Tennessee Town & City

Jackson, Madison County kick off bicentennial celebrations

By KATE COIL

TML Communications Specialist

The city of Jackson and Madison County have kicked off a year’s worth of bicentennial festivities as they celebrate 200 years of history and community.

Emerging technology changing the face of public transit post-pandemic

By KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Emerging technology stands poised to change not only how city buses operate but how those buses could end up playing a role in reducing traffic congestion, parking enforcement, and more.

Flooding kills 20 in Middle Tennessee

By KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Officials have confirmed 20 people are dead following extreme flooding that devastated two Middle Tennessee cities.

The majority of deaths were citizens of Waverly, the hardest hit community by the flooding. The flood is now the deadliest event in the city’s history, exceeding the 1978 train tank car explosion that killed 16. Nearby, the city of McEwen also suffered great losses as flooding hit Dickson, Hickman, Houston, and Humphreys counties.

US Census Bureau releases 2020 population numbers

BY Kevin Krushenski

The Census Bureau released detailed state level data for redistricting. While the summary files require additional software to analyze and detailed “Place” (city and town) level data is not readily accessible, the Census Bureau released a variety of statistical stories at a more localized level that help paint a picture of the population of the United States and Tennessee.

Tennessee byways make perfect destination for family road trips

By KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Tennesseans hoping for some summer adventure or even to find fall foliage need look no further the longstanding American tradition that is the family road trip.


Tennessee is home to 10 nationally designated scenic routes, putting it fourth on the list of states with the most designated American Byways running through it. The state saw the inclusion of five new routes in 2021 as part of the Reviving the America’s Scenic Byways Act of 2019, which added 49 new routes to the national list.

Dickson planning staff offer expertise in local TCAT class

By KATE COIL

TML Communications Specialist

The city of Dickson’s Planning and Zoning Department staff are lending their expertise to the next generation of construction and codes officials.


City staffers have partnered with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Dickson’s Building Construction Technology program to give students hands-on experience in carpentry, brick laying, electrical wiring, plumbing, and the codes requirements that go alongside these professions.

Bolivar Mayor named to EPA local gov committee

The Tennessee Municipal League is pleased to announce that Bolivar Mayor Julian McTizic, has been appointed by EPA Administrator Michael Regan to serve as a member of the agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee, and to also serve as vice chair of its small community subcommittee. EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee is a formal advisory committee that advises the EPA Administrator on critical environmental issues impacting local governments.

TBI releases annual Crime in Tennessee report

By KATE COIL

TML Communications Specialist

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released its annual “Crime in Tennessee” report for 2020, which showed a 5% decrease in crime over the past year.

TBI officials believe the pandemic played a role in the decrease in crime reported, especially as workplaces, schools, and other community venues were closed.

Tennessee, local governments could share in $600M from opioid settlement

By KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

The state of Tennessee could see an estimated $600 million to fight opioid addiction and abuse as the result of a historic $26 billion settlement between state and local governments with four major pharmaceutical distributors and manufacturers.

Distributors Cardinal, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen along with manufacturer Johnson & Johnson settled a suit over their role in creating and fueling the opioid epidemic filed by attorneys general from 14 states including Tennessee.

Metropolitan Statistical Areas classification to remain at 50,000

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced July 14 it is abandoning a proposed plan to change the criteria a city must reach to be considered a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). OMB announced it will maintain the MSA designation at 50,000 in population rather than raise the threshold to 100,000 in population.

State Treasurer Lillard provides options for depositing ARP funds

As local government entities begin to receive federal dollars from the American Rescue Plan, I want to point out the options available to you through the Tennessee Department of Treasury for depositing public funds. This educational information may help you evaluate your investment options.

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