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2024 Legislative Conference

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John Rose

U.S. Representative John Rose

U.S. Representative John Rose is serving his third term in Congress – representing Tennessee's Sixth Congressional District on the House Agriculture Committee and House Financial Services Committee. A lifelong Tennessean, he was raised in Cookeville and lives there with his wife Chelsea and sons Guy and Sam. He grew up working with his father on their more than 230 year old family farm in the Temperance Hall and Lancaster communities of DeKalb and Smith Counties – a proud legacy that he continues today.

Congressman Rose will provide a Federal update to attendees on key happenings taking place in Washington D.C. that will affect Tennessee’s municipal leaders. 

Larry Kessler, Professor, University of Tennessee

Larry Kessler, Professor, University of Tennessee

Larry Kessler is a Research Associate Professor in the Haslam College of Business at the University of Tennessee at the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research.

Dr. Kessler will provide data-driven analysis of Tennessee's economy and answer questions from attending officials. Dr. Kessler’s work at the Boyd Center includes creating and maintaining the Tennessee economic forecasting model which provides short-term and long-term forecasts for the state economy.

Sam Jackson, Attorney, Spencer Fane

Sam Jackson, Attorney, Spencer Fane

Sam Jackson led a workshop at TML's 2023 Annual Conference on Social Media and the First Amendment. Back by popular demand, Mr. Jackson will revisit this topic for a 2-hour session following Tuesday morning's breakfast with an opportunity to take questions from attending officials. (2 hours of training credits)

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and other social media platforms are great ways to engage with your community. But what can an elected official do when a citizen responds negatively? Can you just delete a message you don’t agree with? Are there First Amendment implications? Are these public forums? This session analyzes how to handle these issues, what can and can’t be done.