Tennessee Town & City

TML elects new 2017-2018 board members

The Tennessee Municipal League recently elected its 2017-2018 board of directors during its annual conference in Murfreesboro. Athens Councilman Bo Perkinson was elected president.

 As president of the League, Perkinson will lead the organization as it determines and proposes legislation cities want passed into law. He also plays a major role in the National League of Cities, which represents municipalities with Congress and the federal administration.

Murfreesboro Mayor McFarland talks municipal growth

BY LINDA BRYANT

In 2014, Shane McFarland became the youngest mayor in the history of Murfreesboro. Now 42, McFarland has his hands full overseeing the city of 150,000, one of the fastest growing in the nation.

The youthful mayor is known to colleagues, friends and constituents as a friendly, get-it-done leader who’s just as devoted to community activities such as coaching youth baseball as he is to making sure the city continues to prosper.

Knoxville launches website as part of municipal code overhaul project

The city of Knoxville is taking the first steps in a major municipal code and zoning ordinance overhaul, the first conducted by the major metro area is nearly 60 years. 

Dunlap glides toward a sustainable future, energy cost savings

BY ALLE CRAMPTON

TDEC Sustainable Practices

Dunlap, a town of around 5,000 people, is located in scenic Sequatchie County and is well known for both its historic coke ovens and hang-gliding.  Recently, the city entered into a contract with NORESCO, one of the largest U.S. energy services companies, to do some much-needed energy efficiency upgrades.

Preservation project protects Niota’s city hall, state’s oldest-standing train depot

BY KATE COIL

TML Communications Specialist

Restoration of Tennessee’s oldest train depot are complete after efforts by Niota citizens and city officials worked to save the historic building.

Originally known as the Mouse Creek Station, Niota’s city hall is housed within the former train depot that dates back to 1855. After surviving occupation by both Union and Confederate forces during the Civil War, the depot was sold to the city in 1980 and became Niota City Hall.

Mayor Barry rolls out plan for light rail

BY KATE COIL

TML Communications Specialist

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry laid down plans for the city’s first light-rail line along the Gallatin Road corridor during her annual state address, one of the first major municipal transportation projects proposed since the passage of Gov. Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act.

Complete Streets Coalition partners with TN cities to promote street designs for all

Three Tennessee metro areas have jointly won a competitive national award aimed at making transportation and local streets more livable and equitable.

Police body camera bill takes steps to ease privacy protection concerns

A new bill before Gov. Bill Haslam would exempt some of the footage captured on police body cameras from being entered into the public record to protect the privacy of certain individuals.

Sen. Jack Johnson, R-Franklin, sponsored Senate Bill 442, which exempts police body camera video taken of interaction of minors or within hospitals, mental health facilities, or a home where no crime has occurred from being a matter of public record. The bill’s companion piece, House Bill 732, was carried by Rep. Sam Whitson, R-Franklin.

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