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City of Clarksville, Planters Bank, Historical Society join to dedicated restored Arlington Monument

 

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville formally rededicated the restored Arlington Hotel monument on Second Street, along with the Montgomery County Historical Society and Planters Bank, which donated money to make the project come alive.

The stone monument commemorates the Arlington Hotel, a three-story brick building that stood on the site from 1887 until it was razed in 1973. The City’s Cumberland Place Parking Plaza garage was built on the site in 1992.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, Joe Pitts of Planters Bank, and Kurt Bryant of the County Historical Society helped unveil the newly restored Arlington Hotel monument on Second Street in Downtown Clarksville. «Read the rest of this article»

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Clarksville Student Sebastian Motes honored by Tennessee House of Representatives

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – On Sunday, June 18th, 2017, Sebastian Alexander Motes received a special honor from the House of Representatives of the One Hundred Tenth General Assembly of the State of Tennessee. House Resolution No. 172 was presented to Sebastian by Representative Joe Pitts during the morning worship service at Bethel Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

The resolution was adopted by the House of Representatives on May 9th during Sebastian’s tenure as a legislative page to commend his outstanding service to the One Hundred Tenth General Assembly.

Sebastian Motes (L) with Representative Joe Pitts (R)

Sebastian Motes (L) with Representative Joe Pitts (R)

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Housing incentives a big hit in Clarksville

 

City of Clarksville, Tennessee Housing Development Agency thank lenders for helping homebuyers

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN –  Several local lenders and real estate professionals received a hearty “thank you” this week from Ralph Perrey, executive director of the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, for their effectiveness in helping homebuyers use THDA programs.

Earlier this year, THDA announced a new program — Hardest Hit Fund Down Payment Assistance (HHF-DPA) program — which offers an additional $15,000 to homebuyers who use a THDA Great Choice mortgage to purchase a home in neighborhoods hard hit by the 2009 national economic downturn and have been slower to recover.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts, left, joins Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, Clarksville Association of Realtors Director Deb-Haines Kulick and THDA Executive Director Ralph Perrey at a 'Thank You Clarksville' reception to honor the work of local lenders and realtors who have helped homebuyers obtain $3.75 million in THDA loan assistance since March 1st.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts, left, joins Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan, Clarksville Association of Realtors Director Deb-Haines Kulick and THDA Executive Director Ralph Perrey at a ‘Thank You Clarksville’ reception to honor the work of local lenders and realtors who have helped homebuyers obtain $3.75 million in THDA loan assistance since March 1st.

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Tennessee Department of Education Releases Guide to Help Support Students with Characteristics of Dyslexia

 

Tennessee Department of EducationNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Education has released the Dyslexia Resource Guide, which offers assistance to schools for identifying and supporting for students showing characteristics of dyslexia.

This guide provides districts with information related to screening procedures for dyslexia, specific interventions, professional learning resources, and reporting requirements.

Tennessee Department of Education releases Dyslexia Resource Guide.

Tennessee Department of Education releases Dyslexia Resource Guide.

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Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts will not run for reelection

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – In 2006 the folks of House District 67 gave me the high honor of electing me the first time to be their State Representative. I always referred to the opportunity as a “two-year contract” between me and those that I represent. And I knew I would one day have to say good-bye to this opportunity and that day is on the horizon.

At the conclusion of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly, in 2018, I will retire from this season of service. The time just seems right. It is time for me to step aside, and allow another citizen legislator to experience the excitement of helping their constituents…some of the finest people anywhere.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Gas Tax Increase Approved by Tennessee House

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – The IMPROVE Act,  Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam’s proposal to fund critical infrastructure projects and offer local government the option to fund transportation needs passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday. 

The more than six hour debate saw House members carefully and thoroughly consider dozens of amendments and counter proposals to the IMPROVE Act.  At the end of the debate, the bill cleared the House by a narrow margin.

“I have been out front and very public about my disappointment in our State government’s neglect, in recent years, to address our over-burdened roads, highways and dangerous bridges with a responsible funding plan.”

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Shadow “Shada” Brooke Lowe bill passes the House, Tennessee Reconnect Act on House Floor

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – On Monday April 10th, I was honored to recognize Mr. Gordon Wayne Miller on the occasion of his retirement. Mr. Miller is the current executive director of the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS). Prior to coming to TOSS, he enjoyed a 27 year career at Lenoir City Schools.

HB 500 sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts, has passed the Full Senate and Full House and is on its way to the Governor for his signature. This legislation was requested by members of the Board of Osteopathic Examination to increase members’ per diem reimbursement for their meetings.

These volunteers spend precious time away from their medical practice, seeing patients, to provide guidance and oversight of Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Veterans, Low Income Elderly and Disabled Property Tax Relief Bill Advances

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – House Bill 20/Senate Bill 23 sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) and Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) passed the Local Government Sub and Full committees.

“There were four competing proposals to provide property tax relief for disabled veterans, low income senior citizens and permanently disabled citizens, and I teamed up with Rep. John Forgety (R-Athens), a retired US Army First Sergeant, to help push House Bill 20 out of the Local Government Committee,” Pitts said.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Veterans, Low Income Elderly and Disabled Property Tax Relief Bill to be Heard this week

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – House Bill 20/Senate Bill 23 sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) and Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) is scheduled to be heard in the Local Government subcommittee on Tuesday, April 4th at 3:00pm.

“I have filed an amendment to the bill which would mirror the legislation the Governor has put in his IMPROVE ACT with one exception. The Governor only raised the Veterans property assessed value on their homes to $135,000 which is still below the original amount of $175,000,” said Representative Pitts.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Veterans Hiring Measure Passes the Tennessee House of Representatives

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Hiring Preferences for Veterans – House Bill 165/Senate Bill 209 (Senator Mark Green, R-Clarksville) passed the Senate and House of Representatives and was sent to the Governor for his signature on March 20th.

To paraphrase an old saying, the second time is the charm, or something like that.  House Bill 165 and Senate bill 209 recently passed the House and Senate after the second attempt. The proposal would enable private employers to create hiring preferences for veterans, their spouses, and surviving spouses of deceased veterans without running afoul of provisions in the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibiting hiring discrimination among other areas.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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