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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 5

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 10th, 2017, after passing major legislation that will benefit Tennesseans for generations to come. This is Part 5 of a 12 Part report.

This includes a measure making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college; a new law rebuilding a safe and reliable transportation network, while reallocating revenues to maximize taxpayers’ return on that investment; and a bill which provides a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education. 

Action in the General Assembly also included passage of a balanced budget which takes on no new debt, as well as legislation protecting the elderly, enhancing the state’s robust job growth, cracking down on crime, and boosting efforts as the fastest improving state in the nation in K-12 student achievement.  Following is a report on key legislation passed this year.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Leaders Call for Increased Awareness about Fentanyl

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Fentanyl: It’s here; it’s deadly and not just illegal users are at risk. Along with fentanyl there are other, more powerful drugs like carfentanil that are being used in counterfeiting legal drugs like Percocet and even counterfeiting of illegal heroin.

That’s the message leaders from the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security provided today during a press conference at TBI headquarters in Nashville.

Tennessee Leaders say Misuse of the Powerful Drug Fentanyl and it's Derivatives are Causing Overdoses and Deaths.

Tennessee Leaders say Misuse of the Powerful Drug Fentanyl and it’s Derivatives are Causing Overdoses and Deaths.

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Clarksville Police Officer struck by fleeing vehicle

 

Clarksville Police Department - CPDClarksville, TN – On Tuesday, May 16th, 2017, around 3:15pm, Clarksville Police Officer Seth Traughber responded to a suspicious activity call at Exxon Hi Road on Highway 76.

A man had been on the lot for about 45 minutes and was thought to be on drugs. When the officer arrived on scene, medics were already there and, after several attempts, were able to wake the man up. It was noted by medics, there were a couple of narcotic prescriptions on the front seat.

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TBI charges Tasha Corlew of Dickson with Tampering with Evidence, Bringing Contraband into Jail

 

Tennessee Bureau of InvestigationNashville, TN – Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Special Agents have obtained an indictment for a Dickson County woman charged with bringing contraband into a jail, and tampering with evidence.

At the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, on April 3rd, Special Agents began investigating the disappearance of money and drugs from a patrol car.

On April 1st, Tasha Corlew was involved in a traffic accident in Dickson, and was ultimately charged with DUI. A Dickson police officer at the scene collected items that Corlew had in her possession, which the investigation revealed included cash and drugs, and placed them in the front of his vehicle.

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Tennessee Department of Health encourages Tennesseans to Help Prevent Overuse of Antibiotics

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs used in human medicine, and chances are you and your family members have taken them multiple times.These vital drugs help fight life-threatening bacterial  diseases and are generally safe when appropriately prescribed.

But overuse and misuse of antibiotics can reduce their benefit and contribute to the rise of drug-resistant bacteria, which kill thousands of Americans every year.

Overuse and misuse of antibiotics can reduce their benefit and contribute to the rise of drug-resistant bacteria.

Overuse and misuse of antibiotics can reduce their benefit and contribute to the rise of drug-resistant bacteria.

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Many drugs can cause or worsen heart failure, cautions new statement from American Heart Association

 

American Heart Association Scientific Statement

American Heart AssociationDallas, TX – Commonly used medications and nutritional supplements may cause or worsen heart failure, according to the first scientific statement from the American Heart Association to provide guidance on avoiding drug-drug or drug-condition interactions for people with heart failure.

The statement provides comprehensive information about specific drugs and “natural” remedies that may have serious unintended consequences for heart failure patients.

Patients with heart failure should consult with a health professional before starting or stopping any medication. (American Heart Association)

Patients with heart failure should consult with a health professional before starting or stopping any medication. (American Heart Association)

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TBI reports Joint Investigation into Sale of Counterfeit Pills leads to arrest of Murfreesboro Man

 

Tennessee Bureau of InvestigationNashville, TN – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and other Middle Tennessee law enforcement agencies into the distribution of fake Percocet pills has resulted in the arrest of a Murfreesboro man.

TBI Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division joined detectives with the Murfreesboro Police Department, the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration, in tracking the source of pills that have contributed to multiple drugs overdoses that have occurred in the Murfreesboro area in the past week.

Johnny L. Williams arrested for the Sale of Counterfeit Pills.

Johnny L. Williams arrested for the Sale of Counterfeit Pills.

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TBI issues Warning about recent spike in Fake Percocet Pills being Sold on the Streets

 

Tennessee Bureau of InvestigationNashville, TN – Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation are warning the public about a recent dramatic increase in the prevalence of counterfeit prescription drugs in Tennessee.

In recent days, Agents in the Middle Tennessee area have seen a spike in adulterated Percocet pills being sold on the street and are warning users that these counterfeit pills have deadly consequences. Active and ongoing investigations continue into the source of these pills.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation warns public about fake Percocet Pills.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation warns public about fake Percocet Pills.

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Fort Campbell to host Drug Take Back event

 

Blanchfield Army Hospital - BACH - Fort Campbell KYFort Campbell, KY – Spring is in the air, and that means time for spring cleaning – your medicine cabinet.

Members of the Fort Campbell community are encouraged to dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs from 10:00am to 2:00pm Saturday, April 30th, inside the Fort Campbell Main Post Exchange mall.

The semi-annual Drug Take Back Day is a collaborative effort by Fort Campbell Military Police, Army Substance Abuse Program, Blanchfield Army Community Hospital Pharmacy, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Fort Campbell to host Drug Take Back event April 30th inside the Fort Campbell Main Post Exchange mall.

Fort Campbell to host Drug Take Back event April 30th inside the Fort Campbell Main Post Exchange mall.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Winter Weather Presents Unique Health Challenges

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – With the first serious cold weather storm front of 2016 headed toward Tennessee tonight, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding residents about the need for increased efforts to protect themselves, their families and their friends from winter weather-related harm.

“We all need to take these potentially deadly winter weather activities and storms seriously, and use warnings as an opportunity to prepare and think differently than our normal routine to prevent a tragedy,” said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.

Tennesseans Urged to Protect Themselves, Their Families and Their Friends during Winter Weather.

Tennesseans Urged to Protect Themselves, Their Families and Their Friends during Winter Weather.

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