Tennessee Town & City

Tennessee’s first Rural Mayors’ Day to honor leadership on the local level

BY KATE COIL
TML Communication Specialists

On Monday, Oct. 2, Tennesseans will celebrate the state’s first-ever observance of Tennessee Rural Mayors’ Day.
Signed into law by Gov. Bill Haslam in May as Public Chapter No. 176, the measure was introduced by House Transportation Chairman Barry Doss, R-Leoma. Doss said the idea for the observance came from a young constituent who wanted to honor his own city mayor, Pulaski’s Mayor Pat Ford.

Cookeville PD becomes second in nation to equip officers with epinephrine kits

BY KATE COIL

The Cookeville Police Department has become the first department in the state and second in the country to equip officers with epinephrine pens.
Used to treat severe allergic reactions, the epinephrine kits – better known by the brand name EpiPen – allow officers to treat victims of anaphylactic reactions. The Cookeville Police Department became the first department in the state to adopt the use of epinephrine kits following several 2016 pieces of legislation aimed at making the kits more widely available.

Tennessee cities lead by example to encourage economic investment

BY KATE COIL
TML Communications
Specialist

When the Goodyear plant in Union City announced it was closing its doors in 2011, city officials not only had to face the loss of their community’s biggest employer but also the tax revenue brought in by the company.

Tennessee municipalities set sights on solar eclipse

BY KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialists

Cities and towns across Tennessee are gearing up to view a once-in-a-life-time event.
On Aug. 21, Tennessee will experience its first total solar eclipse in more than 500 years, with another total eclipse not predicted to occur in the same area for nearly 550 years afterward.

Billy Teets, an outreach astronomer with Vanderbilt University’s Dyer Observatory in Brentwood, said a solar eclipse requires both the moon and the sun to be in exactly the right position when compared to the earth.

ECLIPSE VIEWING CELEBRATIONS BY CITY

ADAMS
Xenyth Solar Eclipse Music and Arts Festival will be held from Aug. 17-21 in Adams. Come to Red River Park for five days of eclipse celebration featuring live music, arts, special events, and the solar eclipse. Learn more about daily events at www.xenythfestival.com.

ASHLAND CITY
The town of Ashland City will present Dark in the Park at Riverbluff Park from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first 300 visitors will receive solar shades or glasses and a moon pie. Food trucks and vendors will be on hand.

Mayors talk challenges, growth, and successes at TML Conference forum

BY KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

A group of mayors from municipalities across Tennessee got their chance to weigh in on issues cities and towns in the state are facing as well as how they have approached their own unique challenge during a forum at the Tennessee Municipal League Annual Conference in Murfreesboro.

Facilitated by keynote speaker and Governing magazine publisher Mark Funkhouser, the forum featured Kingsport Mayor John Clark, Livingston Mayor Curtis Hayes, Erwin Mayor Doris Hensley, and Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland.

Millennials provide insight into what they want from their communities, elected leaders

BY KATE COIL

As aging Baby Boomers retire and a new, younger generation makes its way both into the workforce and as citizens, many municipal officials are finding themselves asking the same question: What do Millennials want?

Kingsport mayor talks municipal growth in the 21st Century

BY LINDA BRYANT

Mayor John Clark of Kingsport decided to pursue public service in 2012 after realizing that he needed more in his life than the stress-filled life of a corporate executive.
“I came home after an exhausting day, and my wife looked at me and said, ‘You look worn out.’ I answered back, “I need more balance in my life — something outside of my work in the medical manufacturing device industry.”

Lighting up the night sky; synchronization of fireflies

BY Kelsey Davis
TDEC Sustainable Practices

Every year near the Elkmont Campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, tens of thousands of a species of firefly, known as Photinus carolinus put on quite a show, lighting up the entire forest in a brilliant twinkling display. This year’s viewing dates were announced for May 30 through June 6.

Conference panel discusses opioid crisis

BY KATE COIL

Reducing stigma, normalizing  treatment, and community-driven efforts are three major ways experts believe the state of Tennessee and its leadership can work to address the opioid abuse epidemic.

Anderson County incident provides case study in sovereign citizens’ movement

BY KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Fraudulent liens taken out against public officials – an act known as “paper terrorism” – has increasingly become an issue for government employees in Tennessee and across the country.

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