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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Tennessee senate update
State Senator Steve Southerland, Republican of Morristown says the Tennessee Senate passed several key bills this week, including the $37.5 billion state budget, as the 2018 session of the Tennessee General Assembly draws to a close. The balanced budget addresses opioid abuse, school safety, teacher funding, rural economic development and job growth, while allocating additional funds for the care of Tennessee's most vulnerable citizens. The bill focuses on employment, education, economic opportunity and enforcement of the law. Senator Southerland points out that Tennessee has the lowest taxes in the country as a percentage of personal income. The bill provides $136 million in additional funding for TennCare,including $7.3 million for the state's CHOICES program, which serves developmentally and intellectually disabled Tennesseans. Improving healthcare services is also the impetus behind a pilot program funded in the budget to help struggling rural hospitals develop economic plans to ensure they are financially viable and continue to provide needed services. The budget continues Tennessee's commitment to education by providing an additional $247 million to fund K-12 education in Tennessee, including $105 million for teachers. There also is $119 million in additional funding for higher education. The budget adds $133 million to aid job growth, and includes $2.4 million for law enforcement to fight Tennessee's opioid epidemic. The act provides a total of $16.5 million to address opioid addiction which includes money for prevention, research, treatment and recovery. Final approval was given this week to legislation designed to safeguard the identities of Tennessee veterans by cracking down on instances of theft and fraud involving those who attempt to imitate them. The full Senate passed legislation requiring acute care hospitals to report involuntary commitments in their psychiatric units to law enforcement so that they can be a part of the record used in the verification process for the purchase of firearms. One of the disqualifying conditions for purchasing a firearm is whether or not an individual has ever been involuntarily committed.


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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

  • Jefferson County Circuit Court
  • President Trump to visit Johnson City
  • KCCB Recycles Day
  • Dandridge Scots-Irish Festival
  • Coal ash ruling
  • Walters State Safety program

    Saturday, September 22, 2018

  • Newport East Broadway Update
  • Cocke County Industrial Park
  • Medical issue may have led to Thursday crash

    Friday, September 21, 2018

  • Cocke County to be asked to fund grading for an industrial prospect
  • Justice receives 10 year prison term
  • Tennessee jobless rate remains low
  • Tennessee revenues are up

    Thursday, September 20, 2018

  • Paulin home burglary
  • Four vehicle crash
  • Boyd may be UT president
  • More opioid crisis funding

    Wednesday, September 19, 2018

  • Daniel approved for ballot
  • Tennessee average income is rising
  • Tennessee and opioids
  • Roe on Kavanaugh
  • Blake Shelton on Ole Red
  • Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP
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