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Curtis Johnson: News from the Tennessee Capitol, February 11th, 2018

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN -The House Finance, Ways, and Means Committee will begin their annual Budget hearings on Monday, February 12th. 2018.  One of the first groups that is scheduled is Higher Education with Mr. Mike Krause testifying on behalf of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. 

Also scheduled to testify is Dr. Alisa White, President of Austin Peay State University. 

The Tennessee Stolen Valor Act

The Tennessee Stolen Valor Act, House Bill 1779, makes impersonating a military veteran an offense and would be punished as a theft and graded as a misdemeanor or felony depending on the value of the money or property fraudulently obtained.

(From left) Steve Singleton, Bill Summers, Senator Mark Green, Speaker Pro Tempore Curtis Johnson, Senator John Stevens, and Representative Joe Pitts at Veterans Day on the Hill.

(From left) Steve Singleton, Bill Summers, Senator Mark Green, Speaker Pro Tempore Curtis Johnson, Senator John Stevens, and Representative Joe Pitts at Veterans Day on the Hill.

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AAA reports Tennessee Gas Prices Rise 4 Cents

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County Gas Prices Cheapest in Tennessee

AAANashville, TN Tennessee gas prices rose 4 cents last week. Sunday’s state average of $2.40 is 15 cents more than a month ago, and 32 cents more than this time last year. Tennessee has the 10th-lowest state average in the nation. 

Last week, stock market gasoline prices reached levels not seen since Hurricane Harvey passed over the Gulf Coast, causing refinery outages and higher gas prices. Based on current wholesale levels, pump prices could soon return to the $2.60s in Florida, $2.50s in Georgia, and the high $2.40s in Tennessee; unless market prices retreat this week. 

Gas Prices Inching Higher. (AAA)

Gas Prices Inching Higher. (AAA)

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AAA says Gas Prices Heading for Seasonal Slide

 

AAANashville, TN Gas prices have held relatively steady, during the first seven days of the year. Tennessee gas prices averaged $2.28 on Sunday. The state average is 2 cents more than a week ago, and is 13 cents more than this time last year. 

Prices at the pump remain elevated due to strong oil prices. WTI settled above $62.00 a barrel last week, for the first time since December 2013, as global supply levels tighten.

Clarksville-Montgomery County has the Second Lowest Gas Prices in Tennessee. (AAA)

Clarksville-Montgomery County has the Second Lowest Gas Prices in Tennessee. (AAA)

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AAA reports Gas Prices rising in Tennessee

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County has the 2nd Least Expensive Gas Prices in Tennessee

AAANashville, TN – Oil prices reached new heights, causing a bump in the road for falling gas prices. Tennessee gas prices climbed nearly a full cent overnight. The state average is $2.24, after rising 2 cents during the past week.

During the past 8 days, the needle has pointed up for gas prices in Tennessee, although the state average has only risen 2 cents during that time. On Christmas Day, the state average of  $2.23 was 14 cents more than the year before, and the highest price for the holiday in three years. 

Gas prices rise slightly

Gas prices rise slightly

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AAA reports Gas Prices Plateau after Unseasonable Jump at the Pump

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County has the Second Cheapest Gas Prices in Tennessee

AAANashville, TN Gas prices plateaued over the weekend, after an unseasonable jump at the pump last week. Tennessee gas prices rose an average of 8 cents in 10 days. Some of the highest weekly hikes were in Knoxville (9 cents), Morristown (7 cents), Chattanooga (7 cents) and Cleveland (7 cents). 

The state average’s steady climb came to a crawl over the weekend. Tennessee gas prices averaged $2.34 on Sunday, just fractions of a penny less than the day before. The state average is 6 cents more than a week ago and 31 cents more than last year. 

"Jump at the Pump" Stalls over the Weekend. (AAA)

“Jump at the Pump” Stalls over the Weekend. (AAA)

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TWRA announces 2017-18 Gun Hunting Season for Deer Opens November 16th

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – Tennessee’s 2017-18 gun hunting season for deer opens Saturday, November 18th, 2017. Deer gun season has the traditional opening date of the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving.

During gun season, sportsmen may also use muzzleloader or archery equipment. The season will continue through January 7th, 2018 and the second Young Sportsman Hunt is January 13th-14th.

TWRA Elk Hunts to take place October 3rd - 7th and October 17th - 21st.

TWRA Elk Hunts to take place October 3rd – 7th and October 17th – 21st.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Signs Tennessee Strong Act

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signed the Tennessee STRONG (Support, Training and Renewing Opportunity for National Guard) Act at the Tennessee Department of Military in Nashville. Haslam was joined by Rep. Tilman Goins (R-Morristown), Rep. David Hawk (R-Greeneville) and Major General Max Haston, Tennessee’s Adjutant General.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signs the Tennessee STRONG (Support, Training and Renewing Opportunity for National Guard) Act May 25th, 2017 at the Tennessee Department of Military in Nashville. (MSgt Robin Brown, Tennessee National Guard)

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam signs the Tennessee STRONG (Support, Training and Renewing Opportunity for National Guard) Act May 25th, 2017 at the Tennessee Department of Military in Nashville. (MSgt Robin Brown, Tennessee National Guard)

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Governor to Sign Tennessee Reconnect Act Wednesday in Morristown, Smyrna and Memphis

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will make history on Wednesday as he signs the Tennessee Reconnect Act, making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all citizens – both high school graduates and adults – the chance to earn a postsecondary degree or certificate free of tuition and fees and at no cost to taxpayers.

Haslam will be in each of the grand divisions, holding bill signing ceremonies in Morristown, Smyrna and Memphis.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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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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APSU Chamber Singers to tour Tennessee, Georgia in March

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s premiere choral ensemble – the Chamber Singers – will showcase their talents in Tennessee and Georgia during their 2017 tour this March.

“Our Chamber Singers have been preparing for this tour since the first day of classes back in August of 2016,” Dr. Korre Foster, director of choral activities at Austin Peay, said.

2017 Austin Peay State University Chamber Singers

2017 Austin Peay State University Chamber Singers

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