Topic: East Tennessee
Written by Curtis Johnson
Nashville, 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.
Proposal part of governor’s NextTennessee legislative agenda
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced legislation to increase broadband access to Tennessee’s unserved citizens.
Tennessee currently ranks 29th in the U.S. for broadband access, with 34 percent of rural Tennessee residents lacking access at recognized minimum standards.
Austin Peay (6-7) vs. Morehead State (10-3)
Thursday, December 29th, 2016 | 7:00pm CT
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team will play the first of 16 Ohio Valley Conference games when it hosts Morehead State, 7:00pm, Thursday, in the Dunn Center.
The Governors finished the nonconference schedule at 6-7, featuring key victories over Division I foes Arkansas State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, East Tennessee and Kennesaw State.
Tennessee Athletics Department
Nashville, TN – After trailing by as many as 21, Tennessee fought back to within a couple possessions of No. 8 Gonzaga, but the second-half push went no further as the Vols fell to the unbeaten Bulldogs, 86-76, at Bridgestone Arena on Sunday night.
Tennessee (6-5) was led offensively by junior guard Detrick Mostella, who spurred the Vols’ comeback attempt with 15 of his 17 points coming in the second half. Grant Williams added 11 points while Robert Hubbs III finished with 10.
Billed as The Battle on Broadway, Sunday’s game between Tennessee and Gonzaga (11-0) was a rematch of last season’s Battle in Seattle. This season’s edition played out in a similar fashion as the one before it, with the Bulldogs jumping out to a big early lead and the Vols nearly erasing it.
Tennessee vs. #8 Gonzaga
Sunday, December 17th, 2016 | 3:00pm CT
Knoxville, TN – Tennessee treats its midstate fans to a high-profile, regular-season clash against unbeaten and eighth-ranked Gonzaga Sunday at Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. Billed as the The Battle on Broadway, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance of Tennessee, tip-off is slated for 3:00pm CT on ESPN2.
The Vols (6-4) journeyed west for another neutral site showdown with the Bulldogs (10-0) in Seattle last season. Gonzaga emerged with an 86-79 victory.
Tennessee is playing its fourth game in eight days — a stretch that began last Sunday when the Vols were narrowly edged by No. 7 North Carolina, 73-71, in Chapel Hill.
Austin Peay vs. Kennesaw State
Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 | 7:00pm CT
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team wraps up its home nonconference schedule 7:00pm, Wednesday, when it hosts Kennesaw State in the Dunn Center.
Tennessee vs. Tennessee Tech
Tuesday, December 12th, 2016 | 6:00pm CT
Knoxville, TN – Tennessee hosts in-state and I-40 foe Tennessee Tech on Tuesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena with tipoff set for 6:00pm CT on the SEC Network.
The Vols (4-4) are looking to bounce back from a narrow defeat at the hands of No. 7 North Carolina on Sunday night and grab their 14th consecutive home victory during the month of December.
Tennessee got a big showing from its leading scorer, Robert Hubbs III, in Chapel Hill. The senior scored 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting to boost his season average to 14.8 points per game. Hubbs is joined in double figures by redshirt freshman Lamonte Turner at 10.3 ppg.
Austin Peay (5-4) at Evansville (3-5)
Saturday, December 10th, 2016 | 12:00noon CT
Clarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team awaits a road contest at Evansville, Saturday, with a noon tip-off at the Ford Center.
The Governors (5-4) enter the weekend with the third-best record in the Ohio Valley Conference, including earning a 77-74 win over East Tennessee, last Wednesday, before a loss to Western Kentucky, Saturday.
Knoxville, TN – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, National Park Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office has resulted in charges being placed against two people in connection with the deadly wildfires in Sevier County.
Last week, at the request of 4th District Attorney General James Dunn, TBI Special Agents began working alongside the National Park Service and ATF to investigate the wildfires that began last month.
APSU Sports Information
Brentwood, TN – Senior center Tearra Banks, of the Austin Peay State University women’s basketball team, was named adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week, Tuesday, after a memorable weekend.
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