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Monday, August 03, 2020 | 05:00pm NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee called for the Tennessee General Assembly to convene on Monday, August 10, 2020 for a special session to address COVID-19 liability protections, telehealth services and laws governing the Capitol grounds. “As COVID-19 continues to present unique challenges, we feel it is in the best interest of the state to convene...
State Rep. Mike Sparks, R-Smyrna, announced financial assistance is available to help families provide food for their children through the Tennessee Department of Human Services. The Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer or P-EBT aims to provide financial assistance for school meals missed during the months of March, April, and May due to COVID-19 school closures. The P-EBT money can be used...
Citizens are expressing outrage over increases in local property taxes. There are those calling for the recall of local elected officials. There are advocacy groups calling for artificially imposed limits to tax increases. I understand and share their concerns, frustrations and justified ire. Their actions, while well intentioned, will not rectify the underlying cause of the recent financial concerns....
Take Back The Language 08/03/2020 I read a couple of articles the other day telling me I should avoid certain fairly common emoji because they have sexual and X-rated meanings. I’ll leave it to you to figure out what these supposed meanings are, but some of them involve smiley faces, pieces of fruit and a couple of animals. And then I got...
I can imagine that, just like me, you are worn out with what is happening, how our lives have been turned upside down, the damage to the our economy, the lives lost, concerns about catching the virus, the results of the upcoming elections, and on it goes. And, the worst part is not knowing WHEN or IF things will improve.  I...
By Julie Holt Picture yourself driving down I-24. Have you ever seen a car being pulled over from the HOV lane? Neither have we and Representative Mike Sparks has something to say about that. Carissa Biele took Sparks for a spin through Downtown Nashville to discuss his HOV lane passion, past writing endeavor, “How To Do More With Less During Tough...
State Senators Shane Reeves (R-Murfreesboro) and Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro) are encouraging citizens in Rutherford County to take advantage of Tennessee’s 15th annual Sales Tax Holiday set to begin the last weekend in July. This year, the General Assembly passed legislation extending the yearly tax-free weekend to two weekends and doubling the price limits on most tax-exempt items.  This extension,...
Herman Cain, the former GOP presidential candidate has passed away. Cain's official website and the conservative website Newsmax said on Thursday. He was 74. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyDpeopZ9Hs     Cain, with his strong baritone voice and natural showman’s style was a very popular  character in and around American politics and conservative and even liberal media. According to Business Insider, "Cain, who recently joined Newsmax TV and was...
This legislation--House Bill 1622--will provide more than $1 billion in financial assistance to low and moderate income households and veterans in Tennessee buying their first home. Even in good economic times, finding affordable housing can be challenging.  Finding adequate housing is even more challenging for many families now, due to financial stress brought about by the COVID-19 related economic downturn.  I am pleased to report a bill I sponsored that provides additional financial resources to first-time homebuyers and veterans passed in the Tennessee State...
GOVERNOR LEE, COMMISSIONER ROLFE ANNOUNCE MAHLE TO EXPAND IN MURFREESBORO MAHLE will expand Rutherford County operations Automotive supplier will bring approximately 300 jobs to the area Expansion will include about 140,000 additional square feet, new injection molding production lines   NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today that MAHLE...

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