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Tennessee State Capitol gets visit from Audi Self Driving Car

 

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The Audi A-7 visited the state capitol and gave rides to State lawmakers. The A-7 is totally hands free driving. It completed a test drive of more than 550 freeway miles from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas with 90 percent of those miles hands free.

Mr. Brad Stertz, Director of Audi’s Government Affairs spoke of his company’s efforts to put automated cars on the road. As the technology for autonomous vehicles continues to develop, states have found it may be necessary for state and municipal governments to address the potential impacts of these vehicles on the road. Three bills have been filed on the subject in the Tennessee General Assembly this year.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson with the Audi-A-7.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson with the Audi-A-7.

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Tennessee General Assembly Hears Governors State Of The State Address

 

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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 2016-2017 fiscal year. Haslam addressed multiple issues during the State of the State, the most prominent of which include job recruitment and workforce development, a continued push to make government more efficient and effective, and major investments in both K-12 and higher education.

Among the key points in the Governor’s speech was a focus on a balanced budget, low taxes, fiscal responsibility, and the proposal of 261 million in new dollars for Tennessee public education, including $104.6 million for teacher salaries — the largest investment in K-12 education without a tax increase in state history.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam unveils budget proposal; Makes largest K-12 Education Investment without a Tax Increase in state History.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam unveils budget proposal; Makes largest K-12 Education Investment without a Tax Increase in state History.

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Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson introduces Legislation to help Cancer Patients

 

Curtis Johnson sponsors measure to address cost parity among treatments

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville) is sponsoring SB2091/HB2239, the Cancer Treatment Fairness Act, to ensure that cancer patients are able to get the most medically appropriate treatment, as decided between the physician and patient.

Traditional treatments are usually given through an IV or injection and are covered under health care benefits resulting in a small co-pay or no cost at all to patients. Oral treatments are usually part of the health plan’s pharmacy benefit and result in high out-of-pocket costs for patients. This disparity is a result of our laws not keeping up with scientific advancements, which can negatively impact patients taking their medication as prescribed.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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109th Tennessee General Assembly opens 2016 Session

 

Tennessee Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The 2016 session of the 109th General Assembly reconvened on Capitol Hill this week to begin work on a number of important issues facing Tennessee. I was pleased to officially be named as Chairman of the House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee.

On Monday, the Brig. Gen. Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Governor Bill Haslam. This project was years in the making, and I am pleased that it is finally opened to serve our veterans.

Pictured from left, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Rep. Joe Pitts, Rep. Curtis Johnson, Rep. Jay Reedy, Brig. Gen. Wendell Gilbert, Governor Bill Haslam, Sen. Mark Green, and Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan.

Pictured from left, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Rep. Joe Pitts, Rep. Curtis Johnson, Rep. Jay Reedy, Brig. Gen. Wendell Gilbert, Governor Bill Haslam, Sen. Mark Green, and Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan.

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Brigadier General Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home Opens in Clarksville

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder dedicated the new Brigadier General Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home in Clarksville today.

Haslam was also joined by Speaker Pro Tem Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville), Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville), Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville), Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett, Tennessee State Veterans Homes Executive Director Ed Harries and Tennessee State Veterans Homes Administrator Warren Jasper.

Brigadier General Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home

Brigadier General Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home

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Google to Locate New Data Center in Clarksville at former Hemlock Semiconductor Site

 

Google to invest $600 million in eighth US data center located in Clarksville Tennessee

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Google officials announced Tuesday that the company has acquired the former Hemlock Semiconductor site in Clarksville, TN which it will work to transform into a data center.

Google plans to invest $600 million in the project – the company’s eighth U.S. data center and 15th globally – and create 70 new jobs.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Representative Curtis Johnson, APSU President Alisa White Appointed to Governor’s Education Task Force

 

Tennessee, higher education leaders to provide guidance on Drive to 55 alignment plan

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announced this week his appointments to the new education task force focused on offering guidance related to the administration’s proposed Focus On College and University Success (FOCUS) Act during the upcoming session of the Tennessee General Assembly.

Comprised of higher education leaders and professionals, the task force will have two components: a steering committee to provide high level implementation guidance to the governor and a working group that will offer technical assistance and report back to the steering committee.

House Speaker Pro Tempore Curtis Johnson (left) and Austin Peay State University President Dr. Alisa White (right).

House Speaker Pro Tempore Curtis Johnson (left) and Austin Peay State University President Dr. Alisa White (right).

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announces FOCUS Act Transition Task Force

 

Tennessee, higher education leaders to provide guidance on Drive to 55 alignment plan

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced the members of the transition task force to offer guidance on the proposed Focus On College and University Success (FOCUS) Act during the legislative process and potential implementation if approved by the Tennessee General Assembly.

Comprised of higher education leaders and professionals, the transition task force will have two components: a steering committee to provide high level implementation guidance to the governor and a working group that will offer technical assistance and report back to the steering committee.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Curtis Johnson named to Tennessee State Capitol Commission

 

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – Tennessee Representative Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville) has been named to serve on the State Capitol Commission by Tennessee Speaker of the House of Representatives, Beth Harwell.

The State Capitol Commission (SCC) was created by the Legislature in 1986 to formulate and develop a plenary master plan and program for the adaptive restoration and preservation of the State Capitol, including the building and contiguous grounds.

That role was expanded in 1998 to include the Bicentennial Mall and the monuments and other permanent fixtures in the park.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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New Austin Peay State University Scholarship honors Victim of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – At Kenwood High School on Tuesday, 18-year-old Skylar Hughes presented Austin Peay State University President Alisa White with a $25,000 check.

The money, which Skylar helped raise, will fund the Kathryn Watson Over Endowment—a new scholarship, named for Skylar’s former teacher, that will be awarded each year to a Kenwood graduate majoring in education at APSU.

The Kathryn Watson Over Endowment, created by Skylar Hughes, 18, to honor the memory of her former teacher Kathryn Watson Over who died along with four other people on Sept. 18, 2011 from carbon monoxide poisoning, is announced during a ceremony at Kenwood High School on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (Beth Liggett, APSU)

The Kathryn Watson Over Endowment, created by Skylar Hughes, 18, to honor the memory of her former teacher Kathryn Watson Over who died along with four other people on Sept. 18, 2011 from carbon monoxide poisoning, is announced during a ceremony at Kenwood High School on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. (Beth Liggett, APSU)

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