Monthly Archives: September 2014

Fighting Back Against Hunger In The Mid-South

MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com)–About 15.5 million pounds of food came through the Mid-South Food Bank last year–not nearly enough to meet the needs of the community.

“One of our core values is always to work with a sense of urgency,” said Marcia Well of the Mid-South Food Bank.

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Senator Yager announces Highway Safety Grants for 12th Senatorial District

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), September 22, 2014  – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) said  today he has been informed that ­­four Hi­­­ghway Safety Grants have been awarded to 25 law enforcement agencies in the 12th Senatorial District.  The grants support efforts to reduce the number of people killed and injured in traffic crashes in Tennessee.

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Governor Bill Haslam addresses Memphis’ rape kit backlog

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MEMPHIS, TN –

(WMC) – Governor Bill Haslam says Memphis’ rape kit backlog must be handled on a local level, but he is looking at the possibility of standardizing procedures to make sure a backlog never happens again.

Memphis Police Department discovered more untested kits in a storage facility Sept.

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Reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act critical to processing backlog of untested rape kits in Tennessee / Leader Norris commends Congressional approval of the much-needed act

NASHVILLE, TN, September 19, 2014 – – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) said today congressional reauthorization of the Debbie Smith Act will be of tremendous help to accurately assess and reduce the backlog of untested DNA evidence from open rape cases in Tennessee.  The U.S.

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Senator Becky Duncan Massey Testifies before U.S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions

WASHINGTON, DC, September 18, 2014 –  – State Senator Becky Duncan Massey (R-Knoxville) testified this morning before the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions.  Massey, who is Executive Director of the Sertoma Center, was invited by Senator Lamar Alexander to speak to the committee about overcoming persistent barriers to economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities.

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Senator Kelsey Holds Hearings on Criminal Justice Reform

(NASHVILLE, TN), September 16, 2014 – Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) is presiding over hearings today on reforming the criminal justice system in Tennessee.

 

“We must keep the public safe and hold offenders accountable in a way that protects taxpayer dollars,” said Sen.

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Senator Bill Ketron receives national security award for efforts to thwart homegrown terrorism

WASHINGTON, DC, September 11, 2014 –  – State Senator Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) will be awarded the National Security Eagle Award by ACT! for America at an event tonight in Washington DC.  Ketron is set to receive the national honor at the organization’s fifth annual national conference which will be attended by members from 875 chapters from across the nation,

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Senator Yager announces major CDBG grants for 12th Senatorial District

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), September 8, 2014 — – State Senator Ken Yager has announced that 10 major Community Development Block (CDBG) grants from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development have been awarded to counties and cities in the 12th senatorial district.  The CDBG annual grants are federally funded and highly competitive.

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Legislators want question posed to applicants for State Attorney General whether they would have joined the majority of states in challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), September 5, 2014 — A group of lawmakers said today that they would like to hear whether or not the candidates for Tennessee Attorney General would have joined a majority of states in challenging the constitutionality of provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA),

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If this doesn’t take the cake

If this doesn’t take the cake!

The Tennessee Board of Education now finds it necessary to limit the number of bake sales a school may hold to no more than 30 per year. The reason? The federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. That’s right. Federal regulations promulgated pursuant to that law restrict the freedom of your local PTA,

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