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Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support Act passes both Houses

 

Written by Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Speaker Pro Tempore

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – House Bill 715, the Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support Act, would add spouses and dependent children as parties eligible for in-state tuition rates. Since a veteran can assign their benefits to a spouse or children, they would also qualify for these tuition and fee rates.

It would also shift the period of eligibility after discharge for in-state tuition rates from two years to three years. In addition, it requires the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) to convene the University of Tennessee (UT) and Tennessee Board of Regents systems to review processes related to awarding academic credit to veterans.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Promise Legislation for Students in National Guard or Reserves clears House Committee

 

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts chosen by peers to serve as Secretary of the Tennessee Legislative Veterans Caucus

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – House Bill 800 (Rep Joe Pitts, D-Clarksville)/Senate Bill 56 (Sen Mark Green, R-Clarksville) would authorize students who are members of the National Guard or a Reserve unit of a branch of the United States military and who are eligible for the Tennessee Promise Scholarship, but cannot enroll in college in the fall term immediately following completion of high school due to certain military commitments, to enroll in the first term beginning after completion of such commitments without losing eligibility for the scholarship.

The bill passed the Education Administration and Planning Full Committee on Tuesday, March 10th and is currently in Finance, Ways and Means.

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

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United Southern Bank announces Jeannette Williams added to Wealth Management

 

United Southern BankClarksville, TN – United Southern Bank (USB) is proud to announce the addition of Jeannette Williams to the staff of USB Wealth Management. She comes to USB with 13 years of Financial Service experience.

Williams started her financial career with an independent Wealth Management firm and continued with John Hancock Financial Services in Sarasota Florida and most recently with First Advantage Bank in Clarksville, TN.

Jeannette Williams added to United Southern Bank Wealth Management staff.

Jeannette Williams added to United Southern Bank Wealth Management staff.

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Veterans Hiring Preference Bill Fails in Tennessee House Subcommittee

 

Tennessee Representative Joe Pitts

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Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – A bill designed to help veterans and their spouses find employment was defeated in the Consumer and Human Resources subcommittee of the Tennessee House of Representatives this week.

The bill, sponsored by Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville), would have enabled private employers to create written policies giving preference in hiring honorably discharged veterans, their spouses, widows and widowers.

The bill failed by a quick voice vote with no questions or discussion by the committee.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Warrior Transition Command announces 2015 Army Trials set for March 29th – April 2nd

 

WTC - Warrior Transition CommandAlexandria, VA – The 2015 Army Trials will be at Fort Bliss, Texas, in El Paso, March 29th – April 2nd, and is the second run of this event. The 2015 Department of Defense (DoD) competition is slated for this summer.

In 2014 more than 100 wounded, ill and injured service members and Veterans from across the United States traveled to the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, NY, to train and compete for the first time in a series of competitive athletic events known as the Army Trials*. The Army Trials help determine which Army athletes compete on the DoD competition Army Team.

Staff Sgt. Brian Boone, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, maneuvers around his competitor for a layup during the during the game opener of Wheelchair Basketball competition June 16th at the 2014 U.S. Army Trials.

Staff Sgt. Brian Boone, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, maneuvers around his competitor for a layup during the during the game opener of Wheelchair Basketball competition June 16th at the 2014 U.S. Army Trials.

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Austin Peay State University raises more than $8,000 for Wounded Warrior Project

 

APSU Sports Information

Austin Peay State University Sports - APSU - Governors - Lady GovsClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University’s athletics department raised more than $8,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project, auctioning off 80 of the camouflage jerseys worn in the Governors’ 2014 Homecoming football game against Tennessee State.

As part of Military Appreciation Day and to honor the troops at Fort Campbell, the Austin Peay football team elected to wear camouflage jerseys, November 8th, 2014, against Tennessee State.

Austin Peay athletic department auctioned off camouflage jerseys to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. (APSU Sports Information)

Austin Peay athletic department auctioned off camouflage jerseys to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project. (APSU Sports Information)

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Fort Campbell Army Community Service to hold Hiring Our Heroes® Military Spouse Program Event

 

Fort Campbell's Morale, Welfare and Recreation - MWRFort Campbell, KY – Army Community Service (ACS) Employment Readiness Program (ERP) is holding a Hiring Our Heroes® Military Spouse Program event on January 21st and 22nd at Cole Park Commons.

On Wednesday, January 21st there will be a free networking event from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. This event is open to all military Spouses, including Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, Veteran, and Gold Star Spouses.

Veterans and service members are also welcome to attend. Military Spouses will have an opportunity to network with local HR recruiters from large and small businesses, community leaders and senior military Spouses as well as receive resume help and gain valuable career advice from industry professionals. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs commissioner Many-Bears Grinder to speak at APSU ceremony honoring military graduates

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUMany-Bears GrinderClarksville, TN – The Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs (TDVA) is coming to Austin Peay State University on December 10th to help honor a special group of graduating APSU students.

At 5:00pm that afternoon, the University will host its Fall 2014 Military and Veterans Graduate Recognition Ceremony in the Mabry Concert Hall, with Many-Bears Grinder, the state’s first female TDVA commissioner, serving as the keynote speaker. «Read the rest of this article»

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Metro Nashville Police to Hold Toy Drive at Nashville Zoo

 

Zoo Admission Tickets Offered for Donated Gifts

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Metro Nashville Police Department’s Mounted Patrol Division will collect donated toys for its annual Christmas Basket Program on December 13th and 14th at Nashville Zoo. As an added incentive, the Zoo is offering a complimentary admission ticket for every new toy donated.

Metro police officers will collect the toys in the Zoo’s parking lot from 9:00am–4:00pm. Kids are invited to drop off letters to Santa Claus that the officers will deliver to the North Pole in time for Christmas.

Horses from the Mounted Patrol Division will also be available for guests to meet. Located next to the toy drive, the Zoo will offer a selection of toys that guests can purchase for the purpose of donating to the toy drive.

Nashville Zoo is happy to host the Metro Police Mounted Patrol Division’s annual Toy Drive on December 13th and 14th.

Nashville Zoo is happy to host the Metro Police Mounted Patrol Division’s annual Toy Drive on December 13th and 14th.

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Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan’s message for Veterans Day

 

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – For most of us, Veteran’s Day is a day of special meaning. I believe that’s especially true for those of us who call Clarksville, Tennessee our home.

Every day we see men and women in uniform working and volunteering in our community. There are also hundreds of people who have stayed in Clarksville after their active-duty years and who continue to make our community richer.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan

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