Assembly met in organizational session to start the 110th General Assembly.

The First Order of Business was the swearing in of all newly elected members of the General Assembly.

Representative Curtis Johnson re-elected Speaker Pro Tempore of the House

Representative Curtis Johnson re-elected Speaker Pro Tempore of the House

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Tennessee House Republicans reelects Curtis Johnson as Speaker Pro Tempore

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee House Republicans met this week in Nashville to elect new leadership to guide the GOP caucus during the 110th General Assembly set to begin in January.

During the meeting, State Representative Curtis Johnson (R–Clarksville) was reelected by his peers as Speaker Pro Tempore.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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APSU Department of Agriculture to host Alumni Harvest, Farm Facility Open House on October 18th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – When the Austin Peay State University Department of Agriculture was a long way from being the fastest-growing college department of agriculture in Tennessee that it is today, one man believed in the potential of both the department and the APSU Farm, a 440-acre plot of land now known as the Farm and Environmental Education Center.

“Dr. Gaines Hunt single-handedly kept the APSU Farm going for several years – sometimes with his own equipment, time and money,” John Bartee Jr., co-chair of the APSU agriculture advisory committee, said. “From an alumni perspective, he’s had a huge impact on the department and the university.”

APSU Farm and Environmental Education Center. (APSU)

APSU Farm and Environmental Education Center. (APSU)

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Clarksville’s New Park & Ride a big hit with Commuters

 

Bigger, safer lot serves expanded 94X Clarksville Express to Nashville

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan welcomed home several busloads of happy commuters Tuesday afternoon at the new, clean and spacious Park & Ride lot at Exit 11.

The Park & Ride opened Monday, and McMillan joined with John Schroer, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Transportation, and Regional Transit Authority CEO Steve Bland on Tuesday for a grand opening ceremony.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan greets Angela Moore and Monalisa Barker, both of Clarksville, at the grand opening ceremony for the new Park & Ride at Exit 11. Moore and Barker ride the RTA’s 94X Express bus to and from work and say the service eliminates the stress and expense of driving and parking in Nashville.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan greets Angela Moore and Monalisa Barker, both of Clarksville, at the grand opening ceremony for the new Park & Ride at Exit 11. Moore and Barker ride the RTA’s 94X Express bus to and from work and say the service eliminates the stress and expense of driving and parking in Nashville.

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Clarksville holds Hankook Road Sign Unveiling

 

Clarksville Area Chamber of CommerceClarksville, TN – On Tuesday, July 12th at 1:30pm, State and local officials joined representatives from Hankook to celebrate the designation of Hankook Road, the segment of SR 237 (Rossview Road) beginning at the entrance/exit turnouts of the west side of Exit 8 from I-24 to the Rollow Lane intersection.

The road sign is located just past Rossview High School on the right before the overpass.

(L to R) State Senator Mark Green, Industrial Development Board Chairman Billy Atkins, Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, State Representation Curtis Johnson, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Hankook Plant Manager Rocky Yoon.

(L to R) State Senator Mark Green, Industrial Development Board Chairman Billy Atkins, Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, State Representation Curtis Johnson, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Hankook Plant Manager Rocky Yoon.

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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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Clarksville Citizens testify before House Local Government Committee

 

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – Three citizens from Clarksville testified before the House Local Government Committee this week urging support for House Bill 2156 which helps restore some property tax relief for disabled veterans. There are currently several bills dealing with Property Tax Relief for veterans.

“I support these bills, and feel strongly that some tax relief will be funded in the 2016-17 budget,” Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson said.

Ms. Sherry Pickering with the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition was first to testify. Also adding their expertise were Brenda Radford, Montgomery County Trustee, and Bill Summers, legislative representative for the Military Officer Association of American and a retired Air Force Officer.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee House of Representatives Welcomes Japan’s Consul-General

 

Tennessee Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The Tennessee House of Representatives was pleased to welcome Mr. Masami Kinefuchi to attend Wednesday’s session of the House and to present him with a House Joint Resolution recognizing the great contribution he has made to the economy of Tennessee.

The consul-general’s job is to facilitate economic and cultural exchange between Japan and the United States. He has jurisdiction over five states—Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. In these five states, there are more than 400 Japanese companies.

In Tennessee there are over 180 Japanese-based business employing more than 46,000 individuals with the largest company being Nissan with an assembly plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Other Japanese companies in Tennessee are Denso, Bridgestone, Calsonic, and Yorozu.

Rep. Curtis Johnson on the far right presented the House Joint Resolution to Mr. Kinefuchi (4th from left). Also, from the left is the governor’s chief of state, Jim Henry; House Finance Chairman, Charles Sargent; and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell.

Rep. Curtis Johnson on the far right presented the House Joint Resolution to Mr. Kinefuchi (4th from left). Also, from the left is the governor’s chief of state, Jim Henry; House Finance Chairman, Charles Sargent; and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell.

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