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State of Tennessee

  • 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.

  • Voters offered free photo ID

    A new law has recently been passed that requires registered voters to show valid government identification with a photograph in order to vote starting Jan. 1, 2012.

    This ID can include Tennessee driver’s license, passport, military ID or other valid state or federal government issued ID with a photograph.

    “If you cannot afford an ID, one will be provided to you free of charge, for the purposes of voting only, at the nearest Tennessee driver testing center,” said state Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City.

  • Hurley secretary of energy caucus task force

    State Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City, has been appointed secretary of a newly formed Republican Caucus Energy Task Force in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

    Hurley, who represents Roane County in the state General Assembly, is among seven House members appointed to the task force by House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga.

    The task force, according to McCormick, will “explore the various ways that the energy industry can provide a positive impact on job growth and economic development in our state.”

  • Extreme heat deadly for kids left in cars

    On an 80-degree day, the temperature inside a locked vehicle increases 19 degrees in just 10 minutes.

    The numbers jump as the minutes pass — to 29 degrees in 20 minutes; and 43 degrees in an hour.  

    The experience could prove fatal for any human subjected to such excessive extremes.

    A child’s body temperature increases 3 to 5 times faster than that of an adult, and children exposed to extreme temperatures can suffer heatstroke, brain damage and death.