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Tennessee lawmakers take 6 nominations to Governor Lee’s state board of education

March 19 – NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Senate has approved a bill stripping Governor Bill Lee of his sole power to appoint members to the State Board of Education, ceding two-thirds of the nine nominations to House and Senate Speakers. The measure, which had previously passed the House as the 1838 bill, was approved by the GOP-led Senate in a ...

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Tennessee expands employee protections over COVID-19 vaccination mandates – Jobs & HR

United States: Tennessee expands employee protections over COVID-19 vaccination mandates March 18, 2022 Proskauer Rose LLP To print this article, all you need to do is be registered or log in to Mondaq.com. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has signed into law a bill that expands protections for employees subject to employer COVID-19 vaccination mandates. The ...

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Tennessee GOP uses Texas as model, introduces anti-abortion bill

Nashville, Tennessee. Despite having already enacted one of the toughest abortion bans in the United States, Republicans in Tennessee on Tuesday began proposing another anti-abortion measure strategically drafted to avoid challenges in federal courts. The proposal is almost a direct copy of legislation currently enacted in Texas, which not only prohibits doctors from performing abortions before most people know they ...

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‘Age-appropriate’ school library bill heads to TN governor’s office

Marta W. Aldrich The Tennessee Legislature sends a school library bill to Governor Bill Lee’s office to review library materials for “age appropriateness”. Along partisan lines, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives voted 73 to 21 Monday night to approve the Republican governor‘s proposal after the measure was swiftly passed by the Senate last month. The legislation would require each public ...

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Why state laws have local leaders fearing the next pandemic | Best States

As local mask mandates quickly fall by the wayside, public health officials worry that restrictions placed on them during the pandemic by state officials could hamper future efforts to contain the next virus to hit the America. A case in point is Tennessee, where the state passed a law last year that bans mask mandates in public buildings and schools ...

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Florida isn’t the only state to pass legislation that could be harmful to LGBTQ students | national

Just over two months into the new year, lawmakers in dozens of states have introduced a slew of bills that could limit the rights of LGBTQ Americans. The proposals range from banning teaching about gender identity in the classroom to restricting access to gender-affirming health care and excluding transgender youth from school sports. Tuesday, the Florida Senate passed the controversial ...

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Governor dodges questions about charter schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) – Should children in Tennessee be taught that civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination are a bad thing? On Wednesday, Governor Bill Lee dodged those questions. This follows a NewsChannel 5 investigation of a college in Michigan that Lee personally urged to start charter schools across Tennessee. This survey revealed that Hillsdale College’s 1776 curriculum is rewriting the ...

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Breweries partner with Tennessee farmers to create local beers

axios on facebookAxios on TwitterAxios on LinkedInAxios by email Illustration: Aida Amer/Axios Local Tennessee breweries are collaborating with the state Department of Agriculture on a farm-to-tap initiative that connects volunteer farmers across the state with beer makers. Why is this important: The goal is to build a pipeline of locally grown ingredients for use in beers made in Tennessee. And ...

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Composite decking and railing manufacturer will create more than 300 jobs in Tennessee

Welcome to Thomas Insights – every day we post the latest news and analysis to keep our readers up to date with what’s happening in the industry. Sign up here to get the day’s top stories straight to your inbox. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced that Fiberon would introduce manufacturing and distribution operations to Columbia in ...

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A reader writes an open letter to Senator Blackburn

Dear Senator Blackburn: Referring to your Feb. 17 online essay, “Democrat-Led Policies Jeopardize Tennessean Safety,” I agree that Tennessee families have every reason to be concerned for their safety, but not for the reasons you give. Yes, Tennessee ranks third in violent crime, with gun deaths now surpassing car accidents. Tennessee ranks fourth in the number of women killed by ...

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Senate Approves Residency Requirements for US House Candidates | Tennessee News

By KIMBERLEE KRUESI, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Just weeks after finalizing Tennessee’s new congressional boundaries, GOP lawmakers are now considering a possible residency requirement for U.S. House Republican and Democratic hopefuls seeking the nomination of their political party later this year. The GOP-controlled Senate on Monday advanced legislation requiring candidates for the U.S. House and Senate to meet ...

