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#SayDyslexia bill passes the House and is headed to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam

 

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

“Tyler Head” bill passes the House and is also headed to the Governor

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Several bills sponsored by State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) moved along in committees last week. This is a general update on the bills and events on the Hill from this week.

House Bill 2616/Senate Bill 2635 The #SayDyslexia bill has now passed both the Senate and the House and is headed to the Governor for his signature. The bill will address early screening and intervention for the students with attributes of dyslexia.

(L to R) Professional Educators of Tennessee presenting Ryann Smith, Senator Dolores Gresham, & Representative Joe Pitts 2016 Advocate of the Year awards on April 18th. Also pictured is J.C. Bowman, Executive Director of the Professional Educators of Tennessee (3rd from left)

(L to R) Professional Educators of Tennessee presenting Ryann Smith, Senator Dolores Gresham, & Representative Joe Pitts 2016 Advocate of the Year awards on April 18th. Also pictured is J.C. Bowman, Executive Director of the Professional Educators of Tennessee (3rd from left)

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Bill to prevent Allergy Emergencies in Public Places becomes Law in Tennessee

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – A bill to allow epinephrine auto-injectors to be available in public spaces has become law in Tennessee. The legislation was approved unanimously by the House and Senate and has been signed by the governor.

Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) and Representative. Sabi Kumar (R-Springfield) were prime sponsors of the legislation, HB2054/SB1989.

Tennessee State Capitol

Tennessee State Capitol

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Clarksville Goodwill Career Solutions Center to hold Job Fair Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

 

Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee, Inc.Clarksville, TN – On Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 the Goodwill Career Solutions Center at 1937 Madison Street will host a multi-employer job fair for Staffmark and Progressive Direction, Inc. from 11:00am until 2:00pm.

Staffmark seeks to fill 30 industrial positions in Ashland City. Starting rate is $11.00 – $11.60.

The Goodwill Career Solutions center located on Madison Street in Clarksville.

The Goodwill Career Solutions center located on Madison Street in Clarksville.

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Former APSU athlete Doug Downey gives back to Governors Baseball

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – On a fall afternoon in 2014, Doug Downey returned home and told his wife, Linda, that he needed to ask her an important question. Throughout their 38 years of marriage, the couple has supported several causes that are important to both of them. But that afternoon, Downey asked Linda if they could scale back the number of charities they gave money to.

“I asked if she would support us, together, focusing our philanthropy so we could make a more significant contribution to Austin Peay State University baseball,” he said. “And Linda could pick a single charity to support also.”

Linda and Doug Downey

Linda and Doug Downey

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Clarksville Police reports Shots Fired Call this morning leads to Vehicle Pursuit

 

Clarksville Police Department - CPDClarksville, TN – Early this morning, March 18th, 2016 at 12:24am, Clarksville Police Officers responded to a Shots Fired call at the 200 block of Timber Court. No one was injured, but a vehicle was damaged by the gunshots.

The owner of the damaged vehicle said she heard five to six shots. She stated that she saw Tionna Thomas driving a burgundy Trailblazer with other occupants quickly flee the area.

Clarksville Police responded this morning to a shots fired call at Timber Court. This led to a multi-agency vehicle pursuit that resulted in the suspects capture.

Clarksville Police responded this morning to a shots fired call at Timber Court. This led to a multi-agency vehicle pursuit that resulted in the suspects capture.

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APSU names alumnus Vincent Wilson Highland Crest Campus Coordinator

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Vincent Wilson, a 2011 Austin Peay State University graduate, recently returned to his alma mater to serve as coordinator of APSU’s Highland Crest campus in Robertson County.

Wilson previously worked as an admissions advisor in the Student Affairs Office at Madisonville Community College in Kentucky.

APSU’s Highland Crest campus coordinator Vincent Wilson.

APSU’s Highland Crest campus coordinator Vincent Wilson.

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Tennessee Veterans Property Tax Relief Bill Scheduled for the Local Government Sub-Committee on March 9th

 

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Care Alert bill and Say Dyslexia bills advance

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Several bills sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) moved along in committees last week. This is a general update on the bills and events on the Hill from last week.

“Tyler Head law” bill picks up support. House Bill 1514/Senate Bill 1730 (Sen. Kerry Roberts, R-Springfield) the bill that will create the memorial sign program in honor and memory of innocent victims killed by drunk and/or impaired drivers, known as the Tyler Head Bill, passed the Senate Transportation Committee and is headed to Senate Floor for a vote.

It is also scheduled for the House Finance, Ways and Means Sub Committee on March 9th.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Southeast Journalism Conference ranks APSU’s The All State as best college newspaper for 2016

 

APSU Student Newspaper - The All State - Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s student-produced newspaper The All State, after 85 years in print, can declare itself as the finest college paper in the Southeastern U.S.

The All State took first overall in the best college newspaper category at last week’s Southeast Journalism Conference (SEJC), held February 18th-20th on the campus of APSU. The All State also placed third overall as best college website, while editor-in-chief Katelyn Clark, photo editor Taylor Slifko and staff writer Sarah Eskildson combined to finish second for best public service journalism.

Austin Peay's The All State took first overall in the best college newspaper category at the 2016 Southeast Journalism Conference.

Austin Peay’s The All State took first overall in the best college newspaper category at the 2016 Southeast Journalism Conference.

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APSU Posters at the Capitol; Representative Joe Pitts advances Legislation

 

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Several bills sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) moved along in committees last week. This is a general update on the bills and events on the Hill from last week.

House Bill 1514/Senate Bill 1730 (Sen. Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield) the bill that will create the memorial sign program in honor and memory of innocent victims killed by drunk and/or impaired drivers, known as the Tyler Head Bill, passed the Transportation Full Committee and is headed to the Finance, Ways and Means Sub Committee.

APSU attends Posters-at-the-Capitol Day. Back Row – Representative Joe Pitts and Senator Mark Green with APSU students. Not Pictured – Representative Curtis Johnson and Representative Jay Reedy.

APSU attends Posters-at-the-Capitol Day. Back Row – Representative Joe Pitts and Senator Mark Green with APSU students. Not Pictured – Representative Curtis Johnson and Representative Jay Reedy.

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Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts says Bills are making Progress

 

“Voucher Bill” was laid on the House Desk by the Sponsor

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) moved several pieces of legislation forward in the legislative process. He also will start moving a bill forward in the Transportation Sub Committee next week.

House Bill 1514/Senate Bill 1730 (Senator Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield) is a bill that was brought to Representative Pitts by a mother whose innocent son was killed by an impaired driver in Clarksville on his way to Austin Peay State University.

Tyler Head was killed on February 3rd, 2012 and the bill, if passed, will be known as the Tyler Head law. It will establish a memorial sign program for the State of Tennessee.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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