Topic: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Washington, D.C. – On Thursday, June 27th, 2019, Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted to fund the United States Military in FY 2020. The National Defense Authorization Act funds crucial projects that will directly impact military communities in Tennessee.
“Tennessee is honored to be home to multiple military bases,” Senator Blackburn said. “The sacrifice our members of the military make in service to our country can never be repaid.”
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and the Senate Armed Services Committee have completed the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020. Senator Blackburn advocated for several projects that are critical to groups in Tennessee.
“Tennessee is proud to be home to multiple military bases,” Senator Blackburn said. “The sacrifice our members of the military make in service to our country can never be repaid. It is essential that we provide our men and women in uniform with the support they need to protect the United States and to provide for their families. This bill seeks to meet that goal.”
Clarksville, TN – When recent Austin Peay State University (APSU) graduate Jordan Miller starts at Arizona State University this year, she’ll also enter a cutting-edge National Science Foundation-backed smart homes and cities program.
Senator Marsha Blackburn
Washington, D.C. – Tennessee Tuesday is always my favorite day of the week.
Senator Lamar Alexander and I welcomed another great group of Tennesseans to our nation’s capital for coffee, conversation, and pictures this week.
If you plan to be in the Washington, D.C. area on a Tuesday when the Senate is in session, we would love if you join us for this Tennessee tradition. Constituents attending will have the opportunity to meet and have their picture taken with their senators while enjoying a coffee and pastries.
Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, TN – Before the Austin Peay State University (APSU) Governor’s School for Computational Physics finished its three weeks of summer fun on Friday, the school’s mentors and professors had a little bit more science to show off.
Written by Curtis Johnson
Nashville, 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.
Written by Curtis Johnson
Nashville, 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.
Written by Dwayne Brown
Washington, D.C. – The first U.S. production in nearly 30 years of a specialized fuel to power future deep space missions has been completed by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) in Tennessee.
The production of 50 grams of plutonium-238 -roughly the mass of a golf ball – marks the first demonstration in the United States since the Savannah River Plant in South Carolina ceased production in the late 1980s.
SBA to Honor Top Entrepreneurs during Small Business Week
Nashville, TN –Local Pastor and County Commissioner Tommy Vallejos has been selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration as the minority small business Champion for the state of Tennessee for his work while serving as the Director of the Hispanic Organization for Progress & Education (H.O.P.E.).
When reached by telephone Pastor Vallejos said, “Well it’s a great honor to have been selected as the U. S. Small Business Administration’s Minority Small Business Champion, I’ve always considered it important to champion small businesses, minority owned or not. I was selected for this honor due to my involvement and participation in the minority small business sector during my directorship of H.O.P.E.” «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – On a stormy Monday afternoon, while tornado sirens blared across the Austin Peay State University campus, Mike Wilson, manager of the school’s Geographic Information Systems Center, decided to talk about natural disasters.
“Suppose a tornado rips through here,” he said, knocking on his wood desk to ward off the suggestion. “If that happens, local officials will need to do a preliminary damage assessment. That’ll go to the state, and the governor will make a decision on whether to call in FEMA for a natural disaster. This app speeds that up.”
Wilson motioned to his Android mobile phone. A year ago, his office, in conjunction with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, developed an innovative new cell phone application known as the Disaster Mitigation and Recovery Kit (DMARK). The application allows emergency responders to document immediately any damage they come across following a disaster. «Read the rest of this article»
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