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State of Tennessee

  • State Bar seeking bill to affect divorce notification

    The Tennessee Bar Association plans to pursue legislation requiring respondents to be served notice of the filing of a petition for divorce or separation before the court action is made public.

    “Our Family Law Section has been in discussions about how to address what they see is a growing problem,” said Tennessee Bar Association President Jonathan Steen.

    “Respondents find out that their spouse has filed for divorce before safety plans can be put in place or before restraining orders can be served,” he added.

  • State taking applications for historic preservation grants

    The Tennessee Historical Commission is accepting grant applications for historic preservation projects for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

    About $200,000 is expected to be available for grants.

    Funding decisions will be made when the exact amount of the federal allocation is known. This normally occurs by December but could be as late as August 2014.

  • Calfee passes first House bill

    First-term state Rep. Kent Calfee, R-Kingston, officially passed his first bill recently in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

    House Bill 940, which creates a special committee to review Tennessee's underground utility damage prevention program, will now travel to the desk of Gov. Bill Haslam to be signed into law.

  • Calfee, Travis among newest in Tennessee House

    The Tennessee House of Representatives officially gaveled into session last week, marking the beginning of the 108th General Assembly in Tennessee.

    Among the 31-member freshman legislative class are state Rep. Kent Calfee, R-Kingston, and state Rep. Ron Travis, R-Dayton.

    Both took the oath of office in Nashville last week and were officially sworn into the Tennessee House of Representatives.

  • Yager takes oath for second term

    State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, took the oath of office last week in Nashville as the 108th General Assembly was gaveled into session.

    The oath was administered by Supreme Court Justice William C. Koch during the legislature’s three-day organizational session.

  • Hurley stands by bill to test those seeking state assistance

    State Rep. Julia Hurley is staying the course on her drug testing for welfare recipients bill, despite a Tennessee Attorney General’s opinion that questions the legality of the legislation.

    “This measure is about accountability and proper fiscal management,” Hurley, R-Lenoir City, was quoted in a press release emailed to media last Thursday.

    House Bill 2725, which is sponsored by Hurley, has been placed on a finance subcommittee calendar for Wednesday.

  • State park system turning 75 next year

    The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th anniversary, and to kick off this year-long commemoration, each state park will host its own special hike in the first few days of the new year.

    “We are very excited to announce Tennessee State Parks’ 75th anniversary and felt this series of First Hikes would be a fitting way to commence the various celebrations slated throughout the year and across the state,” said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau.

  • Bill aims to end eighth-grade social promotion

    State Sen. Brian Kelsey and Charlotte Burks plan to introduce a bill during the 2012 legislative session to ensure that Tennessee eighth-graders have learned the material necessary to start high school.

    Senate Bill 2156 will end the practice of social promotion for eighth-graders. Social promotion is the practice of passing students to the next grade level, even though those students have not mastered the material.

  • Yager TNCO’s top legislator

    State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, has received the Legislator of the Year award from the Tennessee Community Organizations.

    The honor was awarded during the group’s annual ceremony at the Doubletree Hotel in Murfreesboro.

  • Take a sales tax break: Exempt items include clothes, computers and school supplies

    Area businesses and consumers will get a boost from Tennessee’s Sales Tax Holiday next weekend, said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman.

    The special weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 5 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 7.