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Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act Heads to Governor Bill Haslam

 

Second piece of Haslam’s NextTennessee legislative agenda approved by Tennessee General Assembly

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam praised the passage of the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act, the governor’s legislation to increase broadband access to Tennessee’s unserved citizens.

The House of Representatives passed HB 529/SB 1215 93-4, and it now heads to the governor’s desk for signature. The Senate passed the legislation 31-0 on April 3rd.

Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act passes House of Representatives.

Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act passes House of Representatives.

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Veterans, Low Income Elderly and Disabled Property Tax Relief Bill Advances

 

Written by Joe Pitts
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – House Bill 20/Senate Bill 23 sponsored by Rep. Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) and Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) passed the Local Government Sub and Full committees.

“There were four competing proposals to provide property tax relief for disabled veterans, low income senior citizens and permanently disabled citizens, and I teamed up with Rep. John Forgety (R-Athens), a retired US Army First Sergeant, to help push House Bill 20 out of the Local Government Committee,” Pitts said.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Tennessee State Museum opens Exhibition on 100th Anniversary of America’s entry into World War I

 

Tennessee State MuseumNashville, TN – To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of America’s entry into World War I on April 6th, 1917, the Tennessee State Museum has organized an exhibition entitled “The Yanks are Coming!” Tennesseans in World War I. The exhibition opened at the museum on April 6th and explores Tennessee’s role in the war that came to be known as the “Great War.”

The first mass war of the 20th century, World War I lasted four long years, from 1914 to 1918, with the United States entering the conflict on April 6th, 1917. Tennessee supplied more than 61,000 men to the Selective Service and 19,000 volunteers. Six Tennesseans would receive the Medal of Honor for their service.

War poster entitled, "The Same Spirit", by Charles Gustine. The image is a variation of the Spirit of Seventy-Six painting.

War poster entitled, “The Same Spirit”, by Charles Gustine. The image is a variation of the Spirit of Seventy-Six painting.

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Big Week for Austin Peay State University

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – House Joint Resolution 158 passed last week to honor Austin Peay State University’s upcoming 90th anniversary. Founded April 26th, 1927, the namesake of Governor Austin Peay has continuously grown over the decades, and been particularly friendly towards veterans and active duty personnel stationed at Fort Campbell.

The university has undergone a major shift this week as its newfound independent board met for the first time with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam present. Under Governor Haslam, Austin Peay and most other four year institutions in Tennessee have been released from the Tennessee Board of Regents.

Austin Peay State University Campus. (APSU)

Austin Peay State University Campus. (APSU)

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Austin Peay State University holds Historic First Board of Trustees meeting

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University convened its inaugural Board of Trustees meeting Thursday, March 30th, completing the transition from the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) to its own local governing board.

Austin Peay President Alisa White, joined by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and observed by University faculty and staff, as well as media and members of the community, called the ‘historic’ first meeting to order.

Members of Austin Peay State University's Board of Trustees met for their inaugural meeting on Thursday, March 30th, 2016. (Beth Lowary, APSU)

Members of Austin Peay State University’s Board of Trustees met for their inaugural meeting on Thursday, March 30th, 2016. (Beth Lowary, APSU)

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Tennessee Opioid Abuse Task Force travels to East Tennessee

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – On Monday, March 20th, the Opioid Abuse Task Force attended a forum at East Tennessee State University located in Johnson City, Tennessee. 

Dr. Rob Pack presented an overview of the Department of Community and Behavioral Health programs that are designed to improve the health of citizens in their community.  Dr. Nick Hagemeier, who specializes in pharmacy medicine, gave an update on his research activities and outcomes from his program.

 The Task Force also visited a methadone clinic that will be opening this year in Gray, Tennessee. 

Brigadier General Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home

Brigadier General Wendell H. Gilbert Tennessee State Veterans Home

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APSU Board of Trustees will have first meeting March 30th

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s inaugural Board of Trustees will convene for its first meeting at 416 College Street on Thursday, March 30th at 1:30pm. The public is invited to attend this historic event.

The campus of Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

The campus of Austin Peay State University. (APSU)

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U.S. President Donald Trump visits Tennessee

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – On Wednesday, March 15th, U.S. President Donald Trump arrived in Nashville to honor President Andrew Jackson at his tomb, on his 250th birthday. The President addressed members of the Tennessee General Assembly at the Hermitage before making his way back to Nashville to speak before thousands of supporters.

The Municipal Auditorium was quickly filled to capacity; 30,000 supporters were unable to enter the venue after hours of waiting. The line at the auditorium developed early in the morning, and by the late afternoon, the line stretched the length of James Robertson Parkway, around the Capitol building, and back down Charlotte Street.

People waiting in line at the Municipal Auditorium to see President Donald Trump.

People waiting in line at the Municipal Auditorium to see President Donald Trump.

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Tennessee House Republicans Fight To Increase Employment Opportunities For Veterans And Their Families

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – On Thursday, March 9th, lawmakers unanimously passed legislation co-sponsored by Representatives Curtis Johnson (R-Clarksville) and Jay Reedy (R-Erin) aimed at increasing private employment opportunities for military veterans and their families.

House Bill 165 encourages private employers to hire honorably discharged veterans, spouses of a veteran with a service-connected disability, unremarried widows or widowers of veterans who died of service-connected disability, and unremarried widows or widowers of a member of the military who died in the line of duty.

Tennessee State Capitol

Tennessee State Capitol

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, TNECD Announce LG Electronics to Locate New U.S. Manufacturing Operations in Montgomery County

 

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community DevelopmentNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, the Department of Economic and Community Development and LG Electronics Inc. officials today announced the company will build a new home appliance manufacturing facility in Clarksville.

The global manufacturer, with headquarters in South Korea, is a leader in appliances, electronics and mobile devices. LG will invest $250 million in the facility, creating at least 600 new jobs in Montgomery County. 

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announces LG facility to be built in Montgomery County.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announces LG facility to be built in Montgomery County.

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