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Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts Appointed to Serve on Education Instruction and Programs, Insurance and Banking, and Ethics Committees

 

Pitts also appointed to the Education Instruction and Programs Subcommittee

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) on Saturday was appointed by House of Representatives Speaker Beth Harwell to serve on the new Education Instruction & Programs, Insurance and Banking, and Ethics Committees in the 109th General Assembly.

“I am grateful for the appointments to these key committees in the House of Representatives,” said Pitts. “Education and jobs continue to be among my priorities and these appointments will help sharpen that focus for our next term.”

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

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Curtis Johnson, Jay Reedy Officially Sworn in as Members of 109th Tennessee General Assembly

 

Johnson also unanimously reelected as House Speaker Pro Tempore

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – The House of Representatives officially gaveled into session this week, marking the beginning of the 109th General Assembly in Tennessee. As part of the opening day ceremonies, State Representative Curtis Johnson (R–Clarksville) and State Representative Jay Reedy (R–Erin) took the oath of office and were officially sworn into the Tennessee House of Representatives.

In addition, Representative Johnson was unanimously reelected by his peers to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore of the House. The Speaker Pro Tempore serves as the presiding officer in the absence of the Speaker of the House.

Curtis Johnson being sworn as a member of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly

Curtis Johnson being sworn as a member of the 109th Tennessee General Assembly

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109th Tennessee General Assembly re-elects David Lillard to Fourth Term as State Treasurer

 

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Members of the 109th General Assembly reelected, by acclamation, David H. Lillard to a fourth term as Tennessee State Treasurer. The State Treasurer is a Constitutional Officer elected by the General Assembly for a two-year term.

In his official capacity, Treasurer Lillard oversees the Tennessee Treasury Department and its more than 250 employees. The Treasury Department internally manages over $45 billion in state and local government funds.

Tennessee State Treasurer David Lillard.

Tennessee State Treasurer David Lillard.

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109th Tennessee General Assembly re-elects Justin P. Wilson as Tennessee Comptroller

 

Tennessee Comptroller of the TreasuryNashville, TN – The members of the Tennessee Senate and House have re-elected Justin P. Wilson to serve as the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury. The vote by acclamation was taken during Wednesday’s joint convention of the 109th General Assembly.

Wilson is Tennessee’s 34th Comptroller of the Treasury and was re-elected to his fourth two-year term. He leads a staff of more than 500 employees.

Tennessee Comptroller - Justin P. Wilson

Tennessee Comptroller – Justin P. Wilson

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam issues Proclamation for Special Session to consider “Insure Tennessee”

 

Waiver amendment to be made available for a 30-day public comment period

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today issued a proclamation convening an “extraordinary session” of the 109th General Assembly to consider “Insure Tennessee,” a two year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who do not currently have access to health insurance or have limited options.

The program is designed to reward healthy behaviors, promote personal responsibility and incentivize preventative care and healthy choices.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announces Insure Tennessee Plan

 

Provides health care coverage to more Tennesseans while addressing health outcomes and cost

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today unveiled his Insure Tennessee plan, a two year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who currently don’t have access to health insurance or have limited options.

The program rewards healthy behaviors, prepares members to transition to private coverage, promotes personal responsibility and incentivizes choosing preventative and routine care instead of unnecessary use of emergency rooms.

The governor announced that he plans to call a special session to focus on the proposal after the 109th Tennessee General Assembly convenes in January.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee reduces Long Term General Obligation Debt by Millions

 

Tennessee Comptroller of the TreasuryNashville, TN – The State of Tennessee continues a positive trend. Tennessee’s long-term general obligation debt has decreased by more than $175 million since June 30th, 2012.

The Comptroller’s Office has just released the State of Tennessee Indebtedness Report, documenting the state’s solid credit ratings and debt management record.

The report shows Tennessee’s total long-term outstanding general obligation debt is $1,817,950,000. «Read the rest of this article»

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Kids Count State of the Child: Are Tennessee Children Prepared to Learn?

 

Tennessee Commission on Children and YouthNashville, TN – At the beginning of the school year, children wait for the school bus or in the drop-off lane for their first experience of school. Many of them arrive with the skills they need to learn. Many, however, arrive with gaps in the foundation for learning that must be filled so they can make the most of their experience.

Children do not enter school as blank slates, each equally impressionable to educators’ efforts. Children enter school with figurative backpacks. Some children come with an eagerness to learn, good health, emotional security and a sense of safety fostered by a supportive family and community. Others come without important tools for learning and already weighed down by the trauma of poverty, hunger, violence or abuse.

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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation unveils ‘It Has To Stop’ Public Service Announcements

 

TBI Participates in National Human Trafficking Event

Tennessee Bureau of InvestigationNashville, TN – Today, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released a set of videos designed to raise awareness of human trafficking in Tennessee, just as one of its Special Agents participated in a national event on the issue.

TBI’s Public Service Announcement campaign, called “IT Has To Stop”, invites viewers to visit ITHasToStop.com to learn more about human trafficking, its impact on Tennessee, and ways to join the fight against it.

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Clarksville’s Mayor Kim McMillan Re-elected; November 4th Election Results

 

Election 2014Clarksville, TN – Across Tennessee yesterday, the voters went to the polls to select their representatives for a variety of Federal, State, and Local offices. In Montgomery County voters cast ballots for the Tennessee Governor, U.S. Senator, a Congressman , three Tennessee House seats, the Clarksville City Mayor, and half of the city council seats. Voters also cast ballots on 4 seperate Amendments to the Tennessee Constitution, and a local referendum on allowing retail food stores to offer sell wine in Clarksville; all were approved. Voter turnout was exceptionally low with just 8.09% of the voters choosing to cast ballots in Montgomery county.

In a hard-fought race to become the next Mayor of the city of Clarksville, current Mayor Kim McMillan was reelected with 46.47% of the vote. Challengers Bill Summers and Jeff Burkart split 53.45% of the vote.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

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