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Congressmen DesJarlais and Fleischmann tour Chickamauga Lock

Congressmen Scott DesJarlais and Chuck Fleischmann visited the Chickamauga Lock in Chattanooga on Monday to view construction of a replacement for the aging structure on the Tennessee River. Rep. DesJarlais stated, “TVA operates dozens of dams and locks, enabling water commerce and recreation throughout Tennessee and neighboring states. The Chickamauga Lock serves more boaters and …

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Gov. Haslam proposes $30 million for school safety, among other improvements in budget amendment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today proposed $30 million to improve school safety across the state in the amendment to the fiscal year 2018-19 budget proposal to be considered by the General Assembly in the coming weeks. The funding includes $25 million in nonrecurring and $5.2 million in recurring school safety grants. Earlier …

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Opponents: TennCare work requirement could cost in long run

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The idea of requiring TennCare recipients to work in order to receive benefits might sound like a reasonable proposal on its face. But opponents say there’s a catch to the legislation, House Bill 1551, and its companion, Senate Bill 1728, sponsored respectively by Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, and Sen. Kerry …

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State Comptroller’s Office reviews corporal punishment in Tennessee schools

The Tennessee State Comptroller’s Office of Research and Education Accountability (OREA) has released a new report on corporal punishment in Tennessee public schools, including an analysis of its use for students with disabilities. The report was requested by members of the Tennessee General Assembly in July 2017. Corporal punishment refers to paddling, spanking, or other …

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Gov. Haslam forms working group to review school safety; Make immediate safety recommendations to enhance security

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced he has formed a working group of leaders from the executive branch, General Assembly, safety, education and mental health to immediately begin reviewing school safety in Tennessee and provide recommendations to enhance the security of school children. While all schools in Tennessee currently have safety plans in …

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Three TN Schools to Receive $100,000 “Don’t Quit!” Fitness Centers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Governor Bill Haslam announced on Monday the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC), with Chairman Jake Steinfield, has selected Tennessee for its 2018 DON’T QUIT! fitness campaign. “I am incredibly grateful to Jake Steinfeld and the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils for helping improve the health and lives of children …

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Tennessee bill aims to end underage marriage by raising age from 16 to 18

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– A bill proposed by lawmakers in the state will bring an end to child marriage by raising the age for legal marriage from 16 to 18-years-old. Currently, someone aged 16 or 17 can receive a marriage license in the state of Tennessee so long as their parents join in the marriage license application. …

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Winchester Woman Charged with Committing Perjury During Homicide Trial

WINCHESTER, Tenn.  — An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) has resulted in the arrest of a 26-year-old Winchester woman, who is charged with committing perjury during testimony in a Bedford County court trial. At the request of 17th District Attorney General Robert Carter, on Friday, February 16th, TBI Agents …

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New Poll: Tennesseans Want Increased Access to Solar

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Eighty-one percent of Tennessee voters support solar energy in the Volunteer State, and even more want it installed on their own homes. The polling data was released Monday from the conservative polling firm, North Star Opinion Research. The survey was conducted among voters from a variety of ages, races, genders and geographic …

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Rep. Scott DesJarlais votes to empower Tennessee families and small businesses in House Tax Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Middle-class tax cuts passed the House of Representatives on Thursday. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, in addition to lowering Tennesseans’ tax bills, includes major business incentives that will grow jobs, workers’ income and the U.S. economy, said Congressman Scott DesJarlais, M.D., in a statement following his vote in support of the …

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TN Senator Corker gives statement at hearing on authority to order the use of nuclear weapons [VIDEO]

Senator Bob Corker made the following statement at a hearing  on the executive’s authority to use nuclear weapons and the process for executing that authority. The hearing follows an Oct. 30, hearing with Secretaries Tillerson and Mattis on authorizations for the use of military force. According to the Congressional Research Service, the last time either the Senate Foreign Relations …

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TN Senator Corker to hold hearing on President’s authority to use nuclear weapons

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker announced on Wednesday that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing next week to discuss the President’s authority to use nuclear weapons. “A number of members both on and off our committee have raised questions about the authorities of the legislative and executive branches with respect to war making, …

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