Saturday, April 20, 2019

Southerland report
State Senator Steve Southerland has issued a report on senate activity this week. With research showing that the more education incarcerated individuals receive the less likely they are to turn back to a life of crime, lawmakers passed legislation this week to make prisoners eligible for Tennessee's Drive to 55 initiative. This is the initiative to get 55 percent of Tennesseans equipped with a college degree or certificate by the year 2025. A separate bill furthering legislative efforts to lower Tennessee's recidivism rates and total prison population through education and employment opportunities advanced through the Senate State and Local Committee this week. It incentivizes inmates to complete a reentry education program by establishing an educational sentence reduction credit of 60 days. The bill says that if a prison inmate successfully earns a high school equivalency credential, high school diploma, vocational education diploma, or other post-secondary or industry-recognized certification, they can then qualify for the reduction program. The Senate also approved consumer legislation this week which authorizes the Department of Revenue to work alongside automakers who issue a major recall. The legislation allows the Department of Revenue to work with auto manufacturers to send letters from the Department of Revenue to the owner of a vehicle affected by a major recall to the issuing automaker. This will allow for such automakers to make additional and varied communications to the owner to encourage them to bring their vehicle into the dealership for a major recall repair.


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Thursday, June 04, 2020

  • Catons Grove shooting
  • Cades Cove Loop is restricted
  • Jobless claims
  • Vote by mail
  • Black Tennessee lawmakers call for addresing racial issues
  • Medic needs blood
  • Black lawmakers call for respect for everyone
  • Planning Commission to hold public hearing
  • Cades Cove to be closed to vehicles on Wednesdays
  • State parks for community service hours
  • Majors dead at 85

    Wednesday, June 03, 2020

  • Mantooth Butcher shop fire
  • Cocke County early voting moves
  • Financial Stimulus Accountability Group
  • RNC national convention may come to Tennessee
  • Beth Freeman has died
  • Livestock scam

    Tuesday, June 02, 2020

  • Evans is terminated
  • Cocke Countians rally for Floyd
  • Free fishing on Saturday
  • Gasoline prices move up
  • Stonefly is coming for Rhythm on the River

    Monday, June 01, 2020

  • Cocke County crash
  • Tennessee protests against racism
  • UT Athletics statement
  • Alexander on WHO
  • Teen cyclist dies in Smokies

    Sunday, May 31, 2020

  • Cruise Against Cancer