Tennessee Town & City

TN Senate, House nominate candidates for leadership roles

Both new and familiar faces will be taking on leadership roles in Tennessee’s upcoming 111th General Assembly when it convenes on Jan. 8, 2019.


Sen. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge, was nominated by his party to serve as the lieutenant governor and speaker of the Senate. McNally has served in the role since 2017 and represents State Senate District 5.


Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin, won the Republican nomination for House speaker, receiving 47 votes from the 73-member Republican caucus.

State Museum tells Tennessee stories new and old

BY KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Tennessee’s history has a new home at the recently opened Tennessee State Museum at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in Nashville.


One of the oldest and largest state museum collections in the nation, the museum was previously located in the lower levels of the James K. Polk State Office Building for 35 years. The new 137,000-square-foot facility was financed through $120 million in state funding and $30 million in private contributions and is expected to host some 220,000 visitors annually.

Lee announces ten cabinet roles

Gov.-elect Bill Lee has announced several members of his new cabinet, including a new chief of staff, policy director, finance chairman, and agriculture commissioner.
Stuart McWhorter was selected as finance chairman for Lee’s administration.


In addition to chairing Lee’s inauguration planning and serving as the campaign’s finance chairman, McWhorter is chairman and president of healthcare and technology investment management firm Clayton Associates.

111th Tennessee General Assembly will usher in 32 freshmen legislators

BY CAROLE GRAVES
TML Communications Director

At least one fourth of the Tennessee General Assembly’s members will either be new to the legislature or will be seated in a different chamber. That’s because of an unusually high number of legislative departures, due mostly to retirements or the pursuit of other government offices.

In the state House of Representatives, 29 freshmen legislators were will be sworn into office during the opening day of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly on Jan. 8, 2019.

How does Ransomware attacks affect municipal governments?

By Sandy Reeser
VC3 Chief Executive Officer

Ransomware attacks are essentially cyber attacks in which the attacker often encrypts the victim’s data and effectively holds the data hostage unless a ransom is paid.

Although a brazen form of cybercrime, municipalities are far from immune from ransomware.

Amid legal wrangling, scooter shares are coming to cities big and small

BY KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

Zipping and zooming across cities throughout the country, electric scooters have become the latest craze in the emerging sharing economy – though this innovative business model is stirring up about as much controversy as it is profit.

Lawsuits over public safety issues, the definition of a motorized vehicle, and company operations have ensued almost immediately after the scooter-sharing system was rolled out in some cities.

Avery Johnson sees Cleveland through changes big and small

By Linda Bryant

Most communities have at least one resident who can speak about bygone days as well as current times with so much knowledge and authority that almost everyone responds with deep respect and admiration.

THRIVE Regional Partnerships optimizes community development opportunities, inspires growth from within, enhances regional connectivity in Southeast TN area

BY Honna Rogers
MTAS Management Consultant

Recently the Tennessee southeast region has seen tremendous growth in population and industry. It was during this time that THRIVE 2055 was born in an effort to grow in a smart way.

From 2012 to 2015, community volunteers created a 40-year regional plan for 16 counties in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. I served on the coordinating committee, which was the governing body made up of 30 community, business, and nonprofit leaders.

Municipal officials must learn new rules of social media interaction

BY KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

With its use becoming ubiquitous, more and more municipalities and municipal officials are using social media to reach out to citizens, announce upcoming events and meeting, assist in criminal investigations, alert users to emergency situations, and even livestream council meetings.

However, the benefits of social media also come with a cost with many government entities and officials finding themselves in trouble for their use of platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others.

Why is IT security so important for municipal governments

By Sandy Reeser
VC3 Chief Executive Officer

Be it at the federal, state or local level, all governments are in possession of valuable data. Their data assets range from citizen data such as social security and credit card numbers, to confidential or classified information. Due to the type of data collected, it’s not surprising that governments are often the target of cyberattacks.

Henderson’s small town status doesn’t mean Mayor Bobby King doesn’t dream big

By Linda Bryant

Economic development is a front-burner concern for virtually all towns and cities in Tennessee, but when a municipality is small it’s often much harder to attract new companies and retain existing businesses.

Thanks in large part to the leadership of Mayor Bobby King, Henderson, a town of about 6,500 in West Tennessee, is finding ways to shine as an economic generator and small town with a high quality of life.

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