Monthly Archives: January 2012

Local Lawmakers who worked behind the scenes for MTSU Science Building praise Governor Haslam for including the project in the State Budget

(NASHVILLE, TN), January 31, 2012 – Rutherford County’s legislative delegation, Senators Bill Ketron (R—Murfreesboro) and Jim Tracy (R—Shelbyville), and Representatives Joe Carr (R—Lascassas), Mike Sparks (R—Smyrna), Rick Womick (R—Rockvale), and Pat Marsh (R-Shelbyville), today praised Governor Bill Haslam for putting the proposed MTSU Science Building in the state’s 2012-2013 budget.

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Bills help teachers address student discipline

(NASHVILLE, TN), January 26, 2012 — Two bills have been filed in the Tennessee General Assembly to give teachers more authority and protection in disciplining students.  One proposal, Senate Bill 3122 sponsored by Senate Education Committee Chairman Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) and Representative Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald),

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Capitol Hill Week: Lawmakers attack growing use of synthetic drugs in Tennessee

(NASHVILLE, TN), January 26, 2012 —  Major legislation attacking the growing problem of synthetic or “designer” drug abuse was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.   The action comes as poison centers, hospitals and law enforcement officers in Tennessee report a sharp increase in the number of persons who have suffered harmful effects from using various synthetic drug products. 

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Senator Yager receives award of appreciation for his support for rural telecommunications in Tennessee

(NASHVILLE, TN, January 25, 2012 – State Senator Ken Yager (R- Harriman) has received an award of appreciation from the Tennessee Telecommunications Association for his efforts to protect rural consumers.  The certificate of appreciation was awarded to Yager in his office in Nashville as the Tennessee General Assembly began its third week of legislative action.

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Senator Yager offers Students Opportunity to Learn About Government First-Hand

(NASHVILLE, TN), January 24, 2012 — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) today issued an invitation to local students to experience the legislature in action as a page in the State Senate.  Page duties consist of anything from making copies, running errands, to distributing legislative information to members of the General Assembly. 

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Senator Ketron will not be candidate for 4th Congressional District

(MURFREESBORO, TN), January 23, 2012 –  “After careful consideration, I have decided not to enter the Congressional race for the new 4th District in Tennessee.

I have grown up believing that elected office is still one of the best ways a person can contribute to our society;

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Senator Yager Reports

(NASHVILLE, TN) — It was a busy week on Capitol Hill as lawmakers prepared and finalized their legislation in anticipation of the General Assembly’s January 26 bill deadline. The Senate’s eight standing committees are up and running.   One such committee was the Education Committee where the teacher evaluation system was debated.

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Dollywood-Gaylord Entertainment Venture will help Tennessee Tourism throughout State says Overbey and Montgomery

 (NASHVILLE, TN), January 19, 2012 — State Senator Doug Overbey (R-Maryville) and Representative Richard Montgomery (R-Sevierville) said today’s announcement regarding the partnership of Dollywood Theme Park and Gaylord Entertainment to build a water and snow park in Nashville is good news for tourism in Tennessee. 

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Capitol Hill Week: Teacher evaluation system, state’s meth law and Tennessee’s health status headlines week

(NASHVILLE, TN), January 19, 2012 — It was a busy week on Capitol Hill as lawmakers prepared and finalized their legislation in anticipation of the General Assembly’s January 26 bill deadline.  In addition, Senate committees heard testimony on a number of important state matters and debated several bills as the second week of the 2012 legislative session has concluded. 

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Senator Yager and Rep. Haynes file bill to make criminal acts conducted by appointed or elected public officials ineligible for judicial diversion

(NASHVILLE, TN), January 19, 2012  — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) and Representative Ryan Haynes (R-Knoxville) today announced they have filed legislation to disqualify elected or appointed officials from receiving judicial diversion for crimes committed during their term of office. 

Judicial diversion is the process in criminal law when a person pleads guilty to a crime and can later have the charge removed (or expunged) from their record following a period of probation.

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