Topic: State Representative
Clarksville, TN – A series of local videos about women’s suffrage has been produced to help Clarksville celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which extended the right to vote to women throughout America.
Clarksville, TN – An Austin Peay State University (APSU) social work student is one of five students in the state to win the Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award.
Mallory Fundora – who just finished her second year at Austin Peay State University – won the award for her work with Project Yesu, a charity she founded when she was 11 to feed and educate children in Uganda.
Nashville, TN – State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) was unanimously elected by the Tennessee House of Representatives today to serve on the Fiscal Review Committee. Rep. Pitts replaces long-time committee member Rep. Charles Curtiss, (D-Sparta) who recently left his seat in the TN House of Representatives to take a private sector job.
The Joint Fiscal Review Committee is one of several statutory oversight committees, created by statute in 1967 as a special continuing committee of the Tennessee General Assembly. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development Acting Commissioner Burns Phillips announced that the 108th General Assembly passed legislation that continues the funding of unemployment benefits for spouses of military personnel who leave their jobs to transfer to a new assignment.
Funding for the program for the current fiscal year was nearly exhausted, prompting the legislative action.
“We’re pleased the General Assembly approved appropriation for this benefit to trailing spouses for the remainder of this fiscal year as well as for the fiscal year beginning July 1st, 2013,” said Phillips. “This action shows support of our military families and we hope lessens the stress that goes with active duty transfers.” «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson (R–Clarksville) today announced Montgomery County is set to receive several important appropriations through the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget passed by the Tennessee General Assembly late last week. The news came after Representative Johnson offered several key amendments to Governor Haslam’s official budget to include this important funding.
The first project allocates $4.3 million for the new Clarksville Veterans’ Nursing Home. Once complete, the veterans’ home is expected to create nearly 100 jobs and have an economic input around $6.6 million. Similar facilities are located in Murfreesboro, Humboldt, and Knox County. According to state officials, there are 22,389 veterans in Montgomery County. Of those, 3,313 are over the age of 65. «Read the rest of this article»
Proposed 2012-13 state budget supports military families
Clarksville, TN – State Senator Tim Barnes and State Representative Joe Pitts thanked Governor Bill Haslam this week for including unemployment benefits for military spouses in his proposed 2012-13 budget.
“The Governor’s support of this bill shows that Tennesseans truly care about our military families,” Barnes said. “This is a tangible way to show our support and gratitude to our veterans, and I’m humbled to have the opportunity to do so.” «Read the rest of this article»
This is the second in a series of articles detailing legislation filed by Rep. Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) for the 2nd session of the 107th General Assembly.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) has filed legislation that clarifies eligibility for the HOPE scholarship for military dependents. House Bill 2742/Senate Bill 2571 removes the requirement that a military parent’s home of record or residence be Tennessee if a student qualifies to be classified as an in-state student and meets other specified requirements.
“Several active duty military constituents brought to my attention that when they applied for the HOPE scholarship for their children they were not eligible because the active duty member’s home of record was not Tennessee even though they were Tennesseans,” said Pitts. “Tennessee State Senator Tim Barnes and I immediately began working on amending the wording that states “Dependent children of members of the armed forces or Tennessee National Guard whose home of record, at the time of entry into military service, was determined to be Tennessee.” «Read the rest of this article»
Joe Pitts files Legislation to name section of 101st Airborne Division Parkway after Two Fallen Officers
This is the first in a series of articles detailing legislation filed by Rep. Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) for the 2nd session of the 107th General Assembly.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) has filed legislation to name a one-mile stretch of State Route 374, or 101st Airborne Division Parkway, in memory of two officers who were killed in the line of duty.
On June 7th, 2002, Officers David Scott and Yamil Baez-Santiago, were pursuing a robbery suspect on the 101st Airborne Division Parkway. Their pursuit ended in a tragic accident that took the life of these two officers. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville Officials Joe Pitts, Tim Barnes, and Kaye Jones Announce Greater Access to Dunbar Cave State Park
Electronic gate will especially help Soldiers, ROTC Students
Clarksville, TN – State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville), State Senator Tim Barnes (D-Clarksville) and Ward 11 City Councilwoman Kaye Jones announced this week that residents will have greater access to Dunbar Cave State Park thanks to an upgraded, automatic gate.
“I am grateful to the Department of Environment and Conversation, Tennessee State Parks, and the Dunbar Cave park staff for their help in making this state treasure more accessible,” Pitts said. “Our citizens now have an expanded opportunity to use the park.”«Read the rest of this article»
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