Monthly Archives: June 2011

New laws sponsored by Ketron protecting the rights of workers to have a secret ballot, strengthening the state’s anti-terrorism statutes, and curbing meth production to take effect tomorrow

(NASHVILLE, TN), June 30, 2010 – Two new laws sponsored by Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro), one to protect the rights of employees to vote on whether or not they want to unionize by a secret ballot, and the other to strengthen the state’s anti-terrorism statues,

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PHOTO IDENTIFICATION LEGISLATION / INFORMATION

Pursuant to Public Chapter 323 of the Acts of the 107th General Assembly,  legislation has been passed that requires each voter, whether voting early or on election day, to present a form of identification that bears the name and photograph of the voter beginning January 1, 2012.

What photo ID is acceptable?

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Lt. Gov. Ramsey makes Middle and West Tennessee appointments to Judicial Nominating Commission

(Nashville) –  Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R- Blountville) today announced the appointments of  Rutherford County attorney Gilbert Wayne “Bert” McCarter  and Shelby County attorney Elizabeth T. Collins to the Tennessee Judicial Nominating Commission.

“Both Mr. McCarter and Ms. Collins are highly qualified dedicated legal minds,” said Lt.

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Norris Re-Elected Chair of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) was re-elected Chairman of the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (TACIR) at their June 29 meeting.  Mayor Tom Rowland of Cleveland was re-elected its Vice-Chairman.

TACIR is a permanent state agency established by the General Assembly in 1978 to monitor the operation of federal-state-local relations and make recommendations for improvements. 

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Norris Reappointed to Board of Directors of Tennessee Technology Development Corporation

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) was reappointed to the Tennessee Technology Development Corporation’s Board of Directors by Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey last month.  His new term on the Board will last through June 2015.

The Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (TTDC) is a not-for-profit corporation created by state law to expand and enhance science and technology-based businesses throughout Tennessee in pursuit of sustainable new industries. 

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NATIONAL CHILDREN’S ALLIANCE RECOGNIZES SENATOR DOUG OVERBEY

(Washington DC), June 27, 2011 — Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville, Tennessee) recently received the Bud Cramer Award from National Children’s Alliance for his commitment and dedication to children through his widespread promotion and support of the Children’s Advocacy Center model. The award was presented at the Annual Awards Luncheon during the 2011 National Children’s Alliance Leadership Conference in Washington,

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Legislation sponsored by Senator Kelsey requiring juveniles convicted of the most serious sex offenses to register with the state’s Sex Offender Registry is among new laws scheduled to take effect July 1

(NASHVILLE, TN), June 27, 2011 — Numerous anti-crime bills are among a host of new laws scheduled to take effect on July 1, including a measure sponsored by Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) to add juveniles convicted of the most serious sex offenses to the state’s Sex Offender Registry. 

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Statement from Senator Mike Faulk and Senator Steve Southerland regarding the election of Judy Blackburn as the Chairman of Tennessee’s Election Commission

(NASHVILLE, TN), June 27, 2011 – Morristown resident Judy Blackburn was recently  elected as Chairman of the Tennessee Election Commission.  Blackburn was the first woman in Tennessee history to serve on the Commission and is the first to hold the office of Chairman.

“Judy will do an outstanding job heading up the Commission,”

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Senator McNally, Representative Keisling, and Representative Ragan announce $109,850 in Anderson County Arts Grants

(NASHVILLE, TN), June 23, 2011 –State Senator Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) and Representative John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge) announced today that seven Anderson County arts organizations will receive a combined total of $109,850 in grants from the Tennessee Arts Commission. The organizations receiving grants include Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge,

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Senator Yager and Representative Hurley announce $3,300 Arts Grant for Roane Choral Society

(NASHVILLE, TN), June 23, 2011 –State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) and Representative Julia Hurley (R-Lenoir City) announced today that the Roane Choral Society will receive a $3,300 grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission.  The award was given in the category of “Rural Support for the Arts” and applies to the 2011-2012 fiscal year which begins in July.

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