Tennessee Town & City

Athens online budget tool aims to educate, engage citizens in city budgetary process


As budget season arrives, officials with the city of Athens are giving local residents a unique tool to both learn more about the budgeting process and give officials feedback on what they want to see funded in the city.

Athens City Administrator C. Seth Sumner said the city has made available a budget tool through Balancing Act, a creation of Colorado-based public policy consulting firm Engaged Public, that helps communities educate and engage citizens in the often-complex budgeting process.

Census Bureau: TN sees nearly 9% population growth

TML Communications Specialist

Tennessee’s population grew nearly 9% between 2010 and 2020 and is now the sixteenth most populous state in the union, according to new information released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Ezell focused on getting Tennessee tourism on track post-COVID

TML Communications Specialist

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Tennessee Department of Tourism (TDTD) Commissioner Mark Ezell found himself tapped to head the state’s Economic Recovery Group, the public-private partnership established by Gov. Bill Lee to help guide the state’s economy safely through the health crisis.

Tim Kelly elected Chattanooga mayor; four municipalities hold local elections

TML Communications Specialist

April elections were held in four municipalities across the state of Tennessee.
As a result, all four municipalities that held elections will have new mayors while several will see new faces on city councils and boards of mayor and aldermen.

The city of Chattanooga held a run-off election on April 13 that decided the city’s new mayor as well as several unfinished city council races from the previous March 2 municipal election.

Historic Depot Street makeover first phase of Greeneville downtown revitalization plan


Construction work will soon begin on the first phase of a project aimed at revitalizing downtown Greeneville.
The first phase of the project will include 18-months of construction along Depot Street, bringing a new streetscape, underground utilities, and a designated area for street festivals and fairs to one of the most historic streets in the town.

Safe Bar program trains hospitality workers to prevent sexual assault

TML Communications Specialist

A new program is hoping to recruit those in the hospitality industry to help protect both tourists and locals from sexual assault.

Tennessee State Library and Archives opens doors at new location


TSLA’s new home is across the Bicentennial Mall State Park from the Tennessee State Museum. 

By Kate Coil

TML Communications Specialist

Why strong passwords aren’t enough – three tips for a better password policy


We recently heard an anecdote from a security executive that illustrates the need for much stronger password policies at municipalities.
(We altered the details of the anecdote to protect our source. However, the gist of the anecdote will make his point clear.)

Despite obstacles, Charleston officials pushing for city’s brighter future

TML Communications Specialist

Amid the national and international crises brought on by the global pandemic in 2020, the small city of Charleston found itself facing a crossroads of its own.
Longtime Charleston Mayor Walter Goode died in July 2020 after nearly 30 years of guiding the city of approximately 700 residents. Many city officials were worried the loss of Goode, one of the community’s most dedicated advocates, would stymie plans already underway to improve the city.

Loudon officials aim to get city ‘Looking Good’ with new beautification campaign

By Kate Coil

Loudon officials are bringing their community together to keep things in the city looking good.

Loudon Mayor Jeff Harris said city officials and residents began to notice there was a great accumulation trash and litter during the early days of the pandemic.

TN leaders tout positive economic recovery at Legislative Conference

TML Communications Specialist

Gov. Bill Lee, Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, House Speaker Cameron Sexton, and Comptroller Jason Mumpower were among the state leaders who discussed the important issues facing Tennessee and its municipalities at the TML Legislative Conference held both virtually and in-person on March 15, 2021.

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