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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 9

 

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 9 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 Department of Agriculture reports Canine Influenza Detected in Dogs in Tennessee

 

Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – The state veterinarian is advising dog owners to monitor their pets due to reports of canine influenza in Tennessee.

The UT College of Veterinary Medicine recently confirmed detection of canine influenza (CI) in four dogs in East Tennessee. The illness in three of the dogs is believed to have originated at a dog show in Perry, Georgia.

Canine Influenza detected in Four Dogs in East Tennessee

Canine Influenza detected in Four Dogs in East Tennessee

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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 Announces Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act

 

Proposal part of governor’s NextTennessee legislative agenda

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, 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.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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APSU Women’s Basketball faces Morehead State at the Dunn Center, Thursday

 

Austin Peay (6-7) vs. Morehead State (10-3)

Thursday, December 29th, 2016 | 7:00pm CT
Clarksville, TN | Dunn Center

APSU Women's Basketball - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, 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.

Austin Peay Women's Basketball hosts Morehead State Thursday night at the Dunn Center. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Basketball hosts Morehead State Thursday night at the Dunn Center. (APSU Sports Information)

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Tennessee Vols lose to #8 Gonzaga at Bridgestone Arena, 86-76

 

Tennessee Athletics Department

Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsNashville, 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 Volunteers guard Kwe Parker (12) shoots against Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) during the first half of the Battle on Broadway at Bridgestone Arena. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

Tennessee Volunteers guard Kwe Parker (12) shoots against Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Josh Perkins (13) during the first half of the Battle on Broadway at Bridgestone Arena. (Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports)

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Tennessee Vols Basketball travels to Nashville to take on #8 Gonzaga in The Battle on Broadway

 

Tennessee vs. #8 Gonzaga

Sunday, December 17th, 2016 | 3:00pm CT
Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena | TV: ESPN2

Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsKnoxville, 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.

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APSU Women’s Basketball hosts Kennesaw State Owls at Dunn Center, Wednesday

 

Austin Peay vs. Kennesaw State

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 | 7:00pm CT
Clarksville, TN | Dunn Center

APSU Women's Basketball - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, 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.

Austin Peay Women's Basketball plays Kennesaw State in the Dunn Center Wednesday at 7:00pm. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay Women’s Basketball plays Kennesaw State in the Dunn Center Wednesday at 7:00pm. (APSU Sports Information)

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Tennessee Vols play Tennessee Tech at Thompson-Boling Area Tuesday

 

Tennessee vs. Tennessee Tech

Tuesday, December 12th, 2016 | 6:00pm CT
Knoxville, TN | Thompson-Boling Arena

Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsKnoxville, 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.

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APSU Women’s Basketball on the road Saturday to face Evansville Purple Aces

 

Austin Peay (5-4) at Evansville (3-5)

Saturday, December 10th, 2016 | 12:00noon CT
Evansville, IN | Ford Center

APSU Women's Basketball - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, 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.

Austin Peay Women's Basketball makes road trip Saturday to Evansville. (APSU Sports Information)

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