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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 10

 

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 10 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 Governor Bill Haslam Asks for Federal Disaster Declaration to Assist 12 Counties Recovering from Memorial Weekend Storms

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has requested that President Donald Trump declare a major disaster in Tennessee from the severe storms and straight-line winds of May 27th, and May 28th, 2017, in order to make federal assistance available for recovery efforts in the State’s impacted city and county jurisdictions.

“Community leaders, emergency managers, first responders, local officials and non-profits across Tennessee have worked tirelessly to help their neighbors recover from the impacts of the severe storms,“ Haslam said.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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TDOT Gatlinburg Wildfires story

 

Tennessee Department of Transportation - TDOTKnoxville, TN – With the six month anniversary of the Gatlinburg Wildfires on Sunday, the Tennessee Department of Transportation  would like to share its story about the heroes who worked tirelessly to save the lives of others on November 28th, 2016, in Sevier County.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The quaint southern town offers a place to vacation for some and a place to call home for others.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, is the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The quaint southern town offers a place to vacation for some and a place to call home for others.

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Tennessee Highway Patrol to conduct “No Refusal” enforcement during New Year’s Eve Holiday

 

THP Reminds Drivers to Not Drink and Drive

Tennessee Highway Patrol - THPNashville, TN – The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) will conduct a “No Refusal” traffic safety enforcement campaign during the 2016 New Year’s Eve holiday period beginning Friday, December 30th, at 6:00pm and concluding Sunday, January 1st, at 11:59pm.

State troopers will perform saturation patrols and bar/tavern checks as well as seat belt, sobriety and driver’s license checkpoints during the holiday. All of Tennessee’s 95 counties will have troopers working to ensure a safe holiday as we conclude the year.

The state statute regarding “No Refusal” allows law enforcement officials to seek search warrants for blood samples in cases involving suspected impaired drivers.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

Tennessee Highway Patrolman on a traffic stop.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Requests Presidential Disaster Declaration for Five Counties

 

Federal assistance requested to aid in recovery from Wildfires, Severe Storms

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Friday sent a request to President Barack Obama to expedite a major disaster declaration for five Tennessee counties in order to get needed federal assistance to aid in recovery from wildfires and severe storms.

The counties included in Haslam’s declaration request are Coffee County, McMinn County, Polk County, Sequatchie County and Sevier County.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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TBI Charges Two Juveniles in connection with Sevier County Wildfires

 

Tennessee Bureau of InvestigationKnoxville, 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.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation charges two juveniles with starting the devastating wildfires in East Tennessee.

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation charges two juveniles with starting the devastating wildfires in East Tennessee.

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Six Clarksville Firefighters head to East Tennessee

 

Crew will help in aftermath of wildfires that struck Sevier County

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville has sent six firefighters to East Tennessee to help battle fires that have ravaged Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.

Fire Chief Mike Roberts said the local firefighters from Clarksville Fire Rescue volunteered for the duty and by 1:00pm Tuesday were headed to join crews in Sevier County.

Members of Clarksville Fire Rescue departed for duty in East Tennessee Tuesday afternoon.

Members of Clarksville Fire Rescue departed for duty in East Tennessee Tuesday afternoon.

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Tennessee Agencies Provide Guidance as Devastating Wildfires Impact East Tennessee

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation are urging residents of East Tennessee areas affected by devastating wildfires to protect themselves and their families from smoke.

While inhaling smoke may adversely affect anyone, those at greatest risk include the elderly, young children, pregnant women and those with existing respiratory conditions, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, or those with heart disease.

Smoke from devastating wildfires in East Tennessee areas can be damaging to your health.

Smoke from devastating wildfires in East Tennessee areas can be damaging to your health.

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36 People in Montgomery County died of drug overdoses in 2015

 

1,451 Tennesseans Die from Drug Overdoses in 2015

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Health data show 1,451 people died from drug overdoses in the state in 2015.

This is the highest annual number of overdose deaths recorded in state history and brings the five-year total for Tennessee to 6,036 lives lost. That figure is approximately the equivalent of every person on 40 mid-size jet liners dying.

Deadly Epidemic of Substance Use Disorders Continues to Grow in Tennessee.

Deadly Epidemic of Substance Use Disorders Continues to Grow in Tennessee.

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TWRA asks Sportsmen to follow Burn Bans Issued for Specified Counties

 

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency - TWRANashville, TN – Because the drought in Tennessee has heightened concerns about accidental fires, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has asked sportsmen to follow burn bans issued in specified counties across the state.

“We want to work with local officials who are worried about dry conditions caused by Tennessee’s drought,” noted Ed Carter, the executive director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. “We are requesting that our sportsmen refrain from building campfires on all WMAs, but it is required in counties with burn bans.”

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