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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 9

 

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 9 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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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 2

 

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 2 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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Clarksville-Montgomery County area TDOT Maintenance Work starting June 16th, 2017

 

Tennessee Department of Transportation - TDOTNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) reports that in Montgomery County the Widening/Extension of SR 13/Oakland Drive near Cracker Barrel Drive to International Boulevard & Solar Way for Hankook Tire (L.M. 26.82-28.16) has begun and will continue through Monday, August 7th, 2017.

There will be a road closure on Oakland Road. A detour will be in place at Solar Way and adjacent streets. For more information see: TDOT announces Clarksville’s Oakland Road to be Closed for 7 Weeks

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TDOT announces Clarksville’s Oakland Road to be Closed for 7 Weeks

 

Tennessee Department of Transportation - TDOTClarksville, TN – Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) contract crews closed a portion of Oakland Road in Clarksville on Monday, June 19th, 2017.

Oakland Road will be closed from Meriwether Road to SR 13 (Guthrie Highway) in order to re-align the roadway. Residents along the route will be provided access, along with emergency vehicles. The roadway is scheduled to re-open on August 7th, 2017.

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TDOT Launches New Litter Prevention Campaign

 

Nobody Trashes Tennessee

Tennessee Department of Transportation - TDOTNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Transportation today launched a new litter prevention campaign to help keep trash off Tennessee roadways. The “Nobody Trashes Tennessee” campaign will soon be seen on billboards and commercials, as well as educational programs and anti-litter promotional items.

“From the Great Smoky Mountain region, to the Mississippi River, and every stretch of roadway in between, litter on our highways takes away from Tennessee’s natural beauty,” TDOT Commissioner John Schroer said. “It’s not only an eyesore, but it costs TDOT more than $15 million a year to clean up.”

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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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TDOT Suspends All Lane Closure Activity for 2017 Memorial Day Weekend

 

Tennessee Department of Transportation - TDOTNashville, TN – Motorists won’t be slowed down by road construction as they travel Tennessee’s highways this Memorial Day weekend.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will suspend all construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday, May 26th through 6:00am on Tuesday, May 30th.

This will provide maximum roadway capacity for motorists expected to travel in the state this Memorial Day weekend.

Road Construction Won’t Delay Memorial Day Travelers. (Tennessee Department of Transportation)

Road Construction Won’t Delay Memorial Day Travelers. (Tennessee Department of Transportation)

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City of Clarksville reduces speed on College Street to 30 mph

 

School zone signs come down, other changes planned

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – The City of Clarksville Street Department is making changes to the speed limit, traffic signals and signage and on College Street from Red River Road to Riverside Drive, which includes the area of heavy pedestrian traffic around Austin Peay State University.

Speed limit on College Street now 30 mph.

Speed limit on College Street now 30 mph.

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May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

 

Tennessee Department of Transportation - TDOTNashville, TN – May is designated as national Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office and the Tennessee Highway Patrol joined to share a unified message: Share the Road.

“As the weather gets warmer, more and more motorcyclists will be on the road,” said Governor’s Highway Safety Office Director Kendell Poole. “It takes everyone working together to stay safe. Motorcyclists take extra precaution with protective gear and being aware of their surroundings. We are asking all other drivers to do their part and take the extra time to look twice.”

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

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Tennessee Legislation seeks to curb Opioid Abuse by Identifying High Risk Prescribers

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee will consider legislation next week requiring the Tennessee Department of Health (DOH) to identify individuals who are in the top 20 percent of prescribers of opioids in the state.  After being identified and notified of the high volume opioid prescriber status, this legislation requires the prescribers to comply with certain requirements.

The legislation aims to address Tennessee’s status as second in the nation in abuse of opiates.

Under current law, the DOH monitors the 100 highest volume opioid prescribers in Tennessee.  HB 1207  calls for DOH, in addition, to look at prescribers who are at high-risk based on clinical criteria, such as overdoses or dangerous drug combinations.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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