4/27/2019: In Brief…

Senator Bill Powers Takes Oath of Office – Newly-elected State Senator Bill Powers (R-Clarksville) took the oath of office this week, beginning his tenure representing Tennessee’s 22nd Senate District.  The oath was administered by Tennessee Supreme Court Chief Justice Jeffrey Bivins in the office of Governor Bill Lee on Thursday.  Powers won a decisive victory on Tuesday for the Senate seat previously held by U.S. Congressman Mark Green.  Opioids /

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Senate approves Pilot Education Savings Account legislation providing choice to parents of low income students in the state’s lowest performing schools

The Senate gave final approval to legislation establishing a Pilot Education Savings Account (ESA) program to serve low-income students zoned to public schools in Metro Nashville, Shelby County and the state’s Achievement School District (ASD).  Senate Bill 795, which is part of a package of bills proposed by Governor Bill Lee to improve education opportunities for students, focuses on providing parental choice in school districts which have the state’s highest

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Senate approves Human Life Protection Act to protect the life of unborn children

The full Senate voted 26 to 5 on Monday evening to strengthen Tennessee’s pro-life stance with approval of the Human Life Protection Act.  Senate Bill 1257 would proactively trigger the restoration of Tennessee’s abortion laws prior to the Roe v. Wade ruling, if and when the power to regulate abortion is returned to the states, to protect the life of unborn children.  When the United States Supreme Court handed down

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Legislation aiding healthcare consumers advances in Tennessee Senate

Several bills aiding healthcare consumers advanced in the State Senate this week, including the Tennessee Right to Shop Act, a consumer-driven program which provides patients with more transparency regarding the costs of healthcare services in their network.  Senate Bill 510 seeks to disclose the cost for certain procedures so the patient can make an informed choice that fits their within their budget or deductible. It requires health insurance providers to

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State Senators approve key bills in preparation to adjourn 2019 legislative session

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), April 25, 2019 – As the Tennessee General Assembly prepared to enter the final stretch of the 2019 legislative session, state senators acted on a wide variety of important bills this week.  These include the state budget, several bills aiding healthcare consumers, and legislation to protect the life of unborn children.  State Budget — The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee adopted a schedule to the appropriations bill on Thursday, outlining

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Renaissance High Wins at First Statewide SkillsUSA Competition

Renaissance High Wins at First Statewide SkillsUSA Competition

FROM: Williamson Source – Renaissance High’s first showing at the Statewide SkillsUSA Leadership and Skills Conference was a huge success. The conference, held in Chattanooga March 31 through April 1, brought students from around the state to compete in various events to showcase their skills and earn medals. Renaissance High students placed in three of the competitions. SkillsUSA aims to empower its members to become excellent leaders and workers by

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Franklin, Williamson County form partnership and break ground on Franklin Fire Station 7

Franklin, Williamson County form partnership and break ground on Franklin Fire Station 7

FROM: Franklin Homepage – By JOHN McBRYDE – Beneath a bright blue sky and nestled against the brown of an ongoing excavation project, city of Franklin and Williamson County officials came together for a groundbreaking ceremony for the Franklin Fire Department’s Station 7 on the county’s Ag Expo Park campus. “It’s been a journey to get us here,” Franklin City Administrator Eric Stuckey said. “We can count here in the

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Council on Aging announces 28th annual Sage Awards honorees

Council on Aging announces 28th annual Sage Awards honorees

FROM: Williamson Herald – The Council on Aging (COA) of Middle Tennessee recently announced its 28th annual Sage Awards honorees. The Sage Awards, presented each year since 1992, are given to older adults who have made outstanding contributions to Middle Tennessee through a lifelong commitment of working to improve the quality of life in their communities. Awardees will be honored at a luncheon held on Oct. 28 at the Franklin

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Burgin, Crossley reflect on service to Brentwood at their last commission meeting

Burgin, Crossley reflect on service to Brentwood at their last commission meeting

FROM: Williamson Herald – Mayor Jill Burgin and commissioner Betsy Crossley, both not seeking reelection, delivered emotional parting words during their last Brentwood City Commission meeting Monday. They even borrowed a few meaningful words from Dr. Seuss and Winnie the Pooh to help them express their unforgettable time serving Brentwood citizens. Burgin has lived in Brentwood since 2000 and was first elected to the city commission in 2011, then was

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