Tennessee Town & City

TN steering committee to develop water plan for current, future needs

 

By Denise Paige
TML Government Relations

It has been said that water is the new gold. In addition to being essential to human health and the environment, it is also vital to food production, as an energy source, and essential to thriving businesses.

Recently, water issues have stepped into the spotlight nationwide. Drought in the West and Southeast; lead contamination in Flint, Mich.; and “water wars” between states over rights to water, like the Mississippi River, have emphasized the necessity and value of this natural resource.

Haslam outlines $30M opioid crisis plan

BY KATE Coil
TML Communications Specialist

Gov. Bill Haslam along with leadership from the Tennessee House, Senate, and Chief Justice Jeff Bivins announced a new plan to fight opioid abuse in Tennessee.

Tennessee-made treats ready to satisfy any sweet tooth

BY KATE Coil
TML Communications Specialist

Whether buying something for a sweetheart or just satisfying one’s own sweet tooth, there are plenty of candies and chocolates with a local connection for Tennesseans to chow down on.

Samantha Jean, director of communications for the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, said more and more consumers want to purchase locally-crafted items.

Supreme Court to hear Internet sales tax case this term, possible June 2018 ruling

BY Lisa Soronen
State & Local Legal Center

In November 2017, a Government Accountability Office report estimated that states and local governments could “gain from about $8 billion to about $13 billion in 2017 if states were given authority to require sales tax collection from all remote sellers.”

In January 2018, the Supreme Court agreed to decide South Dakota v. Wayfair. In this case South Dakota is asking the Supreme Court to rule that states and local governments may require retailers with no in-state physical presence to collect sales tax.

Rep. Ryan Williams of Cookeville Leads From the Heart

Rep. Ryan Williams of Cookeville leads from the heart  

BY LINDA BRYANT

There’s no doubt that Rep. Ryan Williams of Cookeville is a rising young star in the Tennessee Legislature. In late 2016, the 43-year-old became the chair of the House Republican Caucus, one of the highest leadership positions in the legislature.

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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