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Tennessee Department of Agriculture says support Local Dairies, Look for new Tennessee Milk logo

 

Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA)

APSU Women's GolfNashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Agriculture reports consumers now have a way to know that their milk comes from Tennessee dairy farms with the new official Tennessee Milk logo.

Milk labeled as Tennessee Milk must be entirely sourced, processed, and bottled in Tennessee.

Tennessee Milk Logo.

Tennessee Milk Logo.

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New Tennessee State Museum to open in October

 

Tennessee State Museum

Tennessee State MuseumNashville, TN – The Tennessee State Museum is scheduled to open to the public on Thursday, October 4th, 2018 at its new location on the corner of Rosa Parks Boulevard and Jefferson Street at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. Grand opening events will take place throughout the weekend.

“Since we first started working on this project, the plan was to build a 100-year museum to showcase the rich history of our state and provide a memorable experience to visitors of all ages,” Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam said. “It is exciting that we’re only months away from opening the doors to this important educational asset for Tennessee.”

Tennessee State Museum Grand opening scheduled for October 4th–7th at new Nashville location.

Tennessee State Museum Grand opening scheduled for October 4th–7th at new Nashville location.

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Clarksville Ceremony to mark unveiling of Pastor Jimmy Terry, Sr. Memorial Highway

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Clarksville, TN – On Thursday, July 19th, 2018 at 10:00am  a ceremony will be held to officially designate the naming of a portion of Hwy 41A North, also known as Providence Boulevard, as the Pastor Jimmy Terry, Sr. Memorial Highway at First Baptist Church in Clarksville. 

A presentation of the signage marking the designation will be made to Sister Servella Terry, widow of the late Pastor Jimmy Terry, and she will also make remarks at the event.

The Montgomery County delegation of the Tennessee General Assembly sought passage of the bill to honor the life, legacy and memory of Pastor Terry after his passing in June 2017. 

A portion of Hwy 41A North, known as Providence Boulevard, will be renamed to the Pastor Jimmy Terry, Sr. Memorial Highway.

A portion of Hwy 41A North, known as Providence Boulevard, will be renamed to the Pastor Jimmy Terry, Sr. Memorial Highway.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Signs TN Together Legislation

 

Laws Fight the Opioid Epidemic through Prevention, Treatment and Law Enforcement

Tennessee State GovernmentMaryville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today signed legislation to support TN Together, the governor’s aggressive and comprehensive plan to end the opioid crisis in Tennessee through three key areas – prevention, treatment and law enforcement.

“This legislation is a major step in helping fight this epidemic by limiting the supply of opioids and providing resources to provide treatment for those addicted,” Haslam said in a ceremonial bill signing at the Blount Memorial Hospital.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee General Assembly Passes 2018-2019 Budget

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68

Nashville, TN – The Tennessee House passed several key bills this week, including the state budget and major legislation to curb opioid abuse, as the 2018 session of the Tennessee General Assembly draws to a close.  The $37.5 billion “no growth” budget proposes state government spending for the next fiscal year that begins July 1st, 2018 and extends to June 30, 2019.

The balanced budget addresses opioid abuse, school safety, teacher funding, rural economic development and job growth, while allocating additional funds for the care of Tennessee’s most vulnerable citizens.  The bill focuses on the four “e’s” of Tennessee:  employment, education, economic opportunity and enforcement of the law.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Praises Passage of University of Tennessee FOCUS Act

 

Tennessee Governor Appoints UT Board of Trustees Members

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam praised passage of the University of Tennessee Focusing On Campus and University Success (FOCUS) Act, legislation that restructures the UT Board of Trustees to improve governance of the UT system and establishes advisory boards for the primary UT campuses to create a local focus for each campus.

The University of Tennessee FOCUS Act, SB2260/HB2115, reduces the current size of the UT Board of Trustees, empowering the reconstructed board to better oversee the multiple campuses that comprise the UT system.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Curtis Johnson: News from the Tennessee Capitol, April 8th, 2018

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68

Nashville, TN – Thursday, April 5th, was a great day for Austin Peay State University as the Animal Science Facility was named for Brock Blick, an 11-year old boy who died tragically in a hunting accident 18 months ago. 

Because Brock had a real love for cows and farming,  the family decided to honor their son and his memory by establishing the Brock Blick Endowed Scholarship in Agriculture at Austin Peay State University. 

The Building was named in Brock’s honor.

Austin Peay State University dedicates Brock Blink Animal Science Facility.

Austin Peay State University dedicates Brock Blink Animal Science Facility.

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Curtis Johnson: News from the Tennessee Capitol, April 1st, 2018

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68

Nashville, TN – Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts was honored Thursday, March 29th, 2018 on the House Floor for his twelve years of service to his constituents in the 67th District and the citizens of Tennessee. 

Rep. Pitts earlier this year announced that he would not run for re-election to the House.

His wife, Cynthia, joined him on the House Floor. 

As for his future plans, Rep. Pitts said, “I don’t know what my future holds, but I know who holds my future.”

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts honored by colleagues on the House Floor, Thursday, March 29th, 2018.

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts honored by colleagues on the House Floor, Thursday, March 29th, 2018.

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Tennessee to Undertake First Ever Security Assessment of All Schools and Target $30 Million to Address Immediate Security Needs

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today announced his approval of recommendations submitted by the school safety working group he appointed earlier this month to make immediate enhancements to school safety.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Approves School Safety Working Group Recommendations - Puts Forth Plan to Significantly Increase Available Funding for School Safety and Implement a Statewide Technology Application for Anonymous Reporting of Threats and Suspicious Activity.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Approves School Safety Working Group Recommendations – Puts Forth Plan to Significantly Increase Available Funding for School Safety and Implement a Statewide Technology Application for Anonymous Reporting of Threats and Suspicious Activity.

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Property Tax Relief for disabled Veterans, disabled persons and low-income elderly homeowners

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – House Bill 1496/Senate Bill 1675 (Sen. Mark Green, R-Clarksville) was passed in the Senate as amended and is now headed to the Governor. The amendment would include the veteran’s spouse.

This legislation corrects a rule change made in October, 2017 which would have caused individuals to lose their eligibility for tax relief if the veteran, low-income elderly, and disabled person if admitted to a nursing home for an indeterminate amount of time.

“Thank you to the Montgomery County Veterans Coalition, the County Officials Association of Tennessee and the Tennessee Office of the Comptroller for their help with this legislation,” said Pitts.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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