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Rep. Scott DesJarlais votes to prevent drug abuse; improve state unemployment programs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., voted to repeal a lame-duck Obama Administration rule limiting states’ ability to drug-test unemployment insurance recipients on Wednesday. He said the Department of Labor rule undermines Congress’ intent for federal unemployment assistance, to ensure those re-entering the workforce are “truly able and available for work.” “Tennessee should have …

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SVEC plans study for possible broadband fiber expansion

Recent legislation by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam aimed at allowing electrical cooperatives in the state to provide broadband Internet access to customers in their service areas has gained much attention across the state, including locally with the Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC). The Governor’s Broadband Accessibility Act will deregulate a provision that’s kept cooperatives like …

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Grundy County drug investigation ends in four arrests

The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, resulting in four arrests after a six-month long investigation. Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum says investigators began the case after receiving info that a woman was selling, trading, and distributing prescription pills from a residence located at 3150 DR-56 In Tracy …

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Two women indicted for theft from Fair Association in Sequatchie County

Two Sequatchie County women have been indicted for theft after an investigation by Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson found that they stole money from the Sequatchie County Fair Association. Karen Marshall, who currently serves as the fair association board’s president, and former fair association board treasurer Pamela Smith, stole money from the nonprofit organization. Investigators …

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Rep. Scott DesJarlais to oversee military readiness; force projection in new Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday, Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., a new member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), received his subcommittee assignments for the 115th Congress. Rep. DesJarlais (TN-04) will serve on the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, as well as the Readiness Subcommittee. The Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee oversees Navy, Marine and Air …

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TN Governor Haslam announces Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced legislation to increase broadband access to Tennessee’s unserved citizens on Thursday. Tennessee currently ranks 29th in the U.S. for broadband access, with 34 percent of rural Tennessee residents lacking access at recognized minimum standards. “From the farmer and the accountant in West Tennessee whose businesses are stifled, to …

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“Do You Hear Me Now?” phone scam is back…what you need to know!

According to reports from  the BBB Scam Tracker app, the “Can You Hear Me Now?” scam is resurfacing across the nation. Here’s how it works. You receive a call. The person on the other side of the lines asks simply “Can you hear me know?” You’re inclined to say, “Yes.”, but don’t. Just hang up! …

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TN Governor Haslam names Barnes Commissioner of Human Services

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Danielle Whitworth Barnes as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Human Services effective February 6. Barnes, 41, is currently the deputy commissioner and general counsel for the Tennessee Department of Human Resources (DOHR). She will return to the Department of Human Services (DHS) to lead the agency …

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Alabama man faces murder charge in shooting-death at Bradley County Landfill

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of an Alabama man in a shooting death that occurred last fall at a Bradley County landfill. At the request of 10th District Attorney General Steve Crump, on September 8, 2016, TBI Special Agents began investigating …

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TN Gov. Haslam to announce first piece of 2017 legislative agenda today

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will announce today, Wednesday, January 18th, the first piece of his legislative agenda. The governor’s legislative agenda will focus on building and sustaining economic growth and the state’s competitiveness for the next generation of Tennesseans. Since 2011, the Haslam administration and General Assembly have reduced the cost of state …

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Bellefonte Nuclear Plant proposal projects $1 billion annually and 12,000 jobs

New information came to light last week in the future development of the long-mothballed Bellefonte Nuclear Plant near Scottsboro in the Hollywood community of Jackson County, Alabama. Formerly a property of the federal utility, TVA, the northeast Alabama facility sold at auction in November 2016, with a letter of intent to bid submitted by Nuclear …

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Beaulieu to eliminate 375 jobs at Bridgeport, AL plant

Reports are now confirmed that the Beaulieu Fibers plant in Bridgeport, Alabama will trim 375 jobs by the end of March. The layoffs are a result of a partial closure of the Jackson County facility, the company announced on Tuesday, as the flooring manufacturer says the closure is part of its “long-term strategic plans.” This …

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