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Sen. Yager announces ThreeStar Competitive Grants awarded in all counties in District 12

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced today that all seven counties in Senate District 12 have been awarded ThreeStar Competitive Grants from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD). The grants, with a combined total of $125,000, will be used for a variety of local programs to support local health,

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Sen. Watson and Rep. Hazlewood ask TDOT to move swiftly on Highway 127 road project up Signal Mtn.

NASHVILLE –  State Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson) and Representative Patsy Hazlewood (R-Signal Mtn.) have asked the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) to move swiftly on the Highway 127 project leading up Signal Mountain.  In a sternly-worded letter, the lawmakers asked TDOT Commissioner John Schroer to prioritize the road project due to further deterioration of the road.

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Norris to receive Award of Distinction from Tennessee Arts Academy

NASHVILLE, (July 3, 2018) —  Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) is set to receive a major award for being a consistent and tireless advocate for arts and education in Tennessee.  He has been selected to receive the Lamar Alexander Founder’s Award of Distinction from the Tennessee Arts Academy,

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Sen. Yager participates in event recognizing Governor Bill Haslam’s signing of major legislation addressing Tennessee’s opioid epidemic

(NASHVILLE) –  Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) recently participated in a ceremony with Governor Bill Haslam at Blount Memorial Hospital in Maryville marking the signing of a new law to fight Tennessee’s opioid epidemic.   Yager’s legislation addresses the law enforcement and treatment components of a three-pronged plan to curb abuse,

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State budget, legislation tackling Tennessee’s opioid epidemic among key laws set to become effective July 1

 (NASHVILLE, TN), June 29, 2018  — Sunday, July 1, marks the beginning of a new 2018-19 fiscal year in Tennessee as the state’s budget passed by the General Assembly in April becomes effective.  Many other new laws are also set for enactment, including major legislation addressing Tennessee’s opioid epidemic.

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Legislation sponsored by Kelsey to protect domestic violence victims set to become law on July 1

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – Major legislation to protect victims of domestic violence will take effect on Sunday, July 1 as Tennessee begins a new fiscal year.  The new law, sponsored by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown), was supported by various victims’ rights groups across the state.

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Sen. Pody and Rep. Boyd announce vote by Executive Subcommittee of State Building Commission regarding purchase of 73 acres at Cedars of Lebanon

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – Senator Mark Pody (R-Lebanon) and Representative Clark Boyd (R-Lebanon) announced today that the State Building Commission’s Executive Subcommittee voted unanimously on Wednesday afternoon to purchase 73 acres adjacent to Cedars of Lebanon State Park.  The purchase of the land will allow Tennessee to increase the protection of cedar glades,

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Legislation sponsored by Sen. Ketron to save lives and protect human trafficking victims are scheduled for enactment July 1

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – Several key bills sponsored by Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) will become effective on July 1, including legislation to help stroke patients get the best emergency treatment possible and two new laws addressing human trafficking.  July 1 marks the beginning of the new fiscal year and is the most common date assigned for enactment of legislation.

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Physician Legislators Plan to Introduce the TRUMP Act for Medical Cannabis

Representative Bryan Terry (R-Murfreesboro) and Senator Steve Dickerson (R-Nashville), both anesthesiologists, plan to introduce the Tennessee Responsible Use of Medicinal Plants Act (TRUMP Act) for the use of medical cannabis in 2019.  Drawing on the agriculture, life science, and research industries of Tennessee,

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Statement from Senator Ken Yager regarding Historical Commission grant to preserve Roane County’s Historic Courthouse

(NASHVILLE) – Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) made the following statement regarding the award of a $25,000 grant from the Historical Commission for the Roane County Heritage Commission’s efforts to preserve the historic courthouse.  Senator Yager strongly supported the grant and was in communication with the Historical Commission regarding its importance to the community:

“The grant from the state Historical Commission to the Roane Heritage Commission will provide much needed support for preservation of the historic courthouse,

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