Tennessee Town & City

Madisonville sees success in first municipal library building, a century in the making

BY KATE COIL  

TML Communications Specialist


A new library in Madisonville has become a showpiece for the community, has helped double the amount of library users and serves as great industrial recruiting tool for the city.

New lawmakers seated for 2018 legislative session

Two new faces will be joining the state Senate and three in the state House in the Tennessee General Assembly for its 2018 session.

Republican Mark Pody has won the special election for the Senate District 17 seat vacated by former Sen. Mae Beavers, R-Mt. Juliet, so she can focus on her run for governor.  Pody left his own seat as the state representative for District 46 to run for Beavers’ vacated seat. Both Pody and Beavers reside in Wilson County. He beat opponent Mary Alice Carfi by 308 votes in the special election. 

New year brings new law aimed at distracted drivers

BY KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Drivers found using cell phones in school zones will be facing new fines after a law designed to decrease traffic incidents near schools went into effect on Jan. 1.

Based on a bill sponsored by former state Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville, and state Rep. John Holsclaw, R-Elizabethton, the new law makes it a Class C misdemeanor to operate any handheld device while in an active school zone.

110th TN General Assembly reconvenes

The second session of the 110th General Assembly got underway Jan. 9. 

With November elections looming, most have speculated the 2018 session will be shorter than last year and is expected to wrap up in  early April. 

Some of the larger issues set to be addressed include a comprehensive plan for addressing the state’s opioid crisis including securing more money for rehabilitation and drug court programs; and tougher penalties for drug dealers who lace their products with dangerous substances like fentanyl. 

Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge officials discuss road to recovery one year after wildfires

BY KATE COIL

One year after devastating wildfires ravaged Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and much of East Tennessee, cities in the region are well on the road to recovery and eager for visitors answer the call of the mountains.

Pigeon Forge City Manager Earlene Teaster said wildfires had always been a fact of life for area residents, but no one had expected a fire of the scope and magnitude experienced in November 2016.

Gallatin glass crusher keeps costs down, city green

BY KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

As recycling and landfill tipping fees increase, one Tennessee city has turned to recycling glass in-house to save money while still staying green.
The cost of recycling glass via private firms and businesses has gone up, leading some cities to forgo recycling glass in favor of dumping it in landfills, which has become cheaper than recycling. Zach Wilkinson, director of public works for the city of Gallatin, said his city was one of many municipalities facing cost issues when it comes to glass recycling.

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