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Leaders, legislators discuss issues at breakfast

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A standing-room-only crowd attended the annual Legislative Breakfast with state Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Julia Hurley on Feb. 2.

The breakfast was co-sponsored by The Roane Alliance and the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s legislative committee.

“The breakfast provides an opportunity for business and community leaders to have an informal discussion with their state legislators on issues of
concern as they leave for Nashville to begin the legislative session,” said Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

In addition to answering questions on issues such as jobs, education and the state budget, the legislators were also presented with the Chamber’s 2011 Legislative Agenda.

The agenda was prepared by the legislative affairs committee and approved by the full Chamber Board.  

“The 2011 Legislative Agenda outlines the issues of most importance to the Roane County Chamber membership and gives our legislators valuable information that they can use as a framework for shaping legislation and casting their votes,” said Buddy Bowers, chairman of the Chamber’s legislative committee.

The Legislative Agenda includes recommendations in the areas of economic development and tourism, transportation and infrastructure and education.  

The legislators are being asked to support a wide range of initiatives, including revision of state laws to allow financial incentives for retail businesses, widening of Hwys. 61 and 70, construction of a new bridge across Caney Creek and education programs to make students even more competitive and prepared.

Additional information on the Legislative Agenda can be obtained by contacting Henderson at 376-2093 or lhenderson@roanealliance.org.