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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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Monday, March 25, 2019

  • Fatal crash investigation continuing
  • Counterfeit currency, meth and heroin seized
  • Flooding assistance requested
  • DCS reviewing its pass policy
  • Search for identity of body continues
  • Search for identity of body continues

    Saturday, March 23, 2019

  • Herr Arrest
  • Jefferson County guilty pleas
  • Flooding leaves major damage
  • Governor Lee asks for disaster assistance
  • New request for information related to body

    Friday, March 22, 2019

  • Greene crash
  • Jobless rate sets record
  • Rain means lower electric bills
  • Ingle arrest
  • Bankruptcy may impact opioid lawsuits
  • Animal cruelty
  • National Nutrition Month
  • Douglas Lake body update

    Thursday, March 21, 2019

  • Ellison vindicated
  • Grassy Fork Elementary School is honored
  • Gardner sentenced to 12 years
  • TennCare blockgrants
  • TennCare blockgrants

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019

  • Cocke schools absenteeism
  • New Cave Church Road collision
  • Animals at large
  • Litter charge
  • Douglas arrest
  • Fish advisory
  • Fish advisory
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