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Tennessee lawmakers introduce another reform that could be seen as a model for other states to follow

Tennessee State Capitol Getty NASHVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee is a state where, despite an already relatively low tax burden and no state income tax, lawmakers have continued to find new ways to improve the tax code in recent years, with reforms that provide additional relief to individuals, families and employers. New legislation recently introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly, if ...

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Four Takeouts from the University of Tennessee State Address

Expansion and innovation were on the minds of University of Tennessee leaders when they delivered the State of the System University address on Wednesday. Leaders focused on the university’s accomplishments in 2021: a new campus, rising enrollment trend, new research opportunities and more. But there were few details about what the directors want to achieve next, in the short and ...

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Family of 12-year-old TN boy killed by stray bullet calls on lawmakers to review unlicensed transportation and tackle gang violence

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — This was a call for lawmakers to do something — anything to prevent another tragic child shooting death from happening again. Artemis Rayford, 12, was killed on Christmas morning when a stray bullet flew through his house and hit him while he was playing with his gifts. Artemis had Christmas morning circled on his calendar and ...

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The wheels are in motion to repave Foothills Parkway

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park received its first funding under the Great American Outdoors Act championed by the former US senator. Alexander Lamarand they will be used to repave Foothills Parkway West in Blount County. The park received $31 million to rehabilitate the 17-mile road between Lake Chilhowee and Walland. Some full lane closures will take place beginning March ...

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee plans to make places of worship safer

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee wants to make places of worship safer. Faith leaders say the idea sounds appealing, but there are some caveats. Lee announced during his state of the state address on Jan. 31 that he was tasking the Department of Safety and Homeland Security with developing a plan to enhance security at places of worship. Religious leaders said ...

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It’s time for the governor to go back to school – Tennessee Lookout

Memo to Governor Bill Lee and staff: Read your sources before citing them in a state of the state address. The governor, invoking President Ronald Reagan, called on Tennessee students to be “informed patriots” during his recent state of the state, saying it’s important “we teach real American history, unbiased and apolitical. And he noted approvingly, “The Fordham Institute recently ...

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Bill would strip Tennessee Governor Bill Lee of some board of education appointments

NASHVILLE — A GOP-led legislative effort to bring lawmakers under the operational control of the Tennessee State Board of Education with six of the panel’s nine voting member nominations moving to the state House despite the opposition from Republican Gov. Bill Lee, who now makes all the appointments. House Bill 1838, sponsored by Rep. Scott Cepicky, R-Culleoka, was approved by ...

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Governor voices support for small Oak Ridge nuclear reactor

In his State of the State Address, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee spoke of his desire to revive a project at Oak Ridge, the Clinch River site, for a small modular reactor fleet. “We are working directly with TVA to formalize a long-term strategy so that the Clinch River site can be part of America’s diet,” Lee said. “If we’re going ...

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Tennessee enacts new state legislative districts – Ballotpedia News

Tennessee enacted new state legislative districts on Feb. 6, 2022, when Governor Bill Lee (R) signed a proposal approved by both legislative houses. The maps will go into effect for the 2022 Tennessee state legislature elections. The Senate ad hoc committee released a proposed map of the Senate district on January 13. On January 18, the Senate Judiciary Committee recommended ...

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Educating through COVID: From New York’s declining enrollment to Tennessee’s bid to boost school spending by a billion dollars, 9 ways states are coping with the crisis

register here for The 74’s daily newsletter. Donate here to support The 74’s independent journalism. A recently released report by Unicef, UNESCO and the World Bank paints a grim picture of education progress across the globe, with student achievement hampered by school closures amid the COVID pandemic -19. According to the report, disruptions associated with virtual learning have affected more ...

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Tennessee governor signs bill for congressional map giving GOP big advantage

RState Governor Bill Lee of Tennessee has signed legislation establishing a congressional map that favors Republicans in the state. Lee signed SB 781 effective Sunday, according to Bloomberg Government. The map is expected to give Republicans an advantage in eight of Tennessee’s nine congressional districts, which will prevent some incumbent Democrats from running for re-election. “Today I am announcing that ...

