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State of Tennessee

  • State helping Irma victims seeking housing in Tenn.

    The Tennessee Housing Development Agency is waiving all family income and one- year lease restrictions on vacant apartment units in its Low Income Housing Tax Credit program for victims of Hurricane Irma who temporarily relocate to Tennessee.

  • THDA helps generate more mortgage loans in East Tenn.

    Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s proactive efforts resulted in a 42 percent increase in mortgage loan production in East Tennessee for $82 million between 2013 and 2016, the agency said.

    “Early in my tenure, Sen. Ken Yager encouraged THDA to put a special emphasis on the state’s rural communities and small towns, and more in East Tennessee in general,” said Ralph M. Perrey, THDA’s executive director.

    At the time of the conversation, East Tennessee represented only 22 percent of THDA’s business.

  • Obed proposes campground fee hike

    Obed Wild and Scenic River is proposing to increase the nightly rate at Rock Creek Campground on Oct. 1.

    Rock Creek Campground is 6 miles from Wartburg, next to the Emory River. Renovated last year, it has 11 non-hookup sites.

    Each site has a picnic table, food storage locker, fire ring with grill, lantern hook and paved parking. A vault toilet is also centrally located in the campground. The rate per night for camping is $7, and there has been no increase in price since 1995.

  • Order Supreme Court records online

    The Tennessee State Library & Archives recently launched a new online ordering system for Supreme Court cases.

    The new system will allow researchers to request cases dating back to the early 1800s in hard copy or digital scans.

    Archivists have recorded the contents for more than 50,000 cases. They will continue this project indefinitely, with more than 10,000 boxes of material in storage.

  • Go Behind the Scenes at Kern’s

    Knox Heritage members will be treated to an April 7 “behind the scenes” tour of renovations to the Kern’s Bakery building at 2110 Chapman Hwy., Knoxville.

    The event will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Reservations are required. Refreshments will be served. Parking is available on site.

    The Art Deco building, dating back to 1931 has enjoyed a long history of prominence in South Knoxville.

  • 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.