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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, May 21, 2018

  • Rolling Thunder to stop off in Cocke County
  • Cocke Fire
  • Paramedics attacked
  • Lawson arrest in shooting
  • Trump to visit Nashville
  • Expensive gas for Memorial holiday

    Saturday, May 19, 2018

  • Tiny Homes purchases former Ace Products site
  • Qualifying is underway for Newport and Parrottsville posts
  • Do not disturb young wildlife
  • Farm Bill defeated
  • TBI investigating Greene County officer involved shooting
  • Walters State is tech-savvy
  • Friday fuel leak

    Friday, May 18, 2018

  • Partnership update
  • Fancher is candidate for Newport mayor
  • Missing Retreivers
  • Corley arrest
  • Safe Boating Awareness

    Thursday, May 17, 2018

  • SNAP could be cut to pay for tax cuts
  • Marijuana sentencing
  • Candidates for governor poll
  • Bredesen /Blackburn poll
  • Tennessee sues Oxycontin maker
  • In lieu of tax payments

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018

  • Trouten pleads to arson
  • Phone wire cut in Del Rio
  • Cocke County School Board meets
  • Cocke County Jail assaults
  • Buckner injury
  • Burger search
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