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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 8

 

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 8 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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APSU Baseball’s Parker Phillips, Malcolm Tipler named to OVC All-Freshman Team

 

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APSU BaseballBrentwood, TN – Austin Peay State University’s Redshirt freshman utility man Parker Phillips and freshman infielder Malcolm Tipler were each named to the Ohio Valley Conference’s All-Freshman baseball team, Tuesday. They become the first Govs named to the team since the 2014 season.

Phillips, from Collierville, Tennessee hit 11 home runs during the regular-season, tying the Governors record for home runs by a freshman.

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OVC expands Baseball Championship Field to Eight Teams

 

Ohio Valley Conference - OVCBrentwood, TN The Ohio Valley Conference Board of Presidents have approved a plan to expand the OVC Baseball Championship field from six to eight teams beginning this season.

The 2017 OVC Baseball Championship will be held May 23rd-28th at Choccolocco Park in Oxford, Alabama. It marks the first time the event will be held at the venue; the championship will also be held at the venue in 2018.

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Customs House Museum and Cultural Center brings Women’s Suffrage Speaker to Clarksville, February 15th

 

Clarksville's Customs House Museum and Cultural CenterClarksville, TN – The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center presents its February Art & Lunch program on the 15th, corresponding with Susan B. Anthony’s birthday. This month’s event is a presentation by Paula F. Casey.  

Women’s suffrage speaker Paula F. Casey.

Women’s suffrage speaker Paula F. Casey.

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Austin Peay State University alum to perform with “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band at presidential inauguration ceremony

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University alumnus, Gunnery Sgt. Samuel Barlow will perform in the 58th Inauguration of the President of the United States on January 20th as a member of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band.

APSU Alum Gunnery Sgt. Samuel Barlow

APSU Alum Gunnery Sgt. Samuel Barlow

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Tennessee National Guard to support 58th Presidential Inauguration

 

Tennessee National GuardNashville, TN – More than three hundred and thirty Soldiers and Airmen from the Tennessee Army and Air National Guard will support the 58th Presidential Inauguration this week in Washington, D.C.
 
The 194th Engineer Brigade (Army), headquartered in Jackson, has 304 Soldiers providing command and control for Military Police Soldiers performing stationary security at different locations.  A logistics team of supply and maintenance personnel are providing support for the MPs and a Religious Support Team.

Tennessee National Guard soldiers head to Washington D.C. to support the 58th Presidential Inauguration. (Tennessee National Guard)

Tennessee National Guard soldiers head to Washington D.C. to support the 58th Presidential Inauguration. (Tennessee National Guard)

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Tennessee Vols Baskeball plays Arkansas at Thompson-Bowling Arena, Tuesday

 

Tennessee (8-5, 1-0 SEC) vs. Arkansas (11-2, 0-1 SEC)

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2016 | 5:30pm CT
Knoxville, TN | Thompson-Boling Arena

Tennessee Volunteers - UT VolsKnoxville, TN – Tennessee chases its first 2-0 start to SEC play since 2010 when it welcomes Arkansas to Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday night for a 5:30pm CT tip on SEC Network.

The Vols (8-5, 1-0 SEC) opened SEC play last week, picking up an 83-73 road win at Texas A&M. UT got a balanced team effort offensively with four players finishing in double figures. Lamonte Turner led the way with 14 points and true freshman Grant Williams chipped in 12 points to go along with five rebounds and a school-record-tying six blocks.

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APSU student newspaper “The All State” wins awards at National Convention in Atlanta

 

APSU Student Newspaper - The All State - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – The All State, the student-run newspaper at Austin Peay State University, earned two national awards from the College Media Association (CMA) during the organization’s Fall National Media Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday, October 29th.

Glavine Day, sports editor, earned a coveted second place national Pinnacle Award for Best Sports Page/Spread for her designs featuring the huge win by the Govs at the 2016 Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Championship.

The All State's sports editor Glavine Day won second place national Pinnacle Award for Best Sports Page/Spread.

The All State’s sports editor Glavine Day won second place national Pinnacle Award for Best Sports Page/Spread.

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Rusken Packaging, Inc. buys Clarksville-Owned Cougar Packaging

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development BoardClarksville, TN  – Rusken Packaging, Inc. announces the purchase of Clarksville-owned Cougar Packaging. All employees will continue with the new company, and former Cougar owners Gerri and Larry Wallace will continue in their roles for six months to ensure a smooth transition.

Rusken Packaging, a private, family-owned, $130 million company, manufactures corrugated cardboard boxes used for shipping.

Former Cougar Packaging owners Gerri and Larry Wallace.

Former Cougar Packaging owners Gerri and Larry Wallace.

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From Hurricanes to Forrest Fires, Tennessee National Guard Wraps Up Busy Week

 

Tennessee Emergency Management AgencyNashville, TN – The Tennessee Army National Guard sent helicopters and crews to South Carolina late last week as the state made preparations ahead of Hurricane Matthew’s arrival.

The rotary wing assets were requested by South Carolina through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact process whereby states can ask for help in time of crisis, or other natural disasters.

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency serves as the mitigating agency for such requests and works regularly with other state emergency management agencies to facilitate these cooperative agreements.

A Tennessee Army Guard Blackhawk Helicopter equipped with a Bambi Bucket conducts aerial firefighting on Signal Mountain, near Chattanooga on October 11, 2016. (Tennessee Forestry Division)

A Tennessee Army Guard Blackhawk Helicopter equipped with a Bambi Bucket conducts aerial firefighting on Signal Mountain, near Chattanooga on October 11, 2016. (Tennessee Forestry Division)

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