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The Governor of Tennessee is pushing for a Super Bowl in Nashville? | Newstalk Florida

Tennessee municipalities spend on professional sports. Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is set to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to ensure Nashville and Memphis maintain their major league standings. To that end, Lee would be interested in talking to the National Football League about hosting a Super Bowl in Nashville. The NFL is no longer auctioning the game. If a ...

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Bill would return the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest to the Confederate group

A Tennessee senator wants to transfer the infamous bust of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, one of the state’s first Ku Klux Klan leaders, to the sons of Confederate veterans. Sen. Janice Bowling, R-Tullahoma, introduced a bill this week to transfer the bust to the headquarters of Confederate veterans’ sons in Columbia, Tenne. The Confederate group commissioned and donated the ...

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The payout: Online sports betting takes off and pays off in Tennessee

For Tina Hodges, and for the State of Tennessee, the bet seems to have paid off. Hodges is the president of Action 24/7, the only Tennessee-based online sports betting option among the state’s nine gambling partners, and a startup that takes on some of the biggest names in the gambling industry. Game. Approved by the state legislature in 2019 and ...

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Tennessee proposes moving 3 schools from Memphis due to potential flooding

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is proposing to relocate three schools from Memphis due to the possibility of flooding, a school building change not currently part of a new facilities plan. Schools in Memphis-Shelby County was unveiled last spring and started in earnest during a recent round of council votes on school closures, mergers, school building additions and HVAC upgrades. Inspired ...

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Opinion: Will Governor Bill Lee tout Tennessee’s ‘freedom’ to spread COVID more freely?

On Monday evening, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee will deliver his fourth State of the State Address to the General Assembly and Tennessee. “I look forward to sharing my vision for Tennessee, including my budget and legislative priorities for the year,” Governor Lee said in a press release announcing the event. “Tennessee is showing the rest of the country that America ...

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Governor Lee and Commissioner Rolfe announce that Fiberon will establish operations in Maury County

Composite decking, railing and cladding company to create 310 new jobs in Colombia NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Fiberon officials announced today that the company will establish new manufacturing and distribution operations in Columbia, Tennessee. . Fiberon, a subsidiary of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc., will create ...

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Lawmakers revisit school vouchers related to COVID-19 – Tennessee Lookout

Three years after a school voucher bill crippled the Legislative Assembly, lawmakers are being asked to choose sides again, but this time with COVID-19 as the primary factor. With dozens of school districts across the state asking the Department of Education for permission to offer virtual classes in the event of omicron’s surge, lawmakers will be pressured to choose between ...

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Maury County, Tennessee, Elections 2022: Voter’s Guide to Columbia

This year marks a transition point for Maury County as many elected community positions, including county mayor, county commissioners and odd-numbered school board seats, will once again be on the ballot when of the 2022 elections. County general elections held on August 4 and city and state elections on November 8, including seats for city mayor, state officials and governor, ...

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Governor visits Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant

SPRING HILL, Tenn. (WDEF) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is making appearances statewide, taking time Thursday to tour the Watts Bar Nuclear Generating Station in Spring Hill. His first time at the factory became less of a photo opportunity and more of a state-of-the-state address. While the Governor got to see all of the services provided by Watts Bar, he ...

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Adoption agency won’t help Tennessee couple because they’re Jewish

A Knoxville couple are suing the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, claiming a state-sponsored Christian adoption agency refused to help them because they are Jewish. This is the first state lawsuit to challenge a new law which allows religious adoption agencies to deny service to families whose religious or moral beliefs do not align with those of the provider, the ...

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2022 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Stewardship process begins | Sunday stories

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation invites Tennessee residents to submit nominations for the 2022 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Stewardship. “We are proud to recognize organizations that stand out in protecting our precious natural resources in Tennessee,” Governor Bill Lee said. “These awards honor those who go above and beyond to responsibly protect and preserve Tennessee’s beauty ...

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Tennessee Schools Just Learned ‘Immediately Necessary’ COVID Isolation Guidelines Signed Dec. 22 | WJHL

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) released new rules on COVID-19 quarantine and isolation on Dec. 22, six weeks after a new one took effect. COVID law that has confused school systems and others — but many school systems just learned of the new rule this week. New guidelines were put in place as students ...

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University of Memphis cancels grant for social justice program

The University of Memphis canceled a recent grant for its social justice program, formed in August 2020, after Governor Bill Lee expressed concerns about the latest initiative, according to a statement from the governor’s office. The program has 14 groups focused on improving educational outcomes for students of color, retain the faculty of color and improving pay equity, as well ...

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Tennessee releases draft new school funding formula for public review

The draft framework comes as lawmakers began a new legislative session on Tuesday. Governor Bill Lee said it was “very possible” to come up with a new formula for lawmakers. The state is now seeking public comment on the framework until Jan. 18. To comment, email the Tennessee Department of Education at [email protected] A potential new school funding formula would ...

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Governor Lee announces appointees to major boards and commissions

NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee announced appointments to a series of key boards and commissions. “Tennessee’s success depends on engaged citizens, and I’m proud to announce these people who will ensure our state continues to thrive,” Governor Lee said. “I salute their leadership and willingness to serve.” The appointees will fulfill a variety of roles to ensure ...

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University cancels plan to pay professors to create CRT programs

The University of Memphis has dropped plans for a social justice program that allegedly paid some professors $ 3,000 to add critical race theory principles to their programs, according to a new report. Tennessee Governor Bill Lee told the Washington Free Beacon that he contacted the public university after reading reports about the program, which would have encouraged the addition ...

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Marsha Blackburn Report: Strengthening Manufacturing in Tennessee

[ad_1] Washington DC – Tennessee manufacturers rely on semiconductors to support local and global supply chains. The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation recently advanced my legislation with Senator Peters to encourage local economic development, identify resource gaps, and address the challenges Tennessee businesses face as they recover. . Strengthening manufacturing in Tennessee The supply chain crisis resulting from ...

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Lawmakers Tackle Budget, Taxes and School Funding

[ad_1] The Tennessee General Assembly will meet again at noon on January 11. Below are several topics that will be reviewed. Budget The budget is always a priority issue, but it will be especially important given the strong tax collections, excess revenue and the flow of federal stimulus funds into Tennessee. The state is in the best financial position in ...

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Tennessee’s Bill Dance Signature Lakes Initiative Announced | Sports

[ad_1] Nashville – Governor Bill Lee and fishing icon Bill Dance announced a new initiative to improve and enhance Tennessee lakes, increase visitor numbers and honor Dance’s legacy with the creation of Bill Dance Signature Lakes. TWRA and the State of Tennessee will invest $ 15 million in above and below water improvements in 18 lakes that bear the Dance ...

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Morning fire completely destroys abortion clinic in Tennessee

[ad_1] Knoxville Fire Department A Planned Parenthood clinic in Knoxville, Tennessee, is a “total loss” after a devastating fire broke out early on New Year’s Eve, according to local officials. The clinic, which offers abortions, was burned down around 6:30 a.m., the Knoxville Fire Department said in a 9:30 a.m. statement. “Upon arrival, the companies found a large, one-story commercial ...

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Can Tennessee School Districts Be Far Away During COVID-19 Peaks?

[ad_1] Coronavirus cases are again due to omicron variant, which has raised concerns about the spread of the deadly virus in public schools. But are schools allowed to switch to distance education? The answer is complicated. Under current guidelines, classrooms or individual schools can temporarily switch to distance learning for up to seven days, but school districts cannot. Classrooms and ...

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Tennessee Voices with Victor Evans, Executive Director of TennesseeCAN

[ad_1] David Plazas is the Opinion and Engagement Director for USA TODAY Network Tennessee. The subject of public education elicits a wide range of emotions and ideas about whether it is working, whether it is receiving enough money, and whether the money is being invested in the right way. Recently, Governor Bill Lee and the Tennessee Department of Education agreed ...

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Tennessee Supreme Court Hears School Voucher Law Arguments Again

[ad_1] In a rare move, the Tennessee Supreme Court will revisit arguments over Gov. Bill Lee’s controversial scholarship program. The ruling hints at a deadlocked high court that doesn’t just wait for a new judge appointed by Lee to join the bench. The High Court lost a member after the sudden death of judge Cornelia A. Clark earlier this year. ...

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Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and fisherman Bill Dance announce Bill Dance Signature Lakes initiative

[ad_1] Nashville, Tennessee – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and fishing icon Bill Dance have announced a new initiative to enhance and showcase the lakes of Tennessee, increase visitation and honor Dance’s legacy with the creation of Iconic lakes from Bill Dance. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) and the State of Tennessee to invest $ 15 million in above and ...

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New Tennessee poll shows some slippage in support for Governor Lee, strong divisions over abortion law

[ad_1] NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gouv. Bill lee has lost ground with voters since May, according to a new Vanderbilt University poll released Thursday that suggests the 10-point drop may be linked to the Republican governor’s enactment of a set of laws limiting health measures public amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 17,000 Tennesséens. The survey of 1,002 ...

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Recovery efforts begin after tornadoes ravaged multiple states, killing dozens

[ad_1] More than 70 people are believed to have died after a catastrophic series of tornadoes swept through Kentucky and other states on Friday evening and early Saturday, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said. The governor estimates that “the death toll from this event is north of 70 Kentuckians and could end up exceeding 100 by the end of the day,” ...

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Tennessee Panel Names 3 Finalists for State High Court Seat | Tennessee News

[ad_1] By JONATHAN MATTISE, Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – A Tennessee panel selected three finalists Thursday for a state Supreme Court opening: two middle judges from the appeals court and a high-profile attorney from the attorney general’s office. The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments voted in favor of sending Republican Gov. Bill Lee the names of Tennessee Associate Attorney ...

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Panel appeals to two appeals judges and Associate Solicitor General for consideration by Governor Bill Lee

[ad_1] The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments Thursday appointed two Tennessee appeals judges and the state’s deputy solicitor general for consideration to fill a vacant seat on the Tennessee Supreme Court. Tennessee Court of Appeal Judge Kristi Davis, Associate General Counsel Sarah Campbell and Court of Appeals Judge William Neal McBrayer were appointed after a two-day interview process with nine ...

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Senator wants Nashville DA to investigate Tennessee non-tender contracts

[ad_1] A Tennessee State Senator asks Davidson County Attorney Glenn Funk to investigate the state’s non-competitive contracting process – a process that has drawn criticism for the provision of faulty services and for lack of transparency. Senator Heidi Campbell, D-Nashville, sent a letter to Funk’s office on Tuesday requesting an “audit and financial review” of all emergency purchases made by ...

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Governor Lee authorizes deployment of Tennessee Guard to southern border as drug crisis escalates

[ad_1] NASHVILLE, Tennessee. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee authorized the dispatch of additional Tennessee National Guard support to the southern United States border in early 2022 to curb a growing drug crisis. “An open border has far-reaching consequences that fuel a drug crisis impacting both our national security and the safety of our state,” Governor Lee said. “I have ...

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Area lawmakers speak out for Medicaid expansion

[ad_1] “Not expanding Medicaid is the worst mistake Tennessee has made in modern history,” said Tennessee Representative Gloria Johnson, retired educator and Democrat who represents House District 13 in Knox County. She said a federal law would allow the state to extend Medicaid free of charge for 10 years as she answered questions in a recent online forum sponsored by ...

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130 volunteers removed 34,500 pounds of waste in October, Smashing River group’s goal of eliminating 125,000 pounds in 1 year

[ad_1] A total of 134 volunteers participated in six river cleanups organized by Keep the Tennessee River Beau, helping to shed 34,481 lbs. of waste from Tennessee and Cumberland rivers in October. The month was declared by four governors and four mayors to be “Keep the Beautiful month of the Tennessee River watershed. ‘ “Last month’s success is a testament ...

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Governor Bill Lee to visit Carter County on Tuesday | WJHL

[ad_1] ELIZABETHTON, Tennessee (WJHL) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee will visit Elizabethton on Tuesday, his office confirmed on Sunday night. The governor will visit the Carter County Workforce Development Center on Route 91 this afternoon. Carter County Mayor Patty Woodby told News Channel 11 that the governor would be briefed on plans to create a centralized career and technology campus ...

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee Launches “Operation Open Road” to Address Supply Chain Problems During Holiday Season

[ad_1] Nashville, Tennessee – Tennessee Governor and Republican Governors’ Public Policy Committee Chairman Bill Lee launched “Operation Open Road,” calling on administration Joe Biden to resolve the supply chain crisis by suspending onerous regulations. Lee, along with 14 other governors, have pledged to take state-level action to help the trucking industry. “Republican governors across the country are committed to doing ...

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Tennessee Disability Coalition opposes new state mask law

[ad_1] NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) – The Tennessee Disability Coalition opposes the new Omnibus law passed by the state legislature. A spokesperson for TDC said it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Despite promises that change could come, some families in Tennessee fear it will impact children with disabilities. Without Tristan Hart’s high school photography program, his new hobby probably would ...

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TN governor pushes “Right to Work” amendment; Union leaders say his decision to keep cheap labor

[ad_1] NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – The so-called “Right to Work” amendment will be on the ballot next November. The push led by leading Republicans will take what is already state law and enshrine it in the state constitution if voters approve it. Union leaders say this is another attempt to keep wages low and consolidate Tennessee as a state at ...

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Join Us: What Parents Need to Know About COVID Vaccines for 5-11 Year Olds

[ad_1] A pediatrician wrote the most read November opinion piece on Tennessean.com. Dr Susan Hata, a graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, wrote a comprehensive and well-researched guest column, encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated against COVID-19 now that 5 to 11 years are allowed to be vaccinated. “Contracting COVID-19 is not trivial for a child,” wrote ...

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Governor Lee Launches “Operation Open Road” to Tackle Holiday Supply Chain Problems

[ad_1] NASHVILLE, Tennessee. – Today Tennessee Governor and Chairman of the Republican Governors’ Public Policy Committee Bill Lee launched “Operation Open Road,” calling on the Biden administration to resolve the supply chain crisis by suspending heavy regulations. Lee, along with 14 other governors, have pledged to take state-level action to help the trucking industry. “Republican governors across the country have ...

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Opinion: Bible-beating Tennessee Republican Party must read the book it beats

[ad_1] Hate trafficking is alive and well in Tennessee – and particularly in the Tennessee General Assembly. Last Monday, Tennessee State Representative Chris Todd R-Jackson accused a Christian foster care organization – the well-known Bethany Christian Services, which has an office in Chattanooga – of facilitating trafficking human beings by working with the federal government to place unaccompanied migrant children. ...

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Assistant Governor of Tennessee warned new COVID law was illegal

[ad_1] NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s office has warned lawmakers that their sprawling bill limiting COVID-19 restrictions would violate federal law that protects people with disabilities and put the state at risk of losing federal funds, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. The Republican-controlled legislature ignored the advice and passed the bill anyway. Less than ...

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee hires out-of-state cops regardless of vaccinations: NPR

[ad_1] Tennessee Governor Bill Lee speaks to reporters on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. He posted a video Wednesday urging law enforcement officers across the country to join the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Mark Humphrey / AP hide caption toggle legend Mark Humphrey / AP Tennessee Governor Bill Lee speaks to reporters on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 in Nashville, ...

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Don’t like money orders? Come Work in Tennessee, Governor Says | WJHL

[ad_1] TENNESSEE (WATE) – In a video shared Wednesday afternoon, Governor Bill Lee asked law enforcement officers on the west and east coasts to apply to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The call is specifically addressed to skilled law enforcement agencies that leave states with restrictive mandates, according to a press release. He calls on officers in New York and MPs ...

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MS Senate Subcommittee gets to work on how to spend $ 1.8 billion in ARPA funds | Mississippi Politics and News

[ad_1] Monday’s meeting marks the first hearing of the ARPA Study Board On Monday, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) study committee in the Mississippi State Senate held its first meeting to discuss and consider recommendations on how to spend the $ 1.8 billion in funds. federal. Throughout the subcommittee hearing, senators heard from various speakers, including State Senator Mack ...

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Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Calls for Next Year’s Budget Increase of $ 59 Million | Tennessee State Securities

[ad_1] (The Center Square) – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation called for a budget increase of $ 59 million during its budget hearing this week with Gov. Bill Lee and his advisers. The request includes $ 24.9 million for a career development initiative that will help recruit and retain staff, an issue many government agencies cited in hearings this week. ...

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Tennessee faces federal lawsuit over ban on trans athletes

[ad_1] NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) – Two civil rights groups on Thursday filed a challenge in federal court against a Tennessee law that prohibits transgender athletes from participating in public sports in high school or college aligned with their gender identity. The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee and Lambda Legal, which defends LGBTQ civil rights, filed a lawsuit in U.S. ...

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Finance and Administration Requests $ 89 Million in Additional Funding from Tennessee | State

[ad_1] (The Center Square) – The Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration on Wednesday called for an $ 88.9 million increase in funding in a budget hearing with Gov. Bill Lee and advisers, including the Commissioner of the Butch Eley department. Among the spending proposals were $ 20 million for business process automation, $ 15 million for federal funding growth, ...

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New TN GOP laws limit 6 independent health boards COVID-19 Mitigation

[ad_1] NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – Major cities across the state of Tennessee are trying to figure out how to respond to new COVID laws passed in a special session this weekend. The GOP qualified majority has targeted leading independent health councils to prevent them from implementing COVID mitigation strategies. ‘Unprecedented’ and ‘Dangerous’ TN COVID Laws Metro Council writes in letter ...

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Thursday Special Session Bills – Tennessee Lookout

[ad_1] A sweeping series of measures designed to curb local dissent over state COVID policies, and to verify the governor’s emergency powers, easily made their way through the hearings of the Republican-dominated committee in the specially called legislative session. Thursday. They include tough new penalties for members of locally elected school boards who defy executive orders and a mechanism for ...

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Tennessee lawmakers caved in to session on COVID-19 restrictions

[ad_1] As the Tennessee legislature prepares for the special session to reduce COVID-19 restrictions, Republican lawmakers want a wide range of goals to be met. Among the nearly 100 bills tabled Wednesday afternoon, some seek punitive measures against companies with mask or vaccine mandates, while others aim to ban mask warrants in schools. Range :Lawmakers want to restrict schools, businesses ...

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Maury County State Leaders Support Overhaul of School Funding Model

[ad_1] In an era when Maury County public schools struggle to fund teacher fundraisers, new positions and improved learning programs, a shift in the way the state distributes school funding could signal a new day for the district. With the promise of change comes the potential for financial relief. As the state begins to revisit its basic education plan, or ...

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Tennessee District blocks governor’s order on anti-mask warrant

[ad_1] A school district in Tennessee resolutely opposes the governor’s efforts to allow parents to remove their children from school mask warrants. Gov. Bill Lee’s executive order, which was extended until Nov. 5, will continue to be stuck in Williamson County’s two public school systems, thanks to a ruling by U.S. District Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, reported The Tennessean. “The ...

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Tennessee lawmaker targets private employers and school boards for COVID session

[ad_1] Ahead of next week’s special legislative session on COVID-19 restrictions, a Tennessee lawmaker introduced bills holding employers accountable for the side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine and making school board elections partisan. Rep. Scott Cepicky, R-Culleoka, is the first to introduce legislation after House and Senate leaders formally announced this week that the session could cover a wide range ...

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Tennessee Approves $ 884 Million in Funding, Creates Board of Directors for $ 6 Billion Ford Project

[ad_1] The Tennessee Legislature ended its special session on Ford’s $ 5.6 billion electric truck project on Wednesday by approving $ 884 million in spending and the creation of a Megasite Authority of West Tennessee board of directors to oversee operations. “This is the largest economic investment in rural Tennessee history,” Governor Bill Lee said. “… More importantly, this is ...

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Governor Lee files appeal in Knox County schools cover-up case

[ad_1] KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WVLT) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has officially filed an appeal in the ongoing case demanding Knox County schools apply a mask warrant for students and staff. The appeal specifically refers to the court order prohibiting the school district and the governor from enforcing Executive Order 84, the order allowing parents in Tennessee to remove their children ...

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