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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 10

 

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 10 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 7

 

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 7 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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Jack B. Turner and Associates announces Bailey Martin achieves Membership in 2017 Million Dollar Round Table

 

Jack B. Turner and AssociatesClarksville, TN – Jack B. Turner and Associates is pleased to announce that Bailey Martin CLU, for the 9th year in a row, has achieved membership in the 2017 Million Dollar Round Table – The Premier Association of Financial Professionals.

Attaining membership in MDRT is a distinguishing career milestone achieved by less than one percent of the world’s insurance and financial service professionals.

Bailey Martin

Bailey Martin

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Austin Peay State University names Katie Locke APSU Director of Ticket Operations

 

APSU Sports Information

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN – Murfreesboro Tennessee native Katie Locke has been named the Director of Ticket Operations, Austin Peay State University’s Department of Athletics announced Monday.

Katie most recently served as the Director of Ticketing and Sales at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.  A position she has held since September 2016 after initially joining ULM as Ticket Manager in August 2015.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to be a part of the Clarksville community and APSU,” Locke said. “There’s a real excitement surrounding Austin Peay athletics and I’m fortunate to have the chance to contribute.”

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101st Airborne Division Engineer recognized for Volunteer Service

 

Written by Heather Huber
Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office

Fort Campbell KY - 101st Airborne DivisionFort Campbell, KY – When he was nominated for the GEICO Military Service Award, Sgt. 1st Class Julio Mella, 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, was honored but did not think much about it.

“There were many, many people being nominated with me,” Mella said. “I wasn’t being pessimistic, just realistic.”

The GEICO Military Service Awards Program “spotlights the valuable and lasting contributions enlisted members of the armed forces make in three specific areas of endeavor,” according to the GEICO website.

Service members can be nominated for service in drug and alcohol abuse prevention, fire safety and fire prevention or traffic safety and accident prevention. Each year, one member from each branch of the service is selected to receive the award.

Sergeant 1st Class Julio Mella, 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division poses in front of a firetruck at the Oak Grove Fire Department. Mella has been volunteering as a firefighter and EMT with the department since 2008 and decided he wanted a picture in his full gear before he deployed in November 2016. (Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

Sergeant 1st Class Julio Mella, 21st Brigade Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division poses in front of a firetruck at the Oak Grove Fire Department. Mella has been volunteering as a firefighter and EMT with the department since 2008 and decided he wanted a picture in his full gear before he deployed in November 2016. (Fort Campbell Public Affairs Office)

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Clarksville Online adds new Motorcycle Blog to Network

 

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's JourneyClarksville, TN – Clarksville Online is proud to announce it’s partnership with www.clarksvillemotorcycle.com, featuring the motorcycle travel blog, “Dodging the Roadkill.”

Along with the Clarksville Sports Network, and Discover Clarksville, Clarksville Online provides the most extensive coverage of local news, current events, sports and more. Now, Dodging the Roadkill will take readers on a motorcycle journey around the neighborhood and across the country, with news, stories, restaurant reviews, hotel reviews, commentary and pictures of the people we meet along the way.

Dodging the Roadkill - A Biker's Journey

Dodging the Roadkill – A Biker’s Journey

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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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Clarksville’s Garden of Hope Community Garden Now Accepting Applications

 

Clarksville Garden of Hope Community GardenClarksville, TN – Garden of Hope in Clarksville, TN is now accepting applications for plots at both sites. Vegetables aren’t the only things that grow in the Garden of Hope in Clarksville. Hope grows there too.

The mission of the program is to grow and distribute fresh produce to local food banks and help feed hungry people in our community. Giving gardens like the Garden of Hope provides local residents opportunities to make a difference and connect to the environment.
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Tennessee Future Stars annual Tennessee-Kentucky games to be held in Clarksville

 

7th and 8th grade games to bring 5,880 people and $3.4 million economic impact

Visit Clarksville TennesseeClarksville, TN – On the heels of announcing that the city will host the 2017 Toyota East West All-Star Classic, Visit Clarksville officials have landed another state-wide football event for 2017. The Tennessee Future Stars will host their annual Tennessee-Kentucky games for seventh and eighth graders in Clarksville on June 17th at Austin Peay State University’s Fortera Stadium.

“We are excited to host another major football event here in Clarksville at Austin Peay,” said Visit Clarksville Executive Director Theresa Harrington. “I can’t emphasize enough how important the upgrades to Fortera Stadium and the cooperation of the APSU athletic staff have been to recruiting football events.”

APSU's Fortera Stadium

APSU’s Fortera Stadium

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Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk to take place March 2nd, 2017

 

First Thursday Art WalkClarksville, TN – Produced by The Downtown Clarksville Association, First Thursday Art Walk is a free, self-guided tour spanning a 5-block radius that combines visual art, live music, engaging events and more in the heart of Downtown Clarksville.

With 10+ venues, bars and businesses participating each month, the First Thursday Art Walk in Clarksville is the ultimate opportunity to savor and support local creative talent.

First Thursday Art Walk in downtown Clarksville

First Thursday Art Walk in downtown Clarksville